North London Raiders A recorded a comprehensive win over Mill Hill Dons, while two of Redbridge’s three sides also claimed victories.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND:
North London Raiders A 6 Mill Hill Dons 2
Brady Maccabi 2 Oakwood A 3
Maccabi London Lions Blue 0 Redbridge Jewish Care A 2
Oakwood B 3 L’Equipe 3
Redbridge Jewish Care B 6 Temple Fortune A 2
Redbridge Jewish Care C 0 Faithfold A 3
Scrabble 1 North London Raiders B 0
Faithfold B 1 Bayern Mincha 4
Hertswood Vale 0 Catford & Bromley Maccabi 6
North London Raiders C 8 Boca Jewniors 3
Temple Fortune B 2 FC Team B 11
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Marc Glucksman (L’Equipe)
Dan Beresford (Scrabble)
Akiva Fink (Bayern Mincha)
Dan Lassman (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
James Lee (Scrabble)
Adam Newman (Scrabble)
Oli Richardson (Scrabble)
Rob Rodney (Scrabble)
Avi Garson (Faithfold A)
Yossi Gordon (Faithfold A)
Marc Hecht (FC Team)
Rob Simons (L’Equipe)
Dan Taylor (Oakwood A)
Brad Wine (Oakwood A)
David Domb (North London Raiders C)
Alex Sherr (North London Raiders C)
Paul Biller (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Richard Rosenthal (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Craig Cole (Scrabble)
Dan Green (Scrabble)
Zak McLeod (Scrabble)
Josh Pugh (Scrabble)
Richard Salmon (FC Team)
Mitch Young (FC Team)
Lior Sidle (Oakwood A)
Daniel Gordon (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Ben Bowers (Scrabble)
Craig Edwards (Scrabble)
Zac Summerfield (Scrabble)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) David Domb (North London Raiders C) – A Papiss Cissé-esq strike, reminiscent of his goal v Faithfold in the Invitational Cup last season
2) Alex Sherr (North London Raiders C) – Scored directly from a corner – described as ‘pure class from the winger’
3) Rob Simons (L’Equipe) – On the counter, Max Martin teed up Simons who controlled the ball on his chest, 20 yards out to then hit a rocket with his weaker left foot into the top left corner
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Brad Grant (Redbridge Jewish Care B) – A fantastic dive from a shot outside the box saw him keep the effort out with his fingertips
2) Joel Macadar (North London Raiders C) – Produced a point-blank reflex save from a corner after some loose defending in the box
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Avi Markiewicz (Faithfold A) – “Another game and another win plus my first clean sheet, what’s not to be happy about!?”
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND:
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 6 MILL HILL DONS 2
Raiders ensure there was no cup upset here as they comfortably saw off their lower league opposition.
Ben Joseph scored twice, with Jonny Kay, Joe Cohen and two own goals sealing their win.
Zach Cohen and Ryan Kramer scored for The Dons, for whom manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “A really hard fought battle by the boys today, some unlucky goals cost us and I’d say the score line doesn’t tell the full story.
“We gave the Raiders a game and it slipped away towards the end. Can see that they have a very good squad and can see them challenging for the cup once again.”
BRADY MACCABI 2 OAKWOOD A 3
Oakwood showed just why they’re champions as they came back from two goals down to claim a dramatic 3-2 win. Bradley Wine, Alex Lee and Leor Sidle – with the winner 10 mins from time – sealing a memorable comeback.
Oakwood manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a big, big win in a game that looked over by half-time. A truly remarkable comeback and probably one of the best wins in the time I have been involved with Oakwood, not because we turned a 2-0 lead around, but because we were out fought and out played in the first half by an excellent Brady side. It was also the first time in more than two years that we have been more than two goals down in a league game.
“In a game where the pitch probably suited the team playing up hill (all five goals in the game scored in the same net) due to the ball held up on the slippy surface, but no excuses, it was a huge bonus to us at half-time that we weren’t 4-0 down.
“We made some changes at half-time and looked a different side. I always felt that an early goal in the second half would panic Brady and it did. As the game wore on, they sat deeper and we took more control of the midfield and were very clinical with our chances.
“Without Sam Cantor, Tom Cantor and Dale Bradman, we knew it would be tough added to the fact it was Jake Bentwood’s first game in 18 months and Leor Sidles first game in six months but the depth of the squad shone through with all three subs impacting the game.
“The first goal a brilliant finish from Brad from the edge of the box into the top corner. The second a close-range finish from Alex Lee from inside the six-yard box and the winner a poachers goal from Sidle after a brilliant left footed cross from substitute Taylor 10 minutes from time.
“I really hope Brady are able to put an 11 like that out every week because they will be a force in this league. They brought Charlie Kasler into their side yesterday. Let’s hope that wasn’t a one off and he plays against the Hendon and Redbridge’s of the league but Brady should take great credit from their performance, some big wins are round the corner for them if they keep that level of performance up.
“The game was a great advert for the league and shows the strength of the teams in the division. I always say that as the number of overall teams are reducing, the Premier division is very competitive and games like yesterday prove it.
“We know we must defend better and have lots to work on. On another day, we may have lost this game but we go into another break from league action on a high, having really proven our mental resolve and once again we have showed Jewish football why we are the Champions!!!”
Ben Kohler and Reiss Mogilner had fired Brady into a two-goal half-time lead, for whom manager Joel Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “Oakwood are a very good team who showed their team spirit in the way they came back at us and we are disappointed, but will learn from it especially as we had control of the game in the first half and just let them over run us in the second.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 2
Redbridge maintained their 100 percent winning start to the season as goals from Scott Oldstein and Aaron Goldberg saw them hand Lions a second league defeat of the season.
OAKWOOD B 3 L’EQUIPE 3
Oakwood claimed their first points of the season as they held L’Equipe in this six-goal thriller.
Rob Simons, Max Martin and Andy Smith scored for the visitors, with player-manager Nicholas Stern telling jewishnews.co.uk: “The spirit of L’Equipe emerged from the abyss in St Albans as we came from two goals down to lead, before sharing the spoils with a credible point.
Missing five first team regulars, a mix of the old and the new forged a 12-man squad which left on a high, sensing an upturn in fortunes on the horizon.”
Haydon Davidson scored twice, with Daniel Seligman also on target.
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 6 TEMPLE FORTUNE 2
Two goals from Daniel Gordon helped Redbridge to this emphatic win over Fortune.
James Law, Anthony Cope, Paul Biller and Richard Rosenthal were also all on target, for whom manager Josh Rambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an excellent display from the team today, easily our strongest performance of the season and I don’t even think we were anywhere near as good as I know we can be. It was an odd game as we went 1-0 down after two minutes, only for James Law to reply straight afterwards. We grabbed another goal through some good forward play from Paul Biller whipping another one of his wonder balls into the box for Flash to slot home past the goalkeeper for 2-1.
“We went down to 10 men before the half ended. This meant a change in formation and in an attempt to hold onto our lead for the first 10 minutes. We didn’t really hold onto it, we literally ran away with it. Three goals in 15 mins finished the game off. Passing and moving the ball around with some brilliant football it turns out we don’t need 11 men on the pitch it’s where I’ve been going wrong all season. The work rate and movement from everyone was fantastic. We all had a 10/10 45 mins of football apart from Brad Grant who had a classic Sunday Jewish football moment of catching a ball only to let it drop out of his gloves into their players feet to concede our second. 9.5/10 sorry brads!
“I’m not one to moan about the man in black but today some of the bookings were beyond crazy which ultimately contributed into our players second caution. Their second goal came after one of our players was down with a head injury which went unnoticed even though Rich Rosenthal was laying on the floor like a dead grizzly bear in their penalty box.
“We’re buzzing from this performance today and the boys need to use this for next weeks cup game. Now for a Sunday roast and profiterole mountain to top off a brilliant weekend!”
Eshed Rahav and Ami Wymbourne scored the visitor’s consolation strikes.
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 0 FAITHFOLD A 3
Faithfold went top of the table as two goals from Chaim Bordon inspired them to this win.
Jonny Gahan scored the third for Avi Markiewicz’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another game and another win plus my first clean sheet, what’s not to be happy about!?
“We started the game off well and were totally dominant moving the ball about nicely from front to back, we dictated the tempo, scored three first half goals and could have had more.
“We took our foot of the gas a little in the second, but still controlled the game even though we really should have added to our tally. Apart from a couple of long punts over the top by their goalkeeper, we remained completely untroubled. A good week at the office for my lads.”
SCRABBLE 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 0
Raiders saw their unbeaten start to the season ended as Scrabble made it two wins from four, as well as keeping up their unbeaten start.
Craig Edwards scored for Scrabble, for whom manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s a long time since I’ve seen us play like that! For 90 minutes every player battled and fought for every ball and clearly we wanted this more than they did and we’ve now claimed some bragging rights after the manner in which some of our old boys left us for Raiders over the summer.
“I’m very pleased that we’ve put that right today and showed that we’ve replaced those players with better in terms of attitude and commitment to our club. This was a top performance and I couldn’t have asked anymore from the lads in terms of attitude passion and commitment. Our goalkeeper making his debut had a terrific game and we defended and went forward together as a unit and the workrate of the midfield and the guys up top was phenomenal.There was only ever going to be one goal in this one but we’ve kept a clean sheet and Craig was there to win the game for us when it mattered.We are delighted”
Raiders manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a poor scrappy game settled by a poor scrappy late goal.
“We missed a bucket load of chances, had an effort punched off the line by a Scrabble defender but it’s probable that we wouldn’t have scored if we’d played all day!
FAITHFOLD B 1 BAYERN MINCHA 4
Mincha closed in on the top of the table as they The Greens their fourth league loss of the season.
Adam Herszaft scored twice, with Akiva Fink and Alon Pinhas also on target.
Dan Yossman scored for the hosts.
HERTSWOOD VALE 0 CATFOD & BROMLEY MACCABI 6
Catford jumped to the top of the table thanks to this emphatic win.
Jamie Sinai and Mitch Green scored two each, with Joel Lassman and Alex Jacobs also on target.
Player-manager Jeff Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “All in all a pretty comfy morning. We found ourselves 3-0 up after 15 minutes and controlled the whole game. On to Fortune next week.”
Vale joint-manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “We turned up to today’s match with just 12 players, including that of three last minute signings and club chairman Vivian Emanuel who was coaxed out of semi-retirement. All things considered, with a total of 15 players missing through injury, suspension and other commitments, I can be fairly proud of the lads.
“We found ourselves 3-0 down inside 15 minutes…not sure we could’ve started much worse, but we came into the came and tested their goalkeeper a few times. We had a great chance to grab a way back into the match less than a minute into the second half, but their goalkeeper pulled off a decent stop. At this point, fitness came in play and we’ve come away with a 6-0 loss. Fair play to Jeff and his boys, they look a much better outfit than last season and you can tell why they’re one of the favourites for the title.
“Absolutely huge shoutout to Andy Myerson who reffed the game today. Great decisions, kept up with play and excellent communication with both sets of players to keep the game flowing. Definitely deserves his nomination for referee of the week.
“We look to regroup and get as many players back from injury as possible for the upcoming games of Faithfold and Temple Fortune. Anything less than six points is absolutely unacceptable – I just hope we’re able to get as many of the lads available for selection as possible.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 8 BOCA JEWNIORS 3
Raiders keep in touch with the leading pack thanks to this comprehensive win.
David Domb helped himself to a hat-trick, Alex Sherr scored twice, with Alex Elf, Alex Goodman and Ben Kaye also on all target.
Bradley Handelaar scored twice for Boca, with Anton Nyman claiming their third. Manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “Well what a game to be back for! Having been out myself for two weeks I was pleased to be back with the guys for this game as we had plenty to work on after a tough result last week against Mill Hill. We spoke about returning to basics and after a nervous start and a great opening goal from Boca we settled. Despite being 3-2 up at half time, we knew we hadn’t played well and rallied for a better showing second half.
“We’re starting to move in the right direction again but know we need to step it up even more if we want to challenge the sharp end of the league come the summer.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE B 2 FC TEAM 11
Team claimed the most emphatic win of the day as they made it two wins from four.
Marc Hecht scored four of the goals, player-manager Mitch Young chipped in with two, with Jon Breger, Adam Rones, Dave Grossman, Dylan Young and Ben Zion also among the scorers.
Team told jewishnews.co.uk: “A very pleasing performance, we played well and scored some nice goals. We have finally found the right formation and when everyone knows what they are doing and we play to our strengths, we are a force.
“With three wins on the spin, we go into the cup game against Camden Park full of confidence. Special mention to my cousin Dylan Young who scored his first ever goal today and following on from Fortune’s manager pre-match comments stating Hecht was past it, – well enough said.”
Zack Rich and Jordan Jay scored for Fortune.