Catford register sixth win
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Goals from Adam Luria, Gab John and Jamie Sinai guided the Cats to their sixth win of the season in front of the JC cameras at Norsemen FC.
Coming into the game, the tank of the Jewdinese team, Harry Marks, declared himself fit and great preparations midweek meant the boys in black and white were fully focused heading into the game.
Jewdinese came out fighting and were probably the better team for the first 10-15 minutes, but without creating any clear-cut chances. From then on the Cats woke up and pushed on.
They took the lead from a penalty after Jamie Sinai was bundled over in the area and Luria converted. Jewdinese chairman Jake Erlich told JC Sport: "At first I thought it was the wrong decision, however pictures from the game prove me wrong completely!"
Jewdinese enjoyed a good period of pressure and created a few half chances but they failed to capitalise, which Erlich says "has been the story of our season so far".
And they were hit with a sucker punch as the lead was doubled when a Gabriel John corner flew straight in.
Catford continued to create chances, with Guy Ben Aroya in goal only really tested from distance, seeing them comfortably through until half time.
A passionate team talk from Darren Lawrence at half time made everyone in the Jewdinese camp motivated for the second half. They played one of their best halves of football and halved the deficit thanks to a great goal from Ben Berrick in which he took it round the keeper and slotted it home.
Although Jewdinese put together some decent passing football, it was the Cats creating most of the chances, with the Jewdinese goalkeeper Josh Frey keeping them in the game time and again, saving from point-blank range as the Cats wasted chance after chance to put the game well to bed.
At the same time, Jewdinese managed only a few half-chances and set pieces in terms of an attacking threat. A long-range effort was brilliantly tipped over by Ben Aroya, but at the other end Catford continued to create chances on the counter and could have had seven or eight were it not for some wayward finishing and an inspired performance from the Jewdinese keeper.
In the dying seconds of the game a moment which quite simply could have changed Jewdinese's season saw Joe Meisel's pinpoint corner fall to Zack Collins. He smashed it on to the underside of the crossbar only for the ball to bounce down over the line, but cleared instantly after by the Catford defence. Whilst the Jewdinese players were confused as to why a goal hadn’t been given, a hefty clearance found Sinai who took it past the keeper who had advanced almost to the halfway line and putting it into the open net.
Catford captain Adam Luria told JC Sport: "This was a deserved win, full of heart and an absolute hatful of chances created.
"Jewdinese certainly gave us our toughest test of the season -they are a very good team - but we have the belief that we can now get a result from any game.
"It was a superb team performance with all 13 players who pulled on the shirt today giving their all; fighting for every header and tackle, rarely, if ever wasting a pass and showing the spirit that has made this a great start to the season."
Jewdinese boss Darren Lawrence told JC Sport: "I couldn’t have asked for a better second half from my players. We were slow starting in the first half which fundamentally has cost us the game.
"It’s disappointing to know that we have come away with no points after I feel my players deserved something after a brilliant second half performance."
Jewdinese chairman Jake Erlich told JC Sport: "The only word that comes to mind is gutted. A hard fought effort by everyone involved only to have the game snatched from us in the dying seconds.
"However, I completely understand why the referee hasn’t awarded the goal as he can only give what he sees and there were several bodies blocking his vision.
"We can only come back stronger and the only chance of promotion now is if we win every game. We can only hope Norstar or L’Equipe drop points somewhere along the line."