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Late goals seal the match for U18 boys

Posted: 28-May-2013 by Football (Soccer) Junior

Late goals seal match for U18 boys

North Caulfield Maccabi’s U18 side came from behind to clinch a pulsating 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon, with some superb passing from midfield duo Rami Maserow and Daniel Sacks as well as a double from striker Dominic Paul putting the icing on a hard-fought win.

Maccabi were put on the back foot early as a precise corner found an unmarked Glen Warverley attacker, whose header was knocked down and eventually bundled home to put the visitors a goal up inside the first 10 minutes. Maccabi responded well as Maserow worked his way into the game with a neat pass finding Paul in the box who could only fire over. The striker went close minutes later as a trademark free kick came thundering off the crossbar.

Daniel Spungin was working a treat with attacking player Daniel Sacks as several pieces of good vision and some superb technique from the young winger allowed him to soak up the midfield pressure and act as a creative outlet for his team every time the ball went forward. The Sky Blues were eventually rewarded as Evra-esque left back Benjamin Machlin’s reputation for an elite aerial ability was done no harm, flicking on Spungin’s inch-perfect cross for the equaliser. However, Glen Waverley responded quickly, regaining the lead on the break as a ball over the top was not dealt with and the visiting attacker was left with a simple lob as keeper’ Elliot Blau was left stranded. Maccabi were let off only minutes later as Bernie Simai blasted the ball off the line - denying what was a clear goal - as Maccabi were exposed at the back once more. The whistle eventually went for the break as the home side found themselves 2-1 down, with coach Alex Barak visibly unimpressed.

A tight midfield tussle at the start of the second was causing friction between Maserow, Sacks and the creative Remy Michelson, struggling to gel early on, but this all changed when Paul was afforded far too much space on the edge of the area, placing a controlled pass through for Daniel Sacks to finish truly and tie the ledger at 2-2. Sacks was indeed running riot through midfield as he continued in the second where he left off in the first, finding Josh Lubofsky on more than one occasion after he had been moved to his more natural right-wing position. Frustration was beginning to seep in, however, as Maccabi could not convert their dominance into goals.

Brandon Darvell came on as a substitute to ignite Maccabi’s charge and he made an immediate impact with several controlled through balls after working himself into some good space on the touchline. North Caulfield pressed for the winner and it came at the death as Paul fired past the keeper and into the back of the net after Michelson had spotted his storming run into the box. There was enough time for a sealer, with Paul scoring his second of the game to assure the three points, as the talismanic striker dispatched a low shot into the bottom corner from an angle after another good ball from Darvell had split the Glen Waverley defence open.

The solid win gave Maccabi some much needed confidence heading into a bye next week before taking on 6th placed Richmond away from home, with midfielders Gabe Back and Aran Haupt still sidelined on the long term injury list.

Josh Lipshut, NCMJFC club reporter