Shock of the day saw Avi Markiewicz’s Faithfold side come away from Redbridge A with a stunning 4-1 win.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
Brady Maccabi (Prem) 2 Maccabi London Lions Blue (Prem) 0
Faithfold A (1) 4 Redbridge Jewish Care A (Prem) 1
Los Blancos (1) 5 Faithfold B (2) 2
Maccabi London Lions White (Prem) 2 Real Hendon (2) 1
North London Raiders A P Redbridge Jewish Care B P
North London Raiders B 3 Redbridge Jewish Care B 1
Redbridge Jewish Care C 3 Temple Fortune A 4
Scrabble 2 L’Equipe 2
Fairlop FC 9 Boca Jewniors 0
Hertswood Vale 2 Bayern Mincha 3
Mill Hill Dons 1 Catford & Bromley 3
Straw Hat Pirates 1 North London Raiders C 1
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Joni Hirschowitz (Hertswood Vale)
Raffy Zysblat (Real Hendon)
Jonny Mervish (Scrabble)
Saul Tiano (Straw Hat Pirates)
Akiva Fink (Bayern Mincha)
Adam Hertszaft (Bayern Mincha)
Richard Adams (Catford & Bromley)
Gavin Fox (Catford & Bromley)
Avi Mocton (Faithfold A)
Aaron Luftig (Faithfold A)
Josh Wagner (Faithfold A)
Gav Kreiger (Los Blancos)
Hezzie Raymond (Real Hendon)
Oli Richardson (Scrabble)
James Van Straten (Straw Hat Pirates)
Dan Vandermolen (Temple Fortune A)
Jake Dayan (Bayern Mincha)
Kai Vale (Fairlop FC)
Gideon Caller (Faithfold A)
Avi Garson (Faithfold A)
Leor Harel (Faithfold A)
David Leiwy (Faithfold A)
Luis Nagten (Faithfold A)
Svi Freedman (Los Blancos)
Elliot Moslawy (Los Blancos)
Max Misrahi (Maccabi London Lions White)
Simon Buchler (North London Raiders B)
Josh Pugh (Scrabble)
Dan Stock (Scrabble)
Ben Rosen (Straw Hat Pirates)
Conor Brand (Temple Fortune A)
Brett Stead (Temple Fortune A)
Daniel Rosen (Fairlop FC)
Chaim Bordon (Faithfold A)
Simon Moses (Los Blancos)
Ricky Lawrence (North London Raiders B)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Kai Vale (Fairlop FC) – With his wand of a left foot, smacked home a stunning 25-yard strike into the top corner
2) Sam Leader (Bayern Mincha) – Pinged in an unstoppable effort on his weaker left foot into the top corner from 25 yards
3) Oli Sade (Los Blancos) – Crowned his debut by curling a 35-yard effort into the top corner
4) Simon Buchler (North London Raiders B) – Won the ball 30 yards out and spotted the goalkeeper off his line before executing a perfect chip into the net
5) Ricky Lawrence (North London Raiders B) – David Buchler found Rob Blackman with a 30-yard crossfield ball, who in turn clipped a delightful cross to the far post where Jake Gilbert headed the ball back into the path of Lawrence, who powered home
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Ben Law (North London Raiders B) – An outstanding low save to his right
2) Joni Hirschowitz (Hertswood Vale) – An excellent penalty one handed save to deny the league’s top scorer Adam Ellis from the penalty spot
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Aaron Dias (Fairlop FC) – “Gutted to see Rebdridge A go crashing out the cup, was hoping that we could have been the team to knock them out”
2) Joel Barnett (Los Blancos) – “On our second half performance, we would cause any team in any division problems. We showed fight and character- bring on the big boys!”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP – FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team:
BRADY MACCABI (Prem) 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE (Prem) 0
Brady won this all-Premier Division clash as they maintained their fine start to the season.
Lions manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “We knew today would be a tough match and it proved to be just that. It’s slightly frustrating to play a top division team so early in a cup competition but to win these competitions, at some point you have to beat the best. Today we weren’t at our best, but we were our own enemies today as we conceded sloppily from a deep free-kick and gave away a very unnecessary penalty early in the second half which really took the wind out of us.
“The game itself was much closer than the scoreline suggests and on another day it could’ve been the other way. We lacked some creativity in the final third today and didn’t create enough clear-cut chances, but the same can be said for Brady.
“Hopefully when we meet in the league the scoreline will be different. I want to wish Rob Cohen a quick recovery from an injury he picked up today and hopefully it’s not as bad as first feared.”
FAITHFOLD A (1) 4 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) 1
Avi Markiewicz continued the knack of managing his sides to famous cup wins – this time seeing Faithfold claim a giantkilling KO of Redbridge.
Luis Nagten, Yossi Gordon, Avishai Marcus and Chaim Bordon all found the back of the net for the home side, with Markiewicz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “What can I say? We did it again, my team knocks out Premier division title contenders. We really are the giantkillers!
“Things didn’t start well when we didn’t have a goalkeeper and with it being a cup game we couldn’t sign anyone last minute. It got even worse when two of our players pulled out this morning but as the gaffer, pulled hamstring and all, I did the honours of going in, I was lucky that I brought down a huge squad in the first place.
“We knew Redbridge were a good team and so we set ourselves up accordingly. The hive is a large and smooth surface so there was no escaping the fact we had a job on our hands and would have to play good football if we wanted to get anything from this game. We played a 5-4-1 and it worked to perfection.
“Redbridge may point to the red card as the turning point but that was after half an hour, even with 11 men they didn’t manage a shot on or off target, not to mention that a team that is fighting for the Prem title you would expect be able to cope against newly promoted lower division opponents even with 10.
“Our aim was always to sit back, invite the pressure and hit them on the break, which is exactly how the red card came about. We broke fast, our player was running through and one of their men with no intention of winning the ball took him out with a professional foul. After the red card we changed nothing. Underestimating them would be the worst thing to do, the red card just meant that when we broke they would have one man less from stopping the counter. By the end of the game we could have been up by eight or nine. Ironically for a team who conceded four against lower division opponents, their best player by a country mile today was their goalkeeper. Aside from the penalty and follow-up, he made four or five outstanding stops although from our part a couple of them should have been better hit. I didn’t had a single save to make, their only proper shot on target was a last minute, very softly given penalty. Having said that, that stint in goal has probably set my hamstring back another two months, but it was worth it.
“We outplayed them from start to finish, they may have had majority possession for the first half hour but did nothing with it, this was no fluke or referee decision. Every time we broke before and after the red we were dangerous and if anything the scoreline at the end could and should have been even further tilted in our favour.
“We won because we worked hard, we filled in, we never got on each others back we played as a team and we played for each other, and in the end that was the difference. Cliche I know but if we play anything like that from now on then we will have an extremely successful season. Consistency though, is the key.
“I could probably nominate my entire team including subs for TOW and they would all deserve it – it is no mean feat beating the Premier Division runners-up.”
LOS BLANCOS (1) 5 FAITHFOLD B (2) 2
The Blancos boys made sure they weren’t on the receiving end of a cup upset, though did it the hard way as they fought back from 2-0 down to finally see off their Division Two opponents.
Simon Moses scored twice, with Svi Freedman, Tim Heynes and Oli Sade also finding the back of the net. Manager Joel Barnett told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great comeback and showed the character which our team has this year.
“It was a game of two halves and on the second half performance, we would cause any team in any division problems. We showed fight and character- bring on the big boys!”
Solomon Rabson and JJ Marrache scored for the beaten visitors.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE (Prem) 2 REAL HENDON (2) 1
Lions made sure they weren’t on the end of a cup upset, but were made to work for their win.
Kiki Levin and Jordan Levy scored for the victors, with player-manager James Gershfield telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Real Hendon put in a great shift and were very organised from the first whistle. They defended well and the longer the game went on it seemed an upset could be on the cards.
“We went down to ten men in the second half, when Conor Perl got sent off, but the boys responded well. We took the lead, Real then had to go for the game and that allowed us to catch them on the break and score the second.
“Overall it’s good to finally get the win and hopefully the boys can build on today when we entertain Lions Blue next week.”
Adam Hersh scored for Hendon, for whom manager Rafi Addlestone told jewishnews.co.uk: “We did ourselves proud, the boys fighting tooth and nail for the shirt. On another day, we could have won the game – the Lions’ finishing and fitness proving just too much for us in the end.
“There were epic performances all over the pitch, with Raffy Zysblat outstanding on his debut in goal, and Hezzie Raymond in particular, running his guts out up and down the left wing. If we play like that every week, we’ll be pushing for the Division 2 title.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A P HENDON UNITED SPORTS P
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 3 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 1
Jonathan Adelman’s side maintained their 100 percent winning start to the season as two goals from Simon Buchler, coupled with Ricky Lawrence’s strike saw them to their latest win.
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 3 TEMPLE FORTUNE A 4
Temple Fortune got their first points of the season as they won a seven-goal thriller in Essex.
Goals from Conor Brand, Brett Stead, Gab Stone and Ricky Fox saw them take a 4-1 half-time lead, and although Redbridge fought back after the break, the visitors held on.
Manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “We showed what we are about today, it’s been a tough few weeks and we needed fight and belief back in the group and the boys responded with a big win.
“The performance of new signing dan vandermolen made a big difference at the back, along with Conor Brand and Brett Stead in the middle who drove us forward and won all the 50-50s.
“I’m confident this will kick start out season.”
Harrison Midda, Darryl Green and Ben Oldstein scored for the hosts.
SCRABBLE 2 L’EQUIPE 2
Both teams picked up their first point of the season – but that was all they took away from the game.
Josh Pugh scored twice for Scrabble, for whom manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “We enjoyed so much possession and played some superb football and I just can’t believe we did not take the three points!
“Full credit though to L’Equipe who played to their strengths and defended solidly and caught us twice on the break.
“I was pleased with our all round performance as we are still a team in transition but the two boys Rob Rodney and Rupert Wood did well on their debuts and will be a great asset for us.
“I’m pleased with the overall performance today and everyone put in a shift. The important thing is that after a difficult summer and changes in the squad, we’ve got a really good group now that are playing for the shirt and the results will come.Were creating the chances and playing some great football but if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net you don’t win football matches.
“I still think it’s going to be a close thing in this division and anyone can beat anyone if they get it right on the day.”
FAIRLOP 9 BOCA JEWNIORS 0
Top against joint-bottom ended how most would have predicted, as hat-tricks from Daniel Rosen and Kai Vale helped the home side to this thumping win.
Daryl Rubin, Max Freedman and Bradley Gayer also all got on the scoresheet, with manager Aaron Dias telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Another great day at the office for the mighty Fairlop! It took a good 15/20 minutes to get the first goal, but once that beautiful left foot wand of Kai’s hit the ball from 25 yards and smashed it into the top corner the win was never in doubt.
“It was 6-0 at half time and should have been more than nine, but I’m happy to get the big score under our belt and look forward to a big game next week.
“Special mention to both hat-trick heroes Kai Vale and Daniel Rosen both played very well. It’s getting expensive handing out the match balls, that’s 3 in 2 weeks now”
“Congratulations to Big David Farkash making his debut for the club, was superb in the middle, controlled the game for the entire 12 minutes he was on the pitch”
“Gutted to see Rebdridge A go crashing out the cup, was hoping that we could have been the team to knock them out!”
HERTSWOOD VALE 2 BAYERN MINCHA 3
Goals from Adam Herszaft, Sam Leader and Jake Dayan ensured Mincha came away with the points – and leapfrogged Vale in the process.
Manager Daniel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall it was a fully deserved three points, with their goalkeeper keeping them in the game with some top class saves.”
Edan Dodi and Josh Cohen scored for Vale, for whom joint-manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m not sure how we came away with a loss in this one. In fairness to Bayern Mincha, they were decent but we had more than enough to match them. I’m proud of the players but I think we were undone by a questionable referee decision today that on another day we would’ve got in our favour.
“In the lead up to the game, it was all about Adam Ellis, but we had tamed him and ultimately go into this week scratching our heads wondering how we’ve come away with a loss. We move onto next week.”
MILL HILL DONS 1 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 3
Catford made it three wins from three as The Dons fell to their first league defeat of the season.
Joel Lassman prodded them ahead, before two late headers from player-manager Jeff Gotch and Richard Winton saw them to the win.
Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great win today and good performance. On to a huge game next week against Fairlop and we all can’t wait.”
Adam Isaacs had drawn the hosts level:
GOAL: MH Dons 1-1 Catford & Bromley (Isaacs, 73′) pic.twitter.com/Wo7MO0FZGb
— MH Dons (@mh_dons) October 1, 2017
STRAW HAT PIRATES 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Raiders dropped their first points of the season as The Pirates claimed their second of the season.
Alex Sherr scored for The Raiders, for whom manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m really pleased to see Alex Sherr back on the scoresheet, he’s worked hard and deserves reward for his endeavour. Whilst some may see this as two points dropped, we’ve actually had a difficult week availability wise and I think we’ll see this as a really important point come the end of the season.”
Ben Rosen scored for the Pirates, with manager Elliot Cukier telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Today we made a statement. Today, when for the first 30 minutes, they couldn’t string a pass together in our half, we showed that we are a force to be reckoned with! Yet another title contending team, yet another experienced team who have played together and know each other. And yet again we put it an outstanding performance. They scored a freak goal. For the majority of the game, we dictated it.
“Today was points dropped. Not because we played poorly and a team beat us comprehensively. Today was points dropped because we should have won that game. We are starting to find our strongest side, starting to find our feet and work out what is required to compete in the MGBSFL. Every game is a learning curve for a young team like ours as well as for me as a manger. We take stock of what happened today, we learn where we need to improve and we move on.”