Mighty Leeds crest­fallen as Prest­field book fi­nal date

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

FOOT­BALL MAR­CUS Buchanan stunned Leeds Mac­cabi to book Prest­field a spot in the Tony Co­hen Cup fi­nal.

Buchanan’s first-half win­ner saw Zac Marks’ men mas­ter­mind a 1-0 away-day sur­prise.

It means Prest­field could lift sil­ver­ware in the club’s first year in the MJSL.

Mac­cabi Manch­ester Blue — who edged past South Manch­ester 2nd by the same score­line - now stand in their way when they clash on May 2.

Marks said: “We have made real progress this sea­son.

“To be in with a chance of sil­ver­ware is more than we could have hoped for.”

Leeds were clear favourites to progress but player-man­ager Adam Kristall was left to rue a bad day at the of­fice.

Leeds now have the Shonn Tro­phy and the Harold Feld­man Tro­phy to fo­cus on and Kristall said: “The treble dream is over.

“We have let our­selves down. The boys need to dust them­selves down and con­cen­trate on the two re­main­ing cups we are still in­volved in.

“That must be our fo­cus be­tween now on and the end of the sea­son.”

Nathan Pitt was Mac­cabi Manch­ester Blue’s goal hero against South Manch­ester 2nd.

Pitt grabbed the all-im­por­tant firsthalf win­ner. But it was veter­ans Nick Yard­ley and Andy Hat­ton who played star­ring roles and they will once again be key to their side’s chances next month.

The venue for the fi­nal has still yet to be de­cided.

Oli Grant led the way as Manch­ester Mac­cabi 1st marched into the semi­fi­nals of the Stu­art Gor­don Cup.

Grant struck twice while Adam Stevens and Max Rose also weighed in the last-eight rout.

The Cheshire & Manch­ester Pre­mier League ti­tle looks be­yond them this sea­son, but boss Tony Gell­man said: “We want to fin­ish the sea­son on a high. And that means win­ning a tro­phy.

“There has been a lot of ef­fort put in this sea­son and I think that would be a fit­ting re­ward.”

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