HENC2Hendon C finally progressed into the second round of the Peter Morrison Cup after an epic penalty shoot-out win over the Masters side.

Peter Morrison Cup First Round
Maccabi Masters 1 Hendon United C 1 (Hendon won 10-9 on penalties)
Sunday, 1 December, 2013

Hendon’s plans were upset before the game with three late withdrawals, and they were slow to get out the blocks.

The Masters were by far the better team in the opening half, and Hendon were grateful to keeper Yaacov Goldin for going in at half-time level as he pulled off a couple of great saves, the best when he tipped a fierce long range shot onto the crossbar.

The Hustlers improved after the break, and a wonderful slide-rule through ball by Joni Kleiman sent Alex Elf clear, he rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home to give Hendon the lead.

But the Masters continued to press and were rewarded with an equaliser midway through the half when Marc Cutler fired home. Both teams had chances to win the game, but the match finished level, and having agreed to go straight to penalties at the beginning of the game the drama unfolded.

Both teams missed one of their five spot kicks, and in sudden-death, Hendon had four chances to win the tie, but missed on each occasion! With the crowds gathering as the drama increased, the penalties went into a second round of takers as both sides ran out of players. Finally, Yak Goldin made his fourth spot kick save of the game, and Gab Saul made up for missing first time around to send Hendon into the next round.

Hendon boss Adam Glekin said: “All credit to the Masters, they gave us a really tough game. The first half was very poor on our part, but we improved after the break. We were still a long way short of our best and were slightly fortunate to go through. Yak had a great game and we’re thankful for his heroics during the game and the shoot-out. I lost count at about 9-9, it almost became comical the number of times we blew chances to win it. It keeps the feel good factor going, although we’ll need to play a lot better next week back in the league.

Hendon penalty takers:
Ben David – Scored
Gab Saul – Saved
James Neidle – Scored
Alex Elf – Scored
Jaimie Grossman – Scored
Chaim Strom – Saved
Joni Kleiman – Scored
Jono Nesbitt – Scored
Yaacov Goldin – Saved
Ezra Dulberg – Missed
Ezekiel Jacob – Scored
Gideon Caller – Scored
Ben David – Scored
Gab Saul – Scored