|Basger late show gives Lions A first win
By Craig Silver
JC MSFL Prem Div: RJC 1 LM Lions A 2|
A 91st minute strike from Louis Basger helped Andy Myers' Lions A record their first league win of the season as they beat the in-form Redbridge Jewish Care at Fairlop.
Myers had earlier given the visitors the lead, but that was cancelled out by a Richard Kanolik goal eight minutes from time before Basger ended any hope of RJC salvaging a point.
A relieved and delighted Myers told JC Sport: “Obviously I am very happy to get our first league win of the season, we played really well throughout however we do have a bad habit of making it hard for ourselves. I am happy, and think we are beginning to get the basis of a good Sunday league team, with the win in the cup and today's three points, things are starting to look a lot brighter for the club.”
There were few complaints from the Redbridge team, as the visitors took full control of the game right from the off. In a dull first half which matched the appalling weather, there were very few clear cut openings.
The Lions frustrated the side that had beaten last year’s runners up Hendon the previous week, passing the ball around calmly and looking ever threatening on the break. It was however, Redbridge who almost took the lead in the 24th minute, when Anthony Mendel sprinted through with an abundance of pace his final shot though lacked accuracy and went wide of the mark.
With just four minutes remaining before the interval, it was the Lions who finally got what they deserved when an in-swinging Ben Graham corner was met with a bullett header from Myers.
Conceding the goal was definitely the kick up the backside the home team needed, as they came out for the second half showing a lot more effort and determination.
That being said, it was still the Lions who looked like the team who were going to score next. Just before the hour mark, veteran Aviel Schwarz twisted and turned the Redbridge defence before providing a low centre which narrowly missed the feet of Sam Arghabant.
Arghabant came close again minutes later after he was put through by Max Fieldgrass, but the striker sent his shot inches wide.
The missed chances proved costly for the Lions, when with just eight minutes left. Amir Nathan’s cross fell for Richard Kanolik who firmly headed into the top corner.
The Lions though were not content to settle for a point, especially after controlling large periods of the game. Deep in stoppage time, Myers teased the Redbridge defence once again before his cross was met by Basger who sidefooted in off the post to ensure they left Essex with their first win of the season.
RJC's player-coach Darren Brown reflected: “When you concede so late on it’s very frustrating, but that's what happens when you don't pick up your men.
“However, I will say that we did very well in the second half and it was a good response from our first half display. We probably looked like the team to go on and win it after we equalised but it wasn't to be.”
Redbridge: Stern 6, Silver 7, Mackenzie 5, Brown 6, Mendel 6, Kanolik 7, Howard 5, Glickman 6, Tabor 6, Caplan 7, Nathan 6
LM Lions A: Pauwen 7, Castle 7, Myers 8, Schwarz 7, Graham 7, Leslie 6, Fieldgrass 7, Rose 6, Arghabant 6, Basger 8, Julius (sub: Elf 6)
JC star man:Andy Myers (LM Lions A)