Following last weeks impressive win; the under 23s looked to make it 2 in a row.

The message was clear, let’s start fast and keep moving the ball & that’s what we did with Anas Najeh taking it upon himself to pick up his first goal of the season with a nice tidy finish 2 minutes in. 1-0 Phoenix.

There’s the saying 1 brings 2, that came to fruition on this occasion as the opposition couldn’t come to terms with our energy and precise passing resulting in Musa grabbing his 4th in 2 games. The rest of the half had similar patterns without a goal to show for it.

At half time the team recognised the importance of the next goal; we get it the games over. Unfortunately for us, the opposition scored first. This resulted in the next 20-25 minutes being really cagey with neither side creating anything of note.

Then as the game came closer to the full time whistle. A Phoenix defender decided it was a good idea fouling the Ealandians striker in the penalty box resulting in the referee pointing to the spot. As Phoenix were holding onto the razor thin 2-1 lead all eyes were on Kashif Tahir as he had the chance to repeat his heroics in the Bradford Summer Cup final. The penalty taker steps up and its SAVED as Kash dives to his left and gathers the penalty saving Phoenix from dropping a vital two points.

5 minutes later; Husayn capitalised on the Phoenix momentum; making the game 3-1. Moments later, Phoenix were in once again; this time Musa went around the keeper and was brought down; Penalty! Who steps up, KASH! He’s saved a penalty but can he score one? Of course he can, as he slots the penalty into the top left corner like a number 9 leaving the keeper no chance.

UA x UP