London Lions A and B booked their place in the last four of the Cyril Anekstein Cup, at the expense of Hendon A and Raiders A…
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP QUARTER-FINALS:
Maccabi London Lions A 4 Hendon United A 2
North London Raiders A 2 Maccabi London Lions B 4
Redbridge Jewish Care A P Camden Park P
Scrabble 2 Finchley City 3
FC Team A 2 Brady Maccabi 7
Woodford Wanderers 0 Oakwood A 7
Athletic Bilbaum 0 Redbridge Jewish Care B 2
Los Blancos P North London Raiders B P
Oakwood B 3 Hendon United B 0
Mill Hill Dons 1 Real Hendon 2
North London Raiders C 3 Catford & Bromley 1
RC UK FC 2 Faithfold B 1
Redbridge Jewish Care C 0 L’Equipe 0
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Yossi Lanning (Finchley City)
Jonny Mervish (Scrabble)
Daniel Sinclair (Finchley City)
Daniel Behar (Maccabi London Lions B)
Ed Brafman (Maccabi London Lions B)
Zac Rose (Maccabi London Lions B)
Dale Bradman (Oakwood A)
Alex Lee (Oakwood A)
David Brown (RC UK FC)
Aaron Luftig (RC UK FC)
Josh Marlow (RC UK FC)
Dovi Vogel (RC UK FC)
Josh Cohen (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Jordan Sapler (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Brandon Sassoon (Scrabble)
Dan Stock (Scrabble)
Josh Aziz (Finchley City)
Oli Sade (Finchley City)
Mike Patterson (Faithfold B)
Jamie Jackson (Maccabi London Lions A)
Nick Landesberg (Maccabi London Lions B)
Michael Weinberger (Maccabi London Lions B)
Liam Stein (North London Raiders C)
Rafi Stone (Oakwood A)
Brad Wine (Oakwood A)
Dan Selwyn (Oakwood B)
Daniel Ezra (RC UK FC)
Yossi Goldberg (Real Hendon)
Motty Korman (Real Hendon)
Matt Berkley (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Jacob Kaye (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Craig Phillips (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Joshua Bloom (Maccabi London Lions B)
Michael Kenley (Maccabi London Lions B)
Ben Lauffer (Oakwood A)
James Abrams (Oakwood B)
Benny Sluckis (Real Hendon)
Danny Sherman (Scrabble)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Adam Abadi (Maccabi London Lions B)
Hunted down the Raiders centre-half, nicked the ball off him and from 25 yards, unleashed an early bullet of a strike along the ground which caught the Raiders goalkeeper off-guard
2) Ben Lauffer (Oakwood A)
Caught the goalkeeper out with a screamer from 35 yards out
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Elliot Jackson (Oakwood A) – A brilliant penalty save to protect his clean sheet. The only shot he had to save all game
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Samuel Marchant (Maccabi London Lions A)
“Today’s performance was one of heroes. Actually, of legends. The passion, commitment and determination by every single player was truly awesome”
2) Avi Markiewicz (Real Hendon)
“The scoreline flatters Faithfold, who had one shot from distance that dribbled under our goalkeeper due to him standing in a bog.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP QUARTER-FINALS: (number in brackets represents division of team)
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A (Prem) 4 HENDON UNITED A (Prem) 2
Will Beresford’s side fought back from 2-0 down to claim a stunning win at Rowley Lane.
Adam Arnold scored twice, with Austin Lipman and Adam Burchell also on target.
Josh Harris and Moses Seitler scored for Hendon, for whom manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was the ultimate game of two halves. For 45 minutes we were absolutely superb, scored two great goals, were defending confidently and looked in total control. They then pulled one back early in the second half via a deflected free-kick and from that moment on we self destructed, giving away three further very sloppy goals and we looked like a totally different team.
“I accept full responsibility myself for the defeat – we should have shored things up earlier once we looked like we were losing the momentum, but instead we were far too gung ho and were chasing the game unnecessarily. Even at 4-2 down though in the last ten minutes, we must have missed three total sitters and if one of those had gone in, I’m sure we’d have managed to equalise late on but unfortunately it was not to be.
“Ultimately though, we came away full of regrets and out of both competitions and without a final to look forward to in either cup for the first time in years. Lions were always going to put out a strong team – I have no complaints about that at all and we expected it, but we were easily good enough to beat them if we would have been just a bit more savvy when things started to go wrong. Slowly but surely their big guns like Max Kyte and Adam Arnold took control. We will have learnt harsh lessons from this and we know we need to be much stronger mentally in games when the pendulum starts to swing. This defeat has knocked us badly and we now need to pick ourselves up and make sure we go again hard for the rest of the league campaign. There is still plenty to play for on that front but for a few days we will be licking some severe wounds.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A (Prem) 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B (1) 4
Samuel Marchant’s side made it a superb day for the club as they stunned the Premier Division champions.
Josh Bloom scored twice for the Division One side, with Adam Abadi and Ben Weinberger also finding the back of the net.
Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today’s performance was one of heroes. Actually, of legends. The passion, commitment and determination by every single player was truly awesome.
“We know Raiders are a terrific side, especially having won the double last season. They have quality all over the park, but today we did more than match them. Many teams would face a Raiders side and sit back, trying to soak up the pressure and hit on the counter. We chose to play our own game and take it to them from the start. Of course at times our backs were against the walls, but our defence was terrific. Harpin was forced into one great save in the first-half but apart from that, he was barely troubled. Raiders hit the post in the 1st half and Behar made a wonderful clearance off the line in the second, but to win a game like today you need a tiny bit of luck on your side.
“Bloom made a superb impact scoring twice in the first half after coming off the bench and leading 2-1 at half time we knew we could carry on and take the victory. Abadi then pulled off a piece of magic, with a powerful, early strike which caught the keeper off guard and made it 3-1.
“With five minutes to go Kenley unselfishly allowed Weinberger to put the icing on the cake by slotting the ball across leaving Benji six yards out and an open goal, which made the score 4-2 and sent us in to pandemonium.
“Every single man was awesome today and it was a true team and highly spirited performance. To go far in cup competitions you have to beat the best teams at some point, and we’ve done that today in a wonderful manner to get through to the semi-final. I’m sure Raiders A will not be happy at all to have been condemned to two defeats in a row by two different Lions sides, but for certain the better team won today. They are a superbly strong outfit and whole-heartedly wish them the best for the rest of they season.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) P CAMDEN PARK (Prem) P
MATCH POSTPONED – GAME TO BE RESCHEDULED
SCRABBLE (1) 2 FINCHLEY CITY (1) 3
Finchley won a five-goal thriller to win this all-Division One clash and book their place in the last four.
Jono Gaon, Sam Leader and Alon Pinhas scored for Finchley, with manager Joel Holder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was another tough game against Scrabble, but the boys did a fantastic job. We came out the blocks quickly and could have gone a couple of goals up. The link-up play between our front three, especially Oli Sade and Jono Gaon was a joy to watch.
“We said at half-time that we needed a second goal, but it was Scrabble who had the chance to equalise from the penalty spot in the second half. Before Bharier stood up to take the penalty, the Finchley coaching staff, (having analysed recent Jewish News video footage of Scrabble’s performances) notified goalkeeper Yossi Lanning that he tends to place his penalties to the keepers left. When the ball was struck, Lanning knew where to dive and pulled off a heroic double-save.
“The momentum was then with us and when Sade jinked past a couple of defenders and crossed to Sam Leader to finish, there was only going to be one winner. Scrabble did pull a goal back, but Alon Pinhas was able to keep his composure in the final few minutes to put the game out of reach and put Finchley in the hat for the semi-final.
“For the past few months, I have congratulated the collective effort of the squad. We are a brand new team that is improving every week. To be in the semi-final of a competition in our first season is a testament to the quality of the players we have throughout the squad. The boys really deserve a lot of credit and are buzzing to know they are now one game away from a final at Wingate.”
Adam Waters and Brandon Sassoon scored for Scrabble, for whom manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “We came into this game with six regular players missing from the side and our third choice goalkeeper, who had a fantastic game between the sticks and pulled off some great saves.I’m so proud of the way we battled for 90 minutes without a sub to bring on. I thought that we showed today a lot of the qualities that have taken us to where we are since we returned to the league.
“Obviously it’s a huge disappointment to be out of the competition at this late stage, but it’s been nice to have a cup run and now we have to turn our attention to the more important job of trying to get promoted to the Premier Division and doing our best to get into the top two.
“Good luck to Finchley City for the rest of the competition.I hope they go all the way.They are a great bunch of lads who like ourselves play the game the right way and today they defended well against us and were more clinical in the final third.
“I just hope we get a few more players back for next week and we can get back to winning ways.Promotion has always been our number one priority this season and we have to now target maximum points from our remaining games as we try to go up.”
FC TEAM A 2 BRADY MACCABI 7
Brady moved up into fifth spot as they recorded their most impressive win of the season.
Sam Castle helped himself to a hat-trick, Reiss Mogilner chipped in with two, with Nathan Harrod and David Cohen completing the scoring.
Richard Sternberg and Richard Salmon netted Team’s consolation goals.
WOODFORD WANDERERS 0 OAKWOOD A 7
Oakwood moved a point clear at the top of the table thanks to this thumping win.
Ben Lauffer scored twice, with Dave Woolman, Rafi Stone, Dale Bradman, Jonathan Quinn and Leor Sidle also all on target.
Joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “We are hitting form at the right time. From the first minute to the last, we totally dominated this match. When we struggled against Woodford at home in November, although we did not look like conceding, we just didn’t have the attacking threat of Wine, Sidle and Lauffer. All of whom they couldn’t cope with yesterday. It was great that the goals were spread around the team.
“We set the pace from the first minute when we took the lead through Quinny and scored some great goals. It could have been a lot more but fair play to Woodford, they kept going In really poor weather conditions and their goalkeeper made some great saves.
“The threat of Wine down the right and the movement of Leor and Wooly in the second half was just too much for Woodford to handle and when you have Alex and Dale at the back, we rarely look like conceding. Our only error at the back was when goalkeeper Jacko brought down their forward late on, but he made up for it with a brilliant penalty save low down to his right.
“We now face a double-header against the title favourites Hendon. After their great start to the season, the pressure is firmly on them. It’s a great feeling to go top of the league but we realise that the games in hand give them the upper hand and we will thrive on being underdogs.
“We are the form team in the league at the moment. We are scoring for fun and not conceding many, however we are aware that the Hendon test is a totally different proposition to the last couple of games and look forward to the challenge. We all remember what happened on 21 February 2016. Another day like that and we will give ourselves a great chance.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 0 REDBRIDGE B 2
Redbridge made it eight wins from eight as two goals from Matt Berkley saw the visitors to the points.
LOS BLANCOS P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B P
OAKWOOD B 3 HENDON UNITED B 0
Oakwood climbed up to sixth spot thanks to this comfortable win.
James Abrams scored twice, with Rafi Bloom also on target. Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Obviously pleased to get back to winnings ways although we know tougher tests are right around the corner.
“We played well for large parts of the game today and it’s always good to see Oakwood legend James Abrams scoring goals.
“I was clear in my preview that I wanted to give President Obama the send off he deserves and we did that today.”
Hendon manager Jonathan Nesbitt told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another case of us not being out best. We got stuck in the second half and defended far better, but still lacked any quality upfront. Maybe we should place an ad in the paper for a new super striker while the window is still open.
“Credit to Oakwood who not only played good football on the day, but all officiated the match due to our referee being injured. Both teams assisted the chosen Oakwood player with the decisions by being professional and honest throughout and we cannot complain with any decisions on the day. A thoroughly good job all round by Oakwood.”
MILL HILL DONS 1 REAL HENDON 2
Hendon are up into fifth – leapfrogging the Dons in the process – as they claimed the three points.
Benni Sluckis and joint-player-manager Chaim Gothold scored for the visitors.
Joint-player-manager Motty Korman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started slowly and found ourselves 1-0 down early on, but we fought back on heavy pitch in a scrappy game.
“We’re very pleased with the result considering we haven’t played for a few weeks and only had 11 men.”
Zack Cohen on target for the hosts, with manager Brandon Hamme telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We got complacent and didn’t take our chances again and Real Hendon got better as the game went on. We will look to pick ourselves up for the next game in two weeks and hope that we can recapture our form from the end of 2016.
“I think we were unfortunate to not come away with a point from the game, but we were far from our best.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 3 CATFORD & BROMLEY 1
Raiders moved up a place to seventh as the Cats’ poor run of form continues.
Liam Stein scored twice for the victors, with Alex Sherr also on target.
Raiders manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “Pre-game I spoke to my boys about taking each game one at a time. We also spoke about showing Catford a different side to the one they’d been reading about in recent weeks. And we showed that today. With character and application to win every ball and work together as a team we showed that Raiders aren’t done with this season just yet.”
RC UK FC 2 FAITHFOLD B 1
RC UK FC are up into second spot following this slender win.
Dovi Vogel and player-manager Avi Markiewicz scored for the hosts, with the league’s top scorer, Richard Fogelman, on target for the Greens.
Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “My old gaffer and current Faithfold A manager came down to watch, and I was hoping we would put on a little show for him, however the game will unfortunately will be remembered mostly for the poor state of the pitch. We’re desperately trying to negotiate with Barnet out of playing at Ludgrove because the pitch is quite simply atrocious.
“The scoreline flatters Faithfold, who had one shot from distance that dribbled under our goalkeeper due to him standing in a bog. We on the other hand could have had 20. We hit the woodwork twice and missed a boatload of other chances. Jonti by himself could have had ten and will be kicking himself, his dream is to overtake Fogelman and he could have done it in this match alone!”
REDBRIDGE C 0 L’EQUIPE 0
The top-two (going into the game) maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, ended in a share of the spoils.
Redbridge manager Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “Although it’s a rare scoreline in Jewish football, I’m sure both teams would feel like they could have scored.
“The first half we were excellent, but Aaron Goldberg couldn’t convert some excellent chances early doors. The half settled and each goalkeeper made some game-winning saves. Unfortunately we lost Brads with a collision, so Dan Lipman went in goal and was excellent.
“I said at half-time if we can keep the ball down and move it around like we were doing, we’d win. Jacob Kaye producing another fantastic display on the wing regularly needing 2/3 players to challenge him. We had a ball cleared off the line and some other great chances, but we just couldn’t get the ball in then net. As the half went on they had a number of set-pieces and corners which produced a few heart-in-the-mouth moments for our defence, but the game ended with both teams putting in some hard-fought displays.
“Overall I’m gutted we didn’t get the win as I thought they were there for the taking today, but defensively we were fantastic even with the changes made through the game. Captain Craig Phillips and powerhouses Jordan Sapler and Josh Cohen again produced pivotal displays for the team.”