MGBSFL DIVISION ONE
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 1 BRADY MACCABI B 4
Division Two champions Brady B came from behind to crush an experienced Chigwell team at Peter May, with goals from new signing Henry Ziff, Reiss Mogilner, Dan Harrod and Josh Newman.
An efficient Brady B performance saw them leave Chigwell with all three points following a 4-1 victory. Despite Chigwell's dominance in the opening exchanges, it was Brady who created the better chances with both Nathan Harrod and Josh Laurier hitting the woodwork.
Craig Sandford put Chigwell ahead after 55 minutes - firing into the roof of the net from the edge of the box, but Brady rallied superbly to take the game away from the east Londoners in the last 25 minutes.
Brady, not deterred, carried on playing their own game and this was soon repaid when Ziff superbly controlled a cross before excellently volleying home with his weaker foot, certainly not a finish most would associate with a centre back.
Soon after Brady were in the lead, Harrod curling a 20-yard screamer into the top corner leaving the goalkeeper grounded.
The game was quickly wrapped up. Great teamwork culminated in a cool finish from Newman. And with 10 minutes left and the game all but dead, Mogilner had to get his name on the scoresheet doing so in bizarre fashion, straight from a corner, one the dubious goals panel will most certainly investigate. A great start to the season for Brady.
Manager Josh Dagul told JC Sport "The boys did exactly what we went there to do. It may not have been the greatest performance but we have the three points."
Henry Ziff commented: "I'm absolutely delighted to start my Brady career with a goal and three points. One team, one dream."
Disappointed Chigwell boss Richard Slater told JC Sport: "Brady are a very good side, and overall deserved the win, but yet again we have given a team a helping hand with at least two of their goals.
"We played well in patches. especially for the first 15 minutes of second half, and scored a great goal, but to collapse the way we did in a 10-minute spell isn't good enough. But it's still early days and a long long way to go."