Lions A given a Reub awak­en­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

FOOT­BALL JOE Zen­der saluted goal­keeper Reuben Rab­stein after the young­ster steered Maccabi Lon­don Lions un­der-21s into the semi-fi­nals of the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy fol­low­ing a thrilling vic­tory over ML Lions A.

Rab­stein was the hero in the penalty shoot-out after the teams fin­ished dead­locked at 3-3 after ex­tra-time.

The teenage stop­per was called into ac­tion twice early on be­fore the U21s gained a foothold with clin­i­cal fin­ishes from Jack Mat­tey and Max Kyte.

Zen­der said: “It was a great game and a phe­nom­e­nal re­sult — one of the most ex­cit­ing and re­mark­able games of foot­ball I have ever been in­volved in.

“Our young lads rose to the chal­lenge phys­i­cally and men­tally. They showed true char­ac­ter in how they ac­quit­ted them­selves through­out.” The A’s ral­lied in the sec­ond half and drew level thanks to quick-fire strikes from Alex Tay­lor and Jon El­lis. Rab­stein de­nied them a win­ner at the death to force an ex­tra 30 min­utes. Mat­tey scored his sec­ond of the tie to put the U21s 3-2 up but they were pegged back again by a thun­der­bolt from El­lis, re­sult­ing in penal­ties. Rab­stein then came into his own, keep­ing out ef­forts from Adam Arnold and James Gold be­fore Mat­tey con­verted the win­ning ef­fort to spark scenes of wild cel­e­bra­tion.

Zen­der said: “The boys de­serve tremen­dous credit for play­ing in­cred­i­bly well and pulling off a re­mark­able vic­tory. The courage to se­cure the win on penal­ties is some­thing truly spe­cial. A Lions A spokesman com­mented: “After a per­for­mance full of great be­lief, de­ter­mi­na­tion and strong tech­ni­cal abil­ity, it would be hard to ar­gue that the this young gen­er­a­tion didn’t de­serve to take some­thing out of the game.

“We must now fo­cus on an­other in­ter-club derby against Lions B in what is now a sea­son-defin­ing Cyril Anek­stein semi-fi­nal.”

LIONS A: David Kosky, Max Has­sell, Will Beres­ford, Jon El­lis, Alex Tay­lor, Sam Arghe­bant, Ben Lam­pert, Harry Mar­low, Nathan Schindler, James Ger­sh­field, James Gold. Subs: Brad Sharp, Adam Arnold, Sam Lewis

LIONS U21: Reuben Rab­stein, Sam Hamer­ton, Nathan An­ders, Fred Kramer, Mikey Perkins, Max Mis­rahi, Nick Bar­nett, Josh Burns, Jack Mat­tey, Jamie Co­hen, Max Kyte. Subs: Char­lie Dryer, Jonny Rosen, Ja­cob Caplin

Reuben Rab­stein

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