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Big Win For Hockey Seniors

Posted: 12-Jul-2016 by Maccabi Hockey Club

Maccabi Hockey Club has strengthened its position inside the top 4 with a comfortable 4-0 victory over lowly Footscray at the State Hockey Centre on Sunday. Playing against the only team to defeat it so far this season, Maccabi had a point to prove and came out breathing fire, generating a series of early short corners. The Footscray goalkeeper was a match for everything Maccabi tried, saving two shots from Lawrence Lifson and another from Daniel Guttmann. Sharp build up play down the right between Mark Bloom and Jarred Grek created an opportunity in the circle for Alon Beder, but again the Footscray keeper was out sharply to block. In defence, Phil de Carvalho Kock managed to deflect a goalbound Footscray effort away from the goals, while Ethan Faifer saved at his near post from another Footscray counter attack. These chances were all Footscray could muster as Maccabi dominated possession and territory. Finally, the pressure exerted by Maccabi manifested itself on the scoreboard. More good work by Grek down the right led to a Guttmann shot that was saved by the keeper, however Paul Tremigliozzi tenaciously tucked in the rebound at the second attempt. Guttmann then doubled the lead soon after as quick interplay down the middle with Lifson and Bryce Watson saw him drive into the circle and put his shot into the bottom corner.

The second half saw Maccabi more on the back foot, and it was indebted to Orren Chabat and Ben Kaye in defence to keep Footscray out. Their strong tackling and sharp reading of the game meant that despite holding good territory, Footscray could not create any clear goal scoring opportunities in the circle. When Maccabi shortened its passing and moved down the right, it began to again get on top. Tremigliozzi gave tremendous drive from the right wing and also put in clean tackles defensively in a strong performance. Maccabi’s third goal came from a short corner, Guttmann’s layoff to the right allowing Lifson to slot home past the keeper. Further short corners were wasted until Beder flicked the ball into the net from the left post to round out the scoring for Maccabi. Although it wasn’t Maccabi’s best performance of the season, it did more than enough to be deserved winners of the game, and set itself up to attack the back end of the season. 

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