Jacobs coy on chances of old boys winning Jewish FA Cup, but we think they can
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.”
Adam Stolerman bulldozes his way towards goal