Brawling rivals draw
Chigwell Athletic A................................1 London Maccabi Lions A........................1
THREE PLAYERS were dismissed in six second-half minutes as defending champions London Maccabi Lions A maintained their unbeaten JC Maccabi premier division record in an ill-tempered encounter at Peter May Sports Ground.
Chigwell right-back Craig Sandford was first to receive his marching orders on 82 minutes for a two-footed lunge on Lions striker and last season’s player of the year Mike Pearson.
Teammate Richard Slater and Lions’ Ricky Kennet followed six minutes later after a mass brawl sparked by a confrontation between Slater and Motti Colman. Slater was show a straight red for kicking out at Colman while the Lions player was dismissed for his part in the melee.
Chigwell forged ahead, somewhat against the run of play, on 16 minutes when man-of-the-match Adam Hakimi headed home Sam Rosenthal’s corner.
The home side started to dominate, Steve Summers and Russell Brill threatening from distance.
Back came Lions, Lee Bibring and Pearson testing Chigwell keeper James Swead shortly after the restart.
Lions continued to press and were finally rewarded on 78 minutes, Adam Myeroff converting Aviel Schwarz’s free-kick.
Lions boss Eilon Kennet reflected on a “disappointing performance”.
“We haven’t played for six weeks and it certainly showed,” he told JC Sport. “We battled hard and never gave up.”
Chigwell manager Steven Reiterbund said: “We would have taken a draw before the game, but, on reflection, we have realised that you must take your chances against a good team like Lions.”
Chigwell Athletic A: James Swead, Sandford,
John Swead), Brill
London Maccabi Lions A: Davis, Colman,
Rosenthal, Hakimi, Castle, Summers, Slater, Wit-
zenfeld, Sugarman (sub: Shafron), Raven (sub:
Gordon (sub: Fieldgrass) Myeroff, Glass, Lew,
Graham (sub: Madanes) Kennet, Schwarz, Pear-
Chigwell’s Danny Sugarman (left) battles with Lions’ Aviel Schwarz