Pearson pounces at death to head Harmen through in cup
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Pearson pounces at death to head Harmen through in cup

PEARSON
Pearson celebrates his late winner

An 118th minute strike from new signing Mike Pearson saw Harmen book their place in the next round of the Peter Morrison Cup.

Peter Morrison Cup Second Round:
Harmen 3 Camden Park 2 (AET)
Sunday, 9 November, 2014

Harmen failed to get going in the first half as they allowed Camden’s players all the time in the world on the ball, and duly fell behind early on to a superbly hit Rob Hershkorn free-kick. However, it didn’t take long for Harmen to level, the ball was played forward to James Gershfield, and although it looked like his first touch had taken it too wide to get a shot away, he managed to rifle the ball it into the far corner from a near impossible angle.

Camden were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute and looked very much like they were going to go 2-1 up until Max Shields flung himself to his left and pushed the ball to safety. Shields made another couple of great saves in the first half to keep the scoreline level.

The second half proved to be a different game as Harmen settled down, Marc Foster was beginning to control things once again in the middle, with David Wolff on the sidelines constantly asking “who is this number 12?” Shields was on hand again a number of times, commanding his area and his positioning was superb to stop Camden taking the lead, but there was nothing he could do for Camden’s second, a defensive slip up allowing the Camden striker to run through and have all the time in the world to slot it past the keeper.

With time slipping away, Joey Lazare was re-introduced to the pitch having been earlier taken off after running his socks off in the first half and it would be none other than the man himself who pulled Harmen back into the game with only three minutes remaining.

So to extra-time where neither team really took control, but the Harmen back line dug deep, keeping Camden at bay. All talk on the sidelines was about the potential penalties that would control the destiny of this game but there was still time for some last chance drama. Ricky Rinder who was looking lively all game cut in from the right side, delivered a perfect cross to Mike Pearson who flicked the header over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. There is no better way to properly introduce yourself to your new team mates than to score the winner with two minutes left of extra-time and Pearson looked delighted with his contribution.

Joe Marsh said: “This was our worst performance of the year, we were a shambles at times but we dug deep and produced the goods when needed. Max Shields was undoubtedly our best player, making a crucial penalty save and a number of great saves throughout the entire match.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments