Sunday’s highlight was undoubtedly Lions U21s beating the ‘A’ side in a thrilling clash at Rowley Lane.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
FC Team A 0 Camden Park 4
North London Raiders A P Brady Maccabi P
BRADY WITHDREW FROM GAME
Redbridge Jewish Care A 10 SPEC FC 1
Athletic Bilbaum 1 Scrabble 2
North London Raiders B 2 Oakwood B 2
Redbridge Jewish Care C 5 Catford & Bromley 3
Temple Fortune 2 Boca Jewniors 0
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Steve Murad (Camden Park)
Reuben Rabstein (Maccabi London Lions U21s)
Michael Khalastchi (Camden Park)
Sam Hamerton (Maccabi London Lions U21)
Dani Dennison (Oakwood A)
Ben Loofe (Oakwood A)
Ilan Scorah (Oakwood A)
Craig Phillips (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Josh Pugh (Scrabble)
Adam Waters (Scrabble)
Jake Marks (Temple Fortune)
David Khalastchi (Camden Park)
Sasha Nussenbaum (Camden Park)
Max Misrahi (Maccabi London Lions U21)
Jacob Kaye (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Rafe Neiman (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Rob Blackman (Scrabble)
Dan Green (Scrabble)
Jason Lindsey (Temple Fortune)
David Smouha (Camden Park)
Rafi Bloom (Oakwood A)
Sam Modlin (Oakwood A)
Ben Oldstein (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Danny Sherman (Scrabble)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Zack Neiman (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
A 25-yard stunner with his weaker left foot – a truly brilliant finish
2) Rob Blackman (Scrabble)
Sent away by Adam Waters to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper, and despite being under pressure, rounded the goalkeeper before tucking the ball home from an acute angle
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Lee Fegan (Temple Fortune)
With the Boca forward bearing down on him, Fegan made himself big to brilliantly keep the ball out
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Josh Hambling (Redbriidge Jewish Care C)
“I must have made around 13 changes overall during the game, the referee must have been sick of me shouting “REF SUB” every 10 mins.”
2) Jason Stein (Oakwood B)
“Committed, full blooded and entertaining, everything Sunday league should be. That type of match is better than drugs.”
3) Jason Stein (Oakwood B)
“Given our A team are the finest in Jewish football it only seems fair not to take their players.”
PETER MORRISON TROPHY – QUARTER-FINAL:
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 3 LONDON LIONS U21S 3 (AET) -U21S WON ON 5-4 PENALTIES
The Lions U21s booked their place in the last four of the Jewish national cup after they won a thrilling encounter.
Jack Mattey and Max Kyte fired them into a 2-0 half-time lead, though two strikes in the space of two minutes pulled the A side level – and took the tie into extra-time.
Mattey’s deflected free-kick put the youngsters back in front, but with minutes of the 120 remaining, the senior side bundled the ball home to force penalties.
Both sides missed two spot-kicks each, though it was Mattey who stepped up to convert the winning kick to set off wild scenes of celebrations.
Manager Joe Zender told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m incredibly proud of the side. The boys have worked hard this year and are now beginning to reap the rewards. They showed true character in how they acquitted themselves throughout the game.
“The opposition are a team of seasoned Jewish footballers but our young lads rose to the challenge physically and mentally.
“There are some very good teams left, but we fancy ourselves against anyone on our day. We’ve been written off a couple of times in this trophy already, people may think twice now.”
Jon Ellis headed in Lions A’s second goal, while in the shoot-out, Ellis, Bradley Sharp, Ben Lampert and Alex Taylor all scored, but Adam Arnold, Sam Arghebant and James Gold all saw their efforts saved by Reuben Rabstein.
FC TEAM A 0 CAMDEN PARK 4
Camden boosted their chances of avoiding relegation as they turned in a polished performance to comfortably secure the three points.
David Smouha scored twice, with Sasha Nussenbaum and David Khalastchi also on target.
Camden manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “A very pleasing victory considering we were second best in the first half, we were second best all over the park. They were strong, physical and most of their players are over 6ft, every opportunity they pumped long balls or throws into the box, but to our credit we defended it very well.
“We made a couple of changes for the second half and changed our system to allow us to get more of the ball and dominate the middle of the park. This had a immediate impact and Sacha scored with a great drive. Then man-of-the-match, David Smouha, on his debut, scored two great goals, made one and was a constant nuisance with his touch and awareness, his second goal after seven passes and several one-twos, saw him left with just the goalkeeper to beat, and with a most exquisite dink, finished off a fantastic team goal.
“The fourth goal was what we are aiming for the rest of the season, starting with the goalkeeper and six passes later ending with David Khalastchi tapping in after making a 70-yard run to score.
“This was a much better second half and I was delighted for the lads who have worked very hard today. And with not having scored or created many goals all season, to score four and create many more today was very pleasing.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A P BRADY MACCABI P
MATCH POSTPONED – BRADY WITHDREW FROM MATCH
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 10 SPEC 1
Redbridge kept their title challenge firmly on track as they hit double figures against bottom side SPEC.
Daniel Garfinkle helped himself to four of the goals, Dean Nyman scored twice, with James Berkley, Matt Berkley, Zack Neiman and Sam Sollosi all getting on the scoresheet.
Manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “The squad is all ready for the Oakwood clash and have all had valuable game time today so are ready for what is a big challenge between the league’s top-two sides.”
Craig Cohen scored for SPEC.
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 SCRABBLE 2
Scrabble moved up into second spot in the table – though they had to battle for the points against struggling Bilbaum.
Jonathan Peters – in what was his first appearance of the season for the side – and Rob Blackman both scoring for the visitors.
Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “What a fantastic game.The pitch was in a pretty bad state and levelled things up and it was impossible to play good football on it. But my players today showed other qualities…I’m so proud of the total commitment the lads showed and a determination not to give things up even after going behind to such a late goal which would have normally been good enough to give Bilbaum the points. We showed in those last few minutes what we have in our locker and it was such a great fight back to take all three points. Even under huge pressure and with just the goalkeeper to beat, Rob Blackman kept his nerve to win it for us.
“That’s six straight wins now and great form going into our two meetings with Redbridge in the next fortnight. We’ve just edged ahead of them now into second place once the points are awarded for last week’s called off game and it’s in our hands. We’ve got three games to play and are in a great position to win promotion. But the games coming up are going to be tough and we will need to show the same character and commitment for the rest of the season as we showed today.
“We will need to stay mentally strong and keep fighting. These boys, as I’ve said before, deserve success and we will see if we can deliver it in the next few weeks.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 2 OAKWOOD B 2
Fifth hosted sixth – and with a just a point separating the sides going into the game – it was perhaps no surprise it ended in a draw.
Rafi Bloom’s double put The O’s ahead on two separate occasions, but a phenomenal free-kick from Josh Goldstein levelled the scores.
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a great, great game – an absolute pleasure to be involved in. Committed, full blooded and entertaining, everything Sunday league should be. That type of match is better than drugs.
“Before the game I couldn’t believe it when Matt Stock and Johny Kay turned up – two unbelievable talents, but we played to our best level today. Now that Xabi Alonso is retiring, Kay is potentially the best passer of a ball in Europe.
“Given our A team are the finest in Jewish football it only seems fair not to take their players.
“The performance level today was where it should be. Some of our players put in a display that was the best they’ve ever given. Credit to Johnny Adelman and his side who were also brilliant and every bit as physical as us. We’ve always had brilliant matches with Raiders B and today was no different.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 5 CATFORD & BROMLEY 3
Redbridge kept alive their promotion hopes as they saw off The Cats in this eight-goal thriller.
Craig Phillips, Ben Oldstein, Jimmy Castle, Barry Green and Jordan Sapler all found the back of the net, with player-manager Josh Hambling telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m delighted with the result today. We had a maximum of 16 boys available, with a few games left I’m trying to include as much of the squad as possible. I must have made around 13 changes overall during the game, the referee must have been sick of me shouting “REF SUB” every 10 mins.
“The idea was to use our numbers to keep a constant high intensity game from start to finish, pressing high to give ourselves as much opportunity to score as possible. It worked a treat as we went 1-0 up after 15 minutes. We generally dominated play, but found ourselves 2-1 down after the first half due to some silly errors coupled with some well taken goals from Catford.
“The second half was all us and unfortunately they had a couple of injuries which meant we ended up with a comfortable win. Hitting the woodwork five times and missing a hat-full of other chances, it’s just brilliant to get some goals on the scoresheet for once.
“I said to the lads afterwards it was a great squad effort and try to enjoy the rest of the season now the league is finished. Second place is still up for grabs hopefully we can finish on a high!”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 2 BOCA JEWNIORS 0
Fortune consolidated second spot as goals from Jake Marks and Jordan Sharifian saw them to the points.
Player-manager Simon Linden, who also completed 90 minutes for the first time in three years – told jewishnews.co.uk: “This game had potential banana skin written all over it as I had several players missing, but I’m proud of the boys for digging in and winning the game with yet another clean sheet.
“Boca pushed us in the second half and maybe deserved a goal, but once again my back five dealt with everything really well.”
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Generally we played very well and disciplined throughout. Their first goal was a sloppy set-piece from our point of view and from there we were chasing the game as much as we could and over-committing at the end led to their second.
“We can take some courage from the game but have two tough ones to follow in the next few weeks!”