Leeds on cloud nine

By James Masters, January 9, 2012

Sunday Alliance League Cup Round One
Leeds Maccabi 1st 9 Rodley Barge 3

Dave Woolman’s four-goal blast fired Leeds Maccabi 1st into the second round of the Sunday Alliance League Cup.

The in-form striker needed less than 45 minutes to destroy First Division side Rodley Barge as the visitors sunk to a humiliating defeat.

Adam Gilman grabbed a hat-trick, while Oshri Amar and Richard Black were also on target as Maccabi cruised home.

And boss Ian Selwyn was delighted with his side’s start to 2012, with Maccabi facing a crucial month in their chase for league and Peter Morrison Trophy glory.

“It was important to start the year with a win and get everyone back in the swing of things, because we’ve got a big month ahead,” he said.

“We’ve got Republica International next week and then a huge league game with New Ireland Wood, which could be crucial.

“Then there’s the small matter of the Morrison game against Oakwood after that. We’ve got some really big games coming up but hopefully we’ll be ready for it.

"We played some really good football against Rodley Barge and hopefully that will continue.”

Maccabi will face much sterner tests than that offered by Rodley, who were blown away before the break.

Woolman needed just 20 seconds to open his account as Leeds blitzed their way into a 7-1 half-time lead.

Woolman’s quadruple strike was followed by two from Gilman, while Amar netted an outrageous 35-yard screamer to cap a remarkable first-half.

Richard Black, who missed a first-half penalty, finally found the net after the break, while Gilman completed his hat-trick to seal the win.

Maccabi face league leaders Waggon Athletic in the next round but Selwyn is remaining confident.

“It’s a very tough draw but on our day we can beat anybody,” he said.

“I would rather play the better teams and win 1-0 than face a lower side and win by eight or nine.

“The players will rise to the occasion and we’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Leeds Maccabi 2nd crashed out at the first hurdle after going down 2-1 against Republica International.

Oliver Abrahamson gave Maccabi the lead but Simon Fisher's men failed to hold on as they slumped to yet another defeat.

Last updated: 5:32pm, January 9 2012