There was a resounding win for the Premier Division champions, dramatic ones for Blizzard Storm & FC Team A, FC Team B and Brady Maccabi B played out a 2-2 thriller and there was a win for Jewish News-sponsored Real Hendon!…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents Division of team):
FC Team C (2) 2 Maccabi London Lions B (2) 7
Woodford Wanderers (1) 0 Oakwood A (Prem) 2
Camden Park 8 Faithfold A 1
FC Team A 3 Redbridge A 1
Maccabi London Lions A 1 Blizzard Storm 2
North London Raiders A 7 Harmen 2
Faithfold B 1 Oakwood B 4
FC Team B 2 Brady Maccabi 2
Los Blancos P Brixton Old Boys P (Brixton unable to raise side)
Redbridge B 1 North London Raiders B 2
SPEC FC 0 Real Sosobad 2
Athletic Blibaum 3 Real Hendon 6
Hendon United B 0 Faithfold C 0
L’Equipe 6 Boca Jewniors 0
Temple Fortune 3 Norstar London Raiders C 8
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM FC TEAM B 2 BRADY MACCABI 2…
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
ROBBIE KRUPSKI (BLIZZARD STORM)
JONNY BLAIN (OAKWOOD A)
DAVID KHALASTCHI (CAMDEN PARK)
GIDEON CALLER (HENDON B)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON B)
GLEN TURNER (HENDON B)
IAN BARON (L’EQUIPE)
DALE BRADMAN (OAKWOOD A)
DAN LINTON (OAKWOOD B)
JORDAN MARKS (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
JOSH MORRIS (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
DORON SHOOTER (REAL HENDON)
GARY TILLER (REAL SOSOBAD)
SHAI REVIVO (BLIZZARD STORM)
JOSH MARKS (CAMDEN PARK)
DEAN ROSENTHAL (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
BEN JOSEPH (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ADAM JOSELYN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
ALEX KAYE (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
NICK LEWIS (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
MARK LEADER (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B)
ADAM POSNER (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B)
JAMES MANDEL (L’EQUIPE)
MARK SINGER (L’EQUIPE)
DAN ROSE (OAKWOOD A)
JAMES ABRAMS (OAKWOOD B)
RAFI BLOOM (OAKWOOD B)
CHAIM STROM(REAL HENDON)
REISS MOGILNER (BRADY MACCABI)
ROB HERSHKORN (CAMDEN PARK)
LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM A)
ANDY SMITH (L’EQUIPE)
NICK SMITH (L’EQUIPE)
JACOB RICHLER KLEINMAN (OAKWOOD B)
GAV NOE (REAL HENDON)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ROB HERSHKORN (CAMDEN PARK) – Played in by a defence-splitting ball from substitute Jordan Silverstone, opened up his body and stroked the ball calm as you like into the bottom corner leaving the keeper with no chance.
2) DAN BANETH (CAMDEN PARK) – Guy Marks beat his defender, got to the byline, and drilled in a ball low and hard into the box, which Baneth strolling into the box unmarked, smashed the ball into the net.
3) JOSH BLOOM (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B) – Flicked the ball up to himself in the box with his back to goal, spun and volleyed the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JAKE DOFFMAN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A) – Pulled off a world-class save to stop James Gershfield giving Harmen the lead
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SIMON LINDEN (BLIZZARD STORM) – “It was one of the most famous wins for our club!”
2) JASON STEIN (OAKWOOD B) – “The fast will be a lot easier after today.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents Division of team):
FC TEAM C (2) 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS B (2) 7
The Lions cruised into the second round thanks to this resounding win.
Dean Rosenthal helped himself to a hat-trick, with Eli Cohen, Josh Bloom, Benji Weinberger and an own goal sealing the rout.
Lions manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “We weren’t to sure what to expect coming in to today, facing a Team side who hadn’t played a competitive match thus far.
“We came out the blocks firing in the first 10 minutes but were unable to capitalise on our chances and a 60-yard bouncing free-kick somehow found it’s way into the back of our net.
“Going 1-0 down, something that hasn’t happened to us so far was not what we planned, but the boys reacted well. We had a brief blip in the first half where we were second best, however we finished the half on top. We made a few tactical changes at half-time which paid off when Weinberger scored minutes in. Team then equalised soon after but again the boys showed a positive reaction. It looked like Team’s lack of match fitness took its toll as the classy Rosenthal scored three goals in quick succession to seal the game. Bloom then capped off our fantastic second half performance in the 90th minute when he flicked the ball up to himself in the box and smashed it into the top right hand corner.
“An awesome second half performance was what got us through this game and we can’t wait to head into the 2nd round of the cup where we’ll face Oakwood B who are in the division above us and will prove to be formidable opponents”.
WOODFORD WANDERERS (1) 0 OAKWOOD (PREM) 2
Goals from Dave Woolman and Dan Seligman saw the O’s win this all Premier Division tie.
O’s manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a comfortable performance where the scoreline flattered them, we were missing up to eight players through injury and other commitments.
“We could have won by considerably more but we’re happy with another clean sheet and were rarely threatened. Happy to finish the game off with the second late on as it only takes a moment at 1-0. We took our opposition seriously and were conscious of kicking out complacency, but we must improve our final third composure and finishing.”
CAMDEN PARK 8 FAITHFOLD A 1
Camden claimed their first win of the season thanks to this emphatic win.
Rob Hershkorn scored half of their goals, with David Kanzen, Dan Baneth, Guy Marks and Josh Marks also on target.
Manager Will Castle told jewishnews.co.uk: “The game against Hendon was the shock we needed to get our season on track; it was embarrassing and we knew we hadn’t done ourselves justice. We knew we needed to go back to square one and re-think our tactics and after much discussion with my assistant Max Saunders throughout the week, we changed the formation and played a very high pressing game.
“We knew that if everyone did their jobs we would blow Faithfold out of the water and that’s exactly what happened. From the first minute we were on top of them, chasing down every ball and pressing high up the pitch. I can’t praise my players enough, we had a game plan and everyone performed. Faithfold did give us a game for the first period, but after the first goal went in, you could see their heads drop and from then on we were in total control and to my delight we actually showed what we are capable of. I’m very proud of my team.
“Special mention goes to skipper Rob Hershkorn who was immense today. He led from the front, made an absolute nuisance of himself to their back four for the entire game and got a well deserved four goals. Josh Marks was a tower of strength in the middle of the park. Nothing got past him today and topped of a brilliant performance with a well deserved goal. David Khalastchi filled in at centre back for his brother Michael and played there like he has been playing there his whole life. He was the first to every loose ball and led an untried back four through the game leaving our goalkeeper with very little to do all game.”
Marc Charles scored for Faithfold, for whom manager Daniel Beresford told jewishnews.co.uk: “Camden played very well and we didn’t. I’m very concerned by our start to the season, but the referee made it a harder battle than it should have been. I expect us, Camden and Blizzard to be in a relegation battle.”
FC TEAM A 3 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 1
Two goals in the last five minutes saw Ben Gilbey’s side claim a dramatic win – and their first three points of the season.
Alon Hershkorn scored twice, with Rob Sanford also on target. Manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great result for us on Sunday after beating a team who I think will certainly finish close to the top of the table and will challenge for the title.
“The first half was mainly all Redbridge, however, we defended brilliantly to keep them at bay and were kept in the game by Adam Zaidman in goal with a David De Gea inspired performance, making five or six top class saves during the game, they scored two minutes . Redbridge scored 2 mins from half time which was hard to take.
Coming out for the second half we had a game plan to get back into the game and it appeared to work throughout the half. After 15 mins off a David James Cohen freekick the FC Team A captain and giant of a man, Rob Sanford headed us level. As the half went on, FC Team were creating the better chances and knocking on the door. Redbridge were struggling to break us down. With 4 mins to go, Alon Hershkorn, the Usain Bolt of jewish football, broke through to dink the keeper and make it 2-1 to FC Team A. Redbridge desperately tried to get one back, which led to a Kane Gilbery terrorising run at the Redbridge defence, to then square it to Alon for the finish with 1 minute left on the clock, which cemented the well earned and deserved points for FC Team A. On top of the above, a special mention must go to the Weisz brothers at CB and CDM, who were rocks in the FC Team line up today and made life impossible for Redbridge, ensuring that we were not broken down.
“We are pleased to get this win under our belts and after last weeks disappointing result and defensive performance, this week was exactly what the doctor ordered. We now go on with confidence and we believe we can beat anybody and everybody!
Ben Sollosi had fired the visitors ahead, for whom manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a bad day at the office.
“The game could have been won by either side with Garfinkle not scoring when one-on-one with the excellent FC Team goalkeeper with five minutes remaining. They scored their second on the break and then with us chasing the game, scored at the death.
“It was a good wake up call for us in that organised, physical sides will try and stop us playing our football but on the whole, a fair result. We go again next week with our first home game.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 1 BLIZZARD STORM 2
Storm claimed their first win of the season, as Shai Revivo’s double sealed for player-manager Simon Linden described as being “one of the most famous wins for the club.”
He told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic performance from 1-13 involved. It’s great to be in the Premier Division and upsetting the odds, I think Lions deep down thought this morning would be a breeze.
“Just like last week we stood up to the challenge and worked extremely hard to get a result. I’m proud of my boys, we didn’t stop and defended like our lives depended on it and took our chances.
“It’s a big win but let’s not get carried away, we have another tough 90 next week and i’ll be looking for more of the same.”
Connor Perlmutter netted a last minute penalty for the Lions, who fell to their second defeat in three games.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 7 HARMEN 2
The champions made it two wins from two as a hat-trick from Jordan Marks, two from Nick Lewis, with one each from David Dinkin and David Rhodes completing the rout.
Raiders manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Two wins from two and a really good start to the season. Today we really clicked and to win 7-2 against a talented Harmen side – I couldn’t really ask for anymore. Though having been 6-0 up after an hour I would have loved a clean sheet!
“What is most encouraging is how well our new players we’ve brought in and have bedded in. Alex Kaye brings such great energy and commitment to the side and it seems like he’s been playing for us for years. While Nick Lewis showed how important a player he will be for us with two absolutely magnificent goals. He is a gem of a player and then there is Jordan Marks, scored three goals and was involved in two of the others – he’s a joy to watch and just an outstanding player.
“Those three today were just part of an exceptional collective effort and when we play like that we will give everyone a very tough morning. We already look forward to our next league game and it will be great to have Matt Stock back to supplement the side further!”
James Gershfield, from the penalty spot, and Oliver Leslie’s strike replied for Harmen.
FAITHFOLD B 1 OAKWOOD B 4
Oakwood made it two wins from two as Jacob Richler Kleinman’s hat-trick, plus Daniel Geey’s strike saw them claim this comprehensive win having fallen behind early on.
Oakwood manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m absolutely thrilled to record our second 4-1 win of the season and make it two wins from two. Just like a fortnight ago, today was a huge squad effort with all 14 playing a vital role in the win. We need a proper squad, with spirit, and that’s what we have right now.
“Once again, we were 1-0 down quite early, but, as per usual, we battled back and dug in to get to half-time. Then in the second half, Faithfold couldn’t live with us.
“That shows the character of the side. While I would prefer we stopped falling 1-0 behind as we seem to do every week, I’m full of admiration for the way the boys keep coming back.
“The season has a long, long way to go and I’m loathe to get carried away, but the start could not have been better so far. With more than a dozen new players, we were taking a gamble and I’m delighted so far.
>“That fast will be a lot easier after today.”
Ashley Freeman scored for Faithfold.
FC TEAM B 2 BRADY MACCABI B 2
Both sides had to settle for a point, having claimed opening day wins last week.
Lorian Madanes scored twice for Team, with Reiss Mogilner replying twice for Brady.
Team player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very disappointed. I thought we created a number of opportunities and always looked the most threatening team. We should have won this game 2-0 but instead we had to find ourselves recovering from two bad individual errors. It’as been a very long time since we have made individual errors so I guess this can happen and we accept it is a long season and the good thing was we managed to come back twice with Lorian scoring two very well taken goals. Both teams were under strengthened so I am expecting a different game next time we face Brady. They are a good team with a great goalkeeper and they will be up there this season.”
Brady player-manager Josh Dagul told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very happy with the result. We set out to frustrate their attack and did so with aplomb. We knew that if we nullified Salmon we could get a result and defensively we were brilliant; Josh Miller in particular was outstanding in goal.
“We may be known for our free-flowing football, but we showed the other side to our game today and I’m proud of my players for that. FC Team will feel aggrieved as our defence were much busier than theirs but having weathered the storm in the first half and leading with five minutes to go we could also feel aggrieved to concede the late equaliser but that’s football for you.”
LOS BLANCOS P BRIXTON OLD BOYS P
BRIXTON UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE
REDBRIDGE B 1 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 2
The Raiders claimed their first win of the season thanks to goals from Josh Green and a late winner from Jake Gilbert.
Raiders manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a really good game – lots of chances and action at both ends, good saves from goalkeepers, good last-ditch stops from defenders and all played in a good spirit despite the fierce desire to win.
“Tactically it was way too open for my liking in the first half. We tightened things up after the break, I felt we got stronger as the game went on and probably just about deserved the win which came courtesy of an emphatic Jake Gilbert volley at the far post from a superb Danny Bloom corner.”
Yoni Fialka scored for Redbridge, who remain at the foot of the table.
SPEC FC 0 REAL SOSOBAD 2
Sosobad maintained top spot in the table as goals from James Law and Josh Jacobs saw them to their second win of the season.
Sosobad player-manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today I thought the team were excellent. We kept possession well and played with good organisation and discipline. SPEC are a strong side and didn’t make it easy for us. I’m very proud of the boys today and also for the way they have gone about business so far. It’s been an impressive start to the season and we must continue at this tempo having now set a high bar for ourselves.”
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “In what was a very close game, their first goal, direct from a free kick was to be decisive.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 3 REAL HENDON 6
Real Hendon bounced back from last week’s opening game loss to win a thrilling encounter at Bilbaum, who have now lost their three games to date.
Gav Noe helped himself to a hat-trick, with RA Noe, Gilad Kestenbaum and player-manager Chaim Gothold also getting on the scoresheet.
Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a good win for us, especially as we lost three men to injury in the first half.”
HENDON B 0 FAITHFOLD C 0
Both sides maintained their unbeaten start to the season, though had to settle for a share of the points.
Faithfold manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “The score doesn’t reflect the game as it was quite a good contest, both sides hit the bar and post, but both defences came out on top.
“It would have been a little unfair on either side if a last minute goal decided it. Unusual, but it was a good game even though both sides failed to score.”
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “Although I felt we shaded the match, I’m not too unhappy with the draw. I thought it was a decent game between two good teams. Our full-backs Gideon Caller and Glen Turner were superb and Ezekiel Jacob showed tremendous bravery to gain us a point, having only just returned from a nasty injury.
“I think my team see me as a bit of a moaner but I’ve not had too much to complain about so far with 4 points and 2 clean sheets to start the season. Long may it continue!”
L’EQUIPE 6 BOCA JEWNIORS 0
L’Equipe claimed their first win of the season thanks to doubles from Mark Smith and Andy Smith, together with strikes from David Prager and Jules Bohm.
L’Equipe manager Nick Stern told jewishnews.co.uk: “I am over the moon with the response from last week and hope it continues into next week!”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 3 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 8
Raiders made it two wins from two to go joint-top of the table on alphabetical order!
Will Ufland helped himself to a hat-trick, Alex Goodman scored twice, with Jack Lewis, Alex Elf and Nick Haringman also all on target.
Josh Klepper, Rob Benson and Adam Lenz scored for Fortune.