As good as it gets, say rampant Lions
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
Trophy guys: London Maccabi Lions A maintained their grip on the JC League Cup with a 6-0 win over Chigwell
Captain Tony Gold