Four goals from Toby Levy helped Oakwood A record an emphatic 12-1 win over Boca Jewniors.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FIRST ROUND:
Oakwood A 12 Boca Jewniors 1
Oakwood B 3 Catford & Bromley Maccabi 0
Brady Maccabi 6 North London Raiders A 1
Camden Park P Hendon United Sports P
Maccabi London Lions Blue 4 Maccabi London Lions White 1
Los Blancos 4 L’Equipe 0
North London Raiders B 5 Temple Fortune A 1
Redbridge Jewish Care B 1 Redbridge Jewish Care C 2
Scrabble 2 Faithfold A 2
Fairlop FC 4 Bayern Mincha 0
Faithfold B 0 North London Raiders C 8
Hertswood Vale 5 Straw Hat Pirates 0
Mill Hill Dons 3 FC Team 2
Temple Fortune B 0 Real Hendon 6
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Oliver Burchell (Mill Hill Dons)
Dan Ezra (Faithfold A)
Avi Mocton (Faithfold A)
Ryan Cole (Fairlop FC)
Max Freedman (Fairlop FC)
James Neidle (Hertswood Vale)
Johnny Schogger (Hertswood Vale)
Nathan Anders (London Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Ed Brafman (London Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Alex Lewis (Los Blancos)
Adam Ben-Haorsh (Mill Hill Dons)
Josh Cinna (Mill Hill Dons)
Ben Cantopher (Scrabble)
Dovi Vogel (Faithfold A)
Joel Russell (Fairlop FC)
Josh Wood (Hertswood Vale)
David Nezri (London Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Daniel Sinclair (Los Blancos)
David Esterkin (North London Raiders B)
Toby Levy (Oakwood A)
Dan Seligman (Oakwood A)
Dan Green (Scrabble)
Lorian Madanes (Scrabble)
Josh Pugh (Scrabble)
Dan Stock (Scrabble)
Adam Goldman (Fairlop FC)
Edan Dodi (Hertswood Vale)
Alex Elf (North London Raiders C)
Ben Kaye (North London Raiders C)
Josh Cuby (Oakwood A)
Lolu Hibbert (Real Hendon)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Lolu Hibbert (Real Hendon) – Produced a delightful chip over the goalkeeper from 35 yards out
2) Zalmy Cohen (Faithfold A) – A wonderfully worked team goal, passed out from the back and cooly finished by Cohen
3) Harry Marlow (Hertswood Vale) – Capitalised on a defensive mix-up 30 yards out, took one touch before bending the ball beautifully into the top corner
4) Edan Dodi (Hertswood Vale) – From a slick through-ball from captain Josh Wood, took a touch before firing into the top corner from just outside the area
5) Edan Dodi (Hertswood Vale) – Fired home a powerful free-kick from around 35 yards out – into the top corner despite
6) Josh Pugh (Scrabble) – A rasping shot from distance under pressure earned Scrabble a point
7) Ben Kaye (North London Raiders C) – Scored a deft lob over the Faithfold B goalkeeper
8) Ryan Cole (Fairlop) A delightful free-kick from 25-30 yards, bent the ball over the wall and straight into the top corner
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) James Harpin (London Maccabi Lions Blue) – An awesome fingertip save as he tipped a long-range effort over the bar
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Rafi Addlestone (Real Hendon) – “Right winger Chaim Strom in particular has cause to beat his chest in regret over the high holy day period.”
2) Elliot Cukier (Straw Hat Pirates) – “Gideon Tiano made an outstanding save just before half-time, with neither side knowing how he saved it.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP – FIRST ROUND:
OAKWOOD A (Prem) 12 BOCA JEWNIORS (2) 1
Oakwood made light work of their division two opposition as four goals from Toby Levy helped them to this emphatic win.
Sam Cantor and Josh Cuby helped themselves to hat-tricks, with Daniel Seligman and Dave Woolman also on target.
Joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “A comfortable win and our biggest for a few years. We had complete control of the match from the early stages. These games can be difficult to play but we were professional and stuck to the task, scoring some wonderful goals along the way. Special shout out to new signings Cuby and Levy who were outstanding.
“The pace and power of some of our fast flowing attacking football was a joy to watch at times. It was wave after wave of attacking football. Credit to their goalkeeper – in fact to both of them that they used in the game, they both made some fine saves keeping the score down.
“We now go into Yom Tov having made an excellent start to the season and we know that tough challenges will commence in October. We will prepare and look forward to it.”
OAKWOOD B 3 (1) CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 0 (2)
Two goals from Ben Annis helped the B’s join the A’s into the next round.
BRADY MACCABI 6 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 2
Brady made it two wins from two as a hat-trick from Ben Kohler helped them stun the Raiders.
Reiss Mogilner scored twice, with Stanley Offord also on target.
David Cohen scored for the visitors.
CAMDEN PARK P HENDON UNITED SPORTS P
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 4 MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 1
The Blues won the inter-club derby as they began their season in style.
Benji Weinberger, Joshua Bloom, Jonathan Gaon and Charlie Cohen were all on target for the victors, for whom manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “We knew today was going to be a tough game facing the other Lions side and we had to be at our best.
“The early goal, direct from a Weinberger corner, helped settle any nerves, but we were under a lot of pressure for the first 30 minutes.
“We dug deep and handled the opposition extremely well, and although we did succumb to the pressure around the 30 minute mark, Bloom later put us in the lead before half-time.
“We felt as though they couldn’t keep up their high-pressure game and the game opened up for us in the second half allowing Gaon and Cohen to finish the game off. We are very happy with how things went today and we need to perform as this level and higher every game this season as we know every week is effectively a cup final if we are to have a successful season.”
Lions White player-manager James Gershfield told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another disappointing result, but again I saw positives going forward at times. We were on top for the majority of the first half and could have been 3/4-1 up at half-time, but we didn’t take our chances. They scored (to make it 2-1) just before the break which was disappointing. We started the second half positively but silly mistakes at the back ultimately cost us again and we travel to Raiders next weekend in a MUST win battle.”
LOS BLANCOS 4 L’EQUIPE 0
Blancos made it two wins from two as they make the early running at the top of the table.
Alex Lewis, Tim Heynes, Svi Freedman and Simon Moses were all on target, with manager Joel Holder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Like last week, we started slowly but gradually grew into the game. Despite dominating possession, we found it difficult breaking down a very resolute defence.
“We said to the boys at half-time, that once the first goal went in, the rest would follow. We pushed Sinclair into midfield and Alex Lewis came on at left-back. The balance of team looked much better after their arrival and when Lewis smashed home the first goal, there was only one winner.
“The football we played in the second half has to be the benchmark we use moving forward. It’s been a good start so far, but we know we will face a lot more challenges as the season develops.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 5 TEMPLE FORTUNE A 1
Raiders kicked-off their season with this emphatic victory.
Fortune had taken the lead through Gab Stone, but the scores were level midway through the first half when Josh Green converted from the spot after Charles Braunstein was upended in the box.
They went ahead just after the hour when Elliot Espinoza bravely nodded home at the far post, converting a delicious cross from Braunstein, but in doing so, took a blow to the head which meant he had to be subbed.
Debutant Ricky Lawrence sprayed a beautiful 50-yard pass to Josh Goldstein, who dazzled his marker and smashed the ball in to the bottom corner to make it 3-1, before Scott Waissel and David Esterkin combined to release Jake Gilbert, who flicked home to make it four.
Lawrence then got on the scoresheet as he got on the end of a sumptuous Rob Blackman free-kick to clip home Raiders’ fifth.
Raiders manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Ultimately the scoreline was convincing but that doesn’t tell the full story. Temple Fortune gave us a tough time for large portions of the game. We looked pretty rusty after three weeks without a game and we’ll need to step up significantly if we want to get anything from our games against both Redbridge sides in the coming weeks.”
Fortune manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “Very frustrating morning because for 60 minutes we were well and truly in the game and had chances to go in front.
“I can’t fault my team, they worked hard and only for a soft penalty we came in level at half-time. We can’t let the first two weeks beat us, we need to get players back and go again next week in the cup.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 2
First game for both sides saw the C’s win at the B’s.
SCRABBLE 2 FAITHFOLD A 2
Goals from Zalmi Cohen and David Lewie saw The Greens come away from Scrabble with a point as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Player-manager Avi Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started in the worst possible way falling behind early on, but then bossed the rest of the first half and scored about 10 minutes before the break. We really should really have scored about five or six goals and been out of sight by the end of the first half.
“Scrabble dominated possession in the second half without having too many clear-cut chances and we were always dangerous on the break and that’s exactly how we scored our second. But unfortunately for us we couldn’t see the game out and a strong hit from the edge of the area just beat out goalkeeper and it ended all square.”
Ben Cantopher and Josh Pugh scored for the hosts, with manager Ray Abrahams telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We’ve had a difficult summer strengthening the side after the departure of some key players so it was great to see the new lads getting on the ball and fighting for their place and all giving 100 percent. Ben Cantopher at the back was as solid as a rock, while Lorian Madanes looked in a different class when on the ball.
“There were also some big performances out there today and although I don’t like singling out individuals, Dan Stock was outstanding in midfield and had his best game for us. Dan Green ran himself into the ground and captain Josh Pugh led by example.
“But I was proud of everyone today and it was a very encouraging display. We are up and running now and we go into next week’s Cup game with Fairlop in a very confident frame of mind.
“We will take a well earned point today and be happy that we created so many chances and on another day would have converted one or two to win the game but in the end I suppose a draw was a fair result.”
FAIRLOP FC 4 BAYERN MINCHA 0
Fairlop made it two wins from three games as they handed the visitors a first defeat of the season.
Adam Goldman, Joel Russell, Ryan Cole and Matt Goldreich were all on target for the home side. Manager Aaon Dias told jewishnews.co.uk: “The team were an absolute joy to watch, with Daryl Rubin back in at CB and Daniel Bean in at CM we looked like the team I saw perform so well throughout pre-season.
“Fairplay to them, they turned up and had a go but if we play like this every week no one in this league will even score against us, let alone get a result.
“Oddly, the man-of-the-match for me was a centre back, Max Freedman, he was superb for the entire 90 minutes. Max was brought in on transfer deadline day to play up top but due to a number of injuries, Max has filled in at CB and has excelled in the position making it his own. The boys out on injury will struggle to displace if he carries on in this form.
“Special mention to our fantastic home support again, the lads appreciate all your support and are delighted to repay you with a great result and five-star performance.”
FAITHFOLD B 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 8
Raiders made it two wins from two as they claimed the second most emphatic win of the day.
Ben Kaye helped himself to five of the goals, Alex Elf chipped in with two, with an own goal completing the rout. Manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “I thought we were superb again this week. We were switched on straight away to play the game on the front foot, taking the game by the scruff of the neck and improved again from our performance last week.
“The scary thing is, I think we have even more in the tank and an even higher level we can go to. I’m chuffed for the lads and wouldn’t have wanted to be playing against Ben Kaye today in this kind of form!”
HERTSWOOD VALE 5 STRAW HAT PIRATES 0
Hertswood Vale claimed their first win of the season as two goals from Edan Dodi helped them see off the Pirates.
James Millet and Harry Marlow were on target for Vale, with joint-manager Jacob Emanuel telling jewishnews.co.uk: “A disciplined performance, our goalkeeper having little to do throughout – hopefully our first win of many this season.”
Pirates manager Elliot Cukier told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s pretty simple. We lost today because we weren’t mentally up for it. We had a fantastic result last week, and know that we can dictate any game if we want. Unfortunately we let that get to our heads and as a result got caught out by a Vale side that were up for the fight it should have been.
“It’s a great shame as we know that this was points dropped when we had the opportunity to make real progress this week, but we now must move on. We gather ourselves together, analyse what happened and move on. We have a tough cup-tie next week against Camden, but in the weeks after, it’s back to our real focus of making a serious impression in Division Two!”
MILL HILL DONS 3 FC TEAM 2
The Dons made it two wins from two as goals from Adam Isaacs, Zach Cohen and an own goal saw them win this five-goal match.
Dons manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic performance from the boys yet again, we really dug in deep and looked solid from back to front.
“FC Team gave us a great game and we know they will be one of the promotion contenders come the end of the season, so this was a really important result for us.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE B 0 REAL HENDON 6
Hendon claimed their first win of the season as a hat-trick from Lolu Hibbert saw them to this comprehensive win.
Joel Kutner, Benny Goldberg and Chaim Gothold were also all on target.
Manager Rafi Addlestone told jewishnews.co.uk: “The boys made a statement today with a thumping victory. If we’re honest it should have been many more, with some really poor misses. Right winger Chaim Strom in particular has cause to beat his chest in regret over the high holy day period.”