Four sent off as the ref sees red

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

Ahat-trick­fromMichael Pear­son put Lon­don Mac­cabi Lions into the first round of The FA Carls­berg Sun­day Cup af­ter they won an ex­traor­di­nary tie in which Bal­don Sports had four play­ers sent off.

The Lions were soon on the back foot in this pre­lim­i­nary round tie at Cham­pion Hill af­ter Marc Dolby, one of five broth­ers in the Bal­don side, put the hosts ahead.

The Lon­don and Kent Bor­der League out­fit, who last sea­son won the Lon­don Se­nior Cup, beat­ing Mac­cabi League cham­pi­ons North West Neas­den in the semi-fi­nals, went into the break a goal to the good.

Pear­son equalised five min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter a chipped through ball from Tony Gold. Bal­don were then re­duced to 10 men as Ja­son Dolby re­ceived a sec­ond book­ing.

Pear­son put the Lions ahead with 10 to go, latch­ing on to a pass from Motti Col­man but a bul­let header from Adam Dolby 10 sec­onds from time took the tie into ex­tra time.

Bal­don’s frus­tra­tions boiled over with two more play­ers be­ing dis­missed for dis­sent to­wards the of­fi­cials. Pear­son scram­bled home the win­ner af­ter 115 min­utes be­fore a fourth Bal­don player was sent off fol­low­ing a bad tackle on Ben Gra­ham.

Lions’ Motti Col­man said: “It’s a shame that the re­sult was over­shad­owed by the send­ing offs be­cause we played bril­liantly in the sec­ond half against a very good side. To be hon­est, we got on very well with them, all their abuse was aimed at the ref rather than us.”

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