Hendon A saw their 100 percent winning start to the season ended as they were held by ten-man Harmen, the top two in Division Two cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw, while Dean Rosenthal scored possibly the quickest ever hat-trick in Jewish football…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Camden Park 3 Blizzard Storm 1
Hendon United A 1 Harmen 1
Oakwood A 5 FC Team A 0
Redbridge Jewish Care A 4 Maccabi London Lions A 1
Brady Maccabi 1 Oakwood B 1
Brixton Old Boys 0 Los Blancos 7
Real Sosobad 3 Redbridge Jewish Care B 2
SPEC FC 1 Faithfold B 1
Boca Jewniors 1 Hendon United B 3
Catford & Bromley Maccabi 2 Scrabble 3
Faithfold C 0 Real Hendon 5
FC Team C 2 L’Equipe 3
Maccabi London Lions B 8 Temple Fortune 0
North London Raiders C 1 Athletic Bilbaum 1
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM HENDON UNITED A 1 HARMEN 1…
WEEK SIX MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
CAEL PERSAUD (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
JONNY BLAIN (OAKWOOD A)
DARREN BLOOM (FAITHFOLD B)
ALEX TAYLOR (HARMEN)
GIDEON CALLER (HENDON UNITED B)
EDDIE MANSON (OAKWOOD A)
LEE WARNER (OAKWOOD A)
DAN KING (OAKWOOD B)
HEZZIE RAYMOND (REAL HENDON)
GARY TILLER (REAL SOSOBAD)
ADAM NEWMAN (SCRABBLE)
JOSH TIANO (SCRABBLE)
JAKE SAUNDERS (CAMDEN PARK)
JAKE GOTTLIEB (HARMEN)
ETHAN ZONE (HENDON UNITED A)
THEO AZOUZ (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
GUY HELMAN (OAKWOOD A)
YOSSI GOLDBERG (REAL HENDON)
SAM MCCARTHY (REAL SOSOBAD)
JAMES BERKLEY (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
JASON GOLDSTEIN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
NATHAN SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
JONATHAN PETERS (SCRABBLE)
ADAM WATERS (SCRABBLE)
ED GREEN (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
ROB HERSHKORN (CAMDEN PARK)
DEAN ROSENTHAL (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
BRAD WINE (OAKWOOD A)
DAVE WOOLMAN (OAKWOOD A)
ZAK MCLEOD (SCRABBLE)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) BEN BLACKSTON (HENDON UNITED B) – Received the ball on the edge of the box, and duly opened his account for the club by smashing home a pile-driver into the top corner with his weaker right foot.
2) JAMES LAW (REAL SOSOBAD) – Met a pin-point ball from Joe Grant on the right hand side of the box, controlled it with his first touch and unleashed a rocket in to the top corner with his second to win the match
3) BRAD WINE (OAKWOOD A) – Hit an unbelievable thunder bolt from 30 yards into the top corner.
4) JAKE SAUNDERS (CAMDEN PARK) – Hit a stunning 25-yard strike, first time, which flew like an arrow into the back of the net
5) DARREN BLOOM (FAITHFOLD B) – Started the move with a pass inside to forward Ben Zloof, he held it up and laid it off to Jason Shofman. He beat a man before releasing it into the path of Bloom, who continuing his run from right-back, hit a 25 yard screamer with the out side of his boot in to the bottom corner
6) DANIEL GREEN (HARMEN) – After seeing James Gershfield smash the ball against the underside of the bar, the ball was cleared by the Hendon defence only as far as Green, who fired the ball hit it on the volley from 20 yards out with a crisp finish into the bottom left corner. (See main video)
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) MAX SHIELDS (HARMEN) – Superb save with his outstretched foot to keep out Yoav Kesntebaum’s shot out at the near post
2) DEAN CAPLIN (OAKWOOD B) – Denied Joey Lazare with his feet in a one on one situation – described as Schmeichel-esque!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JON JACOBS (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A): “The first half performance was our best 45 minutes for a long time, totally dominating and playing some fabulous pass and move football. The second half was as disappointing as could be.”
2) DANIEL KRISTALL (OAKWOOD A): ” You will not see a better goal in any game this weekend.”
3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A): ” I thought the referee did exceptionally well in the circumstances to keep things just about under control as it looked like they’d been watching a little bit too much of the Rugby World Cup.”
4) JOE MARSH (HARMEN): “To give full credit to Hendon, they dominated the first 10 minutes due to us being caught in the traps once again and we conceded with just a minute on the clock.”
CAMDEN PARK 3 BLIZZARD STORM 1
Camden moved to with a point of top spot as they produced an impressive win over Storm.
Rob Hershkorn scored twice, with Jake Saunders also finding the back of the net. Manager Will Castle told jewishnews.co.uk: “As expected we had a hard fought contest against Blizzard. They were organised and hard to break down, but having scored twice in two minutes, it looked like we were going to coast through the rest of the game.
“Blizzard were all over us after that and scored a good goal after a nice move, we lost our discipline and shape and half-time couldn’t come soon enough. It was a good opportunity to regroup and we came out in the second half the same team that started the first, pressing high up the pitch and putting them under pressure.
“It was still a battle but we were fitter and I could see they were tiring. After our subs came on, we managed the game, something we were unable to do last year and didn’t give them any opportunity to get back into the game. With a couple of minutes to go, Rob claimed his second of the match and the game was won.
“Last season we would have let our heads drop and not get anything out of this game. It’s so pleasing to see that we have started to build in character and grind out results that we wouldn’t have got in the past.”
Josh Bharier scored for Storm, for whom manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “I can’t be disappointed with our effort this morning. I had four key players injured and another five away. The youngsters that came into today did well and it gives me great confidence in my squad for the season.”
HENDON UNITED A 1 HARMEN 1
Hendon saw their 100 percent winning start ended by a dogged Harmen performance.
Yoav Kestenbaum fired Hendon ahead in the third minute with a thumping half-volley, but Harmen earned a share of the spoils, thanks to Daniel Green’s equally emphatic finish, despite playing more than an hour of the game with ten men.
Hendon manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We came away very disappointed not to pick up all three points today especially since we had an extra man advantage for the majority of the match . This was a match we should have had dead and buried after 15 minutes – we went 1-0 up in the first five with a great Yoav Kestenbaum finish and came mighty close to increasing that lead early on a number of times. However, the loss of Dovi Fehler after only 15 minutes after one of many hefty Harmen challenges was a big blow and we struggled to find a good rhythm after that.
“Harmen had a very physical game plan which at times was extremely close to the mark and the game did look like descending into chaos during a very tempestuous first half. I thought the referee did exceptionally well in the circumstances to keep things just about under control as it looked like they’d been watching a little bit too much of the Rugby World Cup.
“In truth things improved considerably in the second half and Harmen defended superbly as a unit and in the end they thoroughly deserved the draw. We weren’t good enough to provide the telling moment and our final ball let us down. Credit to them for holding out for the draw having played the whole second half with only 10 men.
“When all is said and done a point is not a disaster – we remain unbeaten and we have to accept the draw with grace and move on.”
Harmen’s Joe Marsh told jewishnews.co.uk: “To give full credit to Hendon, they dominated the first 10 minutes due to us being caught in the traps once again and we conceded with just a minute on the clock.
“However, we responded in a manner which saw us dominate the latter period of the first half. Our equaliser came after around 20 minutes, shortly before the newly engaged Elliot Stern realised that his fiancé needed him home and decided to give himself an early exit from the game.
“With 10 men for the majority of the game, the boys defended extremely well as a unit and we deserved to take all three points with a number of clear cut chances in the last 10 minutes of the game. All of the boys were top draw this weekend but special mention has to go to Jake Gottlieb, a certainty for team of the week, who dictated the game and bossed the centre of the park, even earning praise from the referee at the end of the game as to his contribution in the second half.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE
OAKWOOD A 5 FC TEAM A 0
Oakwood made it two wins from three games as two goals from Dave Woolman and Brad Wine helped them to this win.
Guy Helman was also on target, with manager Daniel Kristall telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was probably our best performance of the season against an FC Team side that we struggled against last season. We were determined to not get in a scrap and as soon as we saw off the first 20 minutes, they simply couldn’t handle our front men – Woolman and Wine who bagged a brace each. The speed and pace in which we attacked FC team down the wings was superb and the timing of the balls to the front men was as good as we have we have shown so far this season. Team just couldn’t cope with us.
“Four-nil up at half-time and cruising, we used our strong squad to its maximum in the second half. On another day, we would have won the game by more than 10 but we are very happy with the way we performed and we continue our brilliant start to the season.
“Another clean sheet meaning that we have only conceded one goal in the league so far this season. We look defensively sound and that is the basis for any team with aspirations of competing for trophies.”
Team manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m really dissapointed with the result yesterday. There is a lot more talent in the team and we are a lot better than our performances have been showing at the start of this season.
“We will work hard to get it back on track and show our true colours. On to the next one!”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 4 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 1
Redbridge moved to within a point of top spot thanks to this convincing win.
Nathan Sollosi, Jason Goldstein, Darren Brown and James Berkley were all on target for Redbridge, with Richard Gold scoring for the Lions.
BRADY MACCABI 1 OAKWOOD B 1
The top two in the table cancelled each other out in this draw.
Ben Horn scored for Brady, with Dan King replying for the O’s with a long-range free-kick.
Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a really good game between two determined sides. I’m big enough to admit we are perhaps a tad fortunate to come away with a point given Brady had plenty of second half opportunities.
“But throughout we were disciplined, organised and committed enough to get the job done. A defence led bt Dan King and Ben Polak did a great job. Rowley Lane is an intimidating ground to go to – the locals don’t wait for Purim to make a racket – and I’m pleased to come away with a point.
“I thought both sides were happy to take the draw in the end and from my point of view I’m delighted with the start we have made. Unbeaten through five games is not to be sniffed at. The league is taking shape nicely and it’s clear Brady will be up there at the end of the season.
“It’s always testing to come up against a side with a Northerner of their own and it’s a reminder that there are a few talented lads down here not signed with the Oaks. And after watching him play today I can tell you Joey Lazare is welcome to join his compatriots whenever he likes.”
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 0 LOS BLANCOS 7
The Blanco boys registered their first league win of the season – and did so in emphatic style.
Jono Gaon helped himself to four goals, with Joe Davis, Tim Heynes and James Belchak completing the scoring.
REAL SOSOBAD 3 REDBRIDGE B 2
Sosobad moved to the top of the table after winning this five-goal thriller, thanks to strikes from Sam McCarthy, James Law and an own goal.
Manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “We approached the game with a far better mindset this week and ultimately deserved the three points. I thought Redbridge played well again and were deservedly ahead in the first half but we dug deep and made a couple of tactical changes at half time allowing us to get at them with more intensity in the second half. We created some good chances but their keeper made some excellent saves from Lassman and Orgel. The winning goal from James Law was good enough to win any game and the celebration put Giggsy’s (less the hairy chest) to shame. It was an important win and I am proud of the reaction of the boys coming off the back off last week.”
Josh Orgel and Zack Gordon scored for Redbridge.
SPEC FC 1 FAITHFOLD B 1
SPEC claimed their first point of the season as they moved off the bottom of the table with this hard-fought point.
Darren Bloom scored for Faithfold, for whom manager Elliott Bloom told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a good hard fought game from both sides. They took the lead in the fourth minute, and continued to have chances, before we took control of the game and equalised through a great goal. The second half was a cagey affair with both teams having chances on goal but in the end a draw was probably a fair result.”
BOCA JEWNIORS 1 HENDON B 3
Hendon maintained second spot in the table as they completed an early league double over Boca.
James Neidle, Sammy Barron and Ben Blackston were all on target for Adam Glekin’s men.
Elio Elia scored for Boca, for whom manager Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Pre-match I said if we didn’t concede any penalties and own goals we’d probably get something from the game; unfortunately we had a rather slow start and were rather rocked by the first goal which was a rebound from a free-kick.
“Going in 2-0 down at half-time was perhaps a harsh reflection on the way we responded, but with two inspired half-time substitutes, we reacted well – despite conceding the third. We fought back hard, got a goal back eventually, and looked like the better team for the last 20 minutes – but it was too little too late.
CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 SCRABBLE 3
Scrabble maintained their 100 percent winning start to the season – as well as their two-point lead at the top of the table – though were made to work for the win against the Cats.
Zak McLeod scored twice for the leaders, with Elliot Espinoza also on target.
Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “For the first 45 minutes, we looked as if we were still hung over from last week’s mauling by Brady and Catford certainly gave us a scare, going into half-time 1-0 up. I kept my players on the pitch at the break and some strong words were exchanged, but I must say we responded brilliantly in the second half going 3-1 up within 25 minutes. But fair play to Catford who scored a second and didn’t give up to make it a nervy last five minutes, but we held on for the points and I was very pleased with the second half performance.”
FAITHFOLD C 0 REAL HENDON 5
Real Hendon got back to winning ways – as they produced a five-star performance to secure a win which also saw them leapfrog the Greens in the table in the process.
Player-manager Chaim Gothold scored twice, as did Gav Noe, with Martin Smulovitch completing the scoring.
Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great win for us. It really came together today and some of our football was excellent at times.”
FC TEAM C 2 L’EQUIPE 3
L’Equipe moved up into joint-third as two goals from Andy Smith, along with Mark Singer’s strike saw them win this five-goal thriller.
Eitan Ben-Zion and Oli Senchal scored for Team.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 8 TEMPLE FORTUNE 0
The Lions moved up into joint-third spot with this crushing win over Fortune.
Dean Rosenthal helped himself to a hat-trick, with Josh Bloom, Ed Brafman, Nick Landesberg, Jake Hyman and Theo Azouz also on target.
Manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today we did exactly what needed to be done, which was get back to winning ways. The team reacted perfectly to our loss in the cup last week and there was no better way to do it than with a huge scoreline and a clean sheet. The game could’ve and should’ve been out of sight at half time, where we missed three or four clear chances, so we needed to continue the pressure and not fall asleep as it was only 2-0. We came out firing, and Dean Rosenthal, who scored with the last kick of the first half, scored two goals in the first two minutes of the second half, to record what might be the fastest ever MGBSFL hat-trick in history in just under two and a half minutes of game time.
“Every week we are improving and Temple Fortune were unfortunate today to be on the receiving end on arguably our best performance of the season. We were able to get the ball down and keep possession of the ball which is vital. We will undoubtably face tougher opposition throughout the season, but no disrespect to Temple Fortune who came out fighting and made a good effort of it in the first half.
“Next week we face FC Team B in the Peter Morrison and we turn our attention to that now. It’s nice to get another victory in the league but we know that next week we will need to up our game even more if we are to compete with a stronger side and progress in the trophy. There was however a sour taste left in our mouthes as minutes after recording his hat-trick, Rosenthal left the field having pulled his hamstring, which adds to our injury troubles. Weinberger didn’t pass his late fitness test and we now have four key injures to our squad (Mattey, Rosenthal, Nagli, Weinberger). We hope to be back to full strength by mid-November though.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1
Both sides had to settle for a share of the points, Olivier Telvi scoring for the Raiders.
Ed Green headed in Ben Nachoom’s cross to score for Bilbaum, for whom manager Nick Shinder told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was another strong display built on our solid defensive foundations with the new dimension of debuting goalkeeper Cael Persuad. Although faced with multiple injuries and absentees, we deservedly took the lead but were unfortunate that their contentious goal scuppered our merited clean-sheet and victory. Unfortunate as it was, we now have to focus our attention on our Peter Morrison Cup game against Real Sosobad!”