Penalty woe for Nathan and co

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

SPORT JOEL Nathan cut a frus­trated fig­ure af­ter Team Mac­cabi GB’s penalty shoot-out curse struck again as they left the Pan Amer­i­can Games in San­ti­ago empty-handed.

A stop­page-time ef­fort from Lau­rence Beck had given GB a life­line in their bronze-medal play-off match against Amer­ica in a match that fin­ished 1-1.

With no fur­ther goals in ex­tra-time, GB’s fate was sealed by spot-kicks, with Bradley Lazarus, Lau­rence Sw­erner and Dar­ren Dryer fail­ing to con­vert to leave Nathan’s troops down and out.

GB had started the com­pe­ti­tion with a 2-1 de­feat against Amer­ica. They fol­lowed it up with a 1-1 draw against Ar­gentina be­fore their match against Brazil was aban­doned when a Brazil­ian player was sent off for head­but­ting GB’s Clive Nathan and the match ref­eree, with GB lead­ing 1-0.

Need­ing to beat host na­tion Chile by two clear goals to stand a chance of reach­ing the fi­nal, GB drew a blank in a goal­less en­counter.

Nathan said: “We are all gut­ted but I am ex­tremely proud of ev­ery one of my team­mates who have rep­re­sented MGB su­perbly on the in­ter­na­tional stage in an event none of us will ever forget.”

There was bet­ter news for Sam Cohen who de­scribed her bronze medal in the Open Ten­nis event as the ic­ing on the cake.

Cohen, who also medalled at last sum­mer’s Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games in Berlin, said: “It is al­ways an hon­our to rep­re­sent MGB and join the Mac­cabi fam­ily in this global cel­e­bra­tion of world Jewry.”

Cohen, who also part­nered Gre­gory Bern­stein in the Open Mixed Dou­bles event, added: “From start to fin­ish it was an­other in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of Jewish pride. We were a small del­e­ga­tion but the spirit and ca­ma­raderie was fan­tas­tic.”

TheUSA­toppedthe­fi­nalmedal­stable with 56 golds in an over­all tally of 133.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Sam Cohen won GB’s only medal with bronze in the ten­nis

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