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Posted: 04-Jul-2013 by Football (Soccer) Junior


The Maccabi U10 Red faced off against the U10 Blue in a heated encounter on Sunday afternoon, with the Reds’ eventually running out 7-4 winners and taking home bragging rights in the latest instalment of the rivalry.

With the colours of each side mirroring the famous Manchester and Melbourne derbies, tension was in the air as each side walked out onto the park ready to do battle and put their bodies on the line for their respective teams. The game eventually begun with end to end action in the opening minutes of the game, but it was the Reds who opened the scoring soon after as booming striker Benji Lipshut was on hand to slide home after the Blue keeper had spilled a cross floated in from the right.

It only took a matter of minutes for the leveller to arrive as Noah Warwicker ran onto a firm ball from midfield to coolly slot home and tie the game at 1-1. Play resumed with typical ferocity but Lipshut gave Red the lead once more as he buried a powerful drive beyond the keeper after a ball had earlier been drilled into the box by Dov Rostkier. Rostkier made it a two goal lead a short while later after a parried shot fell to him on the edge of the area and he slammed home the rebound to give his side a comfortable lead midway through the first period. The match was threatening to turn into a blowout as the score increased to 4-1 – with Lipshut scoring his hat trick before half time - after he was played through by fleet footed midfielder Max Berkovitch as the whistle eventually went with Red up by three.

A faint glimmer of hope appeared for Blue shortly after the interval as a placed shot was put into the back of the net following a defensive mix up from Red. The scoreline stood at 4-2 as this goal revitalised Blue, sparking a period of midfield dominance as another chance to Warwicker went begging that would have inched his side closer to parity. Red responded well, however, and slammed home two in quick succession through Berkovitch and Lipshut again to really put an exclamation mark on the win as the two worked in tandem to devastating affect. Warwicker was the man of the moment for Blue as he partly reduced the deficit with a rolled shot that trickled over the line but Berkovitch chimed in with another, putting Blue to the sword, to make it 7-3 in what was a tough day at the office for an otherwise sprightly performance from the losing side. With the last kick of the game Warwicker completed his hat-trick as the final whistle went with Red running out 7-4 winners - the scoreline giving their confidence a major boost heading into the next round of fixtures as at seasons’ end both sides will look back on what was an excellent fixture and hope for more of the same in the future.

Josh Lipshut, NCMJFC club reporter