Austin can drive Lions to the ti­tle

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL ANDY Lan­des­berg praised the im­pact of Austin Lip­man af­ter the former Arse­nal star­let in­spired Lon­don Lions to a 7-1 de­mo­li­tion of The 61 FC in the Ana­gram Records Tro­phy.

The Lions ex­pe­ri­enced cup de­light for a sec­ond week in a row af­ter dis­patch­ing an­other Spar­tan South Mid­land League side.

The Lions were able to give 20-yearold Austin Lip­man his de­but af­ter be­ing re­leased from Arse­nal in May. He had spent 13 years at the club and also rep­re­sented England at U15, U16, and U17 level.

Lip­man was in­volved in the opener, com­bin­ing su­perbly with Char­lie Kasler to set up Josh Ken­net who fired home.

Lip­man then scored the goal of the game, pro­duc­ing an sub­lime piece of skill to con­trol Jon El­lis’s pass be­fore rolling his shot into the net.

James Ger­sh­field claimed the third on the stroke of half-time be­fore Kasler cracked home a 25-yarder early in the sec­ond half.

Ger­sh­field added an­other be­fore sub­sti­tute Adam Burchell com­pleted the scor­ing with a dou­ble.

Lions boss Andy Lan­des­berg said: “Austin was brought to our at­ten­tion by my as­sis­tant-man­ager and coach Steve Gren­fell.

“Since leav­ing Arse­nal, Austin has been on loan at a few clubs but has found it dif­fi­cult to adapt as for 13 years he only knew one way to play and that was the Arse­nal way which is a pass­ing game and which fits into our club’s phi­los­o­phy.

“He trained with us last week and had a mas­sive im­pact on de­but, scor­ing one and set­ting up four goals.

“He has fit­ted in re­ally well with the lads and I’m de­lighted to see him in a Lions shirt.”

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