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Liverpool Haroldeans ....... 5
Leeds Maccabi .............. 0
LEEDS Maccabi schlepped across the Pennines, straight into a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool Haroldeans, writes ADAM CAILLER.
Adam Shiffman opened the scoring for the reigning Manchester Jewish Soccer League champions after 25 minutes. He slotted home despite attempts to clear the ball on the line.
But instead of celebrating, he berated referee Darryl Lee for not seeing a handball by Leeds in the build-up to the goal.
Liverpool’s Max Benmayor saw red a few minutes later for a two-footed tackle.
But, what the referee did not see, as he was on the opposite side of the pitch, was that Benmayor did connect with the ball.
What ensued was a melee of epic proportions, which saw Haroldeans captain Paul Harris push a Leeds player to the floor — had the referee seen it, he would have received an automatic red card.
To make matters worse for Benmayor, the referee noted that he continued to vent his frustrations after the game and will receive an extra one match ban for dissent.
Leeds failed to make their man-advantage count as Zack Goldsmith scored a cracking 25-yard strike to make it 2-0, just before half time.
Leeds came out in the second half hoping to grab a quick goal, but that didn’t happen as Goldsmith hit his second from a corner.
And man-of-the-match Maxim Green added to the score with some fancy footwork down the wing, leading to a simple finish.
He was the key to Haroldeans’ dominance, as Leeds seemingly couldn’t live with his pace and trickery.
Captain Harris rounded things off near the end to make it 5-0 and keep Haroldeans on track for a quadruple.
They face Redbridge in the Peter Morrison National Trophy at Childwall Sports Centre on Sunday (2pm).