Sport Shorts

first_imgThe Shore chapter of the NJSIAA Track and Field Officials Association offers opportunities for Monmouth and Ocean County residents to become certified officials. Kathy and Michael Ulrich will direct the Monmouth County course at Red Bank Catholic High School. Call (732) 741-1381 to find out the exact meeting night and room for the course. All candidates must bring $5 the first night for the rule book and two reference letters as to why he/she would be a good official. The next regular meeting of the Shore chapter is Jan. 24 at Holmdel High School. The annual breakfast/mandatory rules interpretation/awards gathering will be held March 3 at the Quality Inn on Route 37 west, Toms River. Camp Director Kevin Boyle, head coach of the nationally ranked St. Patrick Celtics of Elizabeth, is accepting registrations for the summer 2001 Kevin Boyle Basketball Camp. The camp is for boys and girls ages 7-15 and will be held at A.L. Johnson High School in Clark (Exit 135 off the Garden State Parkway). The camp will have four sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (early dropoff available). Session one will run from June 25-29; session two July 16-20; session three July 30-Aug. 3; and session four Aug. 13-17. This popular camp has added another session this summer due to last summer’s sell-out. For more information on the camp, call Kelly Boyle at (732) 574-9733. Early registration is strongly suggested. Boyle’s camp has gained national reputation for its instruction, competition and special guest speakers. Last year, guest speakers included three Seton Hall players (Eddie Griffin, Andre Barrett and Marcus Toney-El), as well as Villanova Head Coach Steve Lapis and Seton Hall’s Tommy Amaker. St. Joseph’s boys baseball and girls softball, Keyport, will be holding a registration for the 2001 season on Jan. 20, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym lobby for boys, ages 5-12. For more information, call (732) 739-4503. Middletown Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League will be accepting registrations for their 2001 season for ages 5-18. Registrations will be taken at the Middletown Library (New Monmouth Road) on Jan. 24 and Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and Jan. 13 and Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registrations will also be taken at the Middletown Babe Ruth Clubhouse on Jan. 6, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. The New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association is seeking interested candidates to become high school boys’ lacrosse officials. Prior playing experience is not required. For more information, contact Bill Long at (609) 688-5500, ext. 2251.last_img read more

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first_imgA Matawan/Aberdeen Youth Soccer Association U9 girls’ travel soccer team will hold tryouts on July 21 at 10 a.m. at the Strathmore school for girls who will not have reached their ninth birthday by July 31. For more information, call Mark Naparstik at (732) 241-0295. The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium will hold its fifth annual Fluke Tournament on Aug. 25, with an alternate date of Aug. 26 in case of inclement weather. All proceeds from the event benefit the NJMSC Education Program. There will be more than $5,000 in prizes, with a first prize of $3,000. There is a 150-boat limit, with no more than six anglers per boat. Applications are available at local bait shops and retailers at Sandy Hook or by calling (732) 872-1300 ext. 24. Entry fee is $65 per boat ($70 per boat if postmarked after Aug. 20). The Monmouth County Park System will hold the Woods Hollow Classic mountain-bike race at Tatum Park in Middletown on Aug. 4. The course, ideal for both beginners and sport-mountain bikers, winds through miles of open fields and woodlands. This year’s race will be divided into two divisions — beginner and sport. The beginner race, starting at 8 a.m., will be 7.5 miles, while the sport race, starting at 9:30 a.m., will be 11.25 miles. The preregistration fee is $16 for each category and includes a T-shirt. Preregistration deadline is July 27. Race-day registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt while supplies last and will be accepted for the beginner race at 8:15 a.m. and for the sport race at 9:15 a.m. All competitors must wear ANSI, ATSM or Snell- approved helmets. Racers are responsible for having their mountain bikes inspected for safety prior to race day. Awards will be presented to the first- through third-place overall winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions, and to the first- and second-place finishers in each age category. For more information, call (732) 542-1642. For persons with hearing impairment, the TDD machine number is (732) 219-9484. The New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association is holding the following coaches’ clinics in August for college, high school and youth coaches: girls’ field hockey on Aug. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rutgers University Hale Center, featuring Jane Hansen (NJSIAA rules interpreter), Anne Petracco (Rutgers University “On-Field Practice Session”), Maureen Horan (Drew University) and Judy Lee (Pingry School); boys’ and girls’ volleyball on Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s High School, Metuchen, featuring Beth Powell (Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, home of the 2000 NJSIAA champions), and Carl McGowan (Brigham Young University, former U.S. National Team assistant coach); girls’ gymnastics at Head Over Heels Club in Middletown on Aug. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring Kate Smith (Star-Ledger sportswriter), Harvey McNeil (Washington Township High School), Mike Onuska (Head Over Heels Club), Pam Borges (judge/coach), John Wilton (Wilton Gymnastics) and Sue Ashnault (NJSIAA interpreter). Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch and clinic materials. For registration information, consult the NJSIAA Web site at njsiaa.org or call (609) 259-2776.last_img read more

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Cole, Ubilla Shore Coaches Players of the Year

first_img Slew of local players earn All-Division recognition BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI staff Middletown North’s Michelle Dean, an All-A North Division pick, looks to shoot during the Shore Coaches All-Star game on Thursday in Freehold Township. Anyone who saw Chakhia Cole and Manny Ubilla play basketball this year, or any year during their careers, had to be impressed. Opposing coaches were, as well, as each was named the Shore Coaches Player of the Year. Cole, Marlboro’s jumping-jack forward, had another marvelous season leading the Mustang girls to their third Central Jersey Group IV championship in the last four years and second straight, and to the Group IV title game where Paterson Eastside topped them. In her four years at Marlboro, Cole scored more than 1,000 points and pulled down more than 1,000 rebounds. The Mustangs went 101-15 during her career and won four straight Shore Conference A North Division titles. Ubilla led the Shore area in scoring this year and was nothing short of sensational. He rang up big numbers in big games, including 42 against Christian Brothers Academy, in Freehold Township’s marquee win this winter. Thanks to the spark he provided, the Patriots won their first-ever division title (A North public schools). Prior to being named the Shore Coaches Players of the Year, Cole and Ubilla were the Kerwin Award winners, symbolic of being the best players in the Shore. Cole won the award for a record-tying second straight year. Cole tops the Shore Coaches All-Shore First Team. Joining her on the team are teammate Brina Pollack; Rumson Fair-Haven’s Gately Golden; St. John Vianney’s Shantel Brown; and Liz Imbriacco of St. Rose. Pollack was the backcourt maestro for Marlboro the last four years, surpassing 1,000 career points along the way. Golden was the heart-and-soul of the Rumson squad that claimed yet another Central Jersey Group II championship. Brown, a junior point guard, led the Lancers to the Shore Conference Tournament championship. St. Rose’s Imbriacco, also a senior guard, sparked the Purple Roses to a state sectional title (Parochial B South). Heading the Second Team are Colts Neck’s Meighan Kelly, Manchester’s Jadis Rhodin, St. John Vianney’s Courtney Calderon, Red Bank Catholic’s Heather Westrol, Toms River East’s Brittany Ester and Toms River North’s Ester Patten. The Shore Coach of the Year was a three-way split between Freehold Township’s John Sciarappa, Rumson’s George Sourlis and Toms River North’s Vicki Guarneri. Joining Ubilla on the boys First Team are Manasquan’s Tom White, Raritan’s Qa’raan Calhoun, Red Bank Regional’s Correy Haskins and D.J. Simms of Neptune. White was the best pure-shooter in the Shore this year. His three-point bombs were a dagger to the heart of many a team. He led his Warriors to a state sectional title (Central Jersey Group III) as well as the Kuhnert Holiday Tournament and A Central Division crowns.White was the best pure-shooter in the Shore this year. His three-point bombs were a dagger to the heart of many a team. He led his Warriors to a state sectional title (Central Jersey Group III) as well as the Kuhnert Holiday Tournament and A Central Division crowns. Raritan was the Shore’s best, proving it by winning the Shore Conference Tournament, North Jersey Section I Group III and State Group III championships. Calhoun, a 6-foot-6 forward/center was the inside enforcer on a team that simply re­fused to believe it would lose. Haskins, a guard, kept the Bucs among the Shore’s elite while Simms, a 6-3 swingman, did the same for the Scarlet Fliers. Those making the Second Team were: Marques Johnson, Raritan; Todd Frazier, Toms River South; Jaron Griffin, Manch­ester; Mike Nunes, Raritan; and Kenny Simms, Jackson. The boys Shore Coach of the Year was also a three-way tie with Sean Devaney of Raritan, Kurt Fenchel of Manasquan and Dennis Devaney of St. Rose sharing the award. In addition to the All-Shore First and Second teams, the Shore Coaches also se­lected All-Division squads. A North First Team was led by the trio of Marlboro seniors: Cole, Pollack and Christie Kastner. Joining them were a pair of Middletown North players, Michelle Dean and Lauren Depko. Second Team honors went to Ashley Healy, How­ell; Emily Fixter and Maura Burk, Free­hold Township; Sarah Kozlowski, Man­alapan; and Natashia Clackley, Long Branch. Moving to the B Division, Brown and SJV teammate Courtney Calderon top the First Team. Joining them are Kris­ten Dalton, Monmouth Regional; Michele Alberts, RBR; and Cyialese Davis, Nep­tune. The Second Team has Jasmin Ro­driguez, Holmdel; Shareese Richardson and Taleisa Brown, Neptune; Christina Longo, Middletown South; Kara Hertze, Raritan; and Laura Forbest, Monmouth. Imbriacco heads the B Central First Team that includes Keyport’s Jamie Boyce; Shore’s Melissa Lehman; St. Rose’s Sam Hammil; and Point Pleasant Beach’s Ashley Hart. Second Team selections were Tory West, Shore Regional; Nadine Kemp, Keyport; Michele Fabio, St. Rose; Shan­del Flannery, Keansburg; and Ria Za­netich, Point Pleasant Beach. On the boys side, Ubilla tops the First Team A North Division. Marlboro’s Rod­ney Salomon, Manalapan’s Omar Ibra­ham, Long Branch’s Maurice Turpin and CBA’s Dan Werner make up the other se­lections. Walter Roberson and Brian Brach of Freehold Township head the Second Team. Tunell Polk, Long Branch; Brian Freiberger, CBA; Dom Fone, Mid­dletown North; and Phil Beggans, Ocean, round out the next five. In the B North Division, All-Shore players dominate the selections. Calhoun, Nunes and Johnson from Raritan; RBR’s Haskins; and Neptune’s D.J. Simms are the First Team. Making up the Second Team are Keyron Shead and Ryan Kulat of Red Bank; Kevin Brown of Neptune; Matt Mullery, SJV; and Reggie Hendrix, Monmouth. A pair of Purples Roses, Collin Kamm and Blane Cordes, head the B Central First Team. Keyport’s Sarbjit Singh, Shore Regional’s Phil Hershkowitz and Henry Hudson’s Randy Clawson complete the team. Second Team honors went to Matt Curry-Edwards and John Jackey of St. Rose; Matt Jetter, Mater Dei; Hunter Brockreide, Shore Regional; and Robert Dougherty, Henry Hudson. Raritan was the Shore’s best, proving it by winning the Shore Conference Tour­nament, North Jersey Section I Group III and State Group III championships. Cal­houn, a 6-foot-6 forward/center was the inside enforcer on a team that simply re­fused to believe it would lose. Haskins, a guard, kept the Bucs among the Shore’s elite while Simms, a 6-3 swingman, did the same for the Scarlet Fliers. Those making the Second Team were: Marques Johnson, Raritan; Todd Frazier, Toms River South; Jaron Griffin, Manch­ester; Mike Nunes, Raritan; and Kenny Simms, Jackson. The boys Shore Coach of the Year was also a three-way tie with Sean Devaney of Raritan, Kurt Fenchel of Manasquan and Dennis Devaney of St. Rose sharing the award. In addition to the All-Shore First and Second teams, the Shore Coaches also se­lected All-Division squads. A North First Team was led by the trio of Marlboro seniors: Cole, Pollack and Christie Kastner. Joining them were a pair of Middletown North players, Michelle Dean and Lauren Depko. Second Team honors went to Ashley Healy, How­ell; Emily Fixter and Maura Burk, Free­hold Township; Sarah Kozlowski, Man­alapan; and Natashia Clackley, Long Branch. Moving to the B Division, Brown and SJV teammate Courtney Calderon top the First Team. Joining them are Kris­ten Dalton, Monmouth Regional; Michele Alberts, RBR; and Cyialese Davis, Nep­tune. The Second Team has Jasmin Ro­driguez, Holmdel; Shareese Richardson and Taleisa Brown, Neptune; Christina Longo, Middletown South; Kara Hertze, Raritan; and Laura Forbest, Monmouth. Imbriacco heads the B Central First Team that includes Keyport’s Jamie Boyce; Shore’s Melissa Lehman; St. Rose’s Sam Hammil; and Point Pleasant Beach’s Ashley Hart. Second Team selections were Tory West, Shore Regional; Nadine Kemp, Keyport; Michele Fabio, St. Rose; Shan­del Flannery, Keansburg; and Ria Za­netich, Point Pleasant Beach. On the boys side, Ubilla tops the First Team A North Division. Marlboro’s Rod­ney Salomon, Manalapan’s Omar Ibra­ham, Long Branch’s Maurice Turpin and CBA’s Dan Werner make up the other se­lections. Walter Roberson and Brian Brach of Freehold Township head the Second Team. Tunell Polk, Long Branch; Brian Freiberger, CBA; Dom Fone, Mid­dletown North; and Phil Beggans, Ocean, round out the next five. In the B North Division, All-Shore players dominate the selections. Calhoun, Nunes and Johnson from Raritan; RBR’s Haskins; and Neptune’s D.J. Simms are the First Team. Making up the Second Team are Keyron Shead and Ryan Kulat of Red Bank; Kevin Brown of Neptune; Matt Mullery, SJV; and Reggie Hendrix, Monmouth. A pair of Purples Roses, Collin Kamm and Blane Cordes, head the B Central First Team. Keyport’s Sarbjit Singh, Shore Regional’s Phil Hershkowitz and Henry Hudson’s Randy Clawson complete the team. Second Team honors went to Matt Curry-Edwards and John Jackey of St. Rose; Matt Jetter, Mater Dei; Hunter Brockreide, Shore Regional; and Robert Dougherty, Henry Hudson. Slew of local playersearn All-Divisionrecognition BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img read more

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To the basket

first_imgLeft to right: Middletown South’s Kyle Cancillieri (r) tries to elude Christian Brothers’ Matt McMullen during the first quarter of a game at CBA in Lincroft on Jan. 29. CBA’s Matt McMullen tosses up a shot during the fourth quarter. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR stafflast_img

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Holmdel’s Warner wins conference championship with late kick

first_imgHolmdel High School’s Marin Warner achieved her goal and a whole lot more at the Shore Conference Cross-Country Championships.The Hornets’ harrier not only ran a personal best 5K (17:29) on the flat and fast Ocean County Park course in Lakewood on Oct. 24, but she added the conference championship to the Monmouth County title she won earlier in the month at Holmdel Park.“I was looking to break 18:00, and I broke it by a lot,” Warner said after he triumphant run. “I’m happy.“I’ve been training a lot harder, and I’m starting slower in races and kicking it at the end,” she added.It was that kick from her 800-meter speed on the track (2:13.07) that won it for Warner over Lacey Township High School’s Danielle Leavitt (17:32) and St. John Vianney High School’s Courtney Thompson (17:37).“On the last hill, I finally got away,” Warner said. “It was the point of the race where I said, ‘I’ve got to go and finish strong.’ I knew [Leavitt and Thompson] were there.”Warner led a pack of five runners under 18:00 in what was a fast day at Ocean County Park, as the boys course record fell to Christian Brothers Academy’s Mike Mc- Clemens in 14:43 and four runners broke the old course record by finishing under 15:00.With confidence that can only come from winning championships, Warner is looking forward to the second half of the season — the upcoming state meets that begin with the NJSIAA Central Jersey sectionals on Nov. 9 at Thompson Park in Jamesburg.“I keep improving in each race,” she said.Thompson’s teammate, Tara Connelly (18:12), and Middletown High School North’s Alexandra Juzwiak (18:13) were the other top local runners, finishing eighth and ninth.The state’s two top-ranked teams, Red Bank Catholic High School (88) and Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (108), went first and second.Middletown High School South led area schools with a strong third-place finish (172).Leading the Eagles were Cassidy Weimer (18:36), Brianna Haspel (18:44), Chris Rutkowski (18:46) and Sylvie Evarts (19:06), who finished 22-27-30-38. The Eagles’ team average was 18:55.Maddie Marrone of Middletown North (18:32) was 17th, helping the Lions finish seventh (223).Holmdel was ninth (246) and St. John Vianney was 13th (344). By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

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SPORT SHORTS

first_imgCentral Jersey Umpire Association (CJUA) is looking for new or experienced baseball and softball umpires. Come join one of the largest umpire organizations in the state.The CJUA is looking for men or women ages 16 and older who like the game, want to make some extra money and would like to become certified umpires by CJUA. There are games from March until November, with baseball and softball games from 7U to summer college. The CJUA will train. Weekly Cadet classes start the first week in February.If you are interested or would like more information, call Ron Marino at 732-829-8036 or email CJUAUmpire@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Putting up the shot

first_imgFRANK GALIPO Middletown High School South’s Olivia Liskowitz puts up a running left-handed shot in the paint against Marlboro High School during the Jan. 17 game played in Middletown. The Eagles defeated the Mustangs, 48-35, taking over sole possession of first place in the Shore Conference A North Division.last_img

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Deja vu for Spain, Mexico and Cameroon out to ride their luck

first_imgBy Neil Maidment, Nick Mulvenney and Rex GowarSpain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returned at the following World Cup by any world champion, with many still bearing the scars of a bruising encounter with the Dutch in 2010.Spain dominated possession in Johannesburg and took a barrage of heavy tackles by a fierce Dutch defensive guard, but fans streaming to the Fonte Nova arena will be hoping for a more attacking treat this time around as Xavi, Andres Iniesta and David Silva’s superb passing game comes up against a Dutch counter attack possessing Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie.Vincent Del Bosque’s La Roja, bolstered this time by the prolific Brazilian-born Diego Costa, begin among the favourites for the tournament in Brazil, where success would see them become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas.The Dutch tactics under coach Louis van Gaal have been hotly debated in the Brazil build-up after he opted to ditch a traditional 4-3-3 approach in favour of a 5-3-2, after losing midfield king pin Kevin Strootman to long-term injury and favouring a more pressing approach.“I don’t think at the moment we are capable of playing tika taka,” Arjen Robben, told Dutch team website Ons Oranje. “The counter is a very dangerous weapon that we will be certainly using at this tournament.”Mexico and Cameroon meanwhile would be prime contenders for the title of most fortunate qualifiers for the World Cup but both will fancy their chances of progressing from Group A if they can win their opening encounter on Friday.Hosts Brazil and Croatia round out the group so traditional early tournament caution could be thrown to the wind at the Dunas arena with both teams knowing that a draw is unlikely to much help their cause.CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico just scraped through to a playoff only courtesy of a dramatic last gasp victory by the United States over Panama last year before overwhelming New Zealand to secure their place at a sixth successive World Cup.Cameroon’s Lions likewise looked anything but indomitable in their qualifying campaign and they needed the reversal of a 2-0 defeat to Togo after their West African rivals fielded a suspended player to get to a playoff.They thumped Tunisia 4-1 on aggregate to reach a seventh successive World Cup finals, however, and a 2-2 draw against Germany in a friendly last week offered some hope that Volker Finke’s team were starting to click.If Australia’s World Cup warm-up against Ecuador in London in March is anything to go by, their opening Group B clash with Chile at the Pantanal Arena in Friday’s final game could be a thriller.Australia, who took a shock three-goal lead against the Ecuadoreans before being over-run in the second half and losing 4-3, like to hit opponents with fast breaks and if they are to do anything of note in Brazil they must beat Chile.Chile like to play in their opponents’ half with a fast and furious pressing game based on as much possession as possible.The South Americans, third in their region’s qualifying group, are favourites against an Australian team in transition with the 2015 Asian Cup a far more realistic goal.Chile are playing on their own continent but the muggy conditions in Cuiaba deep in the Mato Grosso swampland are not necessarily an advantage for them because the country has a more European climate.last_img read more

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Apollon aiming for winning start in Europa League

first_imgBy Andreas VouApollon will be looking to start their Europa League campaign with three points when they host FC Zurich at the GSP Stadium on Thursday night.The Limassol side are no strangers to the competition having qualified for the group stages last year where they finished third in their group, and will be hoping to use that experience in their favour when they take on Zurich.The 2013/14 campaign saw them amass four points, including a win away to Legia Warsaw, but Christakis Christoforou’s men did not manage a victory at home, something which they aim to put right this time around.While it is by no means an easy game, it is the one which is most winnable for the Limassol side, in front of their own fans, with Borussia Monchengladbach and Villarreal being the two fancied teams to qualify for the next round.Apollon pulled off one of the biggest results of the play-off round to reach the groups when they defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 1-4 in the Russian capital to add to their 1-1 draw in Cyprus.And despite their disappointing start to the Cypriot league season where they lost 2-5 at home to AEK Larnaca on the opening day, they go into Thursday’s match in good spirits following their 1-0 win over Ayia Napa, their second league win in succession.The scorer of that solitary goal was talisman Gaston Sangoy who Apollon are delighted to have back in the team for a crucial home European match. The Argentine missed the first leg against Lokomotiv, which finished 1-1 in Nicosia, through suspension and the difference with him in the side in the second leg was evident.The Swiss club, on their part, have enjoyed an excellent start to the domestic season as they sit top of the league after eight games, one point ahead of Champions League participants FC Basel.Much of their success is down to Davide Chiumento and Amine Chermiti who have scored five and four times respectively in the league while Chermiti netted a hat-trick in the first leg of their play-off encounter against Spartak Trnava – Apollon’s biggest task will be to keep their deadly duo as quiet as possible.Zurich have also had their fair share of European adventures in recent years having reached the group stages of either the Europa League or Champions League in four of the last six campaigns.Though their opponents cannot be underestimated, Apollon will see this as their best opportunity to earn their first home win at home in the group stages and put down a solid marker for the more difficult challenges which lie ahead.APOLLONlast_img read more

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Arsenal strike late to break Anderlecht hearts

first_imgBy Martyn HermanArsenal struck twice in the last two minutes for a smash and grab 2-1 away victory at Anderlecht in Champions League Group D on Wednesday to earn three vital points.The Londoners produced a lethargic display and were trailing to Andy Najar’s 71st-minute header before Kieran Gibbs equalised after 89 minutes and then Lukas Podolski smashed in a close-range winner.It was tough luck on Anderlecht who had seemed on course for a first victory in the competition in 11 attempts.Arsenal remain in second place with six points, three behind Borussia Dortmund who have won all of their games.Neither side managed a shot on target in a forgettable first half in the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.Arsenal offered precious little going forward with Alexis Sanchez the only player showing any real desire.After the tepid first half the second began in more lively fashion with Ibrahima Conte raising the noise levels with a shot deflected wide.Arsenal responded minutes later when Sanchez found himself unmarked with his back to goal in the six-yard box but he failed to angle his header away from grateful keeper Silvio Proto.It was the hosts who made the breakthrough though with 19 minutes remaining and it was goal of real quality.Najar played the ball to Dennis Praet who twisted and turned Arsenal’s languid defence before clipping the perfect cross to the far post where Najar dispatched a firm header past Emiliano Martinez, Arsenal’s third-choice keeper who was making his Champions League debut.It almost got better for Anderlecht when Anthony Vanden Borre’s mis-hit shot looped against the post with Arsenal’s defence in disarray.Sanchez rustled the side-netting with a free kick but Anderlecht looked the more likely to score as the crowd began chanting ‘ole’s’ with every home pass.It all went sour for Anderlecht though as first left-back Gibbs produced a superb volley from a Calum Chambers cross.Suddenly revived, Arsenal went for the unlikeliest of victories and with the clock at 90 minutes, Sanchez caused havoc in the area and his low cross fell to Podolski who thrashed the ball high into the net.last_img read more

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