Our time has come, says Hendon manager

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2012

London Maccabi Lions A 2 Hendon United Sports Club A 5

Hendon returned to the top of the table with a stunning 5-2 victory over leaders Lions A at Rowley Lane.

It was a highly impressive performance from David Garbacz's treble-chasing team. Liverpool fan Avidan Last completed a memorable weekend by scoring a double, with Greg Corin also bagging a brace, including a goal-of-the-week contender.

Ari Last put the icing on the cake for a Hendon team who take on Brady Maccabi A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final next weekend.

Joel Ross and Josh Newman replied for the Lions.

Jubilant Hendon boss David Garbacz told JC Sport: "This was a high-class Premier League game of football between two of the best teams in the league.

"We controlled the match in terms of possession and chances although it took us until quite late to turn that control into a comfortable lead.

"We twice uncharacteristically let them back in with two equalisers, but on both occasions we reacted well and pushed on again at the other end.

"Lions are an excellent young team but their time will probably come in the next couple of years if they stay together.

"For us our time is now - we are on the cusp of something very special, but we will refuse to celebrate anything until the trophies are actually in the cupboard.

"We are totally united and are full of confidence and skill. We cannot wait for the big cup finals in the next couple of weeks. The only tricky thing will be picking the team. The carmel champagne is well and truly on ice."

Lions joint-manager Josh Newman told JC Sport: "Congratulations to Hendon, who have thoroughly deserved to win the league this year.

"We battled well for the first 70 minutes, with the scoreline at 2-2 before their superior fitness really showed in the remaining 20 minutes.

"No doubt Hendon deserved to win the game and it’s no surprise that they have only lost once this season in the league and are well on course to completing the treble.

"The fact they have only lost once all season shows you what a good, consistent side they are. That’s what we’re aiming to become and whilst we are still learning as a team and clearly have areas in which we need to address, we are confident we can achieve that with a few additions to strengthen the squad in the summer."

Hendon's push for a second league title will be put on hold for a couple of weeks as they face two trips to Wingate & Finchley. First up is Brady Maccabi A in the final of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup followed by a meeting with Division One champions Oakwood in the Jewish FA Cup final.

Last updated: 10:25am, April 17 2012