RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP A
Norstar London Raiders C 3 L’Equipe 0
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP B
Maccabi London Lions Green 4 Boca Jewniors 0
Norstar London Raiders B P FC Team B P
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP C
AC Mill Hill 1 Blizzard Storm 3
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP D
Hendon United B 1 Oakwood B 3
Jewdinese 0 Temple Fortune 1
Harmen 1 Oakwood A 3
Hendon United Sports A 1 FC Team A 1
Maccabi London Lions Blue 0 Norstar London Raiders A 4
North West Neasden 1 Faithfold A 0
Woodford Wanderers 1 Redbridge Jewish Care A 3
Brady Maccabi 3 Camden Park 2
Bixton Old Boys 1 SPEC 2
Redbridge Jewish Care B P Athletic Bilbaum P
King Crown 2 London Rovers 3
Real Sosobad 2 Shacharit Donetsk 0
WEEK 27 MATCH REPORTS:
PETER MORRISON TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL:
AFC Flixton VS FC Team B
Leeds Maccabi VS MLL Spartans
*Harmen & Hendon A have qualified for the semi-finals
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL:
North West Neasden VS Hendon United Sports A – WINNER TO FACE NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
DAVID GORDON (FC TEAM A)
SCOTT SHEAR (REAL SOSOBAD)
LEE FEGAN (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
ADAM LEVENE (BLIZZARD STORM)
SCOTT BENSON (BRADY MACCABI)
ALEX LEVACK (FAITHFOLD A)
ROB SAMFORD (FC TEAM A)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON UNITED B)
JONO NESBITT (HENDON UNITED B)
DAVID RHODES (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
ADAM LEVESON (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
JOSH TIANO (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
ELLIOTT COULTON (REAL SOSOBAD)
ADAM HAKIMI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
PAUL RICH (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
DAVID JAMES COHEN (FC TEAM A)
YOAV LEBENS (FC TEAM A)
JON WEISZ (FC TEAM A)
ETHAN ZONE (HENDON UNITED A)
YOSH SILVERMAN (LONDON ROVERS)
SCOTT KAY (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DAN LASSMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
MICHAEL BYERS (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
SHIM BENSOOR (FC TEAM A)
LIRON MANNIE (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
DEAN NYMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DEAN NYMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A) – Woodford goalkeeper cleared the ball straight to Nyman, who standing in the centre circle, flicked the ball up and volleyed it straight over his head
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SCOTT SHEAR (REAL SOSOBAD) x1- Faced with prolific striker Adam Ellis bearing down on him one-on-one, made a great save
2) SCOTT SHEAR (REAL SOSOBAD) x2- Pulled off a brilliant save from a free-kick
3) DAVID GORDON (FC TEAM A) – A shot inside the box from the Hendon striker in the 80th minute was heading into the bottom right hand corner, that was until Gordon dropped down to his left with a great diving save to push the ball wide.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DANIEL SHAFRON (REAL SOSOBAD) – Away from today’s win, we also offered Adam Ellis a contract for next season with a tidy signing on bonus so let’s hope he sees sense.
2) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “I accept this will sound like sour grapes but we had a goalmouth scramble where the ball was a good two yards over the line before being literally scooped out by their defender. If he doesn’t see the ball go in, then the handball could be seen by everyone yet unbelievably he waves play on. It simply is not good enough in a match of this importance. He got a good 50 percent of all corners and throw ins wrong and their goal comes from a corner which was a clear goal kick. I don’t like complaining about officials and we fully appreciate they are doing their best but this was not good enough by a long way.
3) BEN GILBEY (FC TEAM A) – “I have read the Hendon managers comments about a handball on the line in the dying moments of the game. I can’t have been more than 20 yards away from it and honestly I didn’t see any handball. It was a goal mouth scramble, with body’s piling in, I don’t know how he can be so sure that it was a handball. I thought overall the referee had a good game, in my opinion at the lower levels of football, one of the best things a referee can do is to try his best to let a game flow, rather than stop start and that is what he did.”
4) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “This result gives Raiders a huge advantage – we will fight to the end of course and never give up but it is now very much theirs to lose.”
WEEK 27 GAMES:
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY:
GROUP A: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 3 L’EQUIPE (2) 0
Raiders inched closer to booking their place in the last eight thanks to this ultimately comfortable win.
Will Ufland scored from the penalty spot, with Adam Leveson and Nick Haringman also on target.
Player-manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “A comfortable 3-0 win on a terrible terrible pitch in Mill Hill Park. We feel we should have and perhaps could have scored more goals as they missed several chances. We defended solidly and restricted L’Equipe to barely any shots, certainly no more than one or two on target. A great result for the Oranges to bounce back after the defeat to Camden Park and it means that the game against London Rovers is a must win and should be a really good game.”
|Camden Park (1)||2||1||1||0||7||5||2||4|
|London Rovers (3)||2||1||0||1||6||5||1||3|
|NL Raiders C (2)||2||1||0||1||5||4||1||3|
GROUP B: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN (3) 4 BOCA JEWNIORS (3) 0
The Lions won the battle to avoid the wooden spot, running out comfortable winners in this dead rubber of a match.
Josh Platt, Dan Reuben, player-manager David Pollock and Grant Bates all on target.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B (1) P FC TEAM B (2) P
MATCH POSTPONED – RAIDERS UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE
|FC Team B (2)||3||3||0||0||7||2||5||9|
|NL Raiders B (1)||3||2||0||1||2||0||2||6|
|London Lions Green (3)||3||1||0||2||6||6||0||3|
GROUP C: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
AC MILL HILL (2) 1 BLIZZARD STORM (1) 3
Storm closed in on a last-eight position, while Mill Hill are all but out of the competition.
Ben Ellis, Mitch Green and Dean Shaw all scored in the last ten minutes for Storm to set up what then looked like an unlikely victory. Player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic last 10 minutes, the boys dug deep to turn the game on its head.
“Mill Hill defended well to hold a 1-0 the lead but to be honest, the best team won on the day. We missed countless amount of chances and in the last 20 minutes threw everything at them!!!
“Credit to my lads for a never-say-die attitude, this will put us in good spirits for our final group game against Los Blancos, win that and we are in the last eight.”
Ben Zloof had fired the hosts ahead but it all went wrong for them in the second half.
Manager Daniel Beresford told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a tough test and I thought we played well in stages up against a good solid side from the Division above. We coped with the pressure and should have held out for at least a draw, but two defensive errors allowed them to nick it with 10 minutes to go.
“Ben put us ahead just after half-time, but after missing a few chances first half, they really had nothing in the second and I feel we should have hung on for a point. But if you don’t clear the ball, good sides will punish you and I think they know that they got a lucky escape today.
Credit to them they were the better side with the ball but we defended and battled hard and deserved something out the game.”
|Blizzard Storm (1)||2||1||0||1||4||4||0||3|
|Los Blancos (1)||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||1|
|AC Mill Hill (2)||2||1||1||0||3||5||-2||1|
GROUP D: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
HENDON UNITED B (3) 1 OAKWOOD B (2) 3
Oakwood booked their place in the last eight, while at the same time, dashing Hendon’s.
Despite missing several key players, Hendon got off to a blistering start and were ahead within a few minutes, a neat exchange saw Benji Silverblatt find Joni Kleiman, whose perfectly weighted through ball released Benni Sluckis, and he lobbed the onrushing goalkeeper. However, Oakwood soon found their stride and began to take command of the game as Hendon struggled to retain possession, and by half-time were 2-1 up.
Hendon improved after the break and despite Oakwood continuing to dominate, had a couple of half chances to level as Sluckis almost scored an identical goal to his opener but his lob landed wide. Oakwood put the game to bed 10 minutes before the end as they added a third.
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were very short on numbers this week, we had a patched up side with several guys playing out of position and several carrying knocks. Special praise to Jono Nesbitt who was superb at full back and Ezekiel Jacob who held the defence together. We can’t have any complaints today, we were beaten by a better side. The work rate was good, but quality wise we could not match them. However we’re still in with a chance of qualification and hopefully a win over Temple Fortune next week will be enough to put us through.
Jacob Richler Kleiman, James Abrams and Dan Abrams were all on target for the O’s, for whom manager Jason stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m absolutely delighted to reach the quarter-finals with a game to spare.
“We were comfortably the better side today, but certainly made hard work of it by going behind after a minute or so. But the character the lads showed was magnificent. We’ll need that quality with some big games to come.
“Dan Abrams made a long awaited debut for Oakwood and marked it with a goal while James Abrams also impressed on his return to the side. We may have sealed the top spot in the group, but we’ll be taking the Jewdinese game next week very seriously.
“There has been some needle between the two sides this year and I was surprised to hear they lost to Temple Fortune. The game against them is a good chance for us to work on some of the things I want us to improve on.
“I’m certainly looking forward to traveling to Nyon for the quarter final draw.”
JEWDINESE (2) 0 TEMPLE FORTUNE (3) 1
Fortune kept alive their hopes qualifying for the last eight as they bounced back from last week’s defeat to claim a vital win.
Fortune player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “Our effort was very apparent, significantly better than last week and everyone got stuck in. The overall conditions were excellent but the very dry pitch made it a very difficult surface – bobbly and very fast. It certainly wasn’t the best performance of our season, but it was maybe or most committed. A great response from last week. Very happy with everyone.”
Mike Byers netted the all-important goal for Fortune.
|Oakwood B (2)||2||2||0||0||11||2||9||6|
|Temple Fortune (3)||2||1||0||1||2||8||-6||3|
|Hendon United B (3)||2||0||1||1||5||7||-2||1|
HARMEN 1 OAKWOOD A 3
Two goals from Dave Woolman, coupled with Dan Selwyn’s strike saw the O’s claim a massive win to boost their hopes of avoiding a relegation scrap, while the defeat also officially ended any lingering hopes Harmen had of being involved in the title scrap.
HENDON UNITED A 1 FC TEAM A 1
Hendon surprisingly dropped two points in the title race as struggling Team held them to a draw.
David Seitler scored for the treble holders, with manager David Garbacz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were incredibly disappointed not to come away with all three points today.
“After Daveput us ahead early on with a great finish, it looked like it would be quite a routine morning. However, it proved anything but as Team put us under a lot of pressure with a barrage of long balls and for some inexplicable reason we could not turn our possession into goals. We were nowhere near as sharp as we usually are but even so there is no excuse for letting them back into the game and for not killing it off ourselves.
“We then found ourselves getting increasingly frustrated by a succession of poor refereeing and offside decisions culminating in a complete shocker in injury time. I accept this will sound like sour grapes but we had a goalmouth scramble where the ball was a good two yards over the line before being literally scooped out by their defender. If he doesn’t see the ball go in, then the handball could be seen by everyone yet unbelievably he waves play on. It simply is not good enough in a match of this importance. He got a good 50 percent of all corners and throw ins wrong and their goal comes from a corner which was a clear goal kick. I don’t like complaining about officials and we fully appreciate they are doing their best but this was not good enough by a long way.
“All credit to FC Team – they got their tactics spot on – defended well and put us under pressure with their big guys. We wish them well for the rest of the season – hopefully they will be as committed when they play Raiders.”
Shim Bensoor netted for the visitors, with manager Ben Gilbey telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Sunday was a great result for us and we really deserved it. Over the last month or so we have really started to play together as a team, with more concentration on our shape and to stop leaking as many goals as we have been this year.
“It was the fourth time we have played Hendon this season on Sunday and we were determined to get something out of the game, as we had lost the three previous encounters. We knew that we were going to have to dig in and make it hard for them, so we sat a bit deeper, got in behind that ball and then pressed them.
“After hitting the bar, post and a few great saves fromthe Hendons goalkeeper, we finally scored in the 85th minute, which was well deserved. I have read the Hendon managers comments about a handball on the line in the dying moments of the game. I can’t have been more than 20 yards away from it and honestly I didn’t see any handball. It was a goal mouth scramble, with body’s piling in, I don’t know how he can be so sure that it was a handball. I thought overall the referee had a good game, in my opinion at the lower levels of football, one of the best things a referee can do is to try his best to let a game flow, rather than stop start and that is what he did.
“I do think Hendon are the best team in the league, which is why I personally was so happy with the result and if I had to put money on a team winning the league, I would probably still put it on Hendon. On Sunday though I think that we got our tactics spot on, we pulled together as a team, which was far from full strength and worked hard to get that point. We still have to play Norstar this season, so we may be Hendon’s enemy this week, but we may be their best friends in weeks to come.
“There is a real character about our team and some great players, we are unbeaten in 3 now all against teams above us. We still have six games left and I strongly believe that we can finish in that top five! Up the Team!”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 0 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 4
The Raiders keep up the pressure on Hendon as they came away from Rowley Lane with this comprehensive win.
Liron Mannie, Ricky Engleman, David Dinkin and Jonny Kay all found the back of the net.
Manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: ” A week is a long time in football and after the disappointment of last weekend we are much more content this Monday morning. We have found that every game this season provides a test and despite playing against a depleted Lions side we were still made to work hard for the three points. All that mattered though was securing the three points and we did that comfortably in the end.
“There were some good positives to take out the game, our captain David Rhodes came through his first game in a month unscathed and was at his imperious best, Adam Joselyn looked very sharp on his first start since September and Liron Mannie was somewhere close to his unplayable best. A quick word also on David Dinkin who showed his undoubted talent with a superb diving header, he has been unlucky the last few weeks to find Stock and Mannie in such good form but he will be hugely important as the season reaches the closing stage.
“Another game ticked off and another three points, we move on to Fairlop and Woodford for what no doubt will be another tough fixture where we will do our utmost to secure another important three points.”
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 1 FAITHFOLD A 0
Neasden boosted their chances of beating the drop as Zack Macloud’s 90th minute strike saw them claim what could prove to be a priceless win.
Manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was the first of seven cup finals and the boys got the rub of the green when needed. It was about time we edged the game, this was the first time we had not got beaten in so many games this season by the odd goal. It was what the boys deserved.
“The goal summed up the game very messy, this was probably one of our worst performances of the season and if anything, we didn’t deserve to win with both teams very poor in the last third, a draw would have been fair. I’m therefore delighted to get the three points which will only give us confidence going into our next five league games, and I would also like to nominate the referee for referee of the week. He talked to both sets of players like men never talked down to them and did not make the game about himself unlike some refs it was a very competitive game which he made look easy.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3
Two goals from Dean Nyman – including one goal of the season contender – helped Redbridge win this Essex derby. Rich Caplin claimed their third.
BRADY MACCABI 3 CAMDEN PARK 2
Brady kept alive their hopes of a top-three finish as two goals from Josh Newman, along with Sam Monjack’s strike, saw them win this five-goal thriller.
Player-manager Josh Dagul told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great team performance and win for us today. It means that we are still on course for a third placed finish so we will aim to continue our good run and win our remaining two games.”
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1 SPEC 2
SPEC claimed the win they needed to guarantee Division One football next season thanks to Craig Cohen’s double.
Player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “A great win to confirm that we stay up. Craig Cohen got both goals, and his first was particular special, but it was a team effort and now all our attention turns to the Barry Goldstein Trophy.”
Ran Subara scored for Brixton.
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P ATHLETIC BILBAUM P
MATCH POSTPONED – BILBAUM UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE
KING CROWN 2 LONDON ROVERS 3
The champions made it 16 wins from 17 games as Crown saw their promotion hopes take a dent.
Zack Lewis, Dovi Vogel and Yehoshua Silverman were all on target for the visitors, for whom manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “I have mixed emotions because I’m obviously happy to have won the game, but we didn’t play well which I found a little frustrating. Crown played well but our quality in front of goal was the difference. Hopefully next week we can win and play well.”
REAL SOSOBAD 2 SHACHARIT DONETSK 0
Sosobad kept up their promotion challenge thanks to goals from Josh Jacobs and Barry Green.
Sosobad manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a real battle in very difficult conditions. Shacharit sat deep and looked for the long ball over the top all game which our defence and holding players dealt with brilliantly. The boys showed great character and great shape. We knew that their striker was going to be a nuisance and I am proud of the team stopping him from getting on the scoresheet for the first time in weeks. They might have the top striker, but stats don’t lie. We have the best defence in the division, period. We didn’t win pretty, but we got the job done and that’s what is needed at times.
“Rovers have done us a favour albeit with a lot for us to do still but the team buzzing for every game. We believe we are the best team in this division and we have fallen at a couple of hurdles but we’ll push to the end!
“Away from this we also offered Adam Ellis a contract for next season with a tidy signing on bonus so let’s hope he sees sense. Onwards to Boca next week!”