Lions U10 Whites win six-a-side competition

Maccabi London Lions U10 Whites won the Royston Town Youth 6-a-side Tournament, beating Wheathampstead Wanderers 1-0 in the final.


Having qualified top of their group, the young Lions faced Bedwell Rangers FC in their quarter-final tie, dispatching them 4-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Zac Benedick and a goal from Ethan Gold.

That led to a semi-final against Milton Colts. Milton had won the same tournament 12 months earlier and were buoyed by winning a national Futsal tournament the previous week.

In a tense encounter the strong defensive unit of Dylan Joseph in goal and Joshua Doctors and captain Max Mandel at the back kept Milton at bay. The game ended goalless and penalties were the order of the day.

Three brave Lions stood up to be counted and Doctors, Max Mandel and Gav Mevorah all scored. As the final Milton player stepped up goalkeeper  Joseph produced his best 'Fortnite' dance and the unfortunate opposition player shot wide. The Lions were into another final.

In the final a strong Wheathampstead Wanderers side were no match for the effervescent Lions. Midway through the match Gold picked the ball up in the centre of midfield and passed it out wide to Zac Benedick. Benedick drove down the line, rode a strong tackle and put the ball into the centre of the goalmouth where  Rexphi finished calmly to give the Lions the lead.

The Lions continued to press forward with some intricate work from Mevorah and Rexphi, whilst the defensive unit stood strong until the final whistle.

At the end of the match raucous celebrations followed and it was left to Max Mandel to lift his second trophy of the season as the Royston Town Youth trophy was added to the team’s trophy cabinet to go alongside the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup.

LIONS SQUAD: Dylan Joseph, Joshua Doctors, Max Mandel, Zac Benedick, Gav Mevorah, Ethan Gold, Fredi Rexphi

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