Last year’s Olim League Cup semifinalist England FC showed its poise with a 7-3 first-round win over newcomer Kfar Sava on the last Saturday in November, in a game full of action.
Host Kfar Sava was boasting an impressive unbeaten start to life in the Olim League, while England FC arrived on the back of its late comeback against Jerusalem. The visitors set the early pace, holding possession well, but were quickly caught on two counter-attacks capped by great finishes from Karni and Matan to find themselves two down. Keeping faith in attacking, flowing soccer, England soon got their reward when Balulu scored direct from an inswinging corner.
Floodlight failure brought the half-time break slightly earlier than anticipated, but after the lights came back on England were straight at the races, and Omri Hamama and Flavio soon put them in front. With Kfar Sava pushing forward, gaps at the back started to show and another great finish from Flavio, then Omri tucking past Kfar Sava’s goalkeeper put the game to bed.
There was still time for a Wagner 25-yard strike and what is now becoming a trademark Shahar Cohen left-footed curler to take his tally to two goals in two games. Kfar Sava managed to nick a consolation goal to make the final score 7-3, leaving the Kfar Sava management team with a few questions and England FC continuing its good run of form heading into the next round of fixtures.
England Player-Manager Yoni Sidi was delighted with the performance and praised the players’ never-say-die attitude. “We seem to always be playing catch-up and have to learn to start games better, but the flip side that we manage to keep our heads is testament to the players and the effort we put in,” he said.
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