12REVby Andrew Sherwood

Lions beat Hendon to deny them top spot in the Premier Division, there were Division Two wins for Hendon B, Scrabble, and Real Hendon, plus Peter Morrison Cup wins for FC Team A, Oakwood A and NL Raiders C…

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RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):

PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND:
Boca Jewniors 0 Oakwood A 4
Manchester Maccabi 2nd 0 Redbridge Jewish Care A 3
Faithfold A 1 AFC Flixton 0
FC Team B 2 FC Team A 3
Harmen 4 South Manchester Sports 3
North London Raiders A P Camden Park P (Camden forfeited tie)
North London Raiders C 2 L’Equipe 1
Oakwood B 5 Catford & Bromley 1
SPEC FC 6 Brady Maccabi 0

PREMIER DIVISION:
Maccabi London Lions A 2 Hendon United A 1

DIVISION ONE:
Brixton Old Boys 7 Faithfold B 0
North London Raiders B 5 Los Blancos 5
Real Sosobad 2 Woodford Wanderers 2

DIVISION TWO:
Athletic Bilbaum 11 Temple Fortune 0
Faithfold C 1 Hendon United B 3

Real Hendon 5 FC Team C 2
Scrabble 2 Maccabi London Lions B 1

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM FC TEAM B 2 FC TEAM A 3…


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WEEK 12 MATCH REPORTS:

FAITHFOLD C 1 HENDON UNITED B 3

MANCHESTER MACCABI 2ND 0 REDBRIDGE A 3

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART – WEEK 12

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPERS:
DAN KOSKY (FAITHFOLD C)
ED BLOOM
(MACCABI LONDON LIONS A)
BEN LAW (SCRABBLE)

DEFENCE:
DANIEL MAGIDSON (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
BEN LEWIS (FAITHFOLD A)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON UNITED B)
JAMES NEIDLE (HENDON UNITED B)
CHARLES BRAUNSTEIN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
ADAM LEVESON (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
BEN POLAK (OAKWOOD B)
JOSH BENTLEY (SCRABBLE)
SAM ROTH (SPEC)
MATT NIMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)

DAVE GREEN (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
ADAM POOLE (WOODFORD WANDERERS)

MIDFIELD:
JOSH PUGH (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
SAM LEADER (FAITHFOLD A)
ADAM ARNOLD (HARMEN)
AVIEL SCHWARZ (HARMEN)
ELLIOT STERN (HARMEN)
AVI MOCTON (HENDON UNITED B)
BEN BLACKSTON (HENDON UNITED B)
OLI NATHAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C)
DAN ROSE (OAKWOOD A)
DAN ASH (OAKWOOD B)
SAM MCCARTHY (REAL SOSOBAD)
CRAIG PHILLIPS (REAL SOSOBAD)
RYAN COLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
BEN SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
JOSH FLAX (SCRABBLE)

STRIKERS:
BEN LEWIS (FAITHFOLD A)
SAM CASTLE (HARMEN)
ELI SHEBSON (HENDON UNITED B)
BOBBY ABRAMS (OAKWOOD B)
GAV NOE (REAL HENDON)
ZACK NEIMAN (SPEC)

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GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) JOSH FLAX (SCRABBLE):
Fired in a 35-yard screamer into the top corner on the volley

2) DOVI FEHLER (HENDON UNITED A):
Picked the ball up inside own half – with a devastating burst of speed beat two men – ran half the length of the pitch before audaciously chipping the keeper from 20 yards – followed by a trademark back-flip celebration

3) ADAM ARNOLD (HARMEN):
Waltzed his way past four defenders, before putting the strike out of reach of the goalkeeper into the bottom corner

4) JOSH PUGH (ATHLETIC BILBAUM):
Picked the ball up wide on the right, played a forward pass, followed it, and received the ball back to his feet. Then beat another player, played another pass, and continuing his run from 20 yards out as the ball sat up for him perfectly, he placed his volley into the bottom corner

5 WILL UFLAND (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C):
25-yard central free-kick, put it into the top left corner of the net, over the L’Equipe goalkeeper and in off the bar

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SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) BEN LAW (SCRABBLE):
Threw himself to the right to punch away a Lions penalty

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) SAMUEL MARCHANT (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B):
“The better team lost. We had at least 60/65 percent possession, created 7/8 clear-cut chances, missed a penalty, and had a goal not given just before the final whistle as a corner was clearly headed in and over the line, the distance over the line reminiscent of Pedro Mendes away at Old Trafford.”

2) DANIEL KRISTALL (OAKWOOD A):
“It’s no joke to say that our goalkeeper didn’t touch the ball with his hands in the entire match.”

3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A):
“We are miles behind now in the league – we know we still have the quality but our recent league results have been nothing short of appalling. We won’t give up but we need a big change of fortune and we need it fast.”

4) DANIEL SHAFRON (REAL SOSOBAD):
“I think their gaffa must have still had his beer goggles after his heavy night on Saturday. He was clearly watching a different game, perhaps he was still asleep and dreamed of the performance he interestingly described.”

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PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND: (Number in brackets represents division of team)

BOCA JEWNIORS (2) 0 OAKWOOD A (PREM) 4
The Premier Division side were comfortable winners, as their Premier Division class shone through.

Goals from Bobbie Cousins, Sam Cantor, Josh Rose and Kyle Bentwood ensured their passage into the next round, with manager Daniel Kristall telling jewishnews.co.uk: “On a tricky surface given the overnight frost and with a few players with commitments up north, we were delighted to win the game and advance to the next round.

“The whole game was played in Boca’s half which made finding space and scoring very difficult. The conditions also making life difficult. It’s no joke to say that our keeper did not touch the ball with his hands in the entire match.

“However, we got the early goals and the victory was never in doubt. Our composure in front of goal and our final ball must improve against the teams around us in the league and that was our downfall today. Credit must go to Boca who were fighting for every challenge and at 2-0 down were actually quite content but the two goals in the last 10 minutes gave a fairer reflection of the match.

“We now focus on three huge weeks in the build-up to Chanukah where we must start winning the big league games. That starts with a tough trip to Camden next week.”

Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We played with great commitment against what must be said is a very good footballing side. We’re disappointed to have conceded two early goals, followed by a late penalty, but really if we play with that heart against Temple Fortune next time out, we will be right in the hunt for the three points – so definitely some positives to take!

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FAITHFOLD A (PREM) 1 AFC FLIXTON 0
Daryl Phillips’ strike proved to be the difference for the Greens.

Manager Dan Beresford told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a superb team performance, a solid team effort against a physical side.”

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FC TEAM B (1) 2 FC TEAM A (PREM) 3
An entertaining encounter saw the A’s avoid an upset against their B side.

Goals from Shim Bensoor, David James Cohen and David Joseph Cohen seeing them to the win, Adam Rones and Richard Salmon, scored ultimately in vain, for the B’s.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE…

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HARMEN (PREM) 4 SOUTH MANCHESTER SPORTS 3
Harmen made it a clean sweep of southern side victories over northern sides as they won this seven-goal thriller.

Adam Arnold and James Gershfield scored two goals each, with Harmen’s Joe Marsh telling jewishnews.co.uk: “The scoreline doesn’t really do us justice as we dominated the majority of the game with South Manchester pegging two goals back in the last 15 minutes to add some excitement for the travelling fans.

“It says a lot about the game when their goalkeeper is in contention for man of the match, with him making five top-draw saves. Our boys were creating chance after chance with wingers Adam Arnold and Elliott Stern causing havoc amongst the apposition. It was a well deserved victory for our boys.”

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MANCHESTER MACCABI 2ND 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (PREM) 3
The trip back down south from Manchester will be a happy one for the Essex men as they turned in a polished performance.

Jordan Sapler, Danny Berg and Scott Oldstein were all on target for Jon Jacobs’ men.

MATCH REPORT

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A (PREM) P CAMDEN PARK (PREM) P

CAMDEN FORFEITED MATCH – TIE AWARDED TO RAIDERS

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 2 L’EQUIPE (2) 1
Raiders won the all-Division two clash thanks to goals from Oliver Telvi and Will Ufland.

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OAKWOOD B (1) 5 CATFORD & BROMLEY (2) 1
Four goals from Bobby Abrams ensured there was no chance of a cup upset here, Dan Ash completed the scoring for the O’s.

O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m really happy to be through to the last 16 of the Morrison after a very professional performance today. Going into the game, this had cup upset written all over it with Catford winning four in a row and us only having 12 players. But my lads were a credit to the club and booked our spot in the last 16.

“We’ve got room for improvement – lots of it – but reaching 11 matches unbeaten is a superb achievement and our performance returned to a better level today. It’s all a message to those who think we are a one-man team. With Jacob RK absent today, Bobby Abrams filled the void with a four-goal salvo of his own. Our performance in the second half in particular was clinical.

“For a side with our ability, the quarter-finals of the Anekstein and last 16 of the Morrison is where we feel we belong. Now it’s on us to kick on and reach another level when we come up against a Premier Division side in the former and whoever we face in the next round of the latter.

“I’d love a trip up north and I’ve got my eye on Heaton Park, Leeds and Maccabi 1s. But for now it’s the focus back on the league and a tricky tie against SPEC next week.”

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SPEC FC (1) 6 BRADY MACCABI (1) 0
SPEC caused the cup upset of the day as they claimed an emphatic win against the Division One leaders

Daniel Amram and Zack Neiman scored two goals each, with Josh Hershman and Ashley Burns also on target.

Player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Everything clicked for us today. Every player was brilliant and I genuinely don’t think 6-0 flattered us at all. Our attitude was spot on and we went about our business very well.”

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PREMIER DIVISION:

FIXTURES & RESULTS:
TABLE:

MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 2 HENDON UNITED A 1
Hendon spurned the chance to go top of the table, as the Lions caused an upset, to move themselves, joint-fourth.

Thomas Prasis and James Gold scored their goals, with manager David Pollock telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We worked so hard, while Ed Bloom put in an unbelievable performance in goal.”

Dovi Fehler scored for Hendon, for whom manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was the ultimate smash-and-grab victory, but we have only ourselves to blame. We probably played our best football in weeks and totally dominated possession from start to finish but for whatever reason we just aren’t getting the breaks this year .

“We went ahead thanks to a brilliant Dovi Fehler solo goal and we looked in control. Once again we gave away a cheap set-piece equaliser and then despite a total bombardment in the second half, just couldn’t find the net. In the last minute inexplicably we switched off at the back and they nicked a winner to leave us devastated.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Lions – they played an excellent intense high pressing game and are a vastly improved team from last year. They fought really hard and would have been delighted to get a draw never mind the win. They set up to defend deep and to be honest it worked but we should have been out of sight long before the end had we taken any one of a number of second half chances to fall our way.

“We are miles behind now in the league – we know we still have the quality but our recent league results have been nothing short of appalling. We won’t give up but we need a big change of fortune and we need it fast.”

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DIVISION ONE:

FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

BRIXTON OLD BOYS 7 FAITHFOLD B 0
Brixton claimed their first win – and points – of the season as the bottom placed side beat the team above them in emphatic style.

Lee Cutler scored twice, with Stefan Benfredi, James Doffman, Daniel Kuber, Scott Greenfield and an own goal completing the rout.

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 5 LOS BLANCOS 5
The sides may have shared ten goals in an epic of a match, but neither will be happy with just a point.

Toby Katz scored twice for the Raiders, with Adam Posner, Rob Samuelson and Jake Gilbert also all on target.

Jono Gaon and Darren Russell scored twice for Blancos, with Jo Davis claiming their fifth.

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REAL SOSOBAD 2 WOODFORD WANDERERS 2
Woodford were held to a point as they moved joint-top of the table.

Harrison Midda’s penalty and Mitch Hahn scored to give them the lead twice, but they were pegged back on both occasions.

Manager Daryl Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “After absolutely bossing the first half in what was one of our strongest displays of the season yet again, two silly errors cost us dearly in a game where Sosobad didn’t have any other shots on target and didn’t force any real saves from our goalkeeper.

“By the time Harrison put us one up on the half-hour mark, we should have been 3-0 up, but for a couple of good saves from their goalie and a shocking miss from Tom Alexander.

“We didn’t start the second half as well we did the first and and a mix-up in the back four allowed them to grab one back, before Mitch smashed us in front with 15 minutes to go. But another silly mistake allowed them to grab an undeserved equaliser, while with the last kick of the game, Josh Cohen brought down Harrison in the box from behind, getting nowhere near the ball but the referee didn’t give anything.

“Overall I’m happy with most of the performance but they will be happier, we feel it’s two points lost.”

Sam McCarthy and Barry Green scored for Sosobad, with manager Daniel Shafron telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I think their gaffa must have still had his beer goggles after his heavy night on Saturday. He was clearly watching a different game, perhaps he was still asleep and dreamed of the performance he interestingly described.

“I thought we were unlucky and extremely unfortunate not to win the game. We played the better football, created the most chances and dominated for a majority. Of course they had a handful of chances and yes they missed a sitter but never once did our defence feel as if they were under any real pressure.

“Their goalkeeper had a fantastic game and made five or six super saves. It must have been last night’s copious vodka consumption that’s strangely tainted Darryl’s decision to nominate Ben Rosenthal in team of the week. Mind you, the fact he nominated two of his defenders shows that his hangover must be wearing off.

“Barry Green could have had a hat-trick and was a constant threat. Macca, Shaw, Rosey, Rubes and Phillips also linked up superbly and additional praise to Elliott Cole Carroll Coulton who came on and made a real difference.

“We are looking forward to playing them again in a couple of weeks. I’m sure if we put in the same shift, we will come away with all three points.”

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DIVISION TWO:

FIXTURES & TABLES
TABLE

ATHLETIC BILBAUM 11 TEMPLE FORTUNE 0
Bilbaum claimed the biggest victory of the day as they hit double figures against Fortune.

Jacob Holder scored four of the goals, Josh Pugh helped himself to a hat-trick, Jacob Brunner chipped in with two, with Benjamin Bell and Julius Judah completing the rout.

Manager Nick Shinder told jewishnews.co.uk: “There were 11 goals but 14 outstanding performances. Our solid defence, dominant midfield and our unrelenting attack, moved as one causing endless havoc. A joy to behold but now we go to Scrabble!”

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FAITHFOLD C 1 HENDON UNITED B 3
Hendon bounced back to winning ways to maintain top spot in the table, thanks to goals from Sammy Barron, debutante Eli Shebson and Jono Nesbitt.

Leor Harel scored for Faithfold, for whom manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very disappointing performance from us  we just didn’t turn up for this game. They weren’t that much better than us, their first goal was very scrappy, the second was offside and the third was an extremely rare mistake from our goalkeeper.

“Saying all that Hendon deserved to win, they wanted it more than us and played some good football.”

MATCH REPORT

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REAL HENDON 5 FC TEAM C 2
Real Hendon moved up into fifth spot as two goals each from player-manager Chaim Gothold and Gav Noe, along with Martin Smulovitch’s strike saw them to the win.

Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great performance, the last couple of games have shown what we are capable of – roll on next week!”

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SCRABBLE 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 1
Scrabble moved to within a point off top spot as they made it seven wins from seven.

Elliot Espinoza and Josh Flax scored their goals, with manager Ray Abrahams telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a classic. We knew it would be our hardest game of the season to date and all the lads were terrific today and gave everything.

“We deserved this one though and we’ve had such a terrific start to the campaign with seven wins from seven games. All over the pitch we were magnificent and Flax’s goal was top drawer. I’m proud of everyone today but our goalkeeper Ben Law and Josh Bentley at centre back were outstanding’

Nick Landesberg scored for the Lions, for whom manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “The result today is one that is unjust. The better team lost. We had at least 60/65 percent possession, created 7/8 clear-cut chances, missed a penalty, and had a goal not given just before the final whistle as a corner was clearly headed in and over the line, the distance over the line reminiscent of Pedro Mendes away at Old Trafford. In other words, we dominated the game from the start, weren’t clinical, and were also unlucky.

“We expected much more from Scrabble who have had a fantastic start to the season, yet they did get the win and that is football after all.

“Scrabble managed to trouble the fantastic and just 16-year-old goalkeeper Rabstein once. Their first goal came from sloppy defending from a free-kick, and their second a 30+ yard wonder volley. The ball didn’t run for us today, and on another day, it’s 4-0 at half-time.

“It was an unfortunate day for us yet our performance was of top quality, the best we’ve played all season. To play the team in the league with the best record, outplay them on their own pitch and not be rewarded for it is a harsh reality. We pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and head into next week knowing that if we play like that every week, we will be playing football next season in a higher division.”

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