Lench­ner seals points

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

SOUTH MANCH­ESTER SPORTS 2ND MAC­CABI MANCH­ESTER BLUE

FOOT­BALL JONNY Rose is con­fi­dent Mac­cabi Manch­ester Blue can re­tain the Shonn Tro­phy fol­low­ing their em­phatic first leg suc­cess against South Manch­ester.

The hold­ers were in ruth­less mood in the quar­ter-fi­nals, with Dar­ren Co­hen, Roy Fux, Max Rose, Char­lie Simp­son and Joey Cas­tle on target.

Blues boss Rose be­lieves his play­ers can de­fend their crown and said: “I’d like to think we could win it again. Why not? There is no rea­son, with the way we are play­ing, that we can’t. We have now won five games in a row and we are shar­ing the goals around. The tie is not over yet but we are con­fi­dent. Play­ing on 4G pitches seems to suit us.”

The home side grabbed a con­so­la­tion via Phil Gor­don but it ap­pears there is no way back for South Manch­ester Sports 2nd in the tie.

And a bad day got even worse when Mike Herz was given his march­ing or­ders af­ter clash­ing with the in­flu­en­tial Cas­tle.

Ref­eree Behnam Sarani was left with lit­tle op­tion but to dis­miss Herz to add to his side’s woes.

FOOT­BALL MAC­CABI Lon­don Lions Vets com­pleted a league dou­ble over Garston, but they were made to work hard for this vic­tory against qual­ity op­po­si­tion.

Brad Lazarus lashed home the opener af­ter 15 min­utes fol­low­ing great build-up play in­volv­ing Matt Klein­man, Danny Daggers and Saul Con­way.

Lions se­cured the points dur­ing the sec­ond half when Con­way ran at the Garston de­fence and was crudely up­ended. Lazarus whipped in a free­kick to sub­sti­tute Paul Lench­ner who con­trolled the ball and, de­spite be­ing pulled by the de­fender, he man­aged to crack a shot that came back down off the un­der­side of the bar, find­ing the net off the back of the goal­keeper.

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