Lions White won a thrilling seven-goal inter-club thriller, while there was also a five-star performance from Mill Hill Dons.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Oakwood A 3 Hendon 1
Maccabi London Lions White 4 Maccabi London Lions Blue 3
North London Raiders A 1 Brady Maccabi 1
Redbridge Jewish Care A 2 Camden Park 0
Faithfold A 4 Oakwood B 3
L’Equipe 0 Los Blancos 4
Redbridge Jewish Care C 0 Redbridge Jewish Care B 2
Temple Fortune A 3 Scrabble 5
Bayern Mincha 4 Real Hendon 1
Boca Jewniors 3 Faithfold B 5
Catford & Bromley Maccabi 1 Fairlop FC 1
FC Team 4 Hertswood Vale 2
North London Raiders C 1 Mill Hill Dons 5
Straw Hat Pirates 3 Temple Fortune B 1
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Daniel Orgel (Camden Park)
Dean Caplin (Oakwood A)
Theo Azouz (Camden Park)
Josh Tiano (Camden Park)
Jonny Gahan (Faithfold A)
Gav Kreiger (Los Blancos)
Adam Ben-Harosh (Mill Hill Dons)
Zack Neiman (North London Raiders A)
Dale Bradman (Oakwood A)
Zak McLeod (Scrabble)
Simeon Cohen (Straw Hat Pirates)
Joel Newman (Straw Hat Pirates)
Yohan Jordi (Camden Park)
Daniel Bean (Fairlop FC)
Bradley Gayer (Fairlop FC)
Marc Hecht (FC Team A)
Adam Rones (FC Team A)
Elliot Moslawy (Los Blancos)
Mark Woolfe (Los Blancos)
Tyler Smith (Maccabi London Lions White)
Nick Phillips (Mill Hill Dons)
Simon Davies (Oakwood A)
David Woolman (Oakwood A)
Craig Cole (Scrabble)
Josh Pugh (Scrabble)
Rob Rodney (Scrabble)
Ben Mandell (Straw Hat Pirates)
Chaim Bordon (Faithfold A)
Daniel Rosen (Fairlop FC)
Mitch Young (FC Team A)
Zack Cohen (Mill Hill Dons)
Sam Cantor (Oakwood A)
Craig Edwards (Scrabble)
Zac Summerfield (Scrabble)
Aron Gale (Straw Hat Pirates)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Kiki Levin (Maccabi London Lions White) – a bullet header from a pin-point cross from Tyler Smith
2) Steve Summers (Redbridge Jewish Care A) – received the ball with his back to goal 25 yards out, turned quickly and clipped a beautiful, inch perfect chip that beat the goalkeeper and went in off the bar
3) Akiva Solomon (Faithfold A) – scored a 35 yard screamer of a free kick in the top corner
4) Svi Freedman (Los Blancos) – Scored with a beautiful curling effort from outside the area
5) Mitch Young (FC Team) – 25 yard free-kick into roof of the net
6) Jacob Richler Kleiman (Oakwood B) – Took down a Daniel Selwyn pass, before executing a long-range lob
7) Zac Summerfield (Scrabble) – Beat three defenders and holding them off with his pace before burying a powerful shot from just inside the penalty area
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Jordan Sharifia (Maccabi London Lions White) – a 94th minute penalty save to secure side’s first three league points of the season
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Avi Markiewicz (Faithfold A) – “We were missing players including Aaron Luftig, Avi Mocton, Gideon Caller who are busy shaking their Lulavs abroad.”
2) Joel Barnett (Los Blancos) – “We’re living up to our name! In true Real Madrid fashion, we destroyed their opponents in fine style.”
3) Joel Barnett (Los Blancos) – “Once again, the second the wags came the boys started playing.”
4) Jeff Gotch (Catford & Bromley) – “We may have used up all of our 9 lives in this one game, but we’ll take it.”
LONDON COUNTY CUP:
Oakwood A 3 Hendon 1
Goals from Sam Cantor, Tom Cantor and Simon Davies saw The O’s through to the next round.
Manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a fine performance proving how good our squad really is. Hendon may turn round and say they experimented and haven’t played in three weeks, but neither have we! We were also able to use our squad to its max.
“We could have scored more,but overall a very good morning in St Albans. Sometimes, you have to win ugly and this performance showed a different side to our game. We dug in, battled through a tough spell in the second half and got the win. This cup is an unknown to us and we will thrive the challenge in the next round against Vista.
“As for the league, this sort of win against a title rival sets a real statement. Hendon will be right up there in the final shake up and we look forward to doing battle again as the season progresses. Our recent record against them is outstanding though. This was our 4th straight win.
“We now put all our focus into catching up on some league games starting with a very tough test against the leaders Brady.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 4 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 3
James Gershfield’s side won their first league game of the season as two goals from Ben Lampert helped them to the points in this seven-goal thriller.
Kiki Levin and Josh Weiner were also on target, with Gershfield telling jewishnews.co.uk: “After being outplayed for the first 20 minutes of the game, we found ourselves 3-0 down and struggling to string a pass together but to be fair to my Lions they never gave up and came back to produce the best 70 minutes of football I’ve seen this season.
“The passion and determination to put things right was a pleasure to watch and two goals before half-time from skipper Lamps and Kiki put us back in the game.
“At half-time the message was to simply keep doing what they had been doing for the last part of the first half and that’s exactly what they did. We equalised through Lampert’s second of the game and we took the lead through Josh Weiner with about 25 minutes to go. Youngster Tyler Smith put in an extremely mature performance and assisted all four of our goals.
“We were really put to the test with about 15 minutes to go when Lampert was sent-off, but the boys responded magnificently to the decision and the re-shuffle and defended brilliantly.
“There was still more drama to come when in the 94th minute the referee awarded Lions Blue a penalty and the opportunity to nick a draw. Alex Taylor was also sent off and we were down to 9. Jordan Sharifia made his debut in net today and I’m sure it will be a debut he will never forget and his unbelievable penalty save sparked scenes of jubilation as the final whistle sounded just after the spot kick.
“From number 1 to number 14 we were excellent. There is a real belief around the camp that our season has now stated with back to back wins and we go into next weeks game with huge confidence.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 1 BRADY MACCABI 1
Brady remain top – though only by a point as they were held to a point by the Raiders.
David Dinkin scored for the hosts, with manager Dan Shafron telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m disappointed as it feels like a defeat considering how dominant we were. We had several chances to put the game to bed after taking the lead, but conceded a weak equaliser and couldn’t find another goal after that. Plenty of positives to take, especially from the second half but I’m confident that if we stay positive and keep working hard, the results will start to follow.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 2 CAMDEN PARK 0
Redbridge made it two wins from two as goals in each half from Nate Kashket and Steve Summers saw them to the points.
Camden manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “Losing 2-0 would normally be a rather depressing result, however once again we were hit by some unreal pullouts, which meant we went from 17 players on Saturday to just 12 by ko. And then by half-time down to 11 when DJ went of with a hamstring.
“Yet we were playing a Redbridge side who were missing players yet some how managed to be stronger with the players the are able to call on .
“With Dan Orgel playing in goal, we knew we were up against it. With all the possession Redbridge had, Dan only had one save of note to make.
“Their first goal was clearly offside, their second was a brilliant goal fit to win any game by Steve Summers, and if the referee had seen what nearly every one else saw, one of their players would have clearly seen red without doubt – and with 20 minutes to go, we may have been able to turn it around.
“The game was mainly defence vs attack. We set out with a game plan and the boys were tremendous, just not allowing Redbridge to get behind us and we stayed in the game to the final whistle. I was so proud of the boys the way they never gave up, and competed through out but we just did not have enough going forward to get us back in the game.
“Redbridge deserved the three points but under the circumstances I was so pleased with our efforts attitude and desire.”
FAITHFOLD A 4 OAKWOOD B 3
Faithfold continued their fine run of recent form as two goals from Chaim Bordon helped them to this win.
David Leiwy and Akiva Solomon were also on target, with player-manager Avi Markiewicz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Missing players including Aaron Luftig, Avi Mocton, Gideon Caller who are busy shaking their Lulavs abroad as well as Louis Naughten and Dovi Vogel – and that’s just to name a few – meant it was going to be tough for us, but we brought In a few boys who are back from Israel or usually at school. Gav Lewis, Akiva Solomon and Chaim Bordon and all three were excellent.
“We missed our full-backs mostly and it really disrupted our shape and our pattern of passing however we managed to battle through winning when far from our best which isn’t necessarily a bad sign.
“The game was pretty evenly balanced but we always looked like scoring whenever we attacked whereas Oakwood probably had more possession whilst not being as penetrative. Every time we scored we were pegged back. We managed to stay in front at the end. I didn’t help things with a howler from a free-kick that went straight over my head. We scored about 15 minutes from time and the final 10 were a little nervy, but we moved to five at the back and Oakwood were restricted to pot shots. By the end I think we just deserved the win.”
Daniel Seligman, Ben Peppi and Jacob Richler Kleiman scored for the visitors, for whom manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “What a funny old game. I’m struggling to think of a time when I’ve come away from defeat more positive than today. I’m still mystified as to how we lost really.
“We played some of the best football for a long time, the boys were all fit, we scored three great goals and kept things so positive throughout. If we keep it like that and we’ll be absolutely fine. More than fine. I liked what I saw today.
“Of course it’s not all milk and honey. Really we gave away four of the most stupid goals. Those careless individual errors need to be cut out. No team can afford to give up four goals like that. But we’ll bounce back from this for sure.”
L’EQUIPE 0 LOS BLANCOS 4
Goals from Svi Freedman, Josh Aziz, Oli Sade and Tim Heynes saw Blancos to the win and to going two points clear at the top of the table.
Manager Joel Barnett told jewishnews.co.uk: “We’re living up to our name! In true Real Madrid fashion, we destroyed our opponents in fine style. 4-0 was the end result – it could have been more.”
L’Equipe player-manager Nicholas Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “The game was very disappointing for us. We played some of our best football of the season, but simply couldn’t score. We then got tired as always at the end of the game and gave away two good goals. Fair play to Los Blancos they are a young keen team with a very good quick striker and we just couldn’t cope when tiredness kicked in. Special mention to our keeper Glucksman who made some outstanding saves despite the scoreline.
“Just to add I was asked after the game about the future of L’Equipe and how I think we will fare. I must say it is a disgrace how few league games we have this season that means with half our team being out at the start of the season because of babies, weddings and unforeseen circumstances it means we almost have no chance to come back up the league.
“We have played Los Blancos twice in the first four weeks which just sums up the mess the league is in and I urge once and for all, the committee to sort themselves and the league out to increase the numbers beyond the pathetic total of 29.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 2
The B’s leapfrogged the C’s on goal difference as goals from Carl Dobrin and Dan Gordon saw them win this inter-club derby.
TEMPLE FORTUNE A 3 SCRABBLE 5
Scrabble claimed their first win of the season – and did so in exhilarating style.
Zac Summerfield helped himself to four of the goals, with Craig Edwards also on target.
Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very pleased that we’ve got that first league win under our belts and today we were good value for the three points and played some great stuff.The two new boys Craig Cole and Craig Edwards were superb and will be great assets for us and the whole squad gave 100 percent as they’ve done in all the opening games.
“Our young striker Zac Summerfield was at his very best and his pace was awesome. He thoroughly deserved his four goals and will only get better as the season goes on. The other lads though must also take a lot of credit for providing some great assists and today’s performance from us was about a great team effort not just one player. Now we are in the top four the aim is to stay in that leading pack and see how far we can go.
“It’s also great to see a club like Temple Fortune with a great heritage back on track after some difficult times and their players and management team are a credit to the league.”
Eshed Rehav, Brett Stead and Gab Stone scored for Fortune.
BAYERN MINCHA 4 REAL HENDON 1
Mincha made it three wins from four as they moved to within two points off top spot in the table.
Adam Hersh scored for Hendon, for whom joint-manager Motty Korman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started well and went 1-0 up, but then a mistake between goalkeeper and defender gifted them an equaliser and it changed the game.
“We were missing a few of our regulars and it showed today. Well done to Mincha who took their chances.”
BOCA JEWNIORS 3 FAITHFOLD B 5
Faithfold claimed their first win of the season – coming away from Boca with a thrilling win.
Yehuda Emmanuel and JJ Marrache scored two each, with David Kizneris also on target.
Joint-manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Back to winning ways with a sterling performance. We were 2-0 down at half-time after an atrocious 45 minutes, but some inspired changes at the break, both in formation and personnel from the management, brought two goals in a 15-minute spell and two more after 30 minutes making it 4-2 .
“A lack of concentration let them come back to 4-3, but we finished them of with a killer goal five minutes from the end, probably the goal of the game.
“A true game of two halves, they had the first and we were hanging on, but we had the second and blew them away.
“If the team is to progress, our second half performance will have to be repeated every week. Congrats to the boys, they finally found the commitment and passion that was always there but hidden”
CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 1 FAIRLOP FC 1
The clash of the top-two maybe unsurprisingly ended in a share of the points – though Catford left it late to snatch a point.
Bradley Gayer fired the visitors in front, but Jamie’s Sinai’s 87th minute penalty earned them a share of the points.
Catford player-manager Jeff Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “We may have used up all of our 9 lives in this one game, but we’ll take it.
“They’re a decent side with some nice ball players, but we battled hard and even though we were not at our best we grounded out the point!
Fairlop manager Aaron Dias told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very, very frustrating day for us, once the dust settles we’ll be content with the point but very disappointing as we dominated most of the game!
“Once again we are kicking ourselves for not being more clinical in front of goal. We scored a great goal, with about 10 minutes left to play, we invited the pressure on ourselves and they were awarded a dubious penalty. We’ll go again in a few weeks and get back to winning ways, at least our plan to go unbeaten is still on track – but if they are going to be our closet challenger for the title, they may aswell give us the trophy now! “We don’t have a game next week, so a big team bonding session is planned for Saturday evening, first round is on double hat-trick hero Kai.”
FC TEAM 4 HERTSWOOD VALE 2
Two goals from player-manager Mitch Young helped Team to their first league win of the season. Richard Salmon and Jon Breger also found the back of the net, with Young telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were awful in the first half and even though we probably did not deserve to be losing at half time, we found ourselves behind. “I changed the formation in the second half and we were in total control, scored four goals and it could have had more. We need to find the right formation and that is something I am working on and I think moving forward from here everything will click into gear and we will rise up the league. “Phil Peters was also the referee of the week, he controlled game well and dealt with opposition dissent professionally.”
Edan Dodi scored twice for Vale, whose manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “We picked up a number of injuries during the game which ruined our flow at half time. The less said about the man wearing black in the middle, the better.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1 MILL HILL DONS 5
A hat-trick from Zach Cohen The Dons claim an emphatic win. Adam Lisberg and Harry Moss also found the back of the net, with manager Brandon Hamme telling jewishnews.co.uk: “What a game and what a performance from the lads today. To go away to Wembley and come back with three points is what dreams are made of. “The boys put in 110% throughout and look comfortable from start to finish. When at our best the sky is the limit for us and we can go into every game knowing we have a chance. “We had some other chances which could have been put away, but it was still a very strong second half performance to finish off a very good day for the club. Exciting times to be a Dons fan.” Alex Sherr scored the host’s consolation.
STRAW HAT PIRATES 3 TEMPLE FORTUNE B 1
The Pirates claimed their first win of the season, as Fortune fell to their third loss of the season.
Ben Mandell’s double and Aron Gale’s strike saw them to the win. Manager Elliot Cukier told jewishnews.co.uk: ” Finally! It’s has been coming for a while, and no one can dispute that. But finally we get the win we have been craving for so long. An outstanding performance from the whole squad today. Some difficult decisions were made in order to get there, but we got there in the end! I have said it before and I will keep on saying it! When we turn up to a game, and everyone does their jobs, we are a force to be reckoned with. Today is only the start of what we can do! We cannot get carried away though. We have a tough cup game next week, followed by some difficult games. Lets keep our heads together, build on this result and continue forward. Up the Straw Hats!”
Adam Blin scored for Fortune, following in a well delivered Gab Saul free-kick, with stand-in manager Steven Black telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We never really got going and we failed to impose ourselves on the game. Ultimately we lost the match in a mad 4 minutes at the end of the first half. We conceded two penalties and were punished by the opposition.
“We had chances to kill the game and chances to get back into the game which we failed to take and the lesson from this morning is that we need to be more composed at both ends of the pitch.
“I can’t fault the commitment and work-rate. We need to remind ourselves that this is a newly-formed team and the results will come, I have no doubt.
“Next week we welcome FC Team to Roger Banister Sports Centre and our focus must turn quickly to that game.”