Glen­thorne back where they be­long

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY CRAIG SIL­VER

GLEN­THORNE United are head­ing back to the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion as cham­pi­ons af­ter they se­cured the Di­vi­sion One ti­tle with a 2-0 win over Brady Mac­cabi at Waltham Abbey.

Goals at the end of each half from Dave Os­sack and top-scorer Lewis Walker sent the team into wild cel­e­bra­tions as they cracked open the bub­bly and were pre­sented with the Di­vi­sion One shield at the end of the game.

Man­ager Ian Co­hen wel­comed back mid­field dy­namo Jamie Cooper to the side af­ter a four-month ban but not even he could make a dif­fer­ence as a frus­trated Co­hen watched his side con­cede pos­ses­sion and give away cheap fouls in a scrappy open­ing half an hour.

The Thornes forged ahead a minute be­fore the break when a clear­ance from home keeper Daniel Lee was flicked on by Daniel Lass­man into the path of Dave Os­sack. He got the slight­est of touches to lob the ball over Brady stop­per Oliver Col­mans.

Buoyed by the goal, Walker al­most added a sec­ond just af­ter the in­ter­val but his ef­fort was well saved af­ter he had twisted and turned past two Brady de­fend­ers.

Jamie Golding and Os­sack both had good op­por­tu­ni­ties to make the game safe but lacked the fin­ish­ing touch.

At the other end, Kane Gil­bery shot wide from 15 yards which was the near­est Brady came to a goal. Glen­thorne made ab­so­lutely sure the ti­tle of a re­turn to the topflight at the first time of ask­ing when James Ru­bin sup­plied a su­perb cross for Walker who headed home at the far post.

Glen­thorne man­ager Ian Co­hen com­mented: “My team were de­ter­mined and dis­ci­plined but credit to Brady who I am told were with­out a cou­ple of key play­ers. They cer­tainly came to make a go of it so we were de­lighted to get the three points, and with it came the cul­mi­na­tion of a great sea­son, win­ning the ti­tle in style.

“It has been a great cam­paign and to re­ceive the tro­phy from league chair­man David Wolff is a great re­ward for the team, who to a man this sea­son have been fan­tas­tic. The en­tire squad has played a part this year and I am very proud and hon­oured to have been in charge of such a great group of lads. “For now we are just cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ment but I am al­ready start­ing to plan for next sea­son and will now be look­ing to add one or two top qual­ity play­ers. We must re­mem­ber that our av­er­age age, apart from Robert Donn and Neil Zeff, is still only 21 years and we look for­ward with rel­ish to the chal­lenge ahead.”

Brady boss, Lyn­ton Stock who had come on as a sub­sti­tute in the last 15 min­utes to make a rare ap­pear­ance for the club, re­flected: “I thought we played very well and I am very proud of my team. We had a sev­eral play­ers miss­ing but they gave a good ac­count of them­selves. All credit to Glen­thorne who are wor­thy cham­pi­ons.”

PHO­TOS: TA­BATHA FIRE­MAN

Mis­sion ac­com­plished: Glen­thorne were crowned Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­ons at the first time of ask­ing as man­ager Ian Co­hen ( left) cel­e­brates with stal­wart de­fender Neil Zeff

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