Four-midable Maccabi progress

September 14, 2009
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Manchester Amateur County Cup
First round - Hamlet Vulcans 2 Manchester Maccabi 1st 4

Manchester Maccabi returned to winning ways with an excellent win over strong opposition from the Premier Division of the Hyde League.

David Nadler and Scott McGarvey made several changes with Leor Sidle moving back up front alongside new signing Luc Fracheboud. Rafi Leker moved to the right side of midfield, David Chaytow came in on the left side of midfield for his first appearance of the season, and Andy Rosemberg returned to central midfield alongside skipper Ashley Loofe. Both Loofe and Rosenberg had their best games for some time.

Maccabi started well, knockng the ball around with confidence. Fracheboud showed some neat touches early on and combined well with Sidle.

Hamlet took the lead against the run of play. Garman went down low to his right from a free kick from just outside the box but the ball squirmed from his grasp in the greasy conditions and Bullock tapped in the rebound. Garman responded well and made some outstanding saves throughout the game.

Maccabi came back strongly and it was no surprise when the equaliser arrived. A long clearance from Garman caught out the Hamlet defence and Sidle clipped the ball over the Hamlet centre half before finishing calmly.

A few moments later, Maccabi took the lead. A neat through ball into the Hamlet box found Sidle whose first effort was blocked but Sidle slotted home the rebound.

Within seconds, Maccabi had an opportunity to put the game beyond Hamlet when Leker was brought down in the box. Sidle smashed the penalty against the bar and the home side went in at half time leading by the odd goal.

Hamlet came out in determined fashion and put the Maccabi defence under pressure but centre halves Carl Peters and Michael Sacks stood firm. Full backs Jackson and Greene had good games with both returning to the team after being out all last season.

Maccabi extended their lead when Leker, who was a threat throughout the game, tried a speculative effort from 35 yards out and the ball nestled in the corner of the Hamlet net.

Hamlet responded well and made it a nervous last 15 minutes from Maccabi when Jones went through the Maccabi defence and hit an unstoppable shot past Garman.

Maccabi's nerves were settled though when sub Emile Davidson cut in from the left, pushed the ball across to Fracheboud who rounded the kepper and finished in style from a sharp angle. Fracheboud deserved a goal on his debut for his excellent work-rate.

A very solid performance from Maccabi and they can gain considerable conference after this win against strong and determined opponents.

    Last updated: 12:18pm, September 14 2009