Game of the day saw the top-two clash in Division One, with Redbridge’s win seeing them lift the title.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON TROPHY – SEMI FINAL:
Maccabi London Lions U21 0 South Manchester Sports Club 1st 3
Camden Park 0 North London Raiders A 1
Oakwood A 6 Maccabi London Lions A 3
Redbridge Jewish Care A 9 FC Team A 1
Boca Jewniors 1 Faithfold B 5
L’Equipe 1 Temple Fortune 7
RC UK FC 0 Hertswood Vale 1
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Steve Murad (Camden Park)
Scott Shear (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
David Khalastchi (Camden Park)
Josh Tiano (Camden Park)
Dan Lowen (Faithfold B)
Ben Davis (Hertswood Vale)
Jordan Harris (Hertswood Vale)
Ashley Hirshberger (Hertswood Vale)
Jack Shulman (Hertswood Vale)
Harvey Kaye (Oakwood A)
Jake Norton (Oakwood A)
Dan Andrews (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Richie Caplin (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Scott McKenzie (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Jordan Sapler (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
James Jobling (South Manchester Sports Club)
Adam Speck (Temple Fortune)
Simon Englander (Hertswood Vale)
Adrian Leibovitch (Hertswood Vale)
Daniel Bean (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Adam Goldman (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Brad Gayer (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Kane Hopps (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Adam Noble (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Michael Goldberg (Temple Fortune)
Eshad Rahiv (Temple Fortune)
Brett Stead (Temple Fortune)
Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B)
Brad Wine (Oakwood A)
Anthony Cope (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Jack Van Gelder (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Saul Shapiro (South Manchester Sports Club)
Jordan Shairifan (Temple Fortune)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Matt Berkley (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Danced around two defenders before stroking the ball in the net – a Messi-esque moment
2) Dan Lowen (Faithfold B)
Ball swung in from a corner, was headed out to Lowen who met it outside the D with a thunderous volley which flew into the bottom corner
3) Brad Wine (Oakwood A)
Smashed in an effort into the top corner from 30 yards out
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Will Martyn (Boca Jewniors)
Brilliantly tipped over the bar a rocket from distance
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Simon Linden (Temple Fortune)
“Big shout out to the Hertswood Vale boys for turning over RCUK and winning us promotion.”
2) Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)
“I hear that the goal was claimed to gave been scored from 25 yards, I suppose technically it’s true, our GK shanked a clearance, it hit the Hertswood player 25 yards out, rebounded and went in.”
3) Sam Rank (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
“For a Tottenham fan, it was an awful day when Arsenal won the league at White Hart Lane quite a few years ago, and yesterday I would imagine Lions had the same feeling.”
PETER MORRISON TROPHY – SEMI FINAL:
MACCABI LONDON LIONS U21 0 SOUTH MANCHESTER SPORTS CLUB 1ST 3
South Manchester booked their place in the final for the first time since 2013.
A brace from Saul Shapiro and a Toby Levy strike was enough to see off the Lions side and left South pining for a Northern final.
Manchester manager Neil Collins told jewishnews.co.uk: “To come to London twice and win is a huge achievement and shows the character of the boys.
“The team talk before the game and at half time was easy, we didn’t need any more motivation – we were in a good place.
“The only ‘negative’ of the day, if you could call it that, was that the Carmelli delivery obviously didn’t arrive on time which was disappointing as I’d been looking forward to a bagel, but the sandwiches did the job.
“In all seriousness, thanks to Lions for the hospitality and the under 21s were a credit to the club – we now look forward to the final UP NORTH!”
CAMDEN PARK 0 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 1
Raiders moved up to fourth spot as Jonny Kay’s strike proved to be the difference.
Manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was one-way traffic for most of the game however Camden deserve a lot of credit for how they defended. Much of the second half was relentless but we just struggled to put the ball in the net. It’s now on to next week in a game that we are all very excited for.”
Camden manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “The winner came in the 88th minute with a miss hit which took a deflection, this was very bad luck on a day we put in a very good team performance.
“Unfortunately injuries during the game and lack of fitness was key. Having said that for 60 minutes, it was a very even game where we looked very dangerous against a very strong Raiders team playing their normal flowing football, but as the game went on we were pushed back due to a number of players holding injuries. But we still managed to create some very good chances and just before the winner, Rob went clear through on goal and was brought down, but the player, who could have got sent-off got away with it, and of course they went down the other end and scored,which was tough to take. Not the result we deserved but we will take much from the game.”
OAKWOOD A 6 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 3
Oakwood ended their season eight points clear at the top of the table – though will now have to play the waiting game to see if it’s enough to secure them the title.
Two goals each from Dave Woolman and Alex Lee, coupled with strikes from Kyle Bentwood and Bradley Wine seeing them to the points.
Joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “We really couldn’t have done any more this calendar year after a stuttering start to our league campaign. We were completely out of it when we drew at FC Team in October and when we lost in the Morrison to lower league opposition, our season looked to be over by early December. But out of nowhere we stepped up and have been on the most incredible run beating some very good sides along the way. One defeat in 18 matches is a remarkable achievement and something we would definitely have taken back in September.
“It doesn’t actually matter where it takes us because whether we win the title or not, we have the squad and the momentum to take into next season where we will be even better. The big difference this season was the strength in depth and yesterday was a good example. Missing up to seven first team regulars, we still managed to take 14 men and were able to make the key changes to impact the game.
“We now sit back and watch Hendon and Raiders take on Redbridge. If these games had been played in the business end of the season, we would be in with a far higher chance of taking the title.
“However, we firmly believe that both Hendon will have a point to prove and hopefully will have recovered some players by the end of the month and we know that Raiders will give them a good game. You just never know in football. Pressure can do funny things to teams and both Hendon and Raiders will have no pressure on them.
“It has been a great race and although the MSFL may have less teams, we believe that the competition at the top of the Premier is as good as ever. Four-tfive teams are capable of taking points off each other which can only be a good thing.
“Finally from me, I’d like to put on record our thanks and appreciation for Blanky who leaves his role as A team manager. He will move upstairs into a “director of football/chairman” role.
“There are no words to describe Ric’s devotion to this club over the last decade. It has been a pleasure working with him in the two years that I have been involved. He really has given up so much of his time building up this club from the lower leagues and finishing with such an amazing season as this one in the Premier division.
“We will give him a huge send off at the end of season do and on behalf of all the former and current players, we want to say thank you for all of your hard work!”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 9 FC TEAM A 1
Redbridge took another step closer to securing the title as they thrashed Team.
Dean Nyman helped himself to a hat-trick, with Daniel Garfinkle, Adam Hakimi, Sam McCarthy, Daryl Rubin, Matt Berkley and James Berkley all adding their names to the scoresheet.
HENDON UNITED B P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B P
HENDON PULLED OUT OF FIXTURE
Brad Gayer and Jack van Gelder goals put them into a 2-0 lead, though a late Lions goal ensured a nervous last 15 minutes.
Adam Abadi scored for Lions.
BOCA JEWNIORS 1 FAITHFOLD B 5
Two goals from Richard Fogelman – with him claiming assists for the other three – saw the Greens claim a comfortable win.
Chaim Bordon, Ben Portnoi and Dan Lowen goals completed the rout.
Sam Simon scored for Boca, for whom assistant manager Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We really fell apart and struggled against a side who gave us too much to handle.”
L’EQUIPE 1 TEMPLE FORTUNE 7
L’Equipe title hangover continues as Fortune ended their season in stunning style – by securing promotion.
Jordan Sharifian helped himself to a hat-trick, with Michael Goldberg, Brett Stead, Zack Rich and an own goal sealing the rout.
Player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “What can I say We certainly saved the best until the last game. We knew we had to deliver and everyone from 1-15 in the squad played a part in today’s win.
“We bossed the game throughout against a team that did look depleted with numbers, but as they say you can only beat what’s put in front of you and my team knew how much it meant to get the win and promotion.
“This season has been unbelievable, this time last year the club finished second from bottom and the agenda was to get Fortune playing as a competitive force again, not in my wildest dreams did I think we would finish in the top-two, but credit to everyone involved in the football club who all played a part in making this happen.
“We have only conceded one goal in six games, which was a penalty – otherwise my back five has been outstanding – let me tell you it is the same back five that started the season, they have grown as a force and improved as the season has gone on.
“Nigel Kyte, who works tirelessly behind the scenes running the club deserve recognition for everything’s he puts into making sure this club ticks along.
“Big shout out to the Hertswood Vale boys for turning over RCUK and winning us promotion. It’s funny because Avi Markowitz at RCUK, said in his pre season preview that they will win the league and nothing else, we sit 17 points above them today.
“We will enjoy it and look forward to next season and the return of the Fortune, we are back and believe me the journey has only just started.”
Andy Smith scored for the hosts, with player-manager Nick Stern telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Not much to say, they wanted it more than us and they fully deserve it, hopefully this confirms their promotion alongside us.
“What I will say is that we are champions and now can look forward to a title celebration on the 23rd!”
RC UK FC 0 HERTSWOOD VALE 1
Arguably the shock of the day as the bottom side came away from their promotion-seeking opponents with a stunning win.
Harry Graham netted the 68th minute winner when he fired home from 25 yards, for his sixth goal in four games.
Vale joint-manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was our best performance of the season.
“As I mentioned last week, if we were half as good against the teams in the lower half of the table as we were against the teams in the top half, we’d be considerably higher up the table.
“The game kicked off in unfortunate circumstances, with one of the RCUK players dislocating his shoulder within the first 45 seconds – we all wish him the best.
“However, despite a 20-minute break before the game resumed, it didn’t do anything to shirk the mentality of our players – they were up for it!
“The first half and second half were very alike, a super disciplined display across the park, particularly from holding midfielders Adrian Leibovitch and Simon Englander kept RCUK at bay throughout the 90 minutes. We limited RCUK to a total of four shots the entire game, none of which were on target.
“We had a number of opportunities to hit them on the break, however none came to fruition until Harry’s strike. The game drew to a close, with the back four ensuring there was absolutely no pressure on our keeper.
“1-0 and off the bottom of the table again. Happy days.”
RC UK FC player-manager Avi Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Too many things went wrong for us today. Dudi off the plane and back from Hong Kong dislocated his shoulder in the first 30 seconds. Aaron Luftig took a massive knock to the head and had to go off and then Parys Hammond did his hamstring.
“Three different goalkeepers throughout the game didn’t help either. Having said all that none of them are excuses, we didn’t play well enough and to not have a shot on target is a disgrace. I hear that the goal was claimed to gave been scored from 25 yards, I suppose technically it’s true, our GK shanked a clearance, it hit the Hertswood player 25 yards out, rebounded and went in. Well done to Hertswood though, they wanted it more and deserved it.
“Congratulations to Simon Linden, he seems to be enjoying his promotion so much so that for some reason he is talking about RC and their shortcomings. Short memory though as he should probably think back to what the score was the last time we played. Not to mention completely misquoting me, “we will win the league and nothing else” is not what I said, I said that that “was my aim and I would be happy with nothing less”, slightly different.
“I think it’s clear for all to see that when RC get going they are a team to be reckoned with, claiming scalps like Oakwood A and Camden, beating Hendon B and Brixton as well as being the first team to defeat L’Equipe shows that. Unfortunately against some of the less talented teams, we have let ourselves down and it has cost us dearly. However, we are a new team and next season our job is to maintain that consistency.”