Hen­don squeeze through in cup

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

Red­bridge Jewish Care A........................2 Hen­don United A (AET)..........................4 EX­TRA-TIME STRIKES from Josh Lip­man and Paul Bent­ley se­cured Hen­don United A’s place in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy at the ex­pense of JC MSFL pre­mier di­vi­sion ri­vals Red­bridge.

A ten­ta­tive open­ing brought few op­por­tu­ni­ties in a dull first-half. Things im­proved three min­utes af­ter the restart when poor Red­bridge de­fend­ing al­lowed Lip­man to break the dead­lock with a cool fin­ish un­der home keeper Ben Rosen­thal.

The pre­mier di­vi­sion lead­ers looked to have sealed their place in round four when top-scorer Avi­dan Last tapped home Motti Kor­man’s cor­ner.

But Red­bridge re­fused to lie down and re­duced the ar­rears on 72 min­utes, Steve Gev­ertz turn­ing in Andrew Tay­lor’s cen­tre.

The hosts poured for­ward in search of an equaliser and were fi­nally re­warded on 88 min­utes, Jamie Moss get­ting on the end of Book­man’s free-kick to force ex­tra-time.

Both sides were re­duced to 10 men in ex­tra-time, Gev­ertz re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low for hand­ball and Josh Bent­ley be­ing dis­missed for a sim­i­lar of­fence hav­ing also been booked.

The send­ing off of Gev­ertz in the first pe­riod handed Hen­don the ini­tia­tive and it was no sur­prise when Lip­man re­stored their lead from Last’s cen­tre. Paul Bent­ley com­pleted a hard­fought vic­tory with a 25-yard free-kick be­fore his brother saw red in the clos­ing min­utes.

Hen­don boss Jonathan Kesten­baum told JC Sport: “I thought we did well through­out the game, and even though we con­ceded late on, we re­mained de­ter­mined and com­peted well in ex­tra time. Credit must also go to Red­bridge who also bat­tled right un­til the very end.”

Red­bridge boss Trevor Moss “felt we were the bet­ter side in ex­tra-time but were not helped by a ref­eree who in my opin­ion spoilt the match.”

Red­bridge Jewish Care A: Ben Rosen­thal, Pit­tal,

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

(sub: Ja­cobs), Lessem (sub: Gev­ertz), Smith,

Ezekiel.

Hen­don Utd A: Nicky Rosen­thal, Avi­dan Last,

Ari Last (sub: D. Kor­man), M. Kor­man, Kon,

Wreschner, Cor­ney (sub: E. Kor­man), P. Bent­ley,

J Bent­ley, Lip­man, Smulovitch (sub: Tay­lor).

Red­bridge’s Jon Lessem (right) slides in on Hen­don United’s Ben Kon in the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy round-three clash

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