North London Raiders claimed their first win of the season in thrilling style as they came back from 2-0 down to win 4-2.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
Bayern Mincha (2) 6 Mill Hill Dons (2) 2
Camden Park (Prem) 2 Straw Hat Pirates (2) 1
FC Team (2) 4 Temple Fortune A (1) 2
Hendon United Sports (Prem) P L’Equipe (1) P (L’Equipe pulled out of tie)
North London Raiders C (2) 2 Redbridge Jewish Care B (1) 4
Redbridge Jewish Care C (1) 2 North London Raiders B (1) 4 (AET)
Scrabble (1) 1 Fairlop FC (2) 4
North London Raiders A 4 Maccabi London Lions White 2
Redbridge Jewish Care A 5 Brady Maccabi 2
Faithfold B 0 Catford & Bromley 3
Temple Fortune B 5 Boca Jewniors 0
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Joseph Manuel Nyman (Bayern Mincha)
David Gordon (FC Team)
Jonny Black (Temple Fortune B)
Rafi Terespolsky (Bayern Mincha)
Ben Harris (Camden Park)
Dan Breger (FC Team)
Ben Cantopher (Scrabble)
Ollie Richardson (Scrabble)
Rick Harris (Camden Park)
Matt Berkley (Fairlop FC)
David Grossman (FC Team)
Adam Rones (FC Team)
Ben Joseph (North London Raiders A)
Alex Moss (North London Raiders A)
Rob Blackman (North London Raiders B)
Simon Buchler (North London Raiders B)
Scott Oldstein (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Zak McLeod (Scrabble)
Jacob Kalms (Temple Fortune B)
Adam Ellis (Bayern Mincha)
Rob Hershman (Camden Park)
Richard Salmon (FC Team)
Kai Vale (Fairlop FC)
Jake Gilbert (North London Raiders B)
Josh Goldstein (North London Raiders B)
Daniel Garfinkle (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Declan Spiro (Temple Fortune B)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Conor Perl (Maccabi London Lions White) – A 35-yard free-kick in the top left corner
2) Declan Spiro (Temple Fortune B) – Holding the ball up 25 yards out, held off his man and unleashed an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net
3) Richie Caplin (Redbridge Jewish Care A) – From a superb Nate Kashket croner, Caplin’s thunderous header flew past the goalkeeper like a bullet
4) Josh Goldstein (North London Raiders B) – Fired home a sublime 25-yard free-kick in to the back of the net for a last-gasp equaliser
5) Joe Cohen (North London Raiders A) – Ran with the ball from deep before reaching the left corner of the box, cut back and on his right foot hit a swerving bullet in to the top right hand corner
6) Zak McLeod (Scrabble) – Straight from the kick-off, picked up the ball in his own half and unleashed a curling and dipping strike of a shot that beat the Fairlop goalkeeper from all of 50-60 yards out
7) Aron Gale (Straw Hat Pirates) – Received possession of the ball, carried it to the edge of the box, turned a defender before hitting it into the bottom left corner
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Jonathan Pearl (FC Team) – “Mazeltov to Mitch and his family on a third boy, only a few more to go until we have the dream of a team of Mitchell Young’s!!!”
2) Ray Abrahams (Scrabble) – “Our goal today by Zak McLeod was of the highest quality and it’s a shame that it wasn’t captured on film because I wouldn’t think it will be bettered anywhere this season.”
3) Aaron Dias (Fairlop FC) – “If I had a £1 for every time brad gayer hit the crossbar this season i would be a very wealthy man, £6 wealthier actually.”
4) Proud mum Pauline Tiano (Straw Hat Pirates) – “Getting such nachas from seeing three of my boys on the pitch at once (while one is walking away from tackling one of the others).”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP – FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team:
BAYERN MINCHA (2) 6 MILL HILL DONS (2) 2
The all-Division Two clash ended in an emphatic victory for the home side.
Adam Ellis helped himself to five goals, while Akiva Fink claimed their sixth. Mincha manager Daniel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “As usual, it took us a while to get into the game and we didn’t have a great opening 25 minutes.
“Adam Ellis had one of the best individual performances I’ve seen from a player, two of his goals seeing us take a 3-1 half-time lead. Again, we didn’t start the second half too quickly and they were allowed back into the game with a very controversially given penalty.
“However, Ellis’ scoring form continued to see us home. Overall, we are very happy with the win and progression in the cup and would love a cup run to follow our promotion ambitions.”
— MH Dons (@mh_dons) September 24, 2017
Ryan Kramer and Harry Moss’ penalty (below) claimed the Dons’ consolation goals
Dons manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “A disappointing day out today, at times it looked promising but we didn’t manage to do enough to warrant a win. We looked good value for the lead, but the game slowly started to sway towards Bayern Mincha which led to three goals in quick succession before half-time.
“We looked like we found a lifeline early in the second half to make it 3-2 and things stayed tight with one goal in with just 15 minutes to go. Unfortunately, just like the first half we went on to concede three goals in quick succession late in the half.
“Credit to them, they got a very decent team that made it hard for us. Our heads dropped towards the end and what was looking like a very close game with 15 minutes left to go, became one sided. We have been solid in previous weeks and still have a 100 percent record in the league, so it’s not all doom and gloom. I’m sure we will pick ourselves up and get a positive result next time out.”
CAMDEN PARK (Prem) 2 STRAW HAT PIRATES (2) 1
The Premier Division side were given a run for their money, before eventually prevailing.
Rob Hershman and Rickardo Ercoli, on his debut, scored for Park, with manager Stirling Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was never going to be easy, we had spent the last two weeks working exceptionally hard to recruit players both old and new and hope to get players back from injury, hoping to get a squad together that will allow us to compete through out the season. So it was great to be able to play the game.
“They had nothing to lose and they played like it and you could see they fully enjoyed themselves. We went 2-0 up very early on and then continued to miss chance after chance. They scored just before half-time and came out in the second half believing they could cause a big upset, and because we squandered chance after chance they were always in with a chance.
“In the end we saw the game out to go through, but in truth we made very hard work of it and there could be no complaints if we had got double figures. However, they should be very proud of the way they defended and kept themselves in the game.”
Aron Gale scored for the Pirates, with manager Elliot Cukier telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We walk away today frustrated but with our heads held high. For our fourth game in our first ever season, coming up against a strong premier league side was a daunting task, made worse by our unsatisfactory performance against Vale last week. But today we walk away knowing we gave everything.
“Fair play to Camden, they scored two wonder goals within the first ten minutes. But thank god, instead of collapsing like we did against Vale, we picked ourselves up and took the game to Camden. Star striker Aron Gale got a good goal and we went into the second half knowing we had a chance!
“Well done to Camden for managing to hold out the second half as we were causing issues for them all over so that by the last few minutes, they were passing the ball around the corner flat to try and kill the game off, because they knew we were close to an upset. A good game all round and we now move back to focusing on teams in our division as we look to climb the league.”
Proud mum Pauline Tiano added: “Getting such nachas from seeing three of my boys on the pitch at once (while one is walking away from tackling one of the others)”
FC TEAM (2) 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE A (1) 2
Team may have slipped down a few divisions over the summer, but they proved they’ve still got a cup giantkilling in them.
Richard Salmon, David Grossman, Jonathan Breger and Dan Breger all scored for Mitch Young’s side.
Jonathan Pearl, who was standing in for Young, told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a proper cup game that was end to end between two really committed sides.
“The game started very fast and there were so many chances at both ends. I thought we then started the second half really well and began to dominate as the game went on. Once they had a man sent-off, the game became really hectic and credit to my players for staying calm and focused.
“I’m delighted with our first win of the season, against a team in a higher division, and when this bunch of players fancy it we can be a real force. Salmon looked strong and pacey up front, Dave Grossman anchored the midfield superbly and Ronesy didn’t stop running.
“Big shout out to Brad who suffered a horrible injury and needed to be stretchered off. We hope he recovers quickly as we will seriously miss his talent!
“Lastly, from everyone at FC Team, we want to wish Mitch and Sophie, as well as their families, a huge Mazel Tov on boy number 3! Only a few more to go until we have the dream of a team of Mitchell Young’s!”
Conor Brand and Jason Lindsay scored for Fortune, for whom manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “A frustrating morning and start to the season. The better team won on the day, we didn’t play well enough and it didn’t help going down to 10 men. We have to wipe the slate clean and start again next week.
“Wishing FC team good luck in the cup and Mazeltov to Mitch on the birth of another future FC Team star.”
HENDON UNITED SPORTS (Prem) P L’EQUIPE (1) P
L’EQUIPE PULLED OUT OF TIE
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B (1) 4
Redbridge claimed their first win of the season as Josh Kalinsky’s double helped them to the win.
Lee Cutler and Carl Dobrin ensured their safe passage through to the next round.
Jonny Blain scored twice for the Raiders, with manager Sam Rose telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were on the backfoot for much of the first half, but found success in the second switching to a 3-5-2, although we left ourselves with too much to do to turn the game around.
“I can’t fault the lads application in the second half though – we really took the game to Redbridge. The league is and will always be our priority for the season but it was a good opportunity to test ourselves against higher opposition.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C (1) 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B (1) 4 (AET)
This all-Division One clash needed extra-time to separate the two – and it was the Raiders who progressed after a titanic tussle.
Jake Gilbert and Josh Goldstein scored for the Raiders in the initial 90 minutes – the latter with just seconds remaining. Taking control in extra time, Gilbert claimed his second, heading home at the far post from a long Anthony Goodmaker diagonal ball, before Gilbert turned provider, outfoxing his marker and pulling the ball back to Scott Waissel who thumped home the fourth.
Raiders manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “A very very satisfying win, and a gutsy never say die effort from the boys.”
Dean Ben Yosef and Harrison Midda scored for the hosts.
SCRABBLE (1) 1 FAIRLOP FC (2) 4
The visitors pulled off arguably the result of the day as they stunned Scrabble.
Kai Vale helped himself to a hat-trick, with Adam Goldman also finding the back of the net.
Manager Aaron Dias told jewishnews.co.uk: “Once again we dominated the game from the very first minute and although we went into the break level at 1-1, didn’t panic.
“We continued to press in the second half playing some sexy football all through out midfield maestro men, Matt Berkley, Daniel Bean and Bradley Gayer. If I had a £1 for every time brad gayer hit the crossbar this season i would be a very wealthy man, £6 wealthier actually.
“The second goal came swiftly followed by the third and four which killed Scrabble off. All the boys were great today, but special mention to Kai Vale who went home with the match ball after his fantastic hat-trick. Kai is an integral member of the management team and helped set up this wonderful football club but has had a tough start to life at Fairlop to which I have called him out for, but he responded excellently today and showed what true ability he has and was deservedly man-of-the-match. A special mention to our very own jewish kante and jewish matic in the way of Daniel Bean and Matt Berkley who effortlessly controlled the middle.
“Delighted to be in the hat for the next round, I’ve heard the book makers have stopped taking bets on us winning the cup. All the lads are hoping for an all Essex tie.”
Zak McLeod scored for Scrabble, for whom manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “Although Fairlop have entered the league as a new team in Division Two, they have some outstanding players of Premier Division quality and we knew we were in for a battle today.
“We also knew on Thursday that we would be missing five or six of our squad including players of the highest quality that have been magnificent for us in the last few years.
“I would love to meet Fairlop again this season with our full squad available, I’m sure that it would be a classic. However, we drafted in a masters player for today’s game and had no options in terms of Subs on the bench but the 11 players worked their socks off and each one of them gave us 100 percent plus in terms of effort and I am proud of the attitude we displayed in a difficult game.
“We are not pleased that we have gone out of the Cup at this stage, but in a season of transition for the club we will continue to build and consolidate our place in Division One and pick up as many points as we can and see where it takes us.
“Our goal today by Zak McLeod was of the highest quality and it’s a shame that it wasn’t captured on film because I wouldn’t think it will be bettered anywhere this season.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 4 MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 2
Raiders claimed their first win of the season, as the Lions lost their third consecutive one.
Joe Cohen, Alex Moss, Liron Mannie and Ben Joseph all scored for Dan Shafron’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m really proud of how much character we showed to come back from 2-0 down and win this game.
“We started tentatively but our confidence grew and we slowly began to use the ball better, take control and create some good chances. Joe Cohen’s wonder goal and team celebrations were great, however special mentions have to go to Ben Joseph and Alex Moss who had standout performances and were excellent all game. It was the result we needed and hopefully this will now kickstart our season and give us the boost we’ve needed.”
Conor Perl scored both the Lions goals to give them a 2-0 lead, for whom player-manager James Gershfield told jewishnews.co.uk: “We missed a big chance at 2-2 with 10 minutes to go. They went up the other end and scored. Our heads dropped after that and we conceded a fourth.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 5 BRADY MACCABI 2
Redbridge got their league campaign off to a winning start as Brady dropped their first points of the season.
Daniel Garfinkle helped himself to two goals, with Russell Goldstein, Richie Caplin and Scott Oldstein also all on target.
FAITHFOLD B 0 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 3
Catford made it two wins from two, as the Greens fell to this defeat from three games.
TEMPLE FORTUNE B 5 BOCA JEWNIORS 0
Fortune got their season up and running as two goals from Declan Spiro helped them to this emphatic win.
Simon Cohen, Steven Black and Zack Rich were also on target for Darren Zitren’s side. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was our best performance of the season by a country mile. We were a cut above from back to front. Steven and I have been busy in the transfer market to rectify our recent sequence of bad results and our eye for talent has certainly come to fruition.”