Watford Friendly League U10 White Division
Brady Maccabi 2 Finchley 1
Sunday, 24 November, 2013
Finchley began strong and attacked many times only to be met with typical steel defence from Ben Tibber, Jacob Brand and Jordan Smith bringing the onslaught to a halt. Finchley’s formidable forwards tried hard, but shot after shot was saved by Brady’s new goalkeeper, Oliver Sasoon.
Brady opened the scoring when the ball was floated into the box by a slick pass from Daniel Dutch, which Brady’s talisman, Freddy Martin, met with a flick into the net making it 1-0. Finchley rallied, with an equaliser, though Noah Graft, who was named Man-of-the-Match for his consistent hard work, made some barnstorming runs into the Finchley half.
The talking point in the second half were injuries to Ben Tibber and Jacob Brand from ferocious Finchley tackles, but both were determined to bravely play on.
In the closing minutes Finchley’s fight was ended, when Daniel Dutch ran from his own half to hit a long-range shot over the Finchley goalkeeper to make it 2-1 and a well-deserved win was secured.
Brady’s co-manager David Tibber said: “This was always going to be a tough game. It turned into a real battle in midfield; our boys showed great strength and heart throughout the game and never let their concentration slip”.
This was Brady’s third recent win having beaten Edmonton Rangers 5-0 the previous Sunday, having also beaten their local rivals, London Lions 5-0.
In this kind of form they look forward in confidence to the second half of the season.