United joy for juniors

Leeds Maccabi players posing with the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road.

LEEDS Maccabi juniors had a day to remember at Elland Road.

The youngsters were invited to take part in Leeds United's 'Grassroots' scheme which involved them taking part in pre-match on-pitch events, as well as a half-time walk around the pitch during the 3-0 victory over Rotherham United.

And 20 Maccabi players made up a guard of honour to welcome the two teams onto the pitch for the EFL Championship match.

Player escorts, from left: Noah Gould, Joseph Levey, Freddie Rosenberg and Josh Lions

In addition, four players - Josh Lyons (U-13), Freddie Rosenberg (U-11), Joseph Levey (U-9) and Noah Gould (U-7) - were chosen to be player escorts, accompanying their United heroes on to the pitch.

Maccabi vice-chairman Charlie Rosenberg said: "What a fantastic day. We took 76 kids and 71 parents to the game and we all sat together to watch Leeds win.

"It was a fantastic community day and was a real privilege to see our club's players of all ages on the pitch before the game - a proud moment for the club."

At half-time, all 76 kids took part in a lap of honour around the Elland Road pitch with members of other local football clubs.

Maccabi boys form the guard of honour

Noah obviously picked up some tips from the professionals as he hit six goals for the under-seven side in the 14-5 win over Middleton Park Juniors on Sunday.

Also on target were Marcus Cohen (4), Harry Baum, Luca Wolfryd, Sonny Barron and Josh Silberstein.

Maccabi under-8s were unlucky to lose 4-3 to Whitkirk. Joel Nathan (2) and Dexter Pullan scored for Maccabi who actually led 3-2 late in the game, but Whitkirk proved too strong.

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