Redbridge continue to lead the way at the top of the Premier Division, while the reigning champions booked their place in the next round of the Cyril Anekstein Cup.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
Los Blancos (1) 3 North London Raiders B (1) 2
Redbridge Jewish Care B (1) 0 Oakwood A (Prem) 4
Brady Maccabi 3 Maccabi London Lions Blue 2
North London Raiders A 1 Camden Park 2
Redbridge Jewish Care A 5 Maccabi London Lions White 2
Faithfold A 9 L’Equipe 1
Temple Fortune A 0 Oakwood B 3
Mill Hill Dons 6 Faithfold B 2
North London Raiders C 3 FC Team 3
Real Hendon 2 Bayern Mincha 2
Straw Hat Pirates P Boca Jewniors P
(MATCH CALLED OFF AS BOCA HAVE FOLDED)
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Raffy Zysblat (Real Hendon)
Josh Tiano (Camden Park)
Leor Harel (Faithfold A)
Aron Luftig (Faithfold A)
Joel Barnett (Los Blancos)
Alex Lewis (Los Blancos)
Jordan Rinsler (Mill Hill Dons)
James Frener (Oakwood B)
Benji Loofe (Oakwood B)
Doron Shooter (Real Hendon)
Craig Sanford (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
Dan Adleman (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Dan Andrews (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Dan Lassman (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Scott McKenzie (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
David Cohen (Brady Maccabi)
Johan Jordi (Camden Park)
Josh Marks (Camden Park)
Jake Saunders (Camden Park)
Ben Shirbini (Faithfold A)
Joseph Reece (Mill Hill Dons)
Luke Brookner (Oakwood A)
James Abrams (Oakwood B)
Yossi Goldberg (Real Hendon)
Sam Rank (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Dan Sherman (Camden Park)
Zach Cohen (Mill Hill Dons)
Rafi Bloom (Oakwood B)
Daniel Garfinkle (Redbridge Jewish Care A)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Daniel Seligman (Oakwood B) – A beautiful curling free-kick to put Oakwood ahead
2) Zach Cohen (Mill Hill Dons) – Joe Reece played the ball to Cohen, who glided past three defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom corner
3) Joe Metliss (Real Hendon) – Doron Shooter and Benny Goldberg combined to lay the ball off to Lolu Hibbert. He passed to Chaim Gothold, who fed Motty Korman, with the latter playing a defence-splitting pass to the debutant who ran through and finished
4) Avi Markiewicz (Faithfold A) – Ben Shirbini found David Leiwy, who beat two men and played a one-two with Markiewicz. Liewy then beat another man and put Markiewicz through on goal, who opened up his body and found the far bottom corner
5) Brad Wine (Oakwood A) – Broke the deadlock, finishing off the best move of the match, from a great pass from Toby Levy on the left wing
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND (number in bracket represents division of team):
LOS BLANCOS (1) 3 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B (1) 2
The Blancos boys won this all-Division One tie to book their place in the next round and maintain their 100 percent winning start to the season.
Svi Freeman, Oli Sade and Daniel Sinclair all got on the scoresheet, with manager Joel Holder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “In truth Raiders never really troubled the Blancos defence and both their goals were very scrappy. We look forward to beating them three more times this season (we have them in the other cup).”
Charles Braunstein and Brandon Sassoon scored for Raiders, for whom co-manager Doron Salomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “Whilst the scoreline might suggest this was a cup-classic, this was a scrappy affair which saw two good sides cancel each other out for long spells.
“The first half was very even with neither side able to create decent goalscoring opportunities, but Blancos were able to call on fresh legs in the second half and playing with the wind behind them, they were able to find an edge.
“I’m pleased with how we stuck at it despite numerous players being asked to play in roles they wouldn’t normally perform. It was always going to be a tough game with just 11 players available, but It’s hard to be too disappointed with how it panned out given that we ended up with just nine players on the pitch for the last 10 minutes due to injuries.
“We wish Blancos all the best in the cup and look forward to meeting them in the league later in the season.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B (1) 0 OAKWOOD A (Prem) 4
The Premier Division champions comfortably booked their place in the next round, with Brad Wine, Dave Woolman, Kyle Bentwood and Jonathan Quinn all scoring.
Redbridge player-manager Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today we knew the machine we were facing in Oakwood A. Currently miles ahead of any team in the Premier League, we expected a tougher day at the office. Our game plan was quite simple. Stay disciplined and keep touches to a minimum.
“We started the better team and had some good possession in the first half. On two occasions, we were so unlucky not to go in front, Dan Gordon’s effort saved with fingertips. 0-0 at half-time flattered them in all honesty and they generally resorted to long balls down the wings or over the top which our defence handled superbly.
“Dan Lassman and Dan Andrews are easily good enough to grace any back line in jewish football. Dan Lipman (right winger) was our goalkeeper today, using his pace to come off his line on a few occasions.
“The second half Oakwood really started pressing us and we were camped in our half for the majority, but we were so close to taking the lead through a Paul Biller wonder miss from 2 yards. 0-0 after 80mins they opened us up with two excellent headers, then through us pressing the last few minutes, we again concede a couple of goals.
“I’m proud of the team today. We showed great attitude and team spirit. We matched the best team in Jewish football for 80 mins but ultimately class shone through. We will use this game to push ourselves on in the league. Best of luck to Oakwood in the cup, it will take a very good team to beat them.”
Oakwood joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a scoreline which probably flatters us and doesn’t tell the story. Redbridge defended very well and frustrated us for the majority of the match. I feel that fitness and the extra quality pulled us through in the last 20 minutes where we scored four very nice goals.
“Josh is probably right in that we could have been 1-0 down in the first half, but that was their only real moment in the game in an otherwise dull first half. They stood firm and we were sloppy at times with our passing. The wind and the small pitch probably didn’t help us but we must give credit to our hosts who resorted us to long balls where we lacked presence in the final third.
“As the game wore on, we began to take control. Our four subs positively impacted the game which was a huge boost and our fitness levels were much higher than theirs. In the end we had too much and if the game had gone on another 10 minutes, the scoreline could have been really unfair on them.
“Ultimately, we know how difficult these games can be. They were up for it and it doesn’t matter how you win games of football, as long as you pull through in the end. I don’t feel we have hit our heights yet this season. It has been stop start and lots of players are short of games. We now have games every week in the run up to Chanukah, which I believe will be good for us, this starts with a huge test this Sunday in Kent. We will go and enjoy our day out.
“Finally, good luck to Redbridge B over the remainder of the season. I am sure they will be challenging in Division One. I’ve given Jase some tips as I believe they play each other in a couple of weeks.”
BRADY MACCABI 3 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 2
Brady stay on the early coattails of Redbridge as two goals from Reiss Mogilner helped them to this win.
Stanley Offord claimed their third goal, with manager Joel Nathan telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Today we reversed what happened to us a couple of weeks ago and came back brilliantly from two-nil down to take a great win….yes we probably should have been further behind but we made them pay for their missed chances and once we got the first back just before half-time, we sensed they were there for the taking.
“Both halves we started sloppy and were made to pay in the first but in the second half we got an early penalty and from then on should have won more convincingly, but in the end sneaked it by the one goal.
“We had a bare 11 today with Matt Sofier making a comeback after a few years away and his experienced along side Graeme Grossman one of our masters players told in the end. Yes it was tightly contested derby but Richard Jaye reffed it superbly.”
Charlie Cohen, Adam Abadi scored for the Lions, for whom manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today’s result is probably the most difficult to swallow of the season. Again to lose from being 2-0 up is seriously disappointing.
“The first 30 minutes we were dominant, pressing well, creating chances. We missed a penalty prior to going 1-0 up, and missed a 4 vs 1 chance when 2-0 up, and this shows we need to be more clinical whatever the scoreline.
“By half-time, the score should have been three or four nil, but we conceded from a corner on the stroke of half-time which hurt us and made it 2-1. The heads dropped and it was downhill from there.
“We have now played Brady twice, once in the league and once in the cup, and lost both times. In 180 minutes of football against them, we have not conceded from open play and still managed to lose (three corners and two penalties) which is a surprising statistic.
“Brady showed desire once they got a goal back, but it’s disappointing to lose to a team again that we are clearly better than. Three of our seven games this season have now seen us lose from being either 2-0 or 3-0 up. The mentality of the group is something we have been working on this past month but it’s a difficult one.
“Our squad is extremely young, an average age of 20/21 and it sometimes shows. Our technical ability is there, no doubt. The issue is this season, in nearly all the games we have lost, we have outplayed the opponents. We have a lot to work on as a group but once it clicks and everything falls into place, we will be a serious force. It’s a matter of completing the puzzle and making sure everyone is moulding together to create and go where we need to be.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 1 CAMDEN PARK 2
Camden claimed their first win – and points – of the season in one of the shock results of the day.
Josh Marks and a first half penalty from Johan Jordi saw them to the win, with manager Stirling Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a fantastic win. Once again, we lost players on the morning of the game, and with our usual numerous amount of players injured, a reshuffle was needed before we went out.
“The lads to a man stuck to the game plan even with a number of them playing out of position – and to the shock of Raiders, we went in at half-time 2-0 up.
“We then lost the superb Josh Marks after 5 minutes and with 25 minutes left, were reduced to 10 men when man-of-the-match Jake Saunders was sent off for picking up his second yellow.
“They pulled one back when for the first time we lost concentration at the back, but the back four were superb throughout, so much so that Steve Murad only had one serious shot to save of any note during the whole game.
“As a unit we kept them to long-range shots and only when we were down to 10 men, did they have any joy getting in behind us. But we stood up, denied them space to play and deservedly rode our luck when they missed a last minute penalty. The whole squad got what they deserved – their first three points.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 5 MACCABI LONDON LIONS WHITE 2
Redbridge maintained both top spot and their 100 percent winning start as they comfortably saw off the Lions.
Daniel Garfinkle helped himself to a hat-trick, with Russell Goldstein and Steven Summers also both on target as they came from two goals down to ultimately seal the points.
Redbridge manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were up against a very strong and youthful Lions A. Daniel’s three strikes were all top quality finishes.
“Lions will do extremely well if they can keep that 11, as well as a few older heads, and have a squad that can beat anyone.”
Kiki Levin and Josh Weiner scored for the Lions, for whom player-manager James Gershfield told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started the game very well and with only 11 players and no subs, rushed into a 2-0 lead. But then an injury to Richard Gold left us with 10 men and it was always going to be an uphill battle from there.”
FAITHFOLD A 9 L’EQUIPE 1
Faithfold increased their lead at the top of the table to four points as they recorded the most emphatic win of the day.
Player-manager Avi Markiewicz and Louis Naughten scored two each, with Ben Shirbini, Zalmy Cohen, David Leiwy, Gav Lewis and Leor Harel also all on target.
Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had already beaten them in the first game of the season, but I wasn’t going to allow complacency to set into my troops. I warned my lot that anyone who thought this game was already won was wrong and if I saw anyone not putting in a hundred percent they would be straight off. We started well, in fact as the scoreline suggests we pretty much dominated from the very first to the very last, even if it was them who struck first.
“By the end it was a very comprehensive and totally dominant win. Ben Gabay making his debut in goal was hardly troubled. In truth it could have been more if not for some good goalkeeping, a little wastefulness and and the woodwork, but we won not because our opposition were poor, they really weren’t, but because we worked tirelessly and for each other that coupled with a group of very talented group of lads makes for a potent mixture.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE A 0 OAKWOOD B 3
Oakwood claimed a second consecutive league win as goals from Daniel Seligman, James Abrams and Sam Modlin saw them to the points.
Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m really pleased to get back-to-back league wins. We played well today, were on the front foot, had plenty of possession and created some good chances.
“We unquestionably should have put the game to bed earlier, but the win is all that matters.
“The big disappointment is Dan Ash going off early with a calf injury. He’s just worked his way back from an ACL and him going off definitely impacted our rythm.”
MILL HILL DONS 6 FAITHFOLD B 2
The Dons made it three wins from four games as four goals from Zach Cohen helped them to this emphatic win.
Nick Phillips and Jamie Nagioff completed the scoring for the hosts who move up to third spot as a result.
Manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “What a performance from the boys yet again, the football was truly scintillating at times, it was superb from back to front throughout.
“There is a great hunger and desire within our squad and every week we show up desperate for a win. It’s a very exciting time to be managing the side and I’m proud of what we have achieved so far this season, we can’t get ahead of ourselves though but things are looking very positive. Up the Dons!”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 3 FC TEAM 3
Neither side will happy with the point as they played out this six-goal thriller.
Player-manager Mitch Young, Richard Salmon and Jon Breger scored for the visitors, with Young telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Very embarrassing. We bossed the game, could have scored nearly double figures and I just can’t believe we have not won.
“We gifted them three goals with shambolic defending and they are leaving Brunel today with their get out of jail free card well and truly played.”
REAL HENDON 2 BAYERN MINCHA 2
Mincha spurned the chance to go clear at the top of the table as they needed a 96th minute equaliser from Adam Ellis – his second of the match – to claim a point
Joe Metlis and Adam Hersh scored for Hendon, for whom Motty Korman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic performance against an excellent and young Bayern team. They beat us 4-1 a few weeks ago and are a team we expect to be challenging for the title.
“We are disappointed not to have taken three points, especially as we had more chances, but we weren’t clinical enough. Adam Ellis equalised again in the 96th minute – we still can’t quite work out where the six minutes came from…
“We also felt we should have had a goal in the first half when the ball clearly crossed the line (waiting for video evidence) and also a strong penalty claim when Chaim Gothold was bundled over the in the box.
STRAW HAT PIRATES P BOCA JEWNIORS P
MATCH POSTPONED FOLLOWING BOCA’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY ARE WITHDRAWING FROM THE LEAGUE