Top cat Rosen­thal saves the day

FC Team A 2 Red­bridge Jewish Care A 2 AET (RJC won 4-3 on penal­ties)

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

RED­BRIDGE KEEPER Ben Rosen­thal was the hero in a dra­matic shootout as pre­mier di­vi­sion side scraped into round three of the JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup de­spite a spir­ited per­for­mance from their Di­vi­sion 5 op­po­nents.

Rosen­thal kept out ef­forts from Andy Sheena and Dan Sil­ver­man while FC Team skip­per Richard Sternberg was de­nied by the wood­work with vic­tory in sight. Joel Berg, Paul Black, Andrew Tay­lor and Daniel Howard reg­is­tered for Red­bridge.

Re­lieved Red­bridge boss Trevor Moss told JC Sport: “It was drama right un­til the end and FC Team were fan­tas­tic through­out. Our goals were a bit for­tu­nate but I must credit my boys for stick­ing in there.”

A dull first-half was al­most lit up by An­thony Men­del’s header which drew a fine save from home keeper Jeremy Levy. The East Lon­don­ers were con­trol­ling pro­ceed­ings but failed to turn their pos­ses­sion into goals and even­tu­ally paid the price on 57 min­utes when Sternberg net­ted with a pow­er­ful ef­fort which flew into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The goal sparked Red­bridge into life and they were back on terms mo­ments later, Joel Berg tap­ping home Greg Book­man’s cor­ner.

The un­der­dogs re­fused to lie down and an up­set seemed on the cards when player-boss Mitchell Young headed home Jon Breger’s cor­ner with 13 min­utes re­main­ing.

The hosts had to with­stand heavy pres­sure in the clos­ing min­utes and their re­sis­tance was fi­nally bro­ken, Book­man’s 90th minute curler forc­ing ex­tra-time.

Both sides had chances to win it, Breger com­ing close for FC Team and Book­man for Red­bridge be­fore the vis­i­tors tri­umphed on penal­ties.

“The turn­ing point came in the fi­nal minute of nor­mal time when we lost our con­cen­tra­tion and gave away the goal,” lamented Young.

“We were a kick away from go­ing through, but I think we have shown that FC Team can com­pete at the high­est level. It’s dis­ap­point­ing to lose on penal­ties but I be­lieve we are des­tined

for big­ger and bet­ter things.”

FC Team A: Levy, Se­gal, Sil­ver­man, Weiner,

Moss, Noti, Sternberg, Breger, Young, Sheena,


Red­bridge Jewish Care A: Rosen­thal, Pit­tal,

Berg, Book­man, Black, Tay­lor, J. Moss, Men­del,

Lessem (sub: Klein), Brown (sub: Ezekiel), Smith

(sub: Howard).

FC Team’s Ollie Se­gal (left) shows great de­ter­mi­na­tion in the chal­lenge with Red­bridge’s An­thony Men­del

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