Abadi is HMH’s good guy

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DANNY CARO


FOOT­BALL AVI Gold­berg praised his play­ers for ex­e­cut­ing their game-plan to per­fec­tion as HMH started their sea­son in style with a crush­ing 5-1 vic­tory over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Hen­don United.

Play­ing in their first match in the Mac­cabi League, HMH, who have come through the ranks in the Wat­ford Friendly League, were not over­awed, with Gold­berg cit­ing their ef­forts dur­ing pre-sea­son as “pay­ing div­i­dends”.

HMH made their in­ten­tions clear from the first whis­tle, and Adam Abadi gave them the up­per hand with two penal­ties. Dom Feld­man reg­is­tered a third on the stroke of half-time – Gold­berg de­scrib­ing it as “an early can­di­date for goal of the sea­son”. A fluid one-touch pass­ing move saw Eli We­grzyn re­lease Alex Moss who played a beau­ti­ful­ly­weighted pass into the in­side left po­si­tion for Feld­man to fin­ish off in the bot­tom cor­ner.

Hen­don ral­lied in the sec­ond half but they were de­nied by the ex­cel­lent Ja­cob Shapiro in the HMH goal.

Clark Nor­ton added HMH’s fourth be­fore Dovi Fehler chipped home a con­so­la­tion goal for Hen­don. Man of the match Abadi rounded had the fi­nal word, com­plet­ing his hat-trick with an ex­pert fin­ish past Rus­sell Corin.

Gold­berg com­mented: “Our first out­ing in men’s foot­ball couldn’t have been more daunt­ing, fac­ing an away trip to league cham­pi­ons and char­ity shield hold­ers Hen­don.

“The boys came with a tac­ti­cal game­plan and took the game to Hen­don from the start and it soon paid div­i­dends. “We worked hard to stop them cre­at­ing chances and I was proud of the way we stood our ground in the sec­ond half against a re­silient Hen­don team.

“I could not have been more pleased with the whole squad’s per­for­mance this early in the sea­son.”

Hen­don boss Jor­dan Sapler ad­mit­ted: “It wasn’t our best day at the of­fice. HMH are a very good team who will be chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle, but when you’re play­ing against your­selves and a good team it’s never go­ing to end well.

“We played much bet­ter in the sec­ond half and I be­lieve the fi­nal score­line wasn’t a fair re­flec­tion of the game.”

Sapler de­scribed the re­turn of Ye­huda Kor­man and Fehler’s strike as the “two pos­i­tives” Hen­don will take from the game and said: “We’ll come back and show just how good we can be.”

Feld­man strike a can­di­date for goal of the sea­son

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