The new year got off to a bang as Oakwood claimed a dramatic win, while a dozen goals were shared between Raiders & Redbridge.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
Hendon United Sports (PREM) 5 Maccabi London Lions White (PREM) 3
Maccabi London Lions Blue 2 Oakwood A 3
North London Raiders A 8 Redbridge Jewish Care A 4
Faithfold A 4 Temple Fortune A 0
North London Raiders B 5 Los Blancos 0
Redbridge Jewish Care B 4 Scrabble 0
Bayern Mincha 3 Hertswood Vale 0
Catford & Bromley P Faithfold B P
FC Team 1 Fairlop FC 4
Mill Hill Dons 2 Straw Hat Pirates 0
Real Hendon 5 North London Raiders C 1
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Los Blancos/Camden Park VS Oakwood A
Brady Maccabi VS Hendon United Sports
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
David Garson (Faithfold A)
Russell Corin (Hendon United)
Oliver Burchell (Mill Hill Dons)
Pierce Prince (Fairlop FC)
Yossi Gordon (Faithfold A)
Aaron Luftig (Faithfold A)
Dovi Vogel (Faithfold A)
Ben Lauffer (Hendon United)
Josh Cinna (Mill Hill Dons)
Adam Lisberg (Mill Hill Dons)
Josh Cuby (Oakwood A)
Adam Goldman (Fairlop FC)
James Jaconelli (Fairlop FC)
Avi Garson (Faithfold A)
Ari Last (Hendon United)
Harry Moss (Mill Hill Dons)
Alex Moss (North London Raiders A)
David Esterkin (North London Raiders B)
Alex Lee (Oakwood A)
Toby Levy (Oakwood A)
Adam Ellis (Bayern Mincha)
Moses Seitler (Hendon United)
Gav Noe (Real Hendon)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Jordan Alex (Real Hendon) – Picked up the ball near the halfway line, powered past three defenders before dinking it over the goalkeeper with a sublime finish
2) Zac Lewis (Hendon United) – Controlled a high ball on his chest and brought it down in one superb movement on the edge of the box which beat the entire defence, before applying a cool finish into the corner of the net.
3) Moses Seitler (Hendon United) – Picked up the ball just inside the opposition half, beat three defenders and finished into the far corner
4) David Nezri (Maccabi London Lions Blue) – A wonderful volley from just inside the box from a high ball, rifled into the roof of the net
5) Gav Lewis (Faithfold A) – Finished off a fine team move, the 17-year-old, on the edge of the area, shimmied inside and curled a beautiful shot into the far corner
6) Toby Levy (Oakwood A) – Brilliant finish, left-footed from the left hand edge of the box
7) Josh Cuby (Oakwood A) – Hit the ball like a dart past the impressive Lions goalkeeper – a superb effort from 25 yards out
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Russell Corin (Hendon United) – Dived backwards and up towards the far corner as he clawed away a long range shot which looked a certain goal
2) James Harpin (Maccabi London Lions Blue) – A third minute penalty stop, followed by an incredible stop from the follow-up rebound from four yards out
3) David Garson (Faithfold A) – Faced by the Temple Fortune striker at point-blank range, pulled off an incredible stop, with a strong hand and outstretched arm to somehow tip the ball over.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Rafi Addlestone (Real Hendon): – “Doron slotted home with a ‘no look’ shin scuff”
2) Joel Holder (Los Blancos): “It was a terrible game and nobody turned up.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
HENDON UNITED SPORTS (PREM) 5 MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE (PREM) 3
The all-Premier Division tie saw the result go with the form book as the Hendon won this eight-goal thriller.
Moses Seitler helped himself to a hat-trick, with Zac Lewis and Avi Korman also on target.
Hendon player-manager Greg Corin told jewishnews.co.uk: “A huge win today for the team. We played against a good side who drafted in some real quality players, but the strength of our team really shone through and we were deserved winners in the end.
“The focus will be on the incredible forward ability of Moses Seitler and Zac Lewis who in my opinion are the two best forward players in the league, but there were many excellent performers behind them on the pitch with special mention to Russ Corin in goal who pulled off a couple of very high quality saves.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 2 OAKWOOD A 3
The champions began with a win which takes them to within a point off top spot.
Goals from Toby Levy, Tom Cantor and Josh Cuby seeing them to the three points.
Manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a well-contested game where I felt the best team won.
“We dug in, battled well from a goal down and scored some lovely goals. Toby’s equaliser was a brilliant finish and Josh Cuby’s goal was another outstanding individual goal. He hit the ball perfectly – you will not see two better goals this weekend.
“Overall, we pressed them well, created some good opportunities and got better as the game went on. We had to shuffle the back four in the closing stages and I think this impacted our rhythm but we saw the game out well.
“Credit to Lions, they are a good side. It’s a strong league and they will continue to take points from good teams. They pass the ball nicely and play football in the right way, they also took their two goals very well although we helped them with the first.
“The lack of game time that Sam refers to also impacted us so I’m not sure this can be used as a reason for the result. As for us, we regroup and go again against a resurgent Raiders on Sunday.”
David Nezri scored twice for the Lions, for whom manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “We knew today was going to be extremely tough, facing the reigning champions and off the back of a Christmas break and no match played for a month.
“We certainly were not at our best today, but we worked hard. We found it difficult to get the ball down and play, especially with Oakwood pressing high up the pitch. Perhaps our desire and passion was also not at it’s best with post-break blues but this will come back in the following weeks.
“It wasn’t until we went 3-1 down when there was a clear reaction and we took control of much more of the game. Of course it’s a shame to lose, but we knew it is one of our toughest matches and with a good few games left this season we want to work hard and finish on a high note. Now that we are back, we can train again and fitness levels should come back soon. Credit to David Nezri today who isn’t usually on the score sheet but scored two lovely goals today.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 8 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 4
Raiders went goal-crazy as they moved four points clear off bottom spot with one, if not, the results of the day.
Alex Moss scored half their goals, Josh Goldstein helped himself to two, with Oscar Wagner and Ben Joseph making it eight.
Elliot Black scored twice for Redbridge, with Ben Sollosi and Calvin Dickson also on target.
FAITHFOLD A 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE A 0
The Greens extended their lead at the top of the table to six points as they turned in this comprehensive display.
Goals from Louis Naughten, Avi Garson, player-manager Avi Markiewicz and Gav Lewis (describing his effort below) seeing the leaders home.
Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We kicked off where we left off, with a comprehensive victory against a physical Temple Fortune team.”
4-0 win for Faithfold A against Temple Fortune.
Goal of the game went to Gav Lewis. Post-match Interview below… pic.twitter.com/xKNz8X0Q7s
— Faithfold FC (@FaithfoldFC) January 7, 2018
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 5 LOS BLANCOS 0
The Raiders kept up their promotion, if not title charge, with this routine win.
Jake Gilbert scored twice, with David Dinkin, David Esterkin and Ricky Lawrence also scoring.
Blancos boss Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a terrible game and nobody turned up.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 4 SCRABBLE 0
Redbridge join Scrabble on ten points after this somewhat surprisingly comfortable win.
Richie Rosenthal, Carl Dobrin, Dan Lipman and Jacob Kaye all on target for the home side.
Scrabble manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “Once again we were robbed of up to 10 first team regulars due to injuries, work and illness. We decided this morning not to concede the game and the players representing the club today included three Masters players Jon Yantin Jonny Summerfield and Nigel Goldthorpe, plus a stand in goalkeeper.
“Whist an enormous amount of credit goes to all the lads that played, no team in this league could be without the talent that was unavailable to us and expect to get a result.
“I am frustrated to say that. In games we would normally expect to take something from, points have slipped away because of this but we will battle on and now turn our attention to the games we have coming up in which we have to turn our recent poor run around and start picking up some points to keep us clear of the relegation zone.
“Fair play to Redbridge who are a great bunch of lads and took their chances when they presented themselves.
“We look forward to meeting them again in the return game later in the season with more options open to us in terms of our squad.”
BAYERN MINCHA 3 HERTSWOOD VALE 0
Mincha stay hot on the heels of the leaders thanks to this routine win.
Adam Ellis scored twice – to become the League’s leading scorer, with Eli Biton also on target.
CATFORD & BROMLEY P FAITHFOLD B P
FC TEAM 1 FAIRLOP FC 4
Fairlop moved to within a point off the top five as two goals from James Jaconelli helped them to this win at the bottom side.
Adam Goldman and Daniel Bean were also on target for the visitors.
Manager Aaron Dias told jewishnews.co.uk: “The first half was probably our best 45 minutes of football so far this season! We scored three great goals and it could have easily been five or six at half-time.
“The boys got complacent in the second half and a few sloppy tackles led to a penalty which pegged us back to 3-1, but we responded really well and the win was never really in doubt, Daniel Bean deservedly got the fourth which saw of any hopes of a FC Team comeback.
“I’ve challenged the boys at the beginning of Jan to not drop a league point from now until the end of the season, 1 down 13 to go.”
MILL HILL DONS 2 STRAW HAT PIRATES 0
The Dons maintained their two-point lead at the top of the table, as goals in each half from Harry Moss saw them tame the Pirates.
REAL HENDON 5 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Hendon are up into joint-fifth as Gav Noe’s hat-trick proved to be the difference between the sides.
Doron Shooter and a stunning solo effort from Jordan Alex completed their win. Hendon player-manager Rafi Addlestone told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very positive performance from the Yellow and Blacks, who will now look to take winning momentum into the next fixture, away to similarly inconsistent Catford and Bromley.”
Alex Goodman scored for the Raiders.