En­er­getic Lions were a class above, says Andy

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL ANDY Lan­des­berg ex­pressed de­light af­ter Lon­don Lions edged out HSCL lead­ers San­dridge Rovers in their first out­ing of 2016.

Lan­des­berg, who was re­cently ap­pointed Team Mac­cabi GB Open Foot­ball man­ager for the 2017 Mac­cabiah Games in Is­rael, looked on with pride af­ter his Lions over­came their pro­mo­tion ri­vals thanks to goals from Austin Lip­man and Char­lie Kasler.

Max Kyte, Jake Furman, Josh Ken­net and Lip­man all went close early in the first half yet it needed a bril­liant goal-bound block from the alert Will Beresford to keep them level.

The Lions forged ahead with a great strike from Lip­man via a slight de­flec­tion.

They dou­bled the lead with 20 min­utes re­main­ing af­ter great play from Kyte was re­warded by a neat fin­ish by the in­dus­tri­ous Kasler.

A far post header from San­dridge striker Reece May gave the vis­i­tors hope but a dis­ci­plined Lions team held on to win 2-1.

Lan­des­berg said: “We would have pre­ferred to have con­verted some of the early chances that would have made the game less tense.

“This was a great dis­play through­out as the en­ergy lev­els were ex­cel­lent. My one crit­i­cism is that we only man­aged two goals.”

Max Rad­ford and Adam Kaye guided Lon­don Lions into the semi-fi­nals of the AFA Vets Tro­phy fol­low­ing a 2-1 win over the Civil Ser­vice.

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