As good as it gets, say ram­pant Li­ons

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons A’s man­age­ment team of Eilon Ken­net and Ben Win­ston hailed “the per­fect per­for­mance” as they com­pleted a hat­trick of JC Cyril Anek­stein Cup wins af­ter the 6-0 de­mo­li­tion of Chigwell Ath­letic B at Win­gate & Finch­ley.

Three goals from Michael Pear­son saw the Li­ons be­come the sev­enth Mac­cabi League team to win the League Cup for the third con­sec­u­tive sea­son af­ter they played first di­vi­sion Chigwell off the park on Sun­day night.

In one of the most one-sided fi­nals for many years, hair­dresser Pear­son, 25, pro­duced three ra­zor sharp fin­ishes as he cut up the East Lon­don­ers.

Joint-man­ager Ken­net com­mented: “Chigwell got us on a par­tic­u­larly good day. This was the first time this sea­son that we’ve had our strong­est squad avail­able, and it showed.

“We asked the boys to be par­tic­u­larly dis­ci­plined and I be­lieve the per­form- ance was about as good as you will get at this level.”

Chigwell had gone into their first Win­gate fi­nal on a high af­ter sur­pris­ing last sea­son’s Pre­mier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Hen­don United A in the semi-fi­nals. But they looked a pale shadow of that team as they were out­classed and out­thought by a ram­pant Li­ons team.

The Li­ons roared into the lead on 15 min­utes as the im­pres­sive Ricky Ken­net surged into the box and shot goal­wards.

Chigwell keeper Ben Rosen­thal did well to parry the ef­fort but Man­cu­nian Louis Bas­ger was on hand to tap home from close range.

The one-way traf­fic con­tin­ued as Ricky Ken­net fed Pear­son whose pow­er­ful drive forced a bril­liant fin­ger-tip save from Rosen­thal.

It was wave af­ter wave of at­tack from the boys in claret but Chigwell’s sup­port­ers stayed in good voice.

A s h a l f t i me a p - proached, Chigwell were hang­ing on but the sec­ond goal had to come, and it did.

In a move straight off the Row­ley Lane train­ing ground, Aviel Sch­warz’s curl­ing free-kick was flicked goal­wards by Pear­son with the ball loop­ing over the stranded Rosen­thal and into the net af­ter 39 min­utes.

The pat­tern of the sec­ond half saw more Li­ons dom­i­na­tion as Chigwell did not change a thing in terms of team shape or tac­tics much to the sur­prise of the crowd.

Ken­net and Pear­son linked up again to force an­other smart save from Ben Rosen­thal and it looked a case of

PHO­TOS: JOHN RIFKIN

Tro­phy guys: Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons A main­tained their grip on the JC League Cup with a 6-0 win over Chigwell

Cap­tain Tony Gold

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