Five-star Freed fires FC to the top

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANIEL LASS­MAN

JC MSFL A man-of-the-match dis­play from Dar­ren Freed helped FC Team B go joint-top of Di­vi­sion Four af­ter a nine-goal thriller.

An en­ter­tain­ing af­fair saw the hosts surge into a three-goal lead. Cen­tral mid­fielder Jon Fisher claimed a bizarre opener af­ter his surg­ing run ended with a cross which flew into the net.

The goal gave the hosts be­lief and the sec­ond soon fol­lowed. Hen­don were un­able to deal with a cor­ner and Emile Ben-Atar struck home a fe­ro­cious half vol­ley.

Freed set up goal num­ber three with Adam Gold­smith slid­ing home.

The vis­i­tors were given a glim­mer of hope on the stroke of half time when Eyal Tay­lor net­ted from close range.

As the sec­ond half started both teams knew that the next goal was cru­cial. An­other pre­cise cor­ner from Freed was con­verted by player-man­ager Adam New­some.

Freed showed his fin­ish­ing prow­ess when, played through by Adam Rones, he ri­fled his shot into the top cor­ner.

Be­liev­ing the game was won, FC Team let­their­footoffthe­gasasHen­don­made a game of it. They claimed the goal of the game when Tay­lor’s cor­ner was met by an over­head kick from Hersh.

Hen­don dom­i­nated the last 20 min­utes. Hersh tapped a free-kick into the path of Zvi Noe who side-footed home from 20 yards. Noe set up a grandstand fin­ish with a long-range ef­fort but FC Team held on for the points and move joint-top along­side their A team.

FC Team’s Michael Marks told Sport: “We were dis­ap­pointed to let Hen­don back in the game but a win is a win and we go home happy.” Hen­don’s Zvi Noe said: “If we started the way we fin­ished it would have been a dif­fer­ent re­sult. There is a long way to go and we are still in the race.”

PHOTO: GRA­HAM STE­WART

FC Team’s Dar­ren Freed ( in yel­low) tan­gles with Hen­don’s Daniel Min­sky

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