Mag­i­cal Moses on a mis­sion

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO

FOOT­BALL GREG Corin saluted star man Moses Seitler af­ter the hat-trick hero put the Lions to the sword to set up a last four show­down against Brady Mac­cabi.

Seitler, who has also been star­ring for Sed­g­ley Park Celtic in the Manch­ester Jewish Soc­cer League this sea­son, was in sensational form as the hold­ers were sent tum­bling out.

An ac­tion-packed con­test saw the Lions add Austin Lip­man and Adam Burchell to their squad that had re­cently drawn 3-3 against Hen­don in the MGBSFL. Lions drew first blood when a long-range strike from Tyler Smith came back off the cross­bar, al­low­ing Adam Arnold to fol­low up and beat Rus­sell Corin from close range.

Hen­don drew level soon af­ter when a cross from the im­pres­sive Zac Lewis fell to Seitler who showed ex­cel­lent tech­nique to turn sharply and send a sweetly struck vol­ley into the net.

Hen­don stepped up a gear and forged ahead when ref­eree Andy My­er­son pe­nalised the Lions for hand­ball. Avi Kor­man stepped up and fired his shot into the bot­tom cor­ner past Jor­dan Shar­i­fian.

Lewis was also in­volved in Hen­don’s third goal, his dan­ger­ous cross find­ing Seitler lurk­ing at the far post and he lashed a shot through the legs of Shar­i­fian to make it 3-1.

The next goal was cru­cial and livewire Lewis put day­light be­tween the teams with a sub­lime strike. Bring­ing down a high ball on his chest, he twisted past a de­fender with the drop of a shoul­der and non­cha­lantly stroked the ball home.

Dovi Fehler was in­tro­duced from the bench and his fresh legs en­abled him to surge past Jamie Jack­son be­fore squar­ing to Seitler who was scythed down in the area. My­er­son had no hes­i­ta­tion in point­ing to the penalty spot and Seitler grabbed the ball hop­ing to com­plete his hat-trick, but he placed his shot the wrong side of the post.

The vis­i­tors did not let their heads drop and the in­tro­duc­tion of Lip­man and Burchell saw them haul them­selves back into the tie. The sub­sti­tutes linked up to make it 4-2, with Burchell squeez­ing his shot past Corin. Hen­don were be­ing pushed back, with Lip­man or­ches­trat­ing pro­ceed­ings and it was from his dan­ger­ous cross that James Gold bun­dled the ball over the line to set up a grand­stand fin­ish.

How­ever, the fi­nal word went to Seitler who ended any hopes of a Lions come­back with a stun­ning solo ef­fort. Latch­ing on to a pass from Fehler, Seitler ac­cel­er­ated, leav­ing sev­eral de­fend­ers in his wake be­fore slid­ing his shot home from an acute an­gle.

“It was a huge win for the team,” re­marked Hen­don boss Greg Corin. “We were fac­ing a good side who drafted in some play­ers of real qual­ity but the strength of our team came through. We were de­served win­ners in the end.

“The fo­cus will be on the in­cred­i­ble for­ward abil­ity of Moses Seitler and Zac Lewis who in my opin­ion are the two best for­ward play­ers in the league.

“Over­all, there were many ex­cel­lent per­form­ers be­hind them, with spe­cial men­tion to Russ Corin who pulled off a cou­ple of top-qual­ity saves.”

MGBSFL cham­pi­ons Oakwood await the win­ner of the tie be­tween Los Blan­cos and Cam­den Park in the other cup semi-fi­nal.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Moses Seitler cel­e­brates his hat-trick goal as Hen­don knocked Lions out of the League Cup

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