Majestic McGarvey sends holders through

By Danny Caro, January 30, 2012
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North London Raiders B 1 Manchester Maccabi 1st 2

Cup holders Manchester Maccabi 1st edged past Premier Division new boys North London Raiders B 2-1 in a tie where all the goals came late in the second half.

The visitors forged ahead through Jay McGavery after 65 minutes following an error from Raiders keeper David Simnock.

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They doubled the lead with a stunning goal from McGavery on the counter-attack soon after.

Raiders top-scorer David Dinkin halved the deficit with a last minute consolation.

Maccabi wonder kid Louie Basso was terrific in midfield but he was sent to hospital following a head injury which required stitches.

Manchester joint-manager Stuart Delmonte told JC Sport: "We bossed it for the first 20 minutes without scoring. It was a good performance and I'm just pleased to go through on 3G.

"This match was a great advert for Jewish football. Raiders are a very nice bunch of boys and we now look forward to having Michael Sacks and a couple of the boys back for the quarter-finals."

Raiders boss Rob Richman told JC Sport: "I thought both teams contributed to what was a really decent game of football. Manchester dominated the possession but we probably had the better chances in the 90 minutes.

"It was a very even game and with 15 minutes to go, and the game still goallessm I could see it going to extra time.

"Unfortunately it wasn't to be today, but we gave absolutely everything against a very talented Manchester side.

"Congratulations to Manchester who I believe have a huge chance of retaining their trophy."

Last updated: 3:16pm, January 30 2012