Coura­geous Mac­cabi reach Cheshire fi­nal

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DAR­REN WITCOOP

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.

Michael Sacks

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