Easy riders

Ja­cobs coy on chances of old boys win­ning Jewish FA Cup, but we think they can

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

FOOT­BALL DAN Ja­cobs re­fuses to be drawn on his team’s chances of win­ning the Peter Morrison Tro­phy af­ter Mac­cabi Lon­don Lions Masters se­cured their se­cond Premier Di­vi­sion scalp of the sea­son, and he claims they are just en­joy­ing the ride.

The old­est team left in the com­pe­ti­tion, with all play­ers aged 35 and over, the Lions stormed into the quar­ter­fi­nals thanks to a deadly dou­ble from Adam Stol­er­man and head­ers from de­fend­ers Adam Myeroff and David Soutar. The win sets up a tie at home to se­cond di­vi­sion RC UK FC.

Brady drew first blood when Sam Mon­jack beat two play­ers be­fore send­ing in a low cross for top-scorer Reiss Mogilner to scram­ble home.

Myeroff hauled the Lions level with a loop­ing header from a cor­ner from Sam Sloma.

Stol­er­man then took the tie by the scruff of the neck with two qual­ity fin­ishes as the Lions drove for­wards — their com­bi­na­tion and neat in­ter-play was too much for Brady.

Harry Fine kept Brady in the game with ex­cel­lent saves to deny Lee Con­way, Paul Hakim and Saul Con­way, while Hakim saw an­other ef­fort smack against the cross­bar.

Brady were then handed a life­line when Soutar was ad­judged to have fouled Mogilner in the penalty area but goal­keeper Rus­sell Corin came to the res­cue, div­ing smartly to his right to turn the shot around the post.

Soutar reg­is­tered the fourth to end any hopes of a Brady come­back be­fore Mogilner com­pleted the scor­ing from the penalty spot.

Lions boss Dan Ja­cobs com­mented: “Brady are a very de­cent young side, es­pe­cially with the ball. But across the

pitch, once the game set­tled, I think we were just that bit sharper.

“They scored on the break but from there we were the dom­i­nant side and should re­ally have scored sev­eral more. Their keeper had a fine game to be fair.”

Brady joint-man­ager Josh Dagul com­mended his team for “a su­perb ef­fort” and said: “Al­though we lost we can be proud of our per­for­mance.

“We had a game-plan and stuck to it. Un­for­tu­nately we had a 20-minute spell at the end of the first half that cost us.”

Lions U21’s also reached the last eight af­ter a 7-2 win over Faith­fold B.

Goals from Jack Mat­tey (2), Fred Kramer (2), Josh Burns, Jamie Co­hen and Max Kyte set up a tie against Mac­cabi Lon­don Lions A.

Lions head coach Joe Zen­der said: “Faith­fold were a phys­i­cal team who tired as the game pro­gressed on.” He de­scribed Mat­tey’s goal from the half­way line as “a mo­ment of pure ge­nius” and said: “We look for­ward to tak­ing on the men’s A-team in the next round and I hope the boys can con­tinue their run of form.”

PHOTO: MARC MORRIS

Adam Stol­er­man bull­dozes his way to­wards goal

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