L’Equipe claimed the first silverware of the season, while Redbridge A thumped Hendon A 6-0 in the top-of-the-table Premier Division clash.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Brady Maccabi 3 Maccabi London Lions A 5
Camden Park P SPEC P
Match postponed – waterlogged pitch
North London Raiders A 0 Oakwood A 1
Redbridge Jewish Care A 6 Hendon United A 0
Faithfold A P Redbridge Jewish Care B P
Faithfold forfeited match
Hendon United B P Scrabble P
Hendon forfeited match
Maccabi London Lions B 4 Oakwood B 2
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: FAITHFOLD B VS L’EQUIPE
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Will Martyn (Boca Jewniors)
Josh Cinna (Boca Jewniors)
Adam Morrow (Mill Hill Dons)
Dale Bradman (Oakwood A)
Harvey Kaye (Oakwood A)
Alex Lee (Oakwood A)
Rob Jay (Temple Fortune)
Adam Speck (Temple Fortune)
Mark Smith (L’Equipe)
Benji Weinberger (Maccabi London Lions B)
Nick Phillips (Mill Hill Dons)
Joe Reece (Mill Hill Dons)
Nathan Sollosi (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Sam Simon (Boca Jewniors)
Andy Smith (L’Equipe)
Adam Burchell (Maccabi London Lions A)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Joshua Bloom (Maccabi London Lions B)
Flicked the ball up to himself and from outside the box, volleyed it with his left foot, looping it over the goalkeeper
2) Nathan Sollosi (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Dean Nyman’s superb cross was met with power and precision by Nathan with his head, a real goal of beauty
3) Zach Cohen (Mill Hill Dons)
A very cool placed finish from outside the box found the bottom right corner of the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance. His 17th goal this season and definitely one of his best
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Dan Lee (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
With the score at 0-0, made a brilliant point-blank save
2) Jake Doffman (North London Raiders A)
Got down low to parry away a long Oakwood free-kick which was destined for the back of the net
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Jacob Emanuel (Hertswood Vale)
“We were absolutely diabolical today.”
2) Anton Nyman (Boca Jewniors)
“Boca, West Hendon Playing Fields, Rainy Days, Never Won There and Rare Clean Sheets were all phrases that had things in common before today, but history proved to be meaningless”
BRADY MACCABI 3 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 5
Lions cemented their top-four place after winning this eight-goal thriller.
Adam Burchell scored twice, with Adam Arnold, Austin Lipman and Richard Gold also finding the back of the net.
Reiss Mogilner scored twice for Brady, with Sam Monjack also on target.
CAMDEN PARK P SPEC P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 0 OAKWOOD A 1
Oakwood inched closer to securing the Premier Division title as a dramatic finish saw them eek out a slender win against the reigning champions.
Dave Woolman netted the crucial strike.
Raiders manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “We adopted a slightly different game plan and it worked for the most part. We were compact, structured and used the ball well. We had some good chances to go ahead in the first half and reduced Oakwood to long range shots.
“The second half was tougher, we ran ourselves on the ground and whilst we had a clear cut chance to score to make it 1-0, we allowed Oakwood to get in behind us on a few occasions and gave away too many set pieces. Their goal came from an unfortunate ricochet and we just couldn’t find a reply.
“At the end of the day I’m proud of the boys – they battled hard and can take a lot from the performance. As for Oakwood, congratulations to them for a well fought win. They’ve been brilliant this season and I wish them luck in their run in.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 6 HENDON UNITED A 0
Redbridge kept up their title challenge, while at the same time severely denting Hendon’s as they claimed this crushing win.
Nathan Sollosi helped himself to a hat-trick, with Dean Nyman, Daniel Garfinkle and Steve Summers also all getting on the scoresheet.
Hendon manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was one of the worst days in the recent history of the club. Not only did we suffer our biggest defeat in over nine years, but the sad sight of Yehuda Korman going down with what looked like a very serious injury made the day very sad and depressing. I’m not blaming anyone but in my opinion the pitch we played on yesterday was not up to standard for a game of this importance – it was too small and not up to the standard of 3Gs these days and was probably the cause of the injury. We do all appreciate the kind words of Jon though after the match in wishing him a speedy recovery.
“With regards to the match itself, after an even first half where I thought we deserved to go in at least level, the simple truth is that Redbridge blew us away with a scintillating second half display. I do think 6-0 was harsh on us – we did create some decent chances and their goalkeeper produced a couple of good saves at vital times in the first half which may have changed the dynamic of the game, but the fact was that we couldn’t cope with the Sollossi’s, especially Nathan who was magnificent and they were quicker and more energetic than us in every department.
“It’s true that we were decimated by injuries – we were without at least five regulars and Simon Peterman, Greg Corin and Ari Last were all nowhere near fit enough to play. However, that is still no excuse for the way we crumbled even if it was to the best team we’ve played this season by a mile. Jon said to me towards the end that squads win titles and he was dead right – their strength in depth is different class to us and it told in style yesterday. We need to regroup and play out the season with some pride but when all is said and done we haven’t been good enough this year especially in the big games.”
FAITHFOLD A P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P
FAITHFOLD FORFEITED MATCH – POINTS AWARDED TO REDBRIDGE
HENDON UNITED B P SCRABBLE P
HENDON FORFEITED MATCH – POINTS AWARDED TO REDBRIDGE
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 4 OAKWOOD B 2
Lions kept their promotion hopes well and truly on track as they claimed another three points, despite playing the last 15 minutes with ten men.
Benji Weinberger scored twice, with Joshua Bloom and Michael Kenley also on target.
Lions manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Having lost away at Oakwood earlier in the season, we knew this would be a tough affair. However, two goals in very quick succession in the 20th and 21st minute put is in a fantastic position. We knew the job was only half done at half-time and we went out to finish the job, and Bloom scored a terrific goal to send us 3-0 up.
“The game was totally changed In the 75th minute we had a red card and a penalty against us. Oakwood scored the penalty and then scored again to make it 3-2 with five minutes to go. Knowing how huge this game was for us and knowing that nothing other than a victory would do, we had to dig in deep. Benji Weinberger managed to relieve the pressure by scoring a wonderful goal on the counter attack to make it 4-2 and seal the three points.
“It was very tough, and the red card had a huge impact on the game, but as always it’s sometimes difficult to win and today went from us cruising 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go, to be totally under pressure shortly after. Football can be very strange, however we managed to pull through and take ourselves one step closer to promotion.”
Daniel Seligman and Rafi Bloom scored for the O’s, for whom manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Quite a tough defeat to take really because for large parts of the game the two sides were evenly matched. They had much more of a killer instinct in front of goal than we did and took their chances well, in particular the third goal which was a great hit.
“But at 0-0 in the first half we’ve made two very costly defensive errors in the space of a minute which left us with a big task. To come back to 3-2 from 3-0 showed our character but really we lacked that cutting edge today.
“So many times this season those errors have been the story of our game and I’m afraid to say it was the case again today. We’ll pick ourselves up for a big game against Raiders next week.”
Andy Smith and Mark Smith scored two each, with two own goals also helping them on their way to their first ever league title in their ten-year history.
Richard Fogelman scored Faithfold’s consolation from the penalty spot.
HERTSWOOD VALE 1 MILL HILL DONS 4
Vale’s run of three straight league wins was brought to an abrupt halt.
Sam Kahn, Zach Cohen, Jamie Nagioff and Joe Reece were all on target for The Dons, with manager Brandon Hamme telling jewishnews.co.uk: “What a performance once again from the lads, we have been superb recently and we just looked so calm and confident on the ball at all times. We are playing some very attractive football now as well, which has really gone down well with the fans.
“Hertswood Vale gave us a good game once again, not really sure how they are that far down the table, I’m sure they will continue to pick up some results. We want to finish this season strongly and with our next game against Temple Fortune being the rematch of our first game of the season, it will be a great test to see how far we have come along as a team. We can head into that game and the remainder of games full of confidence, a promising future ahead for the Dons.”
Josh Cohen had levelled for the hosts, with joint-manager Jacob Emanuel telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were absolutely diabolical today. Nothing clicked, a number of key players missing and we made it far too easy for the Dons. It really wasn’t our day, but a special mention should go to Dons captain Nick Phillips who controlled the game throughout.”
REAL HENDON 0 BOCA JEWNIORS 2
Boca climbed off the bottom of the table as goals from Sam Simon and Joshua Cinna saw them move to within three points of their opponents.
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Boca, West Hendon Playing Fields, Rainy Days, Never Won There and Rare Clean Sheets were all phrases that had things in common before today, but history proved to be meaningless.
“The first half was a rather cagey affair with few chances, literally played at a Sunday morning pace. The game sprung to light early in the second half after some tactical switching that led to a sublime through-ball from Ben Retter to find Sam Simon, to notch yet another one to his name this season, and the opener for the match.
“Boca never looked back and kept their attacking mindset, leading to a corner which was headed in by Josh Cinna – and right into the top corner leaving defender an goalkeeper helpless.
“Real never really had much to come back at us with until the last five minutes, by which point it was too late and points were in the bag.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 3 CATFORD & BROMLEY 0
Fortune moved up into second spot as two goals in the opening six minutes helped them to the points.
Gabriel Stone, Jordan Sharifian and Michael Goldberg all scored for the hosts, with player-manager Simon Linden telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m pleased with the three points, although it wasn’t easy at times. Credit to Catford who never stopped and maybe deserved a bit more from the game.
“We’ve come along way, teams like Faithfold and Catford caused us problems earlier on in the season, but we have improved, the two clean sheets are to be mentioned, my back five was excellent today. Job done, onto the next in our push for automatic promotion.
“I would like to say a massive congratulations to the boys at L’Equipe on their title win. Outstanding achievement, well done to Nick and his team. I hope we join them in Division One next season.”