Summers inspires Redbridge to thrilling Anekstein comeback


A wonder goal from Steve Summers helped former winners Redbridge Jewish Care A come from a goal down to beat Division One leaders Brady Maccabi in the third round of the Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Redbridge arrived at Fairlop for a match up against an in-form Brady in good spirits.

With the returning Scott Oldstein out wide and Nathan Sollosi driving things from the middle, things looked well set. The game kicked off and from the off Brady were determined not to be bossed around and under the midfield general of Daniel Harrod, they competed strongly.

Redbridge chances were few and far between though they were dominating possession with both Sollosi brothers running the show but not able to make the final ball count.

With half-time approaching, a mistake out on the touchline by Adam Hakimi left top-scorer Reiss Mogilner with a simple task to open the scoring for Brady.

Redbridge needed to regroup as the frustration of being one down at half-time was difficult to swallow but they knew their time would come.

The game restarted and this time, Redbridge were looking crisper in their passing and looking to make their superior play count. The equaliser came from Sam Sollosi, a turn and precise finish from 10 yards that left their previously unbeatable keeper with no chance.

This seemed to sap the Brady squad and devoid of any subs, they looked tired. Goal two was a stunner - Steve Summers picked up the ball about 40 yards out and drove into the penalty area using pace and strength and with his slight of movement, beat a few Brady defenders before caressing the ball into the net - a brilliant finish worthy of winning any match.

Redbridge were not finished and they added two further goals. First a run and finish from Scott Oldstein and the coup de grace came from Nathan Sollosi who smashed the ball home having been set up by his brother, Sam, who unselfishly squared the ball to him.

RJC boss Jon Jacobs told JC Sport: "It was a good win in the end but Brady made it very difficult for Redbridge, especially in the first half."

Brady boss Josh Dagul told JC Sport: "We knew it was going to be a tough game and set out to defend well and hit them on the counter. The plan worked in the first half where we weathered the storm by defending superbly as a team, defenders flinging themselves in front of shots and our keeper saving everything else.

"We even took the lead with the last kick of the first half. Unfortunately we couldn't maintain it in the second half as our legs tired as they continued their passing football and once they equalised it was always going to be tough to recover.

"They've built a young team with some very good players and will be a force in the next couple of years. We wish them luck for the rest of the season."

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