A mixture of League & cup action saw RC UK FC claim the result of the day, while Lions A fought back from 2-0 down to beat Lions B 3-2…
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND:
Athletic Bilbaum 0 Faithfold B 3
Brixton Old Boys P Brady Maccabi P
(Brixton withdrew – tie awarded to Brady)
Maccabi London Lions A 3 Maccabi London Lions B 2
North London Raiders A 4 Redbridge Jewish Care B 3 (AET)
North London Raiders B P Woodford Wanderers P
(Woodford withdrew – tie awarded to Raiders)
Oakwood A 0 RC UK FC 1
Redbridge Jewish Care A P North London Raiders C P
(Raiders withdrew – tie awarded to Redbridge)
Hendon United A 7 FC Team A 0
Los Blancos 0 Finchley City 1
Scrabble 3 Oakwood B 1
Catford & Bromley 1 Real Hendon 2
Hertswood Vale 2 Temple Fortune 2
Mill Hill Dons 7 FC Team B 1
Redbridge Jewish Care C 5 Boca Jewniors 1
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A VS MACCABI LONDON LIONS B:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Yaacov Goldin (Hertswood Vale)
Dov Owen (Real Hendon)
Scott Shear (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Josh Barnett (Faithfold B)
David Benaim (Faithfold B)
Ben Kfir (Faithfold B)
Daniel Sinclair (Finchley City)
Theo Gluckstein (Hertswood Vale)
Ashley Hirschberger (Hertswood Vale)
Gideon Caller (RC UK FC)
Yisroel Lewis (RC UK FC)
Aaron Luftig (RC UK FC)
Rafi Addlestone (Real Hendon)
Gilad Kestenbaum (Real Hendon)
Dan Adleman (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Dan Andrews (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Scott Kay (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Dan Lipman (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Josh Bentley (Scrabble)
Brandon Sassoon (Scrabble)
Oliver Sade (Finchley City)
Ben Mandel (Hertswood Vale)
Simon Englander (Hertswood Vale)
Adam Burchell (Maccabi London Lions A)
Richard Hayim (Mill Hill Dons)
Avi Mocton (RC UK FC)
Dudi Edryei (RC UK FC)
Eli Shebson (RC UK FC)
Daniel Bean (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Adam Goldman (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Dean Ben Yosef (Redbridge Jewish Care B)
Josh Hambling (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Jacob Kaye (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Craig Phillips (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Josh Bharier (Scrabble)
Dan Stock (Scrabble)
Yehuda Korman (Hendon United A)
Zac Lewis (Hendon United A)
Zack Cohen (Mill Hill Dons)
Benny Goldberg (Real Hendon)
Barry Green (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Danny Sherman (Scrabble)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Josh Pugh (Scrabble)
A sweetly left-foot strike as you’re likely to see, 25-yard effort was hit low and hard, giving the goalkeeper no chance
2) Ben Mandel (Hertswood Vale)
A stunning 35-yard strike to earn the bottom side a point against their title-chasing opponents
3) Sam Garson (Faithfold B)
A 35-yard left footed wonderstrike which swerved and dipped over the Bilbaum goalkeeper
4) Richard Hayim (Mill Hill Dons)
Zach Cohen delivered a beautiful rabona pass to Harry Moss on the wing, who crossed it for Richard Hayim who put it away calmly
5) Dan Lipman (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Struck a 25-yard left-footed thunderbolt from the corner of the 18-yard box
6) Jacob Kaye (Redbridge Jewish Care C)
Went past four players before burying it past the goalkeeper to cap off a fabulous solo goal
7) Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC)
Gideon Caller won the ball deep and wide on the left, fed a lovely ball to Jonti on the half way line. He left three Oakwood players in his wake before letting fly with a fizzing drive from 20 yards that perfectly found the bottom corner
8) Ben Mandel (Hertswood Vale)
Picked up the ball after a nice touch from Adrian Leibovitch to smash the ball home in off the post from 35 yards leaving the goalkeeper stranded
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Nati Kind (RC UK FC)
Prevented what looked like a certain goal when at full stretch, managed to tip the ball on to the bar and over
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Jason Stein (Oakwood B)
“We didn’t play well today. Too many basic errors, bad decisions and mental brain farts.”
2) Brandon Hamme (Mill Hill Dons)
“His rabona [Zack Cohen] in the set up to our fifth goal was a thing of beauty”
3) David Garbacz (Hendon United A)
“We are literally on fire at the moment”
4) Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)
“Best win of the season? Surely must be so. We are fourth in Division 2 and beat a team who are third in the Premier Division, have the best defence and have lost one game all season. Am I surprised? Absolutely not.”
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND: (number in brackets represents division of team)
ATHLETIC BILBAUM (1) 0 FAITHFOLD B (2) 3
Goals from Louis Taylor, Jeremy Teacher and Sam Garson saw The Greens heap more misery on struggling Bilbaum.
BRIXTON OLD BOYS (1) P BRADY MACCABI (Prem) P
BRIXTON PULLED OUT OF MATCH – TIE AWARDED TO BRADY
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A (Prem) 3 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B (1) 2
The A’s fought back from 2-0 down to avoid an upset and claim their place in the next round.
Michael Kenley’s double – his second coming from the penalty spot – had fired the B’s into an early lead.
However, Adam Burchell’s double, plus Charlie Rubin’s header saw Will Beresford’s side claim the win.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A (Prem) 4 REDBRIDGE B (1) 3 (AET)
Arguably tie of the day saw the Premier Division champions just about see off a spirited Redbridge side.
Nick Lewis scored twice for the victors, with Dave Cohen and Jack Roberts also on target.
Daniel Orgal, Kane Hopps and Scott Kay scored for Redbridge, for whom player-manager Sam Rank told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall, it was brilliant performance from the RJC B boys, who gave me a performance every manager could wish for. RJC B do have a very big squad, but with a lot of injuries, the new signings who came in were just outstanding. Special mentions today go to the back five, who stood up to challenge I asked from them, and were simply incredible.
“Fair play to Raiders, who found it frustrating at times, but won the cup tie with a brilliant goal.
“We wish them good luck for the remainder of competition, unless they play our A team.”
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B (1) P WOODFORD WANDERERS (Prem) P
WOODFORD PULLED OUT OF MATCH – TIE AWARDED TO RAIDERS
OAKWOOD A (Prem) 0 RC UK FC (2) 1
Avi Markiewicz’s side pulled off the result of the day as they stunned the Premier Division side thanks to Jonti Aremband’s strike.
Player-manager Avi Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Best win of the season? Surely must be so. We are fourth in Division Two and beat a team who are third in the Premier Divisio, have the best defence and have lost one game all season. Am I surprised? Absolutely not.
“We knew that Oakwood would be good on the ball and on such a large pitch we set up to counter that. We played five at the back, sat and allowed them possession in their half and sought to counter attack and it worked to perfection. Oakwood probably had around 75 percent of possession, but for all of that possession RC had the better opportunities.
“Oakwood didn’t have a single clear cut chance from open play. They were reduced to efforts from corners and pot shots. We on the other hand could have had four with some lightening breaks and scored with one of those breaks.
“Most of their long-range efforts were comfortably dealt with by Nati or the fencing behind the goal. They did have one shot that looked a certain goal until Nati at full stretch managed to tip the ball on to the bar and over. Nati had a flawless game but it speaks volumes about our team that he is not being nominated for Team of The Week despite a clean sheet against a Premiership team. The whole defence deserves a mention and were magnificent. David Brown, Josh Marlow, Aaron Luftig and Gideon Caller. RC’s midfield were equally as wondrous, Avi Mocton and Dudi Edreyi in the middle worked seamlessly together to shut down Oakwood over and over again and then broke tirelessly to take advantage of the counter. Likewise on the wings, Zalmy Cohen, Jonti Aremband and Eli Shebson were up and down the entire game.
“The key to the game was discipline and shape and RC didn’t loose focus for a second. Leor Harel turned up at 60 minutes after rushing from a family Bris and added much needed legs to the midfield and more than played his part in seeing the game out.
“Credit must go to Oakwood, it’s not easy to loose to a team a division below never mind two but they remained positive and didn’t get on each other’s backs. They were then very dignified in defeat, gracefully congratulating us on the win.
“There are no additional superlatives can I use to describe this astonishing team, I think the result and the scoreline says it all. We now have no excuses when it comes to any team in our division. The downside to all this is that I am going to be a fair bit out of pocket, promising that if we win, first round is on me. Jonti’s mum won’t be happy with that so he gets a Capri-Sun for his efforts. Having said that the cup run and the gate receipts that come with it will bring in a much needed cash injection into the RC coffers.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C (2) P
RAIDERS PULLED OUT OF MATCH – TIE AWARDED TO REDBRIDGE
HENDON UNITED A 7 FC TEAM A 0
Hendon increased their lead at the top of the table to four points as four goals from Zac Lewis helped them to this emphatic win.
Dovi Fehler, Josh Harris and Yehuda Korman completed the scoring for David Garbacz’s men.
Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We are literally on fire at the moment, we were totally dominant throughout – I can’t remember more than once when they ventured into our box and we looked likely to score every time we went forward.
“We kept the ball superbly and had a thoroughly enjoyable morning. Zac Lewis produced an absolute finishing master class. Every time he picks the ball up 20 yards out with a couple of defenders in front of him, you know he is going to score. It’s an incredible feeling – he was so good I felt like taking him off as it just wasn’t fair to the opposition. All of his goals were brilliant but it wasn’t just about Zac, the whole team played with great confidence and it was a joy to watch.
“We must not let our standards drop – we want to consolidate our position at the top and that means this type of quality week, in week out. If we can keep it up we will be incredibly hard to overhaul, congratulations to my boys today – simply magnificent.”
Team player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “When we do not have our strongest 11 against the top three sides in the division, I need everyone to perform to their best. Not one of my players were anywhere near that today and we were deservedly beaten. Our use of the ball when we won it back was the worst I have ever seen from my team and we must be braver in possession against the better teams.
“Hendon are an excellent young side and Lewis’ finishing and composure is tremendous. This brought an end to a great run we had been on and now all focus is on the Peter Morrison tie against SPEC when we look to welcome back some of our big players.”
LOS BLANCOS 0 FINCHLEY CITY 1
Finchley moved up into joint-fourth place as Oliver Sade’s strike proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Manager Joel Holder told jewishnews.co.uk: “There were unbelievable scenes at the end of what is probably the most memorable game of the season. When Oli stepped up to take the free-kick from 25 yards deep into stoppage time, we all felt on the touchline that he still had some magic left. When the ball left his foot, mayhem erupted, it was utter carnage.
“We started the game very slowly and Blancos came out of the traps very quickly. We were very lucky to not be a couple of goals down in the first twenty minutes. Having said that we also had a couple of golden chances.
“Daniel Sinclair was a colossus at the back and controlled their attack. Three clean-sheets on the trot is very encouraging so it is important for us to recognise his contribution as it was a very impressive performance.
“We are quietly climbing up the league and I think we are establishing ourselves as a force to be reckoned with. There is a lot of quality throughout the squad and it’s been difficult to leave some good players out of the team. There is a fantastic spirit at the club and the camaraderie amongst the boys is top class. We are taking each game as it comes and I believe we are only going to improve as the season continues.”
SCRABBLE 3 OAKWOOD B 1
Scrabble put themselves right back in title-chase as they dashed Oakwood’s in the process.
Josh Bentley, Josh Pugh and Dan Sherman goals seeing them to the win.
Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was without doubt our best performance of the season to date against a very good Oakwood side.
“We had a different game plan today to our normal high intensity stuff and we carried it through perfectly.
“The pre-match comments by the Oakwood manager, whilst they were a friendly bit of banter, certainly helped us as there is nothing better than dealing with that sort of thing on the pitch with our football and walking away with the points. I am one very happy Scrabble manager!
“We’ve only been beaten once this season in the league and that was in the opening game of the season when we had several players missing and a makeshift goalkeeper.
“It was also great to see captain Josh Tiano free from injury and back in our starting line up today. I am proud of the work rate the boys put in today and we truly controlled the game when it mattered.
“Now we are closing in on the top three and as I’ve said before this League will go to the wire with three or four clubs in contention and looking to win the league but we are happy to have three more points in the bag after today’s performance.”
Daniel Seligman scored for Oakwood, direct from a corner to equalise, with manager Jason Stein telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We didn’t play well today. Too many basic errors, bad decisions and mental brain farts.
“We had a spell at 1-1 in the first half where I thought we played the expansive football we are capable of, but other than that we had very little else.
“Unfortunately we let ourselves down – especially in the second half – and it just didn’t work out. We’ve now got to bounce straight back next week against Los Blancos.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY 1 REAL HENDON 2
Real Hendon claimed a much-needed three points as two goals from joint-player-manager Chaim Gothold saw them to the win.
Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “We rode our luck a bit, but going into the break 1-0 down, we did very well in the second half to win the game. We worked extremely well as a team and can be proud of our performance today.
HERTSWOOD VALE 2 TEMPLE FORTUNE 2
Fortune spurned the chance to close the gap on the leaders as they were surprisingly held by the bottom side.
Jordan Sharafian and Gab Stone scored for Fortune, for whom manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “There’s not a lot to say, it was a disappointing performance and the boys know that. It should have been a comfortable win, there’s no excuses.
“Well done to Hertswood and I wish them a lot of luck for the rest of the season.”
Josh Gorb and Ben Mandel earned the hosts a point, for whom joint-manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “We’re delighted with the point against a team, who are second in the table, having only lost once all season. Unfortunately for Fortune, having smashed us 6-1 only three weeks earlier, the lads weren’t prepared to let them have another crack.
“I’m proud of every single player for an incredible team performance. But it’s back to the working week before we take on L’Equipe next Sunday with the intention of ending their unbeaten start to the season. Why not.”
MILL HILL DONS 7 FC TEAM B 1
The Dons moved up into fifth spot thanks to this crushing win.
Zach Cohen helped himself to four goals, Richard Hayim chipped in with two, with Adam Isaacs also on target.
Manager Brandon Hamme told jewishnews.co.uk: “I think today was the best we played all season, we looked very comfortable throughout both going forward and defensively.
“We look so much better than we did a few months ago and I have to give credit to all the players because they have completely bought into the system and have given it 100 percent yet again today.
“I feel like we can head into any game for the rest of the season, with confidence that we can get a result. If this form continues, promotion could become a real possibility. Delighted with the win and the result and already looking forward to the Mill Hill Derby in two week’s time.”
Jacob Symons scored Team’s consolation.
REDBRIDGE C 5 BOCA JEWNIORS 1
Redbridge are up into third spot after this convincing win.
Barry Green, Dan Lipman, Jacob Kaye, Craig Phillips and Ben Oldstein scored for Redbridge, with manager Josh Hambling telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a good professional type of display, just not by professional footballers although I’m sure most Jewish lads believe they’re as good as Messi.
“We dominated the game from front to back and did what we needed to do. 1-0 up at half-time, the only concern was how it was only one. Communication was excellent today and that was one thing I wanted us to work on.
“There were some great performances all round, none more so than myself. Being a player-manager has its advantages and disadvantages. As most other managers who are in the same boat, you always feel reluctant to start or give yourself a full game for the good of the team. Today I thought after our recent run I’ll give myself an early Chanukah treat and play the full 90. Bossed the midfield, won everything in the air, dictated play, Jon Jacobs will be calling me up next week I’m certain of it!
“We scored some great goals, notably Dan Lipman’s 25-yard left-footed thunderbolt from the corner of the 18-yard box (he is right footed) and Jacob Kaye with a fantastic solo effort, passing four players before burying it past the goalkeeper to cap off a brilliant game.
“I’m not getting carried away with this game. Next week is Faithfold away where it will be a different contest altogether. We’re confident in getting the job done so as long as we stay focused and train hard in the week then we should do the double on them.”
Boca’s assistant manager Anton Nyman scored the visitor’s consolation, and he told jewishnews.co.uk: “Two early and perhaps avoidable goals in either half really did the damage for us today. And despite the consolation strike, we were missing too many key players to make a real impact on the game.