Oakwood began this season where they off last – as they started the defence of their Premier Division title with an impressive win.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Camden Park 1 Brady Maccabi 3
Maccabi London Lions White 0 Hendon United Sports 4
North London Raiders A 1 Oakwood A 3
L’Equipe 2 Faithfold A 6
Oakwood B P Redbridge Jewish Care B P
Redbridge Jewish Care C P North London Raiders B P
Temple Fortune A 3 Los Blancos 5
Bayern Mincha 3 FC Team 1
Faithfold B 2 Mill Hill Dons 4
Hertswood Vale 2 Real Hendon 2
North London Raiders C 4 Temple Fortune B 0
Straw Hat Pirates 1 Fairlop FC 1
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Joseph Corin (Faithfold A)
Gideon Tiano (Straw Hat Pirates)
Harry Salter (Bayern Mincha)
Avi Mocton (Faithfold A)
Ben Lauffer (Hendon United Sports)
Mark Weiler (Hendon United Sports)
Joshua Cinna (Mill Hill Dons)
Dale Bradman (Oakwood A)
Tom Cantor (Oakwood A)
Lee Warner (Oakwood A)
Martin Smulovitch (Real Hendon)
Adam Hilsenrath (Straw Hat Pirates)
Akiva Fink (Bayern Mincha)
Dan Ezra (Faithfold A)
Josh Gorb (Hertswood Vale)
Svi Freedman (Los Blancos)
Nick Phillips (Mill Hill Dons)
Jason Weldon (Mill Hill Dons)
Liam Stein (North London Raiders C)
Kyle Bentwood (Oakwood A)
Simon Davies (Oakwood A)
Dan Seligman (Oakwood A)
Brad Wine (Oakwood A)
Ben Mandell (Straw Hat Pirates)
Jono Nesbitt (Straw Hat Pirates)
Adam Ellis (Bayern Mincha)
Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi)
Josh Harris (Hendon United Sports)
Ben Kaye (North London Raiders C)
Sam Cantor (Oakwood A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Martin Smulovitch (Real Hendon)
A half-cleared corner found its way to Smulovitch, who although facing the wrong way, threw himself into an acrobatic overhead kick, looping the ball over the Vale goakeeper
2) Adam Ellis (Bayern Mincha)
Turned his man, 25 yards out from goal, before unleashing a scorching effort into the top corner
3) Adam Isaacs (Mill Hill Dons)
A beautiful strike from 20 yards went into the bottom left corner, he hit the sweet spot and the goal keeper stood no chance
4) Josh Harris (Hendon United Sports)
Picked out by a 40-yard pass from Ben Lauffer, took the ball on the run before chipping the Lions goalkeeper from nearly 40 yards out
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Gideon Tiano (Straw Hat Pirates)
Made a ‘world-class’ save as he somehow kept out Joel Russell’s strike which was destined for the bottom corner
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Avi Markiewicz (Faithfold A)
“He was only robbed of his hat-trick because of the lack of goal line technology”
2) Jacob Emanuel (Hertswood Vale)
“We have our first point on the board, coming 10 games earlier than last season!”
CAMDEN PARK 1 BRADY MACCABI 4
A hat-trick from Reiss Mogilner helped Brady get their season off to a winning start.
Danny Sherman scored his first goal for Camden, with manager Stirling Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “They say goals changes games, well we had two great opportunities in the first half and we failed to convert, at the other end we made two bad mistakes and Brady made the most of it and scored. Another loss of concentration saw them score their third – three shots, three goals.
“Neither goalkeeper had a shot to save, having said that Brady were the better team while we looked totally shell shocked and we lost our way.
“The lads showed great character in the second half, came out and we were the dominant team, but in the last third our final pass or cross was not good enough.
“We scored a very good goal and there were a lot of positives considering we had to make a number of changes through to injuries and ended the game with 10 men.
“Overall Brady deserved their win, six shots, four goals they looked dangerous through out and with Ricky Riddler excellent in centre midfield, they had the games outstanding player.
“For us it was a big disappointment. We must cut out the bad mistakes, and make teams work much harder to score goals.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 0 HENDON UNITED SPORTS 4
Two goals from Josh Harris helped Greg Corin’s side to an impressive win.
Avi Korman and Dovi Fehler were also on target for the visitors.
Hendon manager Greg Corin told jewishnews.co.uk: “We’re very happy with the performance against a good young Lions side that I can see troubling some of the top teams this year, particularly once they’re back to full strength.
“I thought we looked very threatening moving forward and finished the game off well after a tough first half. Credit to Lions, who played well in the first half and showed good attitude and perseverance.
“For us though it was a perfect start to the season. You can’t argue with four goals and a clean sheet.
“Josh Harris scored a very special goal which will be remembered by the boys for a long time. He was almost unplayable today.”
Lions player-manager James Gershfield told jewishnews.co.uk: “Hendon were far superior today. We started slowly and although after the first 15 minutes we started to control the game we didn’t quite get a firm grip and four errors led to their goals all of which were taken very well.
“We had a young team today and the absence of Ben Lampert, Jamie Jackson, Alex Taylor and Max Hassell really showed.
“We move on to the derby next week with a full strength squad available.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 1 OAKWOOD A 3
Goals from Kyle Bentwood and Daniel Seligman – coupled with an own goal saw the O’s begin their season in style.
O’s manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “Well what a statement that was. We were outstanding. As soon as we took the lead just on half-time, there was only one team in the game and our only criticism of the boys was the margin of the victory.
“We missed several big chances that we know we must take as the season progresses. We were simply too fast and too strong for Raiders after a cagey opening half an hour. They couldn’t cope with the power of Brad Wine, the trickery and quality of Sam Cantor and the composure/leadership of Kyle Bentwood, but I shouldn’t pick individuals out. This was an all round team performance.
“Raiders may point to certain key decisions, certainly on our third goal where there appeared to be a clash of heads in the build-up where play should have been stopped, but I know Dan won’t be arguing with the final score.
“Raiders may also point to certain key individuals being on the touchline rather than on the pitch, but we also had up to seven first team regulars missing including last year’s player of the year Alex Lee. We kept tight lipped with our team news before the game but the strength of our squad really showed in this game.
“We now prepare for a tricky cup tie against 3rd division opposition where we must focus and avoid complacency after what happened last season before heading into the Yom Tov break.
“For the next few days, we will enjoy this win.”
David Dinkin scored the Raiders’ consolation goal
L’EQUIPE 2 FAITHFOLD A 6
A hat-trick from Avishai Marcus saw the Greens get off to a flying start.
Dan Ezra scored two, with Dovi Vogel making it a sweet six.
Faithfold player-manager Avi Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “After a turbulent summer of a fair few comings and goings we got off to the perfect start.
“A game between two teams that got promoted – third against the Division Two champions – and I’m glad to say we convincingly came out on top.
“Unfortunately we had to start without a recognised striker and up until just before half-time I thought that that would be our downfall, but alas my team did not fail me.
“We were pretty solid in the first half, apart from a long ball over the top which caught us out and we found ourselves one down. We missed chance after chance and even a penalty, hence my apprehensions, but finally drew level a couple of minutes before the half-time whistle.
“We continued to control the game and by the end of the second half the scoreline finally reflected our dominance.”
L’Equipe player-manager Nick Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “They were simply better than us. They were more prepared, fitter and wanted it more. Nothing else to say except hopefully we bounce back next week.”
OAKWOOD B P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B P
TEMPLE FORTUNE A 3 LOS BLANCOS 5
The Blancos boys got their season off to a winning start as two goals each from Svi Freedman and Joe Davis helped them to the points.
Simon Moses claimed their fifth.
Eshad Rahiv, Hayden Smith and Jason Lindsay scored for the hosts, for whom manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a poor performance, we just didn’t click and allowed Blancos to take control of the game and they deservedly won.
“I’m looking for a big response next week.”
BAYERN MINCHA 3 FC TEAM 1
Bayern claimed the three points in their first-ever Jewish football game.
New signing Adam Ellis continued his prolific goalscoring by helping himself to two goals, with Samuel Leader also on target.
Manager Daniel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “The first half was a cagey and relatively even affair with chances few and far between. I felt as though at times we tried to rush the passes, but we were deserving to be level at the break with the score 0-0.
After the half-time talk, the lads came out a revolutionised side. The lads had a massive energy boost after Adam’s first goal and we started to create more chances.
“With us 2-1 up, the game was end-to-end and although there was one instance where we scrambled the ball off the line, we finished the game off on the counter-attack.
“Overall, I’m delighted with the performance.”
Jon Breger scored for Team, for whom player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very disappointing result. I thought we were the better team in the first half and had the better of the chances and a stonewall penalty turned down.
“In the second half, their striker – who was the best player on the park – scored an unbelievable goal. We then scored and had another stonewall penalty turned down. From there we missed more chances and they hit us on the counter. Fair play to them, if they keep their striker fit all season they will be challenging at near the top.
“There are a lot of games and we will bounce back very quickly next week!”
FAITHFOLD B 2 MILL HILL DONS 4
The Dons got off to winning ways with Adam Isaacs, Jason Weldon, Zach Cohen and Joel Sinclair-Horne all on target for Brandon Hamme’s side.
Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic performance all round and a great way to start the season. Really proud of the way the boys played, everyone put a proper shift in. We went 1-0 down after four minutes, but replied shortly after.
Going into the second half 3-2 up, we looked comfortable in the second half, calm on the ball and late on Joel put the game beyond doubt.
“All reason to be positive heading into our game next week against FC Team and for the rest of the season. Up The Dons!”
Moshe Lewis scored twice for the hosts.
HERTSWOOD VALE 2 REAL HENDON 2
Vale claimed their first point of the season – though weren’t able to take all three as player-manager Martin Smulovitch’s double earned the visitors a point.
It could have been better for the visitors, with Chaim Gothold seeing his penalty hit the post. Hendon’s Rafi Addlestone told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a hard-fought battle played in perfect conditions. Two committed sides pressed each other up and down the pitch, in a game played in good spirit.
“In the end, a fair result, with credit to both sides for the commitment and spirit their showed throughout the game.”
Josh Gorb and James Millet scored for Vale, for whom manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had two players drop out with illness just before kick-off leaving us with just 12 available and an ever-growing list of unavailable player for this week’s game.
“Having said that, we started the game well and were on top for the first 15-20 minutes. They though took the lead and we could have been two down at the break – it was an absolutely dire first-half performance.
“But a regroup at half-time saw us grab an equaliser just 8 minutes after the restart and we then grabbed what we thought was the winner with around 13 to play. But another poorly defended corner was half-cleared and they equalised.
“Overall, I find myself disappointed. Not with the fact that we drew – to be honest it was a fair result, neither team did enough to win it and considering some of the big players we were missing, a draw against an experienced team isn’t bad at all. The fact that we couldn’t hold onto the victory with five minutes to go is a killer…extremely reminiscent of last season.
“However, we have our first point on the board, coming 10 games earlier than last season! Next week we welcome Straw Hat Pirates to the fortress in what I imagine will be a very different game to our pre-season encounter.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE B 0
A tale of two differing opening day performances for these sides as Raiders began their campaign in emphatic style.
Liam Stein scored twice, with Alex Goodman and Ben Kaye also on target.
Manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “For me this was a perfectly executed game plan – I really couldn’t have asked more from the team. Everyone came in and did their jobs really well from front to back. We looked to play the game on the front foot as the home team and spoke about controlling the ball more through the midfield and recycling it when play broke down. We continued to push in the second half and found reward in four unanswered goals.
“A pretty perfect Sunday all round and we’ll go again next week against Faithfold.”
Fortune manager Darren Zetrin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a disappointing result bearing in mind we went in goalless at half-time and conceded the first goal in the 55th minute.
“We will be working hard in training this week and look to bounce back on Sunday.”
STRAW HAT PIRATES 1 FAIRLOP FC 1
The Pirates bounced back from the disappointment of last week’s last-gasp loss, as they claimed an impressive point against title-favourites Fairlop.
Michael Amsellem had fired them into a first half lead, with Pirates manager Elliot Cukier telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We battled well and had a very strong first half and went into the break 1-0 up. The second half, they came back at us, and both teams had chances to win the game, with a very even battle towards the end with chances flying at both goals.
“We come away with our heads held high after a good result against a team full of established sunday league players, however are disappointed not to have seen the game away. But we have shown we aren’t here to mess about. We take stock of what happened, we move on and look forward to another strong showing, next week against Hertswood Vale.
Joseph Rowlatt scored for Fairlop, for whom player-manager Aaron Dias told jewishnews.co.uk: “We played well in parts, but overall not good enough! We had a number of clear-cut chances that we didn’t finish.
“It was a frustrating game, but we had some key players missing which showed. Only positives from today were firstly we didn’t lose and secondly my cracking ball which set up the equaliser!”