Lategoalsput holders into round three
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC A LONDON MACCABI LIONS A
CAC LATE strikes from Ben Joseph and Dominic Cheniart helped holders London Maccabi Lions A through to round three of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after beating Premier Division leaders Chigwell Athletic A at the Peter May Sports Centre in Walthamstow.
There was a double celebration for Lions’ joint managers Eilon Kennet and Ben Winston. Kennet’s son Josh had made a dream debut for his new club Maccabi Herzliya while Winston helped Wingate and Finchley to a 3-2 win over Ilford in his first game as the Blues’ number two a day earlier.
Kennet said: “It was a great second half performance by us. We started slowly but when we conceded it woke us up and we went on to camp out in their half.”
Winston said: “Ben Joseph was our man of the match. He was absolutely fantastic throughout.” Chances were few and far between in the first 20 minutes but the game suddenly came to life when a Ben Joseph shot was driven inches wide.
Minutes later, Chigs’ top goal scorer Steve Summers caught Lions’ keeper Mike Elvey off his line but his effort rattled the crossbar.
Summers did well again five minutes later after his low, dangerous driven centre crossed the face of the goal, narrowly missing the feet of his strike partner Dean Ben Yosef.
Summers was finally rewarded for his hard work on 53 minutes when a defensive mix-up in the box allowed the Chigs’ marksman the simplest of tap-ins to put the hosts in front.
The Lions came roaring back and equalised within three minutes. Michael Pearson got the better of two defenders and rifled into the bottom corner.
Aviel Schwarz almost turned the tie on its head but his effort on the edge of the area was kept out by a stunning full-length save from home keeper Ben Rosenblatt. Just as it appeared that both teams would settle for extra time, Lions’ patience paid off.
They were rewarded in the closing five minutes as an inspired run from Pearson saw him bypass several challenges. The ball found its way to the feet of Joseph who steered the ball be- yond Rosenblatt to spark wild celebrations in the Lions’ camp.
Cheniart put the result beyond doubt, drilling into the bottom corner to book Lions’ place in round three.
Chigwell manager Russell Brill reflected: “We ran out of steam. We worked our socks off but, in the end, the best team won.” Chigwell A: Rosenblatt, Morris, Hakimi, Sandford, Levy, Castle, Sugarman, Ben Yosef, Summers (sub: Slater), Shafron, Raven Lions: Elvey, Gold, A. Lauffer, Myeroff, Basger, Joseph, Schwarz, Pearson, Bibring, Kennet (sub: Cheniart), B. Lauffer (sub: Shamash)
Chigwell’s Athletic’s Andrew Levy slides in hard against London Maccabi Lions striker Lee Bibring