Heroic Hersh inspires Blancos
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A hat-trick from player-manager ADAM HERSH helped Blancos maintain their terrific start to the season as they hammered Raiders B 5-1.
A nervy first half with chances for both teams but Los Blancos broke the deadlock when Mickey Mendelsohn found space in the box to head home a wonderful corner to give LB the lead.
Raiders battled hard and were rewarded with a goal of their own five minutes later when their striker beat the offside trap and finished with aplomb.
Josh Cohen was barely called on in the LB goal but made a sublime save to his bottom right, unaware that the whistle had already been blown for offside. This was much the story for Raiders who were constantly caught offside due to resolute defending by the LB defenders.
Los Blancos ended the half on a high when Hersh leaped highest in the Raiders box to head home the second from a Rory Delap-esque throw by Josh Gaon.
The second half was a completely different story. Whatever was said at half time by the gaffer really ignited the flame in the LB belly and they came storming out of the blocks.
Los Blancos controlled the game and the third goal came with some neat passing by the front men to put Josh Gaon through only for him to be brought down by the keeper. Gaon was not to be robbed of a certain goal so got up to take the penalty sending the keeper the wrong way.
More domination was to follow and Hersh added another goal to his tally with the goal of the game and goal of the season contender with a spectacular bicycle kick sending the ball to the top right corner leaving the keeper helpless and the crowd in awe.
The rout was completed with Hersh bagging his third and deserved hat-trick finishing a beautiful cross by Waters. Hersh was caught kissing his badge in recognition to the support by the new sponsors, Cohen Arnold.
A delighted Adam Hersh told JC Sport: "I was extremely impressed with how we restricted the opposition in the second half with the majority of play being in the oppositions half.
"It was a perfect team performance all over the park and we did ourselves very proud."