RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP QUARTER-FINAL
AFC Flixton 2 FC Team 0
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL
North West Neasden 2 Hendon United A 4
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP A
London Rovers 3 Norstar London Raiders C 2
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP C
Los Blancos 4 Blizzard Storm 3
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP D
Jewdinese 3 Oakwood B 7
Temple Fortune 0 Hendon United B 6
Redbridge Jewish Care A 2 Harmen 4
Woodford Wanderers 0 Norstar London Raiders A 4
L’Equipe 1 AC Whetstone 4
Faithfold B 4 Maccabi London Lions Green 3
Real Sosobad P Boca Jewniors P
**PETER MORRISON TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL:
Leeds Maccabi VS MLL Spartans – tie to be played 29 March
*Harmen, Hendon A & AFC Flixton have qualified for the semi-finals – semi-final draw to be made on 30 March – ties to be played on 19 April
**CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FINAL:
Hendon United Sports A VS Norstar London Raiders A
**BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY QUARTER-FINALS:
FC Team B VS Hendon United B
Camden Park VS Runners Up Gp C
Winner Gp C VS London Rovers
Oakwood B VS NLR B
All ties to be played on 12 April. Semi-finals scheduled for 10 April – all ties will take precedent over any League games.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM TEMPLE FORTUNE 0 HENDON UNITED B 6
PENALTY OR DIVE? YOU DECIDE!
WEEK 28 MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
DAN KOSKY (FAITHFOLD B)
STEVEN MURAD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JON TOBY (FC TEAM B)
GLEN TURNER (HENDON UNITED B)
ARON LUFTIG (LONDON ROVERS)
DAN ANDREWS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
CRAIG EDWARDS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
SCOTT KAY (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH TIANO (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
MARC CONWAY (OAKWOOD B)
TOMER TRICOT (AC WHETSTONE)
ADAM GILMAN (AFC FLIXTON)
ROB JACOBS (AFC FLIXTON)
GREG CORIN (HENDON UNITED A)
BEN LAUFFER (HENDON UNITED A)
GAB SAUL (HENDON UNITED B)
JOSH BHARIER (LONDON ROVERS)
DOVI VOGEL (LONDON ROVERS)
CRAIG COLE (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
STEVE FIELD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
ROB MURAD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DAN ORGEL (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH WEINER (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DAVE EDEN (OAKWOOD B)
JACOB RICHLER KLEIMAN (OAKWOOD B)
CRAIG SANDFORD (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
DAN GORDON (FAITHFOLD B)
ALEX BOWMAN (HARMEN)
BENNI SLUCKIS (HENDON UNITED B)
SIMON MOSES (LOS BLANCOS)
ADAM ARNOLD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GAB SAUL (HENDON UNITED B) – A crisp left-footed strike from just outside the box which fizzed in off the post, the Temple Fortune goalkeeper didn’t move.
2) DAVE SEITLER (HENDON UNITED A) – Picked the ball up in his own half, ran past two players before cutting inside and lobbing the goalkeeper from 18 yards – a great finish from a quality player.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DAN KOSKY (FAITHFOLD B) – Reacting to a cross, he got down to a shot by the post while having several Lions players bearing down on him
2) YAAKOV GOLDIN (LONDON ROVERS) – Stuck out a hand as he dived low and backwards, arching his back, to somehow keep out a downward header from eight yards out which was destined for the far corner, palming it around the post for a corner
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JASON STEIN (OAKWOOD B) – “Some would say it’s the greatest comeback since Likud somehow returned to power. I couldn’t possibly comment though
2) CLIVE NATHAN (AC WHETSTONE) – “We now look forward to the last ever game for AC Whetstone. Anthony and I will be working on the team talk this week and trying not to cry as we do so!”
3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “This was proper old school Sunday football – shocking facilities, an awful bobbly park pitch and two totally committed teams with the end result the great prize of another cup final at Wingate
4) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “Everyone is thrilled except for my missus that is as it is her 50th birthday on the bank holiday weekend of the final and we were supposed to be going away – how do you fancy the Holiday Inn in Wingate darling instead?”
WEEK 28 GAMES:
PETER MORRISON CUP QUARTER-FINAL: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
AFC FLIXTON 2 FC TEAM B (2) 0
Flixton ensured there will be two Northern teams in the last four of the Peter Morrison Cup after they beat the MGBSFL’s Division Two champions on Sunday afternoon.
Leor Sidle, with an 18-yard shot and Mike Sacks’ header put pay to Team’s hopes of causing an upset.
Team player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “I firstly would like to congratulate Flixton. They are a strong team with an exceptional defence and they deserved to win the game. With a depleted squad my team gave everything on the day. We frustrated Flixton all the way up to the 75th minute when Sidle scored. I am proud of the efforts and on another day with a bigger squad we probably would have caused more of a threat. Now our focus turns solely to the BGT Trophy where we will be doing all we can to get to Wingate, Finally I would like to thank all those at Flixton for their kind hospitality and wish them well in the competition.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN SEMI-FINAL: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
NORTH WEST NEASDEN (Prem) 2 HENDON UNITED A (Prem) 4
Hendon moved a step closer to securing their historic treble after they won this all-Premier Division clash to set up a mouthwatering final against Norstar London Raiders A.
Dovi Fehler, Ari Nevies, Dave Seitler, and Avi Korman from the penalty spot, booking their place to Wembley.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was proper old school Sunday football – shocking facilities , an awful bobbly park pitch and two totally committed teams with the end result the great prize of another cup final at Wingate.
“Neasden were nothing like the team we played a few weeks ago – they played really well and at times had us quite rattled . At 1-1 midway through the second half they missed a chance when clean through and two one-on-ones against our goalkeeper Russell. It was a pivotal turning point as 10 minutes later we were 3-1 up and although they pulled one back again we immediately went two clear again and the game was over.
“Today was all about the result – we knew the pitch would be quite a leveller and they were also set up in a way which made them very hard to break down. We needed to stay focused but eventually our extra class did tell with Ben Lauffer Greg and Dave Seitler all putting in fine performances. It was also very encouraging to see Ari Last back to somewhere near his best after his long lay off.
“Full credit to Neasden though – we raise our glasses to them for a great battling display and we wish them all the best in their fight against relegation for the rest of the season.
“For us we are all absolutely thrilled to be able to defend our trophy back at Wingate in a few weeks time against Raiders in what should be a cracking game although our focus immediately now turns to the league decider against them next week.
“Everyone is thrilled except for my missus that is as it is her 50th birthday on the bank holiday weekend of the final and we were supposed to be going away – how do you fancy the Holiday Inn in Wingate darling instead ?”
Neasden manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a game we had no right to win for many reasons. On Friday night we only had seven regualar players available, and ended up having four players who don’t normally play help us out so we could fulfil our fixture, let alone think of getting to a final.
“We got the boys at the ground early to come up with a game plan. Well not only did we get them organised, but by the end of the 90 minutes we had come of the pitch knowing we nearly pulled of one the biggest surprises of the season. We actually felt disappointed, every player gave everything, they followed our game plan to the letter. At 1-1 we carved Hendon up and with an open goal, hit the post.
“For a 20 minute spell, no question Hendon were rocking and you could see on their faces the unbelievable could happen. But like all class sides they came out with a great goal, but even when in front we didn’t give in and with Adam Arnold in fantastic form – he scored two fantastic goals and if it was not for three great saves, could have had five. It was only with five minutes to go when we were chasing the equaliser that Hendon broke and got a penalty which allowed them to think about going to Wingate.
“As a cup tie goes this was a classic which I was so proud of my players’ part in it, they were truly superb I came off the field proud but sad. I would like to wish David and his Hendon team all the best for the final, their attitude and behaviour during and after the game was first class.”
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY:
GROUP A: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
LONDON ROVERS (3) 3 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 2
Rovers booked their place in the last eight as goals from Avi Markiewicz, a Liam Stein own goal and Akiva Zneimer strike saw them edge this five-goal thriller.
Rovers manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great cup tie. Raiders are a good bunch and it was end to end stuff. Again I think our attacking quality was the difference today and in the last 15 minutes we must have missed around five one-on-ones. We’re very excited to progress in this competition and let’s see where it takes us.”
|London Rovers (3)||3||2||0||1||9||7||2||7|
|Camden Park (1)||2||1||1||0||7||5||2||4|
|NL Raiders C (2)||3||1||0||2||7||7||0||3|
GROUP B: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
|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)
LOS BLANCOS (1) 4 BLIZZARD STORM (1) 3
A Simon Moses hat-trick helped the Blancos boys to this thrilling win, and put them on the verge of qualifying for the last eight of the tournament.
Adam Hersh claimed their other goal.
Storm player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It wasn’t to be our day, Los blancos deserved to win the match – Moses has been a revelation for them in the second half of the season.
“It’s disappointing to go out the cup, how four of the top six seeds got drawn together I’ll never know, however we should have done better over the three games and there’s no excuses.
“I’m happy with how our season went considering the injuries and the fact I never had a consistent keeper for the entire campaign, we still missed out on promotion by three points.
“We can build on this season, bring in a few new players and put together a squad that can compete and have a serious promotion push next season. Good luck to Blancos, great bunch of guys.”
|Los Blancos (1)||2||1||1||0||4||3||1||4|
|Blizzard Storm (1)||3||1||0||2||6||7||-1||3|
|AC Mill Hill (2)||2||1||1||0||3||5||-2||1|
GROUP D: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
JEWDINESE (2) 3 OAKWOOD B (2) 7
Oakwood turned around a 3-2 half-time losing deficit to emerge 7-3 winners as they finished off their group campaign with a 100 percent winning record.
Jacob Richler Kleiman claimed a hat-trick, with James Abrams, Dave Eden, Elliot Jackson and Marc Hymo all getting on the scoresheet.
Oakwood manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Delighted with the win given we found ourselves 3-0 down. Some would say it’s the greatest comeback since Likud somehow returned to power. I couldn’t possibly comment though.
“We were the far better side but we were our own worst enemy for 10 minutes. Sloppy errors, individual mistakes and a poor attitude saw Jewdinese go three-up. They’re a quick and clinical side and it was really poor from us. What followed was more like it as we stuck seven on the scoresheet.
“There were some bizarre accusations floating around after the game that our goalkeeper Jacob Ailion wasn’t registered. That’s nonsense. He’s been registered for Oaks since the end of the last year. Conspiracy theories aside, Jewdinese played the game in a good spirit and it was a testing encounter.
“We’ve come to the boil nicely. Four wins in a row and 22 goals scored. We’re buzzing for the quarter-final and we’ll be confident no matter who we face.”
Olli Shmit scored twice for the hosts, with Simon Cohen adding a third, all three goals coming before the break.
TEMPLE FORTUNE (3) 0 HENDON UNITED B (3) 6
Hendon booked their place in the quarter-final as a hat-trick from Ben Sluckis helped them to this emphatic win. Glen Turner, Jaimie Grossman and Gab Saul completed the rout.
Fortune player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “I just want to thank the TFFC players that played and ensured that we had a game go ahead. We had a total of 17 players that were not able to make the game for various reasons.
“I am very disappointed in the leagues overall conduct regarding this minor cup and that is all I shall say on the matter. Best of luck to Hendon for the rest of the tournament.”
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW…
|Oakwood B (2)||3||3||0||0||18||5||10||9|
|Hendon United B (3)||3||1||1||1||13||7||6||4|
|Temple Fortune (3)||3||1||0||2||8||8||0||3|
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 2 HARMEN 4
Redbridge saw their hopes of finishing in the top-three suffer a blow, as they were beaten by a Harmen side who are now odds on to claim that spot.
James Gershfield bagged a hat-trick to help set up the win, with Alex Bowman also on target.
Harmen player-manager Joel Alterman told jewishnews.co.uk: “With only 11 regular players able to make the trip to Essex, we were concerned that Redbridge, who have been performing well all season, may move a further 3 points ahead of us as we battle it out for 3rd place in the league. It certainly looked that way when Redbridge scored the opener with only seven minutes on the clock, but rather than lie down and let Redbridge take control of the game, we lifted ourselves and with Gershfield hitting top form and another hat-trick, aided by the excellent Alex Bowman, the win was comfortable in the end.”
Dean Nyman and Craig Sandford scored for Redbridge, for whom player-manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was all about a poor refereeing decision at 1-2 – it was a blatant penalty for everyone but the referee saw it and from then who knows what would have been? Credit though to them, they took their chances well.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 0 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 4
Norstar closed the gap at the top of the table to three points – with two games in hand still on Hendon – as they won at rock-bottom Woodford.
Ben Joseph and Liron Mannie both scored two each, for whom manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We did exactly what we had to do yesterday, securing another all important three points. The game was not much in the way of a spectacle, the pitch made it difficult to play any football and Woodford were set up to nullify and negate any threat from us. From our point of view it was just important to stay patient and take our chances when they arrived. I have seen us more clinical than yesterday but we are happy with a second consecutive 4-0 victory and quite impressively that is now the fourth league game in a row we have managed to score four goals in. It sets us up nicely for what should be a classic this Sunday against Hendon.”
L’EQUIPE 1 AC WHETSTONE 4
Whetstone moved up into fifth spot as they claimed this impressive win in what is the club’s penultimate game.
Jonah Gordon-Boyd, Dan Cohen, Aaron Benjamin and Tomer Tricot all found the back of the net for the visitors.
Joint-manager Clive Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “L’Equipe have been something of a bogey team for us, but today we got what we deserved. We didn’t play well in the first half on a poor pitch but were still the better team. In the second half we pushed further forward and should have had six.
“We now look forward to the last ever game for AC Whetstone. Anthony and I will be working on the team talk this week and trying not to cry as we do so!”
FAITHFOLD B 4 LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 3
Faithfold kept up their faint hopes of a top-three finish as they won their penultimate game of the season in thrilling style after fighting back from being 2-0 and 3-2 down.
Dan Gordon’s hat-trick helped them to the win, with Leor Harel also on target. Manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a really good end to end game, played in good spirit and there wasn’t a bad foul in the game. It was played at a good pace with each team wanting to win.
“At this stage of the season you don’t expect such competitive games from two teams not at full strength but that’s what it was. We managed to edge it but well done to both teams for such an entertaining game.
“The game was also superbly refereed by Martin Lavender, he didn’t make a wrong decision all game and had it under control from start to finish.”
REAL SOSOBAD P BOCA JEWNIORS P
MATCH POSTPONED – BOCA UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE