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Shirbini batters Blancos

Ben Shirbini (3) was the star man as Faithfold A maintained their four-point advantage, finishing in seventh heaven against Los Blancos.

    Man-of-the-match Leor Harel, David Leiwy, Avi Markiewicz and super-sub David Kizneris completed the rout.

    With MGBSFL chairman David Wolff and Wingate and Finchley President and former Faithfold chairman Harvey Ackerman among the crowd at the Hive, the pressure was on and Faithfold knew they had to live up to their reputation.

    The first 10-15 minutes were scrappy and Faithfold were on the back-foot, hardly getting out their half. A mistake in defence could have been costly but Blancos couldn’t capitalise and instead hit the inside of the post and agonisingly out. There were a few other shaky moments but after about 15 minutes Faithfold finally settled and never looked back.

    Shirbini opened the scoring with a neat header into the corner after a trademark dazzling run and cross by David Leiwy who left three defenders in his wake.

    The second goal was started and finished by man of the match Harel. After a perfectly timed sliding challenge to stop a break, he then switched the play over to Leiwy and he continued his run, Leiwy beat his man and played a perfect through ball, Harel without looking deftly dinked the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

    The third came not long before the end of the half, Avi Garson shimmied his way through to make space for a shot, on its way to goal it took a tricky deflection which the keeper could only parry, Shirbini in cool fashion dealt with the loose ball.  

    There was more drama just before the half time whistle as it seemed that Blancos were denied a clear penalty for handball but alas it wasn’t given. 

    The second half saw an improved Los Blancos side but with such a large squad available for Faithfold we improved too. David Kirzneris came on and it didn't take long for the Lithuanian to announce his arrival on the scene, after a string of one-twos the ball made its way over to Kirzneris who made his way through a couple of Blancos men and a laced strike went right into the bottom corner.

    It was soon 5-0 as Leiwy once again was up to his old tricks. He cut in, cut out and then did it all again, he finally came inside past the centre-back before delightfully chipping it over the keeper into the top corner from the edge of the box.

    Markiewicz scored the sixth after a great through ball from Harel and then rounding the keeper and slotting home from a tight angle. 

    Shirbini had a few opportunities to complete his hat-trick but it seemed he may not get there and yet on the 86th minute to his joy, Louis Naghten, who was simply untouchable all game, found him with a great ball and one on one with the keeper, there was no way he was missing. 7-0, Hat-trick, job done and substituted off to a standing ovation.

    Jubiliant Faithfold boss Avi Markiewicz told JC Sport: "It was an outstanding performance all round by all 15 players, including goalkeeper Joseph Corin who hasn’t featured since featured since the opening game against L'equipe and finally made his way back from shopping in Bicester.

    "He made some very important saves down on his right and left. The win was built on a defence that were solid and a unit."

    FAITHFOLD: Joseph Corin, Johnny Gahan, Jonny Leiwy, Aaron Luftig, Avi Garson, Joseph Gordon, Leor Harel, David Leiwy, Louis Naghten, Ben Shirbini, Avi Markiewicz. Subs: Gideon Caller, David Kizneris, Dovi Vogel, Zalmy Cohen

    SCORERS: Shirbini 3, Harel, D. Leiwy, Markiewicz, Kizneris

    BLANCOS: Gideon Rabstein, Joel Barnett, Alex Deal, Jake Doffman, Svi Freedman, Tim Heynes, Avishai Kestenbaum, Gabriel Krieger, Alex Lewis, Elliott Maslawy, Daniel Sinclair. Subs: Joe Davis, Thomas Hackett, Oliver Sade

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