NW Neasden’s magnificent seven
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
In the points: Neasden midfielder Ben Wulwik celebrated his return from injury with two goals