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Posted: 05-Jun-2013 by Football (Soccer) Junior


The Maccabi U13D boys finished as comfortable winners on a blustery Sunday afternoon, running out 4-1 winners with goals from Ari Trakhtman, Eli Tawil, Brandon Zalcman and an own goal assuring the three points went to Maccabi in an entertaining clash at Caulfield Park.

The game started brightly with the ball bouncing from end to end but the deadlock was quickly broken as Brandon Zalcman opened his side’s account with a delightful lob over the visiting goalkeeper. Zalcman almost created a second with a sumptuous ball in behind the opposition defence, but Tawil was unable to convert the opportunity as it was cut off just before a one-on-one was to open up. Dominant Vidic-esque centre back Simon Marial was in form as he frustrated Ringwood attackers with several commanding challenges through defence and midfield as the visitors struggled to apply consistent pressure. The centre became congested and the opposition became choked by a midfield spearheaded by the creative Matthew Brick, with several storming runs down the wing and through the middle of the pitch causing all sorts of problems for the nervy Ringwood centre-backs as he seemingly crafted opportunities from thin air.

Another chance went begging shortly before the break as Zalcman played a beautiful one-two with Ben Levin before slipping past a defender and turning another inside out, only to see the finisher fly just wide of the mark. The whistle soon came as the home team went into the half a goal up, brimming with confidence after dominating large swathes of the opening half hour.

Ringwood came out a changed side in the second period as they immediately found some fluency and were able to press forward with far greater efficiency. However, their good start was for nothing as Ari Trakhtman doubled Maccabi’s advantage with a wonder goal from well outside the area. The young midfielder found the back of the net as a looping shot, aided by strong wind, fooled the visiting goalkeeper and flew into the back of the net to deafening applause by home supporters on the touchline. It was soon three as Bailey Epstein was on the receiving end of some good fortune as a firm pass into the box following another good ball by Trakhtman saw the opposing defender turn the ball into the back of his own net. The goal drove Maccabi in search for more as Epstein’s confidence grew, striding through the middle of the pitch with ease as he linked with Brick, causing havoc in the final third of the pitch.

Ringwood pulled one back minutes later as the strong wind took the ball high and just out of reach of the home goalkeeper, with a Ringwood comeback not off the cards if not for some assured defending and excellent tackling pressure from the cool-headed Liam Friedman. A lovely ball by Tawil was unlucky to catch Friedman offside as he was played through, with the defender blooming into life as the game drew to a close.

The killer blow eventually did come as Tawil, with all the time in the world, calmly buried the ball low and beyond the keeper only seconds before the final whistle as the icing on the cake was completed - Maccabi running out comprehensive 4-1 winners on the day in a hugely positive performance for the young side.

Josh Lipshut, NCMJFC club reporter