Second-half strikes bring Boca back with a vengeance
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JC MSFL A brilliant second half comeback saw Montana Boca United A come from two down to end Chigwell’s strong recent run in the top of the table clash in Division One.
The visitors started brightly and forged ahead inside 10 minutes. Hayden Smith’s shot landed at the feet of Greg Bookman who turned his marker and put the ball home inside the righthand post of Montana keeper Ben Law.
Daniel Gordon spurned a golden chance to double the lead five minutes later after good work from Danny Hakimi.
Montana repelled with Tom Miller firing over the bar after good interplay from Raymond Harrod and Trevor Henen.
The in-form Bookman doubled his tally on 30 minutes. Capitalising on good play between Elliott Gold and Gordon, Bookman, a former Wingate & Finchley player, neatly side-footed home.
Chigwell started to dominate play but could not get the vital third goal which may have killed off their opponents.
Instead, Montana gave themselves a lifeline right on half time. Henen dispossessed Grant Pomeroy and sent over a dangerous cross which Chig- well defender Lee Ballen inadvertently headed it into his own net.
Montana came out for the second half with renewed impetus and, despite losing inspirational skipper Adam Osper to injury, they were starting to dominate the midfield. Ballen’s nightmare continued on 55 minutes when a foul on Simon Peterman in the box resulted in a penalty. Henen made no mistake — putting it straight down the middle, low and hard.
The match was turned on its head on 65 minutes when Montana took the lead. Alex Haffner’s superb ball fell to the feet of Peterman who rounded Adrian Bourne to put the hosts in front for the first time.
Chigwell were unable to stem the flow and a fourth soon followed. Tom Miller’s corner was flicked on by Harrod for Virgil Levy to crash home a bullet header.
Bradley Frankel ensured a nail-biting finale with a stoppage time effort for Chigwell but Montana were not to be denied.
Montana player-manager Marc Ziedman commented: “We battled well and never let our heads drop. We only have a 16-man squad, but we are strong and we compete. We never give up and will be there or thereabouts in May.”
Chigwell boss Russell Green said: “Montana deserved their victory. We started well, but they bullied us and we were unable to cope. We must improve if we are to challenge for the title.”
Montana striker Trevor Henen (in red) holds off Danny Hakimi