JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP ROUND THREE
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 2 BRADY MACCABI A 4
Brady overcame a tricky looking encounter against Division One promotion hopefuls Chigwell, coming from behind twice to book their place in the last 16.
A touch of managerial genius saw Rosenfeld play central defender Zak Presky up top and it paid dividends for Brady.
Chigwell started on the ascendancy hitting the both the post and crossbar inside the first five minutes.
Brady managed to gain a foothold on the game and their intricate play was at times too much for Chigwell.
The Chigs did however take the lead against the run of play when veteran Danny Collins gave a way a clumsy penalty, which was duly despatched by Lloyd Becker to put the hosts 1-0 up against the run of play.
This did however not affect Brady, and they continued to pressure the hosts, passing them to death.
Danny Cohen rolled back the years, and proved why Rosenfeld signed him in the summer, giving the Chigwell full back the run-a-round before whipping in a delightful ball which Josh Hershman met with a diving header to equalise for the visitors.
Brady continued to dominate in the first half, but could not find a second. Presky up top was playing like Drogba, using his pace and strength to dominate the Chigwell back four, however his finishing was more Fernando Torres as the chances came and went for the makeshift forward.
The second half started in much the same as the first with Brady dominating possession. Jon Green centre winger Josh Hershman through on goal, and he slotted past the keeper which was given, however after protests from the Chigwell bench, the ref over-turned his own decision and amazingly ruled the goal offside.
Chigwell regained the lead against the run of play, when captain fantastic Jon Ellis gave the ball away and Jamie Fox rolled the ball past keeper Oli Colmans.
This riled up Brady and Ellis made up for his error by scoring a penalty to level the scores.
Hershman scored Brady’s third after being played through by Jon Green, and Presky finally got the goal his excellent performance deserved heading in another peach of a cross from Danny Cohen.
We deserved to be in the last 16 of the cup after dominating most of the game against Chigwell.
"We had a couple of scares going behind twice and not getting some decisions from referee), but we got on with it and showed real character to win the game.
"We kept the ball very well, created a lot of very good chances and scored a couple of excellent team goals.
"We needed that for confidence especially as we struggled with 11 only and it's pleasing to take this into next week's Morrison clash against North London Raiders."