JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP ROUND TWO
FC TEAM A 1 HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A 2
Cup holders Hendon exacted revenge on FC Team with Avidan Last and Dovid Korman on target to seal a 2-1 victory at Meadow Park.
Declan Selbo netted for FC Team, but it was Hendon's day as they got back to winning ways following the recent 3-0 defeat against Mitch Young's men.
The home side played the last 30 minutes with 10 men after lost James Korn was shown a straight red for a rash challenge.
Jubilant Hendon boss David Garbacz told JC Sport: "The first word of congratulations should go to referee Martin Fox for making the correct yet brave decision to get the game on and then for keeping a good lid on things when they threatened to boil over.
"We were excellent today in a truly good old fashioned committed cup tie between two really good teams. We coped well defensively with their aerial bombarbment and our movement up front was very pleasing, with Avidan Last, Danny Kon, Dovid Korman and Yoav Kestenbaum all inter-changing well and causing Team all sorts of problems.
"Some of our play, especially in the first half, was the best we've shown all season and we were determined to keep our hands on the coveted Anekstein trophy.
"This could be just the result to sets us off properly for the season as defeat would have been unthinkable and now we go into a batch of league games with renewed confidence.
"Once again FC team showed what a tough side they are this year and they will be a true force to be reckoned with."
FC Team boss Mitch Young told JC Sport: "I'm very disappointed to go out the cup, even if it is to the holders.
"Hendon played well first half, but we gifted them two goals with poor defending and a penalty. We came back strong in the second half, even though we were reduced to 10 men and created a number of chances to equalise, but Hendon held out for the win.
"It was a great cup tie with two committed sides wanting to win and it was Hendon's day today, just."