Courageous Maccabi reach Cheshire final
MANCHESTER MACCABI 1ST PARK VILLA
FOOTBALL A depleted Maccabi Manchester 1st defied the odds to set up a Divisional Cup final date next month.
Down to their bare bones, Maccabi 1st led their semi-final against Park Villa following strikes from Sam Hatton and Louie Basso.
But Basso’s withdrawal through injury left Scott McGarvey’s men down to 10 men and they suffered a fresh blow when Marcus Jackson picked up a knock moments later and was forced to hobble on.
Left playing a passenger, Cheshman League leaders Park Villa, who had beaten Maccabi 1st 4-0 twice already this season, took full advantage to haul themselves back level in the final 25 minutes.
There only looked to be one winner but with the tie heading into extratime, Michael Sacks won it with a late free-kick.
Assistant-boss Tony Gellman said: “We were effectively down to nine-anda-half players. Everything was conspiring against us but the players somehow managed to get through which speaks volumes of their character.”
Maccabi will now play Manchester Athletic in the final on May 7. They also face the same opposition in another last-four tie in the Tony Gordon Cup.
Maccabi have also confirmed their will re-enter the Maccabi GB Peter Morrison National Trophy competition from next season.