PETER MORRISON TROPHY NATIONAL ROUND
MACCABIAH MASTERS 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3
Redbridge ran out 3-1 winners at Rowley Lane, with a double from Ben Sollosi and one from Danny Sugarman sending Eilon Kennet's men through
In what was a fast-paced and surprisingly physical game, some strong early challenges and reactions saw the referee's patience tested, but referee Jon Feenstra managed to keep a lid on things. Indeed, Masters joint-manager Danny Jacobs said after the game: "He was as good as any player. He somehow kept a lid on things and it's too his credit that it remained 11 against 11 throughout.
Redbridge impressed Jacobs, who described them as "a very impressive side - they combine some solid, experienced players with great pace and flair in their younger guys. A right winger particularly impressed as did Sam Vangelder and Danny Sugarman, while Adam Hakimi led them very well."
"For us Jon Rayner was outstanding, and while they had much of the early half hour they didn't trouble me greatly. After that it was a very even game. Paul Linger lobbed one on to the roof of the net and then after an unbelievable take from Bradley Lazarus's crossfield ball should really have scored but forced a decent save from Lee.
"We had our chances but then a mistake gifted them the lead that they doubled moments later, both simple finishes by Ben Sollosi.
Masters never gave up and with 10 to go scored a superb team goal. Lazarus, Linger and Hadley Silver combined to tee up Dan Linger for a calm finish.
The Masters would have hoped to apply some late pressure but a lapse in concentration allowed a long punt to be latched onto and, although they did well to block the first shot the rebound was coolly tucked home by Sugarman. Silver and Lazarus had late chances but Redbridge saw it out safely enough.
Jacobs told JC Sport: "A shame we were missing a few of our Israel squad but Jamie and I were proud that a group of players aged 35-50 gave one of the very best Jewish teams a decent run for their money.
"We wish them luck in the later rounds - it will take an excellent team to beat them."