Five-star Oakhill stun the leaders

By David Gold, February 4, 2011

League leaders Manchester Maccabi 3rd suffered a second successive defeat as they were crushed 5-1 by Oakhill Lions.

Oakhill staged a stunning second half recovering after going a goal down.

Josh Hayes had put the visitors in front but a brace from Dan Cohen, an own goal and strikes from Ben Horne and Yoel Deal sealed a sensational win.

Manager Daniel Berkley said: “It was really nice to get a strong Oakhill team out and we were well worth the win.”

A tightly contested first half saw few clear-cut chances falling to either side as they both battled to gain a foothold and some rhythm to their play.

Oakhill missed a host of good openings with Cohen, Deal and Horne failing to hit the target following a goalmouth scramble.

Hayes broke the deadlock, cashing in on good work from Richard Myers before coolly slotting home.

Oakhill had competed well though and got an equaliser just after half time as Cohen stabbed home a cross from Horne at the back post.

An even contest swung Oakhill’s way on the hour mark as Jonny Gilbert miskicked horribly following a cross to put the ball into his own net.

From then on, Oakhill took charge as Maccabi crumbled. It was déjà vu for the visitors who had also led at half time against Sporting last week before succumbing to a second half fightback.

Horne extended the lead minutes later, latching onto a cross from Deal to finish and put daylight between the two sides.

With Maccabi desperately trying to find a way back into the game they were exposed twice more on the counter attack as Deal finished off from close range following a swift break to make it four.

Cohen completed the rout late on with a simple finish into the bottom corner after another lightning raid on the Maccabi goal.

Martin Simons, the Maccabi manager, said: “The title race is completely open. It was a poor performance and if we want to win the title we have to improve.

“Selection issues have caused problems for us in the last two weeks but I am not sure we’d have won with any team out.”

Last updated: 12:39pm, February 4 2011