Fat­tal at­trac­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

FOOT­BALL SAM Marchant saluted su­per-sub Daniel Fat­tal for keep­ing Mac­cabi Lon­don Lions B’s pro­mo­tion hopes alive with a stop­page-time win­ner against ti­tle ri­vals Red­bridge B.

The Lions showed great char­ac­ter to come from a goal down to end Red­bridge’s 11-match un­beaten run.

Red­bridge cap­tain Richie Caplin headed the hosts in front but the Lions were not be­hind for long as a move in­volv­ing Zac Rose, Ben Win­ters and Josh Bloom al­lowed the on­rush­ing Benji Wein­berger to slot home on the stroke of half-time.

Marchant in­tro­duced Fat­tal to the ac­tion for the last 15 min­utes, re­plac­ing Win­ters, as the Lions went in search of a late win­ner. And he duly obliged with a crash­ing half-vol­ley whistling into the bot­tom cor­ner to spark scenes of wild cel­e­bra­tion.

Lions boss Sam Marchant said: “This was a mas­sive game for us and there is no other way to put it.

“We had to win to keep our pro­mo­tion hopes alive and we’ve done just that in a fan­tas­tic man­ner.”

The de­ci­sion to in­tro­duce big striker Michael Ken­ley to the ac­tion early also paid div­i­dends. “Our usual foot­ball style wasn’t best suited to the con­di­tions and it was tough find­ing our­selves,” said Marchant.

“Af­ter falling be­hind, we changed quite a bit tac­ti­cally and equal­is­ing be­fore half-time was perfect.

“I thought it might not be our day but our sec­ond-half per­for­mance was heroic.

“Hav­ing Daniel Fat­tal fresh-legged on the bench re­ally helped and is what got us over the line. He came on with 10 min­utes to go and the ball fell at his feet in the box with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the game in the 93rd minute and he tucked it away as coolly as you like.

“We are all de­lighted with the re­sult as we keep the pres­sure up on Scrab­ble and Raiders B. We cer­tainly have kept our pro­mo­tion dream alive.”

Red­bridge boss Sam Rank is re­fus­ing to panic, de­spite the late heart­break, as his team has three games in hand on the Lions who now hold a four-point lead at the top of Di­vi­sion One. “It is dev­as­tat­ing to be de­feated in the last minute of any type of foot­ball match, but the league ti­tle is still in our hands mas­sively,” com­mented Rank. “This was not a game of foot­ball at all, it just turned into a long-ball af­fair, with both teams can­celling out each other in the mid­field.

“I felt a draw would’ve been the right re­sult, but credit to Lions who se­cured the late win­ner.

“It only takes a sec­ond to score a goal in foot­ball and so this was proved.

“The boys know they need to re­group and get back to win­ning ways next week against Faith­fold.”

RED­BRIDGE: Scott Shear, Daniel An­drews, Dan Bean, Richie Caplin (capt), Brad Gayer, Adam Gold­man, Kane Hopps, Joe Jor­dan, Scott McKen­zie, Adam No­ble, Steve Sum­mers. Subs: An­thony Cope, Sam Rank, Richard Stern

LIONS: James Harpin, Zac Rose, Ben Win­ters, Adam Abadi, Nathan An­ders, Daniel Be­har, Josh Bloom, Ed Braf­man, Ozzy Doron, Dom Feld­man, Benji Wein­berger. Subs: Michael Ken­ley, Daniel Fat­tal

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Daniel Fat­tal is chased by his team­mates af­ter his late, late show

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