Reich cruise into semis

REICH FC will face Leeds Maccabi in the semi-finals of the Manchester Jewish Soccer League’s Faye and Henry Shonn Trophy after thrashing Manchester Maccabi Masters 5-2 in the preliminary round second leg.

Having won the first leg 3-1, it would have taken a mammoth turnaround for Reich not to have made it to the last four.

Yet, this looked possible in the opening minute when Max Cohen capitalised on a mistake by the Reich defence to slot the ball home.

However, it was Reich who responded to the pressure positively and equalised soon after through Shlomi Halpern, before Zevi Silverstone made it 2-1.

The tie was effectively over on the stroke of half-time after Reich were awarded a penalty.

Ari Steinberger put it away to kill the tie off.

The second half was notable for goals by Avi Harris and a second for Silverstone for Reich.

Jacob Huller grabbed a consolation for the Masters, who ended the game with 10 men after Max Cohen was sent off for his second yellow card for foul language towards the referee.

Meanwhile, in the Chesman League Division One, Manchester Maccabi 1st beat Manchester Rovers 2-1, with goals from Jake Kelly and Michael Sacks.

In the Division Two Knockout Cup semi-final, South Manchester Sports Club 1st beat FC Greater Manchester 4-2 after extra time.

The goals came from Jack Woolley, Jack Lee, with extra-time winners coming from Ben Gould and Ollie Black.

And in the Liverpool Houses Business League Division One, Liverpool Haroldeans moved to third, thrashing Newington Temple 6-0.

Sunday sees an all northern clash in the Peter Morrison National Trophy as Maccabi 1st and Liverpool Haroldeans clash in Childwall (11am).

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