Young Lemons go goal crazy
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 February 2015
Under-16s put 20 past rivals as men seal semi-final spot
FC Leytonstone’s under-16s went goal crazy in their latest Hackney Marshes Youth League outing, hitting TWENTY goals past poor Juva.
Jake Nelson led the way in the rout with seven goals, but Carlos Gomes and Eduardo Litumba were not far behind their team-mate with five apiece.
Maxwell Gomes added a brace, with Shiv Tailor completing the emphatic tally, while the unselfish Hafidh Suleiman picked up six assists.
There was frustration for both the FC Leytonstone under-nines and under-14s, though, as their matches were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
The men maintained their fine form with an exciting win against Euro United in the quarter-finals of the London Cup.
The Lemons got off to a flying start as man of the match Ibrahim Khan gave them an early lead.
And it didn’t take long for the home side to double the advantage through deadly marksman Sergio Garcia.
Centre-back Micah Stennett had to be replaced by Aarif Choudhry due to a hip injury sustained in a 50-50 challenge, but Leytonstone went 3-0 up when Charles Gyamfi made a darting run into the box and provided Khan with the chance to apply a fine finish.
A fourth goal followed soon after when Khan was fouled in the box, but he declined the chance to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot and allowed Gyamfi to convert.
Lemons switched off just before the break, though, and allowed their rivals to score twice in quick succession.
And that set things up nicely for the second half, with the hosts now suddenly looking shaky and unsure after a confident, attacking display in the first period.
Lemons were looking tired and lethargic and conceded a third goal after losing possession in midfield, but they managed to hold on to book a place in the last four and manager Munaf Abhram was pleased to progress.
He said: “I was extremely pleased with Ibrahim Khan’s performance. In the first half we were flourishing and played really well.
“We were intense, creative and had the desire to win, but if you don’t play well for 90 minutes it can be very risky.”
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