Stunning comeback keeps champions in business
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Strikes from Ben Kon, Ari Last and Dovid Korman earned Hendon the points as they finished 2012 on a high, with their second win of the season over FC Team.
Delighted Hendon boss David Garbacz told JC Sport: "This was a massive win for us. We now go into the mid-season break with full confidence and belief that we can mount a serious defence of our title.
"We found ourselves 2-0 down at half time today, despite having the majority of the play, through a shocking but thankfully very rare goalkeeping error which would definitely make it into any Chanukah video compilation of bloomers - and also through a truly awful refereeing decision when he waved play on and allowed a goal to stand when the linesman had rightly clearly given offside.
"We were angry but determined at half time and knew that we had to react positively and go at them hard. We came out of the blocks like men with a true mission and within 25 minutes had clawed the deficit back and gone in front.
"We then sat back a bit but held on pretty comfortably for a massive win.
"We wish a really good competitive FC Team all the best for the rest of the season. Last season our challenge was to lead from the front - this year we have to come from behind but we have enormous belief that we have the capability to do so."
FC Team boss Mitch Young told JC Sport: "2-0 up at half time and playing well, I am therefore disappointed to have lost the game. You have to give credit to Hendon who came back very well in the second half.
"I was very pleased with the first half and we had two very good chances at 2-0 to make it 3 -0 which might have done enough. We are lacking a bit of leadership and experience to really mount a challenge at this level. We are not far behind and we can beat anyone on our day but too often we let leads slip. We now have to focus on the Morrsion and enjoy the rest of league campaign."
DC Prediction: Hendon A 2 FC Team A 1