Hendon booked their place in the semi-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy thanks to a 4-0 win over Redbridge…
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
FC Team A 3 Camden Park 1
Harmen 4 Blizzard Storm 1
Oakwood A 6 Maccabi London Lions A 0
Brixton Old Boys 3 Real Sosobad 2
Faithfold B P Brady Maccabi P
Los Blancos 0 Oakwood B 1
SPEC 3 North London Raiders B 1
Athletic Bilbaum 11 Boca Jewniors 0
Faithfold C 3 Catford & Bromley 0
L’Equipe 4 FC Team C 1
Maccabi London Lions B 5 Hendon United B 1
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: REDBRIDGE A 0 HENDON A 4
WEEK 27 PHOTO GALLERY:
WEEK 27 TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
DEAN CAPLIN (OAKWOOD A)
HARRIS KERSH (OAKWOOD B)
DANIEL MADGIDSON (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
DAVE LUSMAN (BRIXTON OLD BOYS)
RICHARD JAFFE (FAITHFOLD C)
DANI DENNISON (OAKWOOD B)
BEN BELL (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
ROBERT RODNEY (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
SEB SILVERMAN (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
SCOTT GREENFIELD (BRIXTON OLD BOYS)
YOAV KESTENBAUM (HENDON UNITED A)
AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
ADAM LIPMAN (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
JOSH ROSE (OAKWOOD A)
AARON SEARLE (OAKWOOD B)
ED GREEN (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
ALEX JACOBS (BRIXTON OLD BOYS)
DOVI FEHLER (HENDON UNITED A)
ALEX LEE (OAKWOOD A)
BRAD WINE (OAKWOOD A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ZAC LEWIS (HENDON UNITED A) – A superb 25-yard free-kick to cap off a super Hendon performance
2) GIDEON BARTH (HENDON UNITED B) – Brought down a high ball with a brilliant first touch, played a neat one-two with Benni Sluckis, before finishing clinically into the top corner
3) BENJI WEINBERGER (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B) – Picked the ball up five yards outside his own box, ran the length of the pitch, beating numerous Hendon players with his silky dribbling, before cooly finishing into the bottom right hand corner
4) BEN BELL (ATHLETIC BILBAUM) – A visionary 50-yard pass from Seb Silverman dropped 20 yards from goal,. Bell controlled it with his left as he took it away from the last defender, before lobbing the keeper from the edge of the area with his right
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DEAN CAPLIN (OAKWOOD A) – Pulled off a superb one-handed save, low down to his right from the penalty spot
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED B) – “To be fair, there were three goals in the game which wouldn’t look out of place on the MOTD goal of the month competition.”
2) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “When we have everyone available as we did today there is no better Jewish team in the country.”
3) DANIEL KRISTALL (OAKWOOD A) – “There were barely 30 seconds on the clock when Alex Lee opened the scoring and within five minutes we were 2-0 up. Believe it or not, we didn’t start the game well.”
PETER MORRISON TROPHY QUARTER-FINALS: (number in brackets represents team of division)
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 0 HENDON UNITED A 4
A Dovi Fehler hat-trick, coupled with a superb free-kick from Zac Lewis, saw Hendon book their place in the last four – completing a cup double over their fierce rivals.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “In what was a true season defining game, we turned in easily our best performance of the season. From 1 to 13, everyone was brilliant today – there was a real determination amongst the boys to get the right result today and in the end it was far more comfortable than most people would have predicted and to be honest it could have been more.
“Our defence was as watertight as they have been all year as we cut the supply to Garfinkle on the left and Ben Kon stuck to him extremely well all match. Further forward Avi Korman, the returning Seitler and Ari Last totally dominated the crucial midfield area as we restricted Redbridge to hardly any chances. My man of the match was Yoav Kestenbaum today who I thought held the ball up really well and created two goals in an excellent performance. Dovi Fehler scored a real centre forward’s hat-trick to impress the watching Maccabiah management, but overall this was as dominant a performance from the whole squad as we have had all season. When we have everyone available as we did today there is no better Jewish team in the country.
“Redbridge were not quite at the races today – I’m sure they missed the Sollosi’s which certainly gave us a pre match boost but today was all about us – we are the proud holders of this trophy and we aim to defend it with pride in the final should we overcome our semi- final opponents in a few week’s time. We have had some crackers against Redbridge this year and the final score is two wins apiece which is probably just about right. We wish them all the best in their quest to catch Raiders in the league – I hope they do it.”
Redbridge manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “No excuses offered, we were not good enough today and hope Hendon can keep the Maccabi Southern Football League flag alive in the Peter Morrison Sunday National Cup if and when they inevitably face the Lions Saturday team at Wingate.
“This result makes next Sunday’s game against Raiders a vital must win game so am hoping I can get my best 11 out for this encounter.”
FC TEAM A 3 CAMDEN PARK 1
Team further boosted their chances of avoiding the drop as they turned in an impressive performance to defeat fast-dropping Camden, who are now staring down at the prospect of Division One football.
Bar Hariely, Shim Bensoor and Alon Hershkorn were all on target for Ben Gilbey’s side.
HARMEN 4 BLIZZARD STORM 1
Harmen are up into fourth spot as two goals from Daniel Green helped them to this win.
Sam Castle and Bradley Sharp were also on target, for whom joint-manager Oliver Leslie told jewishnews.co.uk: “With not much to play for except pride, we definitely struggled for motivation and a poor first half saw us level at half-time.
“We stepped it up in the second half but in truth from start to finish this was our weakest performance of the season.”
OAKWOOD A 6 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 0
Oakwood got revenge on the Lions for last week’s cup defeat as they also moved to within four points of second place.
Alex Lee, Brad Wine and Josh Rose all scored twice each, for whom joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “Revenge was sweet in a game that had a strange start with what must be the quickest goal in the Maccabi league this season. Barely 30 seconds on the clock when Alex Lee opened the scoring and within five minutes we were 2-0 up. Believe it or not, we didn’t start the game well. Lions were made to pay for not being clinical enough. I thought after a shaky spell in the first half, we began to do the basics right and out-passed our opponents, missing several big chances before going in at 2-0 up at half-time.
“Arguably the biggest moment of the match was at 2-0 up and in the opening couple of minutes of the second half where Lions had a chance to get back in to the game from the penalty spot. Dean Caplin made a superb one-handed save low down to his right to keep Lions at bay. We went on to punish Lions for the miss and scored four quick fire goals to improve our goal difference and put the game to bed.
“Although it was a completely different 11 to last week’s Lions cup side (with the same team name), we cruised home to a comfortable victory once we got hold of the ball and used our pace/power down the flanks combined with the strength of Alex Lee in his alternative centre forward position. We move on to Blizzard next Sunday whilst the “Top 2” do battle. Write us off at your Peril!”
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 3 REAL SOSOBAD 2
Brixton’s bid to avoid the drop is gathering momentum after they won this five-goal thriller against Sosobad.
Josh Kalinsky, Joseph Eskanazy and David Lusman scored for Brixton, with Jamie Shaw and Richard Rosenthal replying for the visitors.
FAITHFOLD B P BRADY MACCABI P
LOS BLANCOS 0 OAKWOOD B 1
Oakwood maintained their promotion push as Dani Dennison’s first goal for the club proved to be the difference.
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “All that mattered today was winning and it was certainly an ugly win but they all count. We were our own worst enemy at times today with sloppy passing and some wayward finishing and it looked like the game might end in a very frustrating 0-0 until Dani Dennison popped up with his first goal for Oakwood.
“A few punters have cleaned up on the Dani Dennison 1-0 at 66/1. He took his goal very well putting it into the roof of the net. Special mention must go to new signing Harris Kersh on his debut. He joined us this week from Manchester Maccabi and made a crucial save at 0-0 in a flawless performance.”
SPEC FC 3 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 1
SPEC moved two points clear of Woodford at the top of the table – albeit having played three games more than them – with this win.
Ashley Burns scored twice, with Dan Cohen also on target, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Raiders started very well and were very unfortunate to be 2-0 down but in the second half we were incredibly wasteful which made for a far nervier last 15 minutes that it should have been.”
Josh Green netted Raiders’ consolation.
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 11 BOCA JEWNIORS 0
Bilbaum were the most emphatic winners on the day as they crushed the Boca boys to consolidate seventh spot.
Ben Bell and Edward Green both helped themselves to hat-tricks, Robert Rodney scored twice, with Seb Silverman, Sam Deaner and Oliver Sharpstone also all on target. Manager Charlie Sassienie told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great performance from the team today. We didn’t switch off at any point and stayed focused to ensure we got the cleansheet as well as all the goals. We hope to continue our strong scoring run in our final two games!”
Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “One word: shambles. We could talk all day about bad ref decisions and missing key players (and finishing the game with less due to injuries and absentees) but it doesn’t change anything – they were the better team 10 fold.”
FAITHFOLD C 3 CATFORD & BROMLEY 0
The Greens leapfrogged the Cats in the table following this comfortable win.
Ben Portnoi and Dan Gordon were on the scoresheet for the victors, with manager Rob Shooman, who wasn’t at the game, telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We have got to be very pleased with the way we played, especially against the side that inflicted a defeat on the division leaders Scrabble only last week.
“On the back of this result, we intend to have a strong finish to our season, well done to all my boys.”
L’EQUIPE 4 FC TEAM C 1
L’Equipe moved up to fourth in the table while Team remain third-from-bottom.
James Bell, Nick Stern, David Prager and an own goal seeing them to the points.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 5 HENDON UNITED B 1
The Lions kept alive their mathematical chances of winning the title thanks to this comprehensive win.
Joshua Bloom scored twice, with Daniel Fattal, Daniel Mattey and Ben Weinberger also on target.
Manager Sam Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a bit of a strange game for us today, and in honesty, the scoreline flattered us a bit. Weinberger opened the scoring with a true piece of footballing magic, and Mattey got the second on the stroke of half-time which settled us down. However, Hendon were battling well, and made a real game of it. They pulled one back and had chances to equalise. Fortunately, Fattal then scored a stunning strike from 25 yards and it was much more comfortable from then on in.
“We weren’t at our best today, and Hendon made it very difficult at times, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters. Very happy with the result and it puts us one step closer to promotion.”
Gideon Barth scored for Hendon, for whom manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “I think the scoreline flatters them, there really wasn’t much in the game. We’ve gone in at half time trailing 2-0 despite being the better team thanks to one impressive solo run and then we’ve conceded a sloppy 2nd just before half time.
“The second half we continued to play well and got the goal we deserved, a fine goal after lovely link up play between Gideon Barth and Benni Sluckis before Barth finished superbly. At that point we were right in the game, but then their guy has hit a screamer from 25 yards and that drained the life out of us. To be fair, there were three goals in the game which wouldn’t look out of place on the MOTD goal of the month competition.”