It’s a blow, says Blank
CAC OAKWOOD joint-manager Ric Blank was left bemused after a controversial refereeing decision denied his team an equaliser as they fell victim to one of the shocks of the round against fourth division FC Team A.
When Josh Swerdlow volleyed home with a last-gasp equaliser, Oakwood’s celebrations were shortlived as Peter Maurice-Lavelle blew up, ruling that Swerdlow had given himself an unfair advantage by not calling his name when preparing to strike.
Blank told JC Sport: “It was a typically ferocious but fair cup game. We are very disappointed to have lost. This is not sour grapes, it really had to be seen to be believed.
“FC Team A are a good side, destined for big things in the coming years. However, to lose a game as a result of the worst refereeing decision we have seen in Jewish football is beyond galling.”
Oakwood started the tie in confident mood with Matt Geey and Dan Geey forcing Team keeper Mike Perkin to make two outstanding saves.
Recent signing Lorian Madanes gave Division Four table-toppers FC Team a first half lead with a thunderbolt freekick.
The visitors added a second 15 minutes from time when Mitch Lassman cracked home a free-kick.
Dan Abrams set up a grandstand finish after pulling one back for Oakwood but FC Team held on.
FC Team player-manager Mitch Young said: “Oakwood play a similar style to us but we performed better than them on the day. We can give anyone a match in this competition.”
Oakwood: Rose, Swerdlow, Beilin, Berke, M Gee, D Gee (sub: Silver), Abrahams, Davidson, Blank, Beale, Sennett (sub: Isaacs)
FC Team: Perkin, Judah, Weiner, Silverman, Moss (sub: Ryan), Lassman, Sternberg, Noti (sub: Breger), Drage, Madanes, Young (sub: Sugarbread)