FC Leytonstone close on leaders

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 February 2015

Ahmed Arab's shot gives FC Leytonstone the lead against Korona Redbridge

Ahmed Arab's shot gives FC Leytonstone the lead against Korona Redbridge


Second-half double secures points

FC Leytonstone players celebrate Sergio Garcia's goal against Korona RedbridgeFC Leytonstone players celebrate Sergio Garcia's goal against Korona Redbridge

FC Leytonstone’s men moved to within two points of leaders Millwall Elite in the London City Airport League after a 2-0 win at Korona Redbridge.

Lemons had run out 5-2 winners when the two sides met a week earlier and second-half goals from Ahmed Arab and Sergio Garcia enabled them to complete a quick double.

Garcia should have opened the scoring on 18 minutes, but fired wide from Arab’s superb pass.

Fesar Rafiq had an effort ruled out for offside, but captain Arab produced a neat touch to open the scoring after a good move.

FC Leytonstone's under-14s prepare for actionFC Leytonstone's under-14s prepare for action

Garcia made it 2-0 five minutes later, running onto keeper Kevin Rabey’s long kick and beating three defenders to fire home.

Manager Munaf Abhram said: “It was a fantastic performance. We’re a team of winner and we’ve been together a long time.

“Everyone worked hard and the boys will take confidence from the clean sheet.”

“There was double disappointment for FC Leytonstone as two of their junior sides tasted defeat.

The under-nines got off to a flying start against Broadwater as Nye Bevan fired them in front from a free-kick for his third goal of the campaign.

But the young Lemons could not make their superiority count in the first half and, despite a goalline clearance from Izaac Rice, Broadwater hit back to level after the restart.

Broadwater went on to seal a 2-1 win after a late push but a spokesman said: “Some pleasing moments of play will encourage the boys to improve. The new kit looks fabulous, thank you to our chairman Munaf Abhram.”

The under-14s suffered their first defeat of the year as they went down 4-1 against Juva Youth.

Mohammed Sheikh’s early goal was cancelled out before the break and Leytonstone were left to rue a lack of a clinical edge in the final third as their rivals netted three more times in the second half.

A spokesman said: “If you can’t put the ball into the back of the net more times than the opposition, then it all counts for nothing.

“Nevertheless, there are no complaints and I’m really proud of the players and believe the best team lost.”

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