Lat­e­goal­sput hold­ers into round three

CHIG­WELL ATH­LETIC A LON­DON MAC­CABI LIONS A

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

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)

PHOTO: GRA­HAM STE­WART

Chig­well’s Ath­letic’s An­drew Levy slides in hard against Lon­don Mac­cabi Lions striker Lee Bib­ring

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