London Maccabi Lions Under 14s progressed into the fourth round of the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 victory over Borehamwood Youth.
Having gone 0-1 down to a bit of sloppy defending, the Lions kept their composure and started to get their passing game together.
Things could have got worse 10 minutes into the second half as Borehamwood were awarded a penalty. However, Jake Krais, the Lions keeper, came to his side’s rescue, with a smart save.
Jack Davis soon hauled the Lions level and Lions’ fortunes improved when they were awarded a penalty after a marauding run from Ben Winters was illegally halted. Dominic Feldman’s resultant penalty was saved but he reacted sharply to smash home the rebound.
Borehamwood were awarded a second penalty five minutes later after
The referee wanted to keep the supporters on the edge of their seats , and five minutes later gave Borehamwod another penalty after Jake Rinsler was adjudged to have fouled a player in the area.
With the tie locked at 2-2, it moved into extra time. The Lions demonstated superior fitness to take control of the game. And they claimed a winner with a flowing three-pass move that led to Feldman clinching the tie.
The Lions are now well-placed to seal the treble. Manager Mitchell Freeman said: “The game had some strange decisions , but the boys are good enough to just get on with things. Although this was not our best performance, it’s another win."