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Blancos boys into last four of cup after shocking Camden

Division One strugglers knock out Premier Division opponents to book Cyril Anekstein semi-final spot

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Los Blancos turned in a stylish performance to overcome Premier Division opposition Camden Park and book their place in the last four of the Cyril Anekstein Cup.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):

PETER MORRISON TROPHY LAST 16:
London Lions Vets 0 Fairlop FC 1
Redbridge Jewish Care A P Redbridge Jewish Care B P
Unplayable pitch

Manchester Maccabi 2nd 3 Brady Maccabi 1
Maccabi London Lions Blue P Sedgley Park P
MMFL Masters Rep Team 0 Manchester Maccabi 1st 9

CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP QUARTER-FINAL:
Los Blancos 3 Camden Park 0

PREMIER DIVISION:
Maccabi London Lions White 6 North London Raiders A 0

DIVISION ONE:
Oakwood B 3 North London Raiders B 3
Temple Fortune A P Faithfold A P
Fortune unable to raise a side

DIVISION TWO:
Bayern Mincha 4 North London Raiders C 1
Faithfold B 1 Hertswood Vale 4
Real Hendon 0 Mill Hill Dons 4
Straw Hat Pirates 3 FC Team 5

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART (League & Cup)

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CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Los Blancos VS Oakwood A
Brady Maccabi VS Hendon United Sports

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PETER MORRISON TROPHY LAST 16 DRAW:

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPER:
Jordan Kara (Fairlop)
Oliver Burchell (Mill Hill Dons)

DEFENCE:
Eli Davila (Bayern Mincha)
Guv Nussbaum (Bayern Mincha)
Max Freedman (Fairlop)
Adam Rones (FC Team)
Jake Doffman (Los Blancos)
Gav Krieger (Los Blancos)
Harry Myers (Manchester Maccabi 2nd)
Anthony Goodmaker (North London Raiders B)
Elad Hertshten (North London Raiders B)
Brandon Sassoon (North London Raiders B)

MIDFIELD:
Daniel Holder (Bayern Mincha)
Joe Davis (Los Blancos)
Daniel Rubenstein (Manchester Maccabi 2nd)
Adam Isaacs (Mill Hill Dons)

STRIKERS:
Adam Ellis (Bayern Mincha)
James Jaconelli (Fairlop)
Avi Kestenbaum (Los Blancos)
Oli Sade (Los Blancos)
Ollie Craig (Maccabi London Lions White)
Simon Lester (Manchester Maccabi 2nd)
Zack Cohen (Mill Hill Dons)
David Dinkin (North London Raiders B)

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THIS WEEK’S TEAM OF THE WEEK…

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GOALS OF THE WEEK:

1) Adam Ellis (Bayern Mincha) – Alon Pinhas cleared the ball with a great header from a corner, it landed at Ellis’ feet as he then took on the whole Raiders defence, before slotting past the goalkeeper

2) Dave Grossman (FC Team) – A stunning 35-yard strike into the roof of net

3) Avi Kestenbaum (Los Blancos) – Collected a ball on the corner of box, produced a trademark faint and drop of the shoulder as he glided past his marker, before wrong-footing the Camden goalkeeper

4) Oli Sade (Los Blancos) – Capitalised on a poor clearance – producing a 20-yard lob over the goalkeeper from the corner of the box

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SAVES OF THE WEEK:

1) Oliver Burchell (Mill Hill Dons) – Point-blank save with his feet – ball looked destined for the goal, but was somehow kept out

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

1) Joel Holder (Los Blancos):  “The groundsman were the only people upset at his performance as he covered every blade of grass”

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PETER MORRISON TROPHY LAST 16:

LONDON LIONS VETS 0 FAIRLOP FC 1
Youth overcame experience on the day as Dan Jacob’s side missed out on the quarter-finals.

James Jaconelli scored the all-important winner, with manager Aaron Dias telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Fair play to Lions, they have some quality players and at times had us very worried, but you know what, they gave it their best today and their best wasn’t good enough against the resilient boaty boys. Lions huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow that orange wall down.

“The first half of football was end to end stuff with both teams having chances, after Rosen was hacked down in the box we should have really taken the lead, Our Skippa failing to convert the penalty which can only be described as a pea roller.

“The boys showed great character in the second half and time and time again kept the Lions at bay. With six minutes to go and the game still at 0-0, JJ hunted down one of their centre-backs, robbed him of the ball – it reminded me of Henry in his heyday the way he skipped round the goalkeeper and cooly finished, although it felt like time had stood still once he had gone round the goalkeeper.

“Although I would love a trip to Manchester in the next round, I’m worried someone else will knock out our local rivals before we do! So we will very much be hoping for a Fairlop v Redbridge quarter final”

Lions manager Dan Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were missing a few but despite that did more than enough to win the game. We penned them back for the entire second half, but it was just one of those days when nothing would go in.

“We hit the woodwork three times and had goals disallowed in controversial circumstance, but disappointed as we are though in our own failings and the decisions, loads of credit goes to them. For the way they threw themselves in front of everything and for the two incredible tips their goalkeeper made they deserved the luck they got. Their centre-back was the stand-out player, the block he made in the first half was as brave as you’ll see and probably won them the game.

“We wish them the very best of luck in the competition.”

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P
UNPLAYABLE PITCH

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MANCHESTER MACCABI 2ND 3 BRADY MACCABI 1
Brady made the long trip north, but came back empty-handed.

Simon Lester scored twice for the victors, with Jack Myers also on target. Joint-manager Jonny Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were out of the blocks the fastest and playing a high tempo, high pressing game.

“Well organised and disciplined, we chased and pressurised their defence, with Simon’s work ethic of helping us take control. His rewards were two first half goals.

“We were totally in control in that first half, despite a disallowed Brady goal for offside and went in to half-time 3-0 to the good. They started to get their act together in the second half, and began to see more of the ball, but we stood up to them and despite some dangerous balls thrown into the box from a constant stream of free-kicks, all they had to show by the end was a consolation goal.

“Special mention goes to 16-year-old Sam Rubens, making only his second start for the second team and battling well against the powerful Stanley Offord, but man-of-the-match goes to Simon Lester for his incredible work rate and two-goal haul.”

Stanley Offord scored for the visitors, with manager Joel Nathan telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We had a very weakened team, but made the journey in terrible conditions. We didn’t help ourselves by going behind to two mistakes and then were in the wrong end of a dreadful decision by the officials just before half-time

“We rallied in the second half and scored midway through it and then missed an open goal which would have got the nerves going, but in the end we ended up not be good enough on the day

“Roll on to next week.”

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MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE P SEDGLEY PARK P

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CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP QUARTER-FINAL:

LOS BLANCOS 3 CAMDEN PARK 0
Blancos caused something of an upset here as they overcame their higher-division opposition to set up a last-four tie against Premier Division champions Oakwood A.

Avi Kestenbaum, Oli Sade and Jake Doffman all scored, with Blancos’ Joel Holder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “the lads put in a strong performance today and every one of my players dug deep and produced a 110 percent performance, no superlatives do Gav Krieger and Jake Doffmans’ centre-back partnership justice today and with Jake’s finish we’ll probably see him playing up front next season.

“Delighted to be in the semis and looking forward for some more magic of the cup.”

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PREMIER DIVISION:
FIXTURES & RESULTS:
TABLE:

MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 6 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 0
The Lions moved up into fourth place as a hat-trick from Ollie Craig helped them to this emphatic win.

Adam Arnold, Tyler Smith and Josh Weiner made it a sweet six for the hosts.

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DIVISION ONE:
FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

OAKWOOD B 3 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 3
Raiders spurned the chance to move to within two points of the leaders, as they were held to a point in this six-goal thriller.

Rob Blackman’s mis-hit looping cross floated into the far corner of the net to give the visitors a half-time lead, before David Dinkin double their lead on the hour mark. 

Oakwood then mounted a superb comeback, scoring twice to draw level with ten minutes left, and although Jake Gilbert restored Raiders’ lead with a composed finish, the hosts sealed a point, albeit in slightly controversial circumstances, scoring from a corner when Raiders felt they should have been awarded a free-kick.

Raiders manager Doron Salomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “This game was everything we anticipated it would be. Despite Jason’s absence from the sideline his team were well prepared, up for a battle and tough opposition. Although there was some controversy surrounding the late equaliser, I couldn’t begrudge Oakwood the draw, a Raiders win wouldn’t have been a fair reflection on the game.

“This doesn’t feel like two points dropped particularly because we lost a few players in the 24 hours before the game. The players worked very hard for a point against a good and likeable team who we face again in a couple of weeks.”

Simon Davies, Daniel Seligman and Max Clynes scored for the O’s, for whom manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Firstly, thanks to Dan Kristall who stepped in admirably for me on no notice after my work commitments got the better of me. Not bad to be able to call in the reigning Premier Division winning manager to assist. His quality showed at the end when, by the sounds of things, he almost physically dragged centre-back Max Clynes into the box to head home the equaliser. Why he wasn’t up there already is beyond me!

“I wasn’t there obviously but to lose our goalkeeper Ben Lewis to a broken finger in the warm-up was obviously a disaster that set us back. And then to be 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go and not lose is a pretty good effort I’d say. Think Raiders will be gutted not to have won from there and then to have led 3-2 as well.

“By all accounts we played well but once again we were our worst enemy. Missing loads of chances and giving away soft goals. It’s got to get better. Every week we are going out and giving ourselves too much to do.

“Look forward to playing them again in two weeks.”

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TEMPLE FORTUNE A P FAITHFOLD A P
FORTUNE UNABLE TO RAISE A SIDE

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DIVISION TWO:
FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

BAYERN MINCHA 4 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Mincha maintained their chase of the leaders with a win over the struggling Raiders.

Adam Ellis helped himself to two goals, with Rafi Terespolsky and Gav Nussbaum also on target.

Player-manager Alon Pinhas told jewishnews.co.uk: “The first 20 minutes we absolutely dominated the game. We were 3-0 up, then took our foot a bit off the gas but still played well.

“In the second half we were way too complacent until they scored to make it 3-1 with about 20 minutes to go. We then finished the game off with just under 10 minutes left.

“They fought hard in the second half at 3-0 down and made the game interesting. We wish them luck throughout the remainder of the season.”

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FAITHFOLD B 1 HERTSWOOD VALE 4
Vale moved level on points with the Greens in mid-table thanks to this comfortable victory.

Josh Cohen helped himself to a hat-trick, with James Neidle wrapping up the victory with his first for the club.

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REAL HENDON 0 MILL HILL DONS 4
Two goals each from Zach Cohen and Adam Isaacs ensured the Dons stay two points clear at the top of the table.

Hendon manager Rafi Addlestone told jewishnews.co.uk: “A disappointing defeat, but I’m sure the league leaders would admit that the scoreline flattered them.

“Benny Goldberg hit two posts. Martin Smulovitch was denied by a wonder save from three yards out, Jordan Alex went close more than once and Lolu Hibbert had a fabulous free-kick tipped onto the bar.

“On a boggy pitch, the youthful exuberance of the Dons won through this week, and whilst we don’t go in to next week’s rematch flying high, we are quietly confident that the score line will better reflect the relative parity between the teams.

“A special mention to Benny Goldberg, who led the line with tireless enthusiasm, winning every header and bringing the ball down expertly – Heskey-esque in his determination to bring others into play.”

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STRAW HAT PIRATES 3 FC TEAM 5
Team ensured there were wins for the top-three sides as two goals each from Eddie Sternberg and Jon Breger helped them to this thrilling win.

Dave Grossman scored their fifth, with player-manager Mitch Young telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a comfortable win although we made hard work of it. It would be nice to cut out all these silly goals we concede.

“Their goalkeeper kept the scoreline from going into double figures in the second half. Given all the unavailable players and suspensions we had, we did well to play so well and from next week onwards, we welcome back a number of players to the squad.”

Aron Gale scored twice for The Pirates, with David Wolinsky netting their third.

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