NW Neas­den’s mag­nif­i­cent seven

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY RICHARD JAYE

JC MSFL North West Neas­den B sent out a ti­tle warn­ing as they played Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Mon­tana Boca United A off the park with an ex­hil­a­rat­ing dis­play of free-flow­ing foot­ball.

Neas­den, man­aged by Sammy Carr and Mark Cowan, scored five in the first half and thor­oughly de­served their vic­tory.

Mon­tana cre­ated the first open­ing when pro­lific marks­man Gary Co­hen beat Marc Meltzer but his shot went a foot wide of the near post.

The hosts forged ahead on 10 min­utes when Ja­son Co­hen clev­erly brought down a Rob Lerner cross and laid the ball back for Ben Wulwik, who smashed home from 18 yards. Mon­tana Boca keeper Ben Law had no chance.

Neas­den were start­ing to dom­i­nate and Yoni Sidi and Rob Lerner had great chances to dou­ble the lead, but failed to cap­i­talise.

Lerner dou­bled Neas­den’s ad­van­tage on 15 min­utes when more good work from Co­hen saw the ball fed through to Lerner who scram­bled home from close range.

The game was as good as over on the half-hour when a shot from Daniel Hodes took a wicked de­flec­tion off Si­mon Peter­man’s head and rolled ag­o­nis­ingly into the Mon­tana net.

To their credit, Mon­tana kept on go­ing and cre­ated sev­eral open­ings. Trevor He­nen lobbed keeper Ed Bloom but the ball went the wrong side of the post. Then Co­hen tested the keeper from 20 yards but to no avail.

Sidi claimed Neas­den’s fourth on 37 min­utes, re­act­ing alertly to a loose ball af­ter Law had de­nied Phil Gold­stein. Lerner added a fifth on the stroke of half-time to leave Mon­tana with a moun­tain to climb af­ter the in­ter­val.

Neas­den started the sec­ond half like they ended the first and were clearly en­joy­ing their foot­ball. Co­hen was de­nied by a smart save from Law but mid­fielder Wulwik scored his sec­ond and Neas­den’s sixth from a Daniel Hodes cross.

Man of the match Co­hen was next to get on the score­sheet with his wicked left foot half vol­ley giv­ing the keeper no chance.

Mon­tana’s Co­hen gave the vis­i­tors some­thing to show for their ef­forts with two late strikes but he failed to com­plete his hat-trick in stop­page time. Af­ter round­ing keeper Ed Bloom, his shot hit the post.

All in all, Neas­den out­classed their op­po­nents and look like they will be a dif­fi­cult team to beat at Bricket Wood this sea­son.

Neas­den joint-man­ager Mark Cowan told JC Sport: “The team gelled, we bat­tled hard and took our chances.”

Mon­tana boss Marc Zied­man said: “The bet­ter team won. They were su­perb to­day. They had the pas­sion and con­fi­dence, we had none of it.” Neas­den: Bloom, Har­vey, Meltzer, Velleman, Klein, Sidi (Frankel), Wulwik, Hodes, Lerner, Co­hen, Gold­stein (Helman) Mon­tana Boca: Law, Gross­man, Haffner, Har­rod, Good­maker (Miller), Kramer, Peter­man, Hecker, Levy (Bin­stock), He­nen, Co­hen

PHOTO: VIVIEN STE­WART

In the points: Neas­den mid­fielder Ben Wulwik cel­e­brated his re­turn from in­jury with two goals

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