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JC MSFL Division 3:
Catford & Bromley Maccabi 2 L'Equipe 1
Leo Brownstein and Ryan Kangisser were on target as Catford claimed their sixth win of the campaign to leapfrog L’Equipe and move into the top five.
Prior to kick-off, Cats boss Lester Jacobs was concerned that injuries to David Lee and Steve Keller was going to leave the team a little lightweight at the centre of the park. But a late reshuffle saw him move full-back Leo Brownstein and striker Ryan Kangisser to flank and midfield powerhouse Johnny Keller proved to be a successful alteration as they were the trio who had the biggest say in seeing off the visitors.
Fifteen minutes into the first half lone striker Joel Isaacs closed in on goal and unselfishly set up Brownstein to lash home his first goal since the opening day of the season.
For the remainder of the half and winning every ball in his domain Keller continued to push us forward. But although the hosts dominated the first period they were unable to increase our lead.
L'Equipe intensified their game and pressurised for much of the second half in search of an equaliser. But home keeper Dave Howard and his defence stood strong. With just four minutes left and following a goalmouth scramble Josh Baron squeezed the ball home for what had appeared to be a deserved point.
This late setback appeared to spark the Cats back into action and for the first time in the half they forced a some last-ditch clearances at the right end.
The Cats won a throw just a yard or two from the corner flag late substitute and long throw specialist Josh Pater hurled his throw "Delap style" at the far post for big Kangisser to glance the ball home with just added time remaining.
Jacobs told JC Sport: "Not the prettiest of victories this season but enough for us to finish the season free from a relegation battle and look towards next season with a great deal of optimism."