Aden Steelers Cup Final win after nail biting end

Aden Steelers celebrate their cup final win.

Story by Gamal Abdulla | Photo by Anise Ahmed

Aden Steelers U12 played the Sheffield United U12 at Greasborough Junior club in a tense final last Sunday (April 22nd). Manager Anise Ahmed worked hard over last month to nullify United’s threat, and it worked a treat. A formation change and a man-marking job by Khaled Hadeedah on their main player helped the Steelers get to extra time and penalties.

The game started with us attacking United’s defence, the supporters were at their best again playing the drum and chanting encouraging the team on. A corner came in and Khaled Hadeedah got on the end of it with a bullet header. Moments later United’s keepers pulled off a good save that fell to the midfield maestro, who tapped in the rebound for his brace. Whilst scoring Khaled, was still man-marking their main player which broke up United’s rhythm and they were unable to attack. The Steelers went into half time with a healthy lead.

The second half started the same as the first, but against the run of play, United lashed home a goal to half the deficit. This built their confidence and they attacked a few times, but the Steelers defence and goalkeeper were on top.

The third goal came from the left. Mohammed Tuhid ran down the left and the ball came to him who shifted it onto his right foot to hit a belter into the far corner from around 25 yards out. This restored the Steelers two goal advantage. As the game went on, United came into game more and they put all their effort in to grab two goals back, to make it 3-3.

The game went into extra time with very few chances until the dying seconds. Ameen Hadeedah in goal pulled off the most extraordinary double save, which you would normally only see in the Premier League. A low shot to his left looked certain to go in but Ameen got down low to push it away to a United player who crossed it back in and another shot came, but Ameen got up quickly and played it away. The referee then blew for the full time whistle and for penalties.

Marwan, Mohammed Amer and Nader Ali beautifully tucked their penalties away but the hero of the day was Ameen Hadeedah who saved three spot kicks to send the parents and fans into raptures.

We would like to thank the Sponsorship Daleel Travel & Tours for supporting us for the second year.

Thank all the support the parents who came, the coaches, management, volunteers and all involved. We would like to congratulate Sheffield United Girls FC for their efforts and good luck for next season.