Brady Maccabi booked their place into the semi-finals of the Cyril Anekstein Cup with a comprehensive win over Bayern Mincha.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP QUARTER-FINALS: (number in brackets represents division of team):
Brady Maccabi (PREM) 5 Bayern Mincha (2) 1
North London Raiders A (PREM) 1
Oakwood A (PREM) 3
Hendon United 3 Maccabi London Lions White 3
Maccabi London Lions Blue 4 Camden Park 0
Faithfold A 6 Scrabble 3
L’Equipe P Oakwood B P
L’Equipe forfeited match
Redbridge Jewish Care 2 Los Blancos 3
Temple Fortune A 1 Redbridge Jewish Care C 9
Catford & Bromley 3 FC Team 4
Mill Hill Dons P Hertswood Vale P
North London Raiders C 6 Real Hendon 3
Straw Hat Pirates 3 Faithfold B 3
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Sam Roth (North London Raiders C)
Joe Botchin (Oakwood A)
Josh Wagner (Faithfold A)
David Grossman (FC Team)
James Korn (FC Team)
Dan Howard (Hendon United)
Nick Barnett (Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Rob Blackman (North London Raiders A)
Dave Esterkin (North London Raiders A)
Ben Myers (Scrabble)
Adan Waters (Scrabble)
Dave Kizneris (Faithfold A)
David Leiwy (Faithfold A)
Daniel Sinclair (Los Blancos)
Joe Zender (Los Blancos)
James Gold (Maccabi London Lions White)
Josh Shack (Maccabi London Lions White)
Robert Samuelson (North London Raiders C)
James Frener (Oakwood A)
Zak McLeod (Scrabble)
Steven Moss (Scrabble)
Simon Moses (Los Blancos)
Oli Sade (Los Blancos)
Alex Elf (North London Raiders C)
Rupert Wood (Scrabble)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Simon Moses (Los Blancos) – Won game for side with final kick of the match – a fantastic lob over the goalkeeper
2) Adam Rones (FC Team) – Finished off a five-player one-touch passing goal, at the back post
3) Yoav Kestenbaum (Hendon United) – Josh Harris flicked the ball over his shoulder past two defenders, slipped in Zac Lewis who first time, and with the outside of his boot, played in Kestenbaum who scored in the far right corner with his left foot
4) Avi Markiewicz (Faithfold A) – David Leiwy did all the hard work, another of his mazy runs seeing him beat five players, before he got to the byline and pulled it back for Markiewicz, for the simplest of finishes
5) Joshua Bloom (Maccabi London Lions Blue) – Adam Abadi took down a 25 -yard pass with perfect control on the edge of the box, beat a man, performed a Maradona-esque roulette past another player which turned into a through ball to Bloom who cooly slotted home with his left foot
6) Josh Cuby (Oakwood A) – Curled in a shot from left hand angle of the penalty area into the top corner. An unbelievable strike
7) Alex Elf (North London Raiders C) – Smacked the ball into the goalkeeper’s left hand corner from just inside the Hendon half
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Sam Roth (North London Raiders C) – Seemingly inspired by De Gea last night – made a string of fine stops including a stunning point-blank effort
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Jacob Emanuel (Hertswood Vale): “The game didn’t go ahead today because the council didn’t turn up to put the goals up. There are many questions to be answered, but I’ll leave that up to the league to decide. Either way the lads have gone home feeling pretty mugged off that the game couldn’t go ahead.
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP QUARTER-FINALS (number in bracket represents division of team):
BRADY MACCABI (PREM) 5 BAYERN MINCHA (2) 1
The Premier Division leaders made light work of the second placed team in Division Two.
Reiss Mogilner and Charlie Kassler both helped themselves to two goals, with Graeme Grossman also on target.
Manager Joel Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “We beat a good young team however in all honesty we didn’t really have to get out of second gear. But we’re now in the semi-final and that’s all that matters.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A (PREM) 1 OAKWOOD A (PREM) 3
Oakwood join Brady into the last four as they won this all-Premier Division tie.
Josh Cuby, Dave Woolman and an own goal sealing their passage into the semi-finals.
Manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “Well that was a big big win. We worked hard, battled as a team, used the squad and got the job done. We really needed a win like that! It was a very good end to end game which was reffed very well by Richard.
“We flew out the traps and were 2-0 up inside 15 minutes. Josh Cuby, who along with James Frener were the stand out players on the pitch, worked tirelessly. Cuby caused problems for the Raiders right-back all day long, setting up the own goal after a run down the left and curling in the third 10 minutes from time. You won’t see a better goal all weekend. He was unplayable at times.
“All in all, Raiders’ goal on the stroke of half-time gave them the momentum in the first 15-20 minutes of the second half and other than one very good chance, they didn’t create too much. We then changed things around after this spell to give us a more solid look and I felt that worked.
“Once we scored the third, we really should have killed it with two-three big chances to make the scoreline much more convincing. Having said that, they also kept going and Joe made a couple of great saves. Full credit to Raiders because they did come out fighting after half-time. Having recalled plenty of experienced players for the game, I’m sure they will turn their season around. They have too many good players to not do that.I felt by the end, the best team won the game. Especially given the chances that we missed.
“We now focus on two big league games before the break. It’s an open run in this year which is great for the League. Lots of teams can take points off each other.
“As for this Cup, we can look forward to a big semi-final in the new year.”
Josh Goldstein headed home for Raiders, for whom manager Dan Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “Similar to last week, I felt like we were unlucky today. We conceded two silly early goals despite not really looking under threat and we created some good chances. Josh’s brilliant header on the stroke of half-time gave us plenty of confidence going in to the second half and we had plenty of chances to score, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.
“Oakwood’s third goal was good enough to win any game of football at even the highest level and we just couldn’t find a reply.
“Despite the loss, our performances are getting far better and there are plenty of signs that if we continue to play how we’ve played he last two weeks against Hendon and Oakwood, we can easily turn our season around.”
HENDON UNITED SPORTS 3 MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 3
Hendon failed to close the gap on the leaders Brady as they let slip a 3-1 lead – and two points – in this dramatic clash.
Yoav Kestenbaum, Zac Lewis and Avi Korman scored for the hosts, for whom player-manager Greg Corin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great advert for Sunday league this morning with Attacking football and a number of decent players on show.
“Being 3-1 up and drawing the game was hugely disappointing, but we need to take stock of the result and the team we had to put together at the last minute.
“A couple of players hadn’t played football for a few years but we drafted them in and they showed their class.
“We go into the new year unbeaten in the league, but would have liked maximum points as there are a number of decent teams still to play twice.
“A note on Lions, a strong opponent who have done well to keep their good older players and draft in some impressive young talent. I’m sure they will test a number of teams this season if they can keep their players fit and available.”
Josh Shack scored twice for the Lions, with Josh Weiner also on target.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 4 CAMDEN PARK 0
The Lions moved up into joint-third place as Josh Bloom’s double helped them to this comfortable win.
Liron Mannie and Charlie Cohen also both got on the scoresheet, with manager Sam Marchant telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We had a few weeks off and I knew it would be interesting to see how the boys reacted. We started well and controlled the majority of the match. We showed patience and maturity all over the park and didn’t allow the opposition many chances at all.
“All in all it was a very solid performance and it is always lovely when you keep a clean sheet. Next week’s game at home to the champions Oakwood we know will be a very different proposition, but if we take many factors of today’s game into that one, there is no reason why we can’t finish the game with the same result.
“Very happy with today, but now our focus moves on.”
FAITHFOLD A 6 SCRABBLE 3
The clash of the top-two saw the leaders come out on top as they extended their advantage to eight points at the top of the table.
David Leiwy helped himself to a hat-trick, player-manager Avi Markiewicz chipped in with two, with David Kizneris also on target.
Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “What a game! Where do I start? First of all I want to congratulate my boys, 2-0 down and we bring it back to 2-1 before half-time. Again they scored early to make it 3-1, but we rallied, didn’t sit or let our heads drop, believed in ourselves and produced a fantastic comeback against our closest rivals.
“I am so proud of my lads, this was a really tough game, we were missing a couple of our stars in Ben and Louis and there were times in that game where we had every reason to drop our heads, but we didn’t, we believed.
“We kept on fighting, we played some really bright football, passed the ball about crisply and got the result we ultimately deserved.”
Rupert Wood scored twice for Scrabble, with Zak McLeod also on target. Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “The scoreline was not a true reflection of the game and I thought for 70 minutes we played well. Faithfold had one player who created and finished everything and you can see why with him in the side they are where they are.
“We had some key players missing today and our options were very limited but the whole squad gave it 100 per cent and that’s all you can ask for.
“I thought we were much the better side overall, but full credit they finished their chances and we didn’t. Although I think it’s fair to say that three of their goals we gifted them with poor decisions at the back. We also should have been out of sight three or four up before half time with the points in the bag such was our superiority in the first half.
“I’m proud of the boys for the way they fought hard today and to get nothing from the game is cruel on us.
“We still believe we can win promotion this season and we will be back next week stronger and more determined after these back to back defeats.”
L’EQUIPE P OAKWOOD B P
L’EQUIPE FORFEITED MATCH
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 2 LOS BLANCOS 3
The Blancos boys bounced back from last week’s loss to claim a thrilling win and move up into joint-third spot.
Simon Moses bagged two goals, with Oli Sade also on target. Manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “What a win – we showed fantastic strength and character to battle back from 2-1 down to a 3-2 win.
“With the last touch of the game, Simon Moses did what he does best, executing a fantastic lob over the goalkeeper. Cue manic scenes with a Blancos bundle. The questions before the game was can we do it on a rainy day in Essex and boy did we respond.”
Paul Biller and Carl Dobrin scored for Redbridge.
TEMPLE FORTUNE A 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 9
The C’s leapfrogged the B’s up into sixth place as four goals from Mitch Hahn helped them to this emphatic win.
Ashley Rubin helped himself to a hat-trick, with Dave Green and Josh Kalinsky also both on target.
CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 3 FC TEAM 4
Team moved to within three points off top spot as they edged a seven-goal thriller.
Player-manager Mitch Young led by example, scoring twice, with Richard Salmon and Adam Rones also on target.
Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “A very positive result. We were extremely comfortable at 4-0 up, until the 70th minutes. But five minutes of madness saw them score three well-taken long-range efforts and it ended up being a nervy finish. But overall we deserved the victory and I was happy with how we played and probably should have scored more goals. It sets us up nicely for a must-win game next week against Mill Hill.”
MILL HILL DONS P HERTSWOOD VALE P
MATCH POSTPONED – NO GOALPOSTS
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 6 REAL HENDON 3
The Raiders got back to winning ways as they hit Hendon for six.
Alex Elf helped himself to a hat-trick, Ben Kaye scored twice, with Liam Stein claiming their sixth. Manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “From a technical standpoint that was the best Raiders performance I’ve seen in a year and a half. After a lot of soul searching last week we came back with renewed vigour and a game plan. Each player stuck to their task and knew exactly what their role was on the pitch.
“I was incredibly pleased with what I saw this week and we’ll be looking to do exactly the same next week. Congratulations to my players for a well deserved win.”
Adam Hersh, Benny Goldberg and Jordan Alex scored for the visitors, for whom joint-manager Rafi Addlestone told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a disappointing loss after starting extremely brightly. Some bad individual mistakes cost us.”
STRAW HAT PIRATES 3 FAITHFOLD B 3
The Pirates were somewhat surprisingly held to a point by the team currently propping up the rest of the table.
Aron Gale, Ben Mandell and Jono Nesbitt were all on target for the home side.
Tony Plascow scored twice for Faithfold, with Joel Barnett scoring their third.