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'Title success was a squad effort,' says Markiewicz

Champions Faithfold A returned to winning ways by ending Oakwood's automatic promotion hopes, before they were presented with the Division One shield at the Hive.

    Faithfold's final game of the season saw MGBSFL chief David Woolf in attendance, and boss Avi Markiewicz "wanted to go out with a bang against a very good Oakwood side".

    In terms of approach, Faithfold "knew it wouldn’t be easy but this game was the first game of next season," according to manager Markiewicz. Faithfold are already looking to build and fill in with even more quality and wanted to show potential players what they are joining. The Superhoops had a very strong team and equally strong bench but no keeper so Avi Garson did the honours.

    The game was fairly evenly balanaced during the first half in terms of possession but Faithfold’s superb defence of Gideon Caller, Aaron Luftig, Johnny Gahan and Josh Wagner limited Oakwood to long-range shots that failed to really test Garson.

    Faithfold had the better chances, with one shot crashing against the bar and several goal-line clearances from Amit Dinowitz, Louis Naghten, David Leiwy and Ben Shirbini. The pressure eventually told when excellent pressing by Ben Shirbini, who intercepted and selflessly played in Markiewicz for a tap-in.

    Oakwood upped their game in the second half and could have equalised but good defending and great goalkeeping prevented that. Nevertheless a really excellent Faithfold goal followed and it was time for Markiewicz to repay Shirbini the favour. Markiewicz played in down the right by Gav Lewis outmuscled one and ran past another to hit the ball low across the face of goal. Shirbini wanted it most, with strength and much exertion managed to slide in under enormous pressure to give The Hoops breathing space.

    The O’s managed to cut the deficit soon after with some good wing play and a cross-shot looped in.

    Fantastic flowing football in the last 20 highlighted the difference between the sides with Faithfold’s substitutes really showing another level. Gav Lewis, Johnny Leiwy, Yossi Gordon and David Leiwy causing all sorts of problems down both wings. The ever exquisite Louis Naghten and engine of Leor Harel created a fine partnership in the middle.

    Markiewicz decided to give the excellent Garson a run out from goal in the last 10 and it was risky business as Garson had been on top form. Soon after a far post header from five yards out by former player Marc Charles was tipped acrobatically onto the bar by Markiewicz. Dinowitz, who had been given a 20-minute break, came on in the 89th minute and scored in the 90th. Lewis after great skills played a perfectly timed  ball through to Dinowitz who turned in intelligently and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to seal the game and cap an excellent all round season for the Superhoops.

    Jubilant Faithfold player-manager Avi Markiewicz told JC Sport; "At the end medals were handed out to each player and the Division One Trophy was presented with champagne flowing and brought an end to a memorable season for the Superhoops.

    "Everyone involved with the club and everyone that contributed to the Faithfold team over the course of the season must be acknowledged, in particular however Zalmy Cohen, Avi Mocton, Dovi Vogel, Avi Garson and Aaron Luftig. Rob Shooman too and a special mention to David Garson."

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