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Barnett late show stuns Redbridge

Jono Gaon and Nick Barnett inspired Lions Blue to a stunning victory as the visitors inflicted a first defeat in the MGBSFL against table-toppers Redbridge.

    Proud Lions boss Sam Marchant told JC Sport: “I said last week that when it comes together we will be a formidable force and today showed just that. It came together nicely and we were correctly rewarded for our efforts.

    "There is still a long way to go, and again, I say we are young, but this just shows and sends a message to what we are capable of.

    "To go away to the unbeaten league leaders and perform how we did is a real credit to the squad."

    The first 10 minutes were a bit slow but once Lions got in the game they dominated and created the best chances. There was a strange 15 seconds of play in the first half as an RJC player had a clearance/shot which got caught in the wind, bounced over the MLL keeper's head and hit the bar, but 10 seconds later the ball was in the Redbridge net after a wonderful controlled-header and then lob by Gaon.

    Richie Caplin hauled RJC level as the Lions conceded from a set-piece, this time a crossed free-kick but they didn’t let our heads drop and knew the game was there for the taking. Marchant bemoaned: "I can’t remember the last time we conceded from open play!"

    The second half was all Lions and Marchant "can’t remember goalkeepr James Harpin being called into action once".

    A few chances went begging and Marchant admitted the Lions will "need to be more clinical and ruthless" but a lovely strike from Barnett 10 minutes from time got them over the line.

    Marchant went on to say: "It feels so much better when you outplay opponents and actually get the three points rather than what we have seen at other times during the season.

    "Another promising sign all-in-all, but we need to continue and improve and make these performances the consistent ones.

    "If we do that and perform with the same attitude and mentality, the future looks good."

    RJC manager Jon Jacobs told JC Sport: "It was a poor game, with a  distinct lack of quality but Lions youth won out in the end."

    REDBRIDGE: Dan Lee, Daniel Berg (capt), Richie Caplan, Brad Frankel, Danny Hakimi, Sam McCarthy, Craig Sandford, Adam Shafron, Ben Sollosi, Steve Summers, James Berkley. Sub: Nate Kashket

    SCORER: Caplin

    LIONS: James Harpin, Adam Abadi, Nathan Anders, Jordan Aspis, Nick Barnett, Josh Bloom, Ed Brafman (capt), Charlie Cohen, Jono Gaon, Sammy Kingston, Benji Weinberger. Sub: Daniel Fattal

    SCORER: Gaon, Barnett

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