'12 ❌ Homenetmen penalty saved by Gianni Conti
'17 ⚽️ 1-0 Roman Shaprio goal, Eli Kolach assist
'25 ⚽️ 2-0 Niv Florentin goal, Reuben Lewis assist
'31 ⚽️ 2-1 Homenetmen goal
'53 ⚽️ 2-2 Homenetmen goal
'60 ⚽️ 2-3 Homenetmen goal
'63 ⚽️ 2-4 Homenetmen goal
'76 ⚽️ 3-4 Zack Shooter goal, Nate Sadoun assist
Top row (from left to right): Sam Sank, Reuben Lewis, Ben Mordukhovich, Matt Keston, Tal Florentin, Nate Sadoun, Ari Hida and Gianni Conti.
Bottom row (from left to right): Eliran Pinto, Zack Shooter, Niv Florentin, Roy Konfino, Roman Shapiro, Eli Kolach, Asher Goldberg and Elias Garzon.
With people away, sick and last-minute pullouts, coach Matt Keston struggled for the first time to have a team of 11 and brought in three new faces, as well as asking Gianni Conti to play in goal so Roy Konfino could play outfield.
Despite the irregular set-up, we had a great first half and played good football, which was a big contrast to last week. Homenetmen’s only big chance on goal in the first half was a penalty as Reuben Lewis took down their midfielder just inside the box. Gianni then made a great save and it stayed 0-0.
Then, 5 minutes later a superb free-kick from Eli Kolach found debutant (and smallest player on the pitch), Roman Shapiro, in the box to header it home for the game's opening goal.
8 minutes later an identical situation, Eli again with a free kick in the same spot, this time cleared but headed back in by Reuben and Niv Florentin looped it in with a lovely finish for 2-0.
Homenetmen were now really struggling and couldn’t cope with our good play, as two minutes after our second, Roman lobbed the keeper but the ball hit the post and we were unlucky not to be 3-0 up.
From nothing on 31 minutes, Homenetmen got a goal back as their player hit the ball towards the goal from 25 yards but a moment for Gianni to forget as a routine save slipped through his fingers and the ball trickled into the net.
2-1 at half time and Keston was very pleased with the performance, however, we would come out in the second half and take part in a 10-minute horror show as they scored three goals. The first goal was a cross in and their player got between our defence to head home, the 2nd a strike from 25 yards right in the bottom corner as we cleared the ball from a corner and the 3rd, the worst of them all, as one player was allowed by the midfield to run and beat our defence down our right side to finish.
We changed the formation to 4-3-3 and started to press again, a few minutes later we were rewarded with a stunning finish into the top corner by Zack Shooter after Nate Sadoun laid it off to him on the left side.
We then had two more one-on-ones that debutants Ari Hida and Roman were unable to finish and in the last moment of the game the ball dropped to Roy from a corner but he couldn’t get the power to hit it past the keeper and we were left disappointed with a 4-3 loss.
After such good performances against the better teams in the league, it’s a hard pill to swallow that we’ve failed to even get a point out of the last two games. We remain one place off the bottom of the league.