Jon Jacobs’ side comfortably booked their place in the Cyril Anekstein Cup final thanks to a 5-0 win over Finchley City.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL:
Finchley City 0 Redbridge Jewish Care A 5
Camden Park 2 Woodford Wanderers 2
Maccabi London Lions A 1 Hendon United A 0
Athletic Bilbaum 1 North London Raiders B 4
Oakwood B P Faithfold A P
Faithfold pulled out of match
Redbridge Jewish Care B 5 Scrabble 1
Boca Jewniors 0 Temple Fortune 4
Hertswood Vale 3 Real Hendon 4
Mill Hill Dons 1 Redbridge Jewish Care C 1
RC UK FC 4 L’Equipe 2
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Sam Singer (Mill Hill Dons)
Lee Fegan (Temple Fortune)
Rick Harris (Camden Park)
Gilad Kestenbaum (Real Hendon)
Martin Smulovitch (Real Hendon)
Scott McKenzie (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Brett Stead (Temple Fortune)
James Gold (Maccabi London Lions A)
Darra Razaghi (RC UK FC)
Dovi Vogel (RC UK FC)
Mordy Weiler (RC UK FC)
Russell Goldstein (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Ben Sollosi (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Daniel Bean (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Brad Gayer (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Eshed Rahiv (Temple Fortune)
Dean Ben Yosef (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Gavin Levy (Temple Fortune)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Jack Van Gelder (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Twisted and turned past four Scrabble defenders, before creating the opening which was finished clinically with his left foot into the bottom corner
2) Gav Noe (Real Hendon)
Yossi Goldberg sent a Beckham-esque 40-yard crossfield pass to the feet of Noe, who controlled, and cut inside two men before smashing the ball into the top corner to win the game
3) Gavin Levy (Temple Fortune)
Managed to beat a man, cut inside and then curled with his left foot (wrong foot) into the bottom corner
4) Eli Shebson (RC UK FC)
Thirty yards out, took a bouncing ball on his chest, before volleying a looping screamer into the top right corner
5) RC UK FC (team goal)
On the counter from a corner, Leor Harel found Dovi Vogel, who in turn passed to Darra. He beat a couple of men and played a dime of a ball across the face of goal where Markiewicz stole in to beat the goalkeeper to the ball and then tap into the empty net. Front to back in 15 seconds.
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Lee Fegan (Temple Fortune)
With a 30-yard screamer destined for the top corner, Fegan managed to stretch back and tip the ball over the bar
2) Sam Singer (Mill Hill Dons)
An acrobatic save from close range to prevent a header finding the top corner of the net
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Jon Jacobs (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
“We look forward to meeting London Lions A in the final. I have a detailed dossier on their 200 players that they have available but it is currently bigger than Encyclopedia Britannica so unable to use it fully.
“We look forward to seeing Josh Kennet , Austin Lipman and all their Saturday boys for the Maccabi League Cup final which they have richly contributed to.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP – SEMI-FINAL:
(number in brackets represents division of team)
FINCHLEY CITY (1) 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) 5
The Premier Division title favourites comprehensively booked their place at Wingate thanks to this comfortable win.
Russell Goldstein and Ben Sollosi both scored twice, with Daniel Garfinkle also getting on the scoresheet.
CAMDEN PARK 2 WOODFORD WANDERERS 2
Two of the bottom three sides played out a share of the spoils, the point helping the home side inch closer to avoiding the drop.
Kane and Mike Khalastchi scored for camden, with manager Stirling Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a very poor game, both teams turned up with 11 each and it went downhill from there.
“We started Saturday night with 16 players and bar one player, the other players let everyone down. We had to put Will in goal and get some out of bed to make sure we had 11. This was our worse performance so far, having said that we had plenty of great chances throughout the game to have won by a mile, but we led twice and as I warned before the game, we would have to deal with high balls into the box alas with no goalkeeper we conceded twice, but a big mention to Will who did his best for the team.
“The game was played in a good spirit and considering there was hardly a bad foul, there was a lot of bookings and a needless sending-off for Woodford.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 1 HENDON UNITED A 0
Lions moved up into fourth spot as they claimed a hard-fought win, thanks to Sam Lewis’ strike.
Hendon manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “I know I sound like a broken record, but once again our injury situation killed us. Not only did we have no substitutes, but two of our 11 starters could barely move and we found ourselves pretty much going through the motions with only nine men.
“Saying that we were still pretty awful – in truth Lions were not a great deal better with the exception of James Gold and I wouldn’t be wanting to watch the highlights for this one as there pretty much were none. The season cannot end quick enough for us – it really has been a season of two halves – magnificent in the first and absolutely terrible in the second.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 4
Raiders moved up into fourth spot with this comfortable win.
Matt Leader, Jacob Gold, Jake Gilbert and Will Ufland all scored, with manager Jonathan Adelman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It certainly wasn’t one for the purest. The pitch was awful, bobbly and with divots more akin to a driving range! We couldn’t play our usual passing game but adapted well to being more direct especially in the second half. Had we been more clinical we probably could have had a hatful, but after a few goal-shy weeks I’m just delighted with the win and goals for some of our strikers.
OAKWOOD B P FAITHFOLD A P
MATCH POSTPONED – FAITHFOLD PULLED OUT OF MATCH
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Ultimately it’s three points, but a shame we couldn’t play as we had one of our strongest squads of the season available.
“We have more fixture to play at the very end of April against Finchley City and a win would be the perfect way to bring the curtain down on the season.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 5 SCRABBLE 1
Redbridge secured promotion to the Premier Division – and did so in style as they produced arguably their best performance of the season to date.
Dan Andrews, Brad Gayer, Dean Ben Yosef, Anthony Cope and Jack Van Gelder all getting on the scoresheet for Sam Rank’s side.
Elliot Espinoza scored Scrabble’s consolation, who were without six first team regulars. Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had only nine fit outfield players and a half fit goalkeeper in midweek to choose from and thanks to the masters lads, we were able to play the game today. We’ve got a ridiculous long term injury list and and I believe this has cost us promotion in the last few weeks.
“The lads available gave it their all today though, but you need your key players available for selection in this type of game and Redbridge had that little bit extra quality needed.
“We’ve still had a great season though and enjoyed every minute of it and I’m proud of our squad who have done so well to finish third after only gaining promotion last season.
“Good luck and well done to the Redbridge boys who will now win the league irrespective of what happens in their game with Lions next week and the league table doesn’t lie.They have been the most consistent side all season and are worthy champions.
“We will go again next season and try and get the promotion we all want to the promised land of the Premier Division and will try and end our season in style with a win at Faithfold at the end of next month.”
BOCA JEWNIORS 0 TEMPLE FORTUNE 4
Fortune inched a step closer to securing promotion as they claimed a comfortable three points.
Eshed Rahiv scored twice, with Michael Goldberg and Gavin Levy also on target.
Player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “The headline has to be that Lee Fegan kept a fifth consecutive clean sheet – an unbelievable achievement
“Another three points and I’m delighted with a fifth clean sheet in a row – which is a club record.
“We took our goals well, but did leave it late as it was 1-0 with 15 minutes to go – we should have punished Boca a lot earlier in the game. Defensively we are a well oiled machine of late which is brilliant to see.
“The attention turns to our last game next week, if we can beat L’Equipe we are in touching distance of division 1 which would be a fantastic achievement.”
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a tough game against a good side and their class showed really. Yes we had spells where we could have done more, and let me them get goals too easily especially at the end when we were guilty of over-committing forwards – but really we don’t need to dwell on that and can look forward to the next game.”
HERTSWOOD VALE 3 REAL HENDON 4
Hendon kept up their good form of late as they edged a seven-goal tussle.
Joint-player-manager Chaim Gothold scored twice, with Benni Sluckis and Gav Noe – netting the winner five minutes from time – securing the win.
Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a hard-fought win. We started slow and went 2-0 down after 15 minutes, but then recovered superbly to lead 3-2 at the break.
“They equalised with about twenty to go, but we dug in and the ever-dangerous Gav scored a superb winner with five to go.
“It was a really tough pitch to play on which wasn’t conducive to good football, but we’ll take the three points.”
Harry Graham scored twice for Vale, with Jordan Harris also on target.
MILL HILL DONS 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 1
Redbridge saw their hopes of a top-two finish ended as they were held to this point.
Jamie Nagioff converted from the penalty spot for the Dons, with manager Brandon Hamme telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We didn’t show up today and were far from our best, however it’s a result based game and a draw against one of the top teams in the league isn’t an awful result.
“We will look to end the season strongly with our last game against RCUK, regardless of what happens in that game we can be proud of a strong first season in the league.”
Craig Phillips scored for the visitors.
RC UK FC 4 L’EQUIPE 2
The champions saw their unbeaten league run finally ended, as the hosts put in a performance, more akin to their early season form.
Mordy Weiler scored twice, with player-manager Avi Markiewicz and Eli Shebson also on target.
Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Some good news at last! We knew what L’Equipe were about, physical, strong and tall team with ridiculously long throws, but we made sure that we were no push overs in that department.
“Unfortunately our goalkeeper Nati was away, but I’m not sure that our stand-ins, Yisroel Lewis and Gideon Caller, made a save the entire game. Their two goals were silly mistakes on our part and ended up being tap-ins. At the other end we flooded their goal and were unlucky to only score four.
“With Jonti Aremband still banned and Nati Kind out dedicating a Sefer Torah, we were missing two key players and it was a worry how we would cope. We went 1-0 down, but equalised five minutes before half-time with a magnificent sweeping goal.
“The second half started as the first finished, all us and we then scored a goal of the season contender (see above) on the hour mark to go in front.
“Things were going well for us, we hit the bar, had two efforts cleared of the line not, to mention a clear one-on-one red card decision turned down, but we never looked like conceding. But as happens in Sunday league, disaster struck 20 minutes from time, another mix-up at the back and yet again they were left with another tap-in.
“We didn’t let our heads drop but kept on going and five minutes later we scored again. The game was yet again built on our defence who all deserve a mention; David Brown, Avi Mocton and Yisroel Lewis at centre-back fought like warriors, headed and kicked away all the long balls and throws that went our way which against L’Equipe is no easy task. Leor Harel and Dan Ezra made sure that nothing made it down our wings.
“We have to say congratulations to them for winning the league, deserved and up until this point unbeaten champions! However, we showed today and have shown over the course of the season that when we put the effort in we are a real force to be reckoned with.”
Andy Smith and Grant Bates scored for the visitors, with player-manager Nick Stern telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Sadly the unbeaten run has come to an end. With no recognised goalkeeper and missing our manager and captain, it was always going to be difficult but the 12 men that turned up did them and the club proud.
“Two goals in the last ten minutes was our undoing, but we are still champions and that’s most important to never forget.”