PETER MORRISON TROPHY ROUND ONE
BRADY MACCABI 1 HMH UNDER-18'S 2 (AET)
Avi Goldberg hailed his HMH heroes as they sent first division Brady Maccabi tumbling out of the cup - in their own back-yard, courtesy of strikes from Dom Feldman and an absolute screamer from 25 yards from Teddie Levenfiche.
In a super game, HMH Showed why the next generation of Jewish footballers is alive and well. In an engrossing encounter, both sides created good chances in the first half but found both defences and goalkeepers in good form.
HMH started to express themselves more in the second half, and their slick football soon resulted in some chances, as first George Goldberg and then Feldman smacked the crossbar, whilst Eli Wegrzyn and Josh Dreyfuss forced top-drawer saves from the Brady keeper. Goldberg said: "On another day we might have rued missing those. Indeed it required a phenomenal goalline clearance from Ozzy Doron to stop Brady nicking it in normal time."
Into extra-time the match went. Levenfiche went close for HMH, but Brady then took the lead when a through ball was despatched home.
You might have expected the older more experienced Brady to have seen the game out, but HMH drove on and equalised with a sublime goal created by a sparkling interchange from Goldberg and Levenfiche which carved open the Brady defence, and from the ensuing cross Feldman slammed the ball home.
HMH did not stop there as they continued to seek out a winner and it duly came five minutes from the end of extra-time courtesy of an absolute screamer from 25 yards from Levenfiche which rose all the way from the moment it left his boot until it found the top corner.
A jubilant Avi Goldberg told JC Sport: "My 17-year-olds matched Brady in every department, and, at times, outplayed them with slick one and two-touch football. Nevertheless it still took two outstanding goals to settle the match.
"The boys have a new level of belief this season as they continue their unbeaten run in all competitions and we are looking forward to seeing how far we can progress in this competition."