RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – QUARTER-FINALS:
Camden Town 5 SPEC FC 3
FC Team B 3 Hendon United B 2
Los Blancos 4 London Rovers 3 (AET)
Oakwood B 2 Norstar London Raiders B 4
FC Team A 3 Oakwood A 2
Woodford Wanderers 0 Harmen 3
Brixton Old Boys 1 Redbridge Jewish Care B 5
AC Mill Hill 5 FC Team C 3
Catford & Bromley P L’Equipe P
Real Sosobad 3 KS Reunited 1
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM AC MILL HILL 5 FC TEAM C 3…
WEEK 30 PHOTO GALLERY
WEEK 30 MATCH REPORTS
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FINAL:
Hendon United Sports A VS Norstar London Raiders A
(Final to be played on 3 May at Wingate & Finchley FC – KO: 2.30pm)
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY SEMI-FINAL DRAW:
Norstar London Raiders B VS FC Team B
Los Blancos VS Camden Park
Ties to be played Sunday 19 April
(Final to be played on 3 May at Wingate & Finchley FC – KO: 6.30pm)
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
MATT KEMP (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
JONNY HORWITZ (AC MILL HILL)
LEO FELDMAN (CAMDEN PARK)
ED WEISZ (FC TEAM A)
JON WEISZ (FC TEAM A)
DANNY BLOOM (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
MAX CLYNES (OAKWOOD B)
JASON SHOFFMAN (AC MILL HILL)
DAVID JAMES COHEN (FC TEAM A)
MARC FOSTER (HARMEN)
JOSH BHARIER (LONDON ROVERS)
YISROEL LEWIS (LONDON ROVERS)
ADAM POSNER (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
MARC TRUMAN (AC MILL HILL)
ADAM PARIS (CAMDEN PARK)
SHIM BENSOOR (FC TEAM A)
SIMON MOSES (LOS BLANCOS)
DANIEL GARFINKLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) BEN ZLOOF (AC MILL HILL) – Ran almost half the length of the pitch, cut inside, and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the back of the net
2) NICKY WOOLF (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B) – Picked up the ball 35 yards out from goal, outmuscled his marker before hammering a curling effort in to the top corner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) MATT KEMP (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B) – Pulled off a tremendous stop from a point-blank range header
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JOEL MINSKY (LOS BLANCOS) – “One of our poorest performances of the season, with one of our poorest squads too – the fact the gaffer and chairman had to come on says it all!
2) JEREMY BROWN (LONDON ROVERS) – “We must have missed around 20 clear-cut chances, some easy enough for a two-year-old to score
3) BEN GILBEY (FC TEAM A) – “After reading the Oakwood A managers comments I fell off my chair! He said they “battered us,” the only battering we took was through poorly timed and savage tackles all game which is why they finished with 10 men!
WEEK 30 GAMES:
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY QUARTER-FINALS: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
CAMDEN PARK (1) 5 SPEC (1) 3
Camden won the all-Division One clash as they triumphed in an eight-goal thriller.
Adam Paris scored twice, with Josh Marks, Richard Silver and Guy Marks all on target. Camden joint-manager Max Saunders told jewishnews.co.uk: “A good solid win in the end, with some great performances all round, especially offensively and we now look forward to the semi’s.
Paul Harris scored twice for SPEC, with Daniel Amram also on target. Player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “A great shame to go out but we can be proud of how we played and all in all it wasn’t a bad season”.
FC TEAM B (2) 3 HENDON UNITED B (3) 2
Goals from Lorian Madanes, Richard Salmon and an own goal saw Team book their place in the last four.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “Leading 3-0 and comfortable, we somehow let Hendon back in the game with two extremely soft goals and credit to them as the battled well throughout the game and the young Korman was impressive in the middle. However, I’m delighted to progress to the semis and no one cares how you get there you just need to get there.”
LOS BLANCOS (1) 4 LONDON ROVERS (3) 3
The Blanco boys were pushed all the way before sealing their passage into the semi-finals thanks in no small part to a hat-trick of penalties from Simon Moses.
The Division Three champions had found themselves 2-0 up at half-time, though Blancos battled back thanks to Moses’ treble and Danny Steel’s strike.
Blancos joint-manager Joel Minsky told jewishnews.co.uk: “One of our poorest performances of the season, with one of our poorest squads too – the fact the gaffer and chairman had to come on says it all! It would be a push to say we were worthy winners, but we did well to come back from deservedly being two down at the break. A match winning hat-trick of penalties from Simon Moses certainly papered over the cracks today.”
Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “With only 11 regular players, plus a bench of myself and our chairman, we were really down to our bare bones. I have to credit every single player today, as they all gave 100 percent and many were subject to cramp for the entire extra-time and more.
“Rovers missed a couple of glorious chances, and in truth so did we – both teams could have sealed the win in 90 minutes. It was a shame how the game was won, as the majority of main decisions (including penalties to both teams) were all fairly controversial, but we are happy we are in the semis and look forward to hopefully getting to Wingate.”
Akiva Zneimer, Josh Bharier and Yosh Silverman scored for Rovers, with manager Jeremy Brown telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’ve had to think very carefully about what to say about this game. Firstly I want to congratulate my team for outplaying an established Division One side. We were the better team today and I just can’t believe we’ve lost the game. We must have missed around 20 clear-cut chances, some easy enough for a two year old to score but as the saying goes, if you don’t put away your chances.
“The other point I’m going to make is regarding the fact that they scored three penalties today. I haven’t complained about referees all season and I don’t want to start now but what I will say is that there are clearly a few referees in the league that are more capable than others and on a weekly basis these more capable referees are given the important fixtures. I know there were a few fixtures today that didn’t have much meaning and we have played a quarter-final of a cup competition. I think the referees secretary needs to have a careful think about which referees get selected for these important games. I’m not even sure any Blancos players even claimed for any of their penalties and to be quite honest, our penalty was a foul outside the area. I feel like we’ve lost on penalties because quite frankly, other than their penalties and free-kick which they scored from, I don’t think they had any more than another couple of chances to score. But as I said, we should have had the game wrapped up in 90 minutes.”
OAKWOOD B (2) 2 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B (1) 4
Raiders booked their place in the last four thanks to goals from Josh Green, Simon Buchler, Nick Woolf and Jacob Gold.
Jacob Richler Kleiman scored twice for Oakwood, with manager Jason Stein telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very sore right now and the loss is still sinking in.
“We’re disappointed, but not demoralised. We’re big enough to admit we came up against a better side today in Raiders B. They’re going up to the Premier Division for a reason and congratulations to Johnny and his team.
“Unfortunately the story of our season has been going behind early and to be 2-0 down after just a few minutes isn’t good enough. Although we grew into the game, we left ourselves too much to do. Our second half performance was more like it and we had chances to get a third but the reality is the better side won.
“We’ll learn from this for next season. Raiders B have shown us the required standard and next year we’ll aim to match that.
“At the end of the game we stayed around and reflected on were things went wrong today and the mood was a good one. And so it should be. Our improvement over the course of the season is huge. We’re proud of what we have achieved the second half of this season. We’ll enjoy our last game and vow to put right the mistakes and be back stronger than ever next year.”
FC TEAM A 3 OAKWOOD A 2
Team further boosted their chances of avoiding the drop as they mathematically pulled Oakwood into the relegation equation.
Shim Bensoor scored twice for Team, with James Cooper also on target. Guy Helman scored twice for the O’s.
Team joint-manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “After reading the Oakwood A managers comments I fell off my chair! He said they “battered us,” the only battering we took was through poorly timed and savage tackles all game which is why they finished with 10 men!
“We started the game brilliantly and controlled the first half from start to finish and really we could have been 3 or 4 goals up at half time, instead we went in 2-0 up, with 2 goals from the In-form striker of the moment, Shim Bensoor.
“The second half started and a ball went out for a yellow throw in, which was contested and the Oakwood player picked up the ball and took a throw in, following the referees signal of a yellow throw in. Fc Team had stopped and oakwood scored completely against the run of play and in a very unsportsmanlike manner. Oakwood had now picked up the momentum and 5 minutes later got the second to equalise.
>“The game was then a battle until Oakwoods number 9, who was already on a yellow card went in studs up on Jamie Breslaw. The referee had no choice but to givehim his marching orders.
“I was extremely happy with our result and performance, it wasn’t the best game of football, but we controlled it and we were the only team that was going to be coming away with the win. Oakwood are a hard and physical team to play against and we have won both games against them this year.
“We have been on a great run in 2015, we have 5 games left of the season still and we will be pushing to finish as high in the league as we possibly can.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 0 HARMEN 3
Harmen kept up their hopes of a top-three finish as they recorded this comfortable win.
Joey Lazare scored twice, with Alex Bowman also on target.
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 5
Champions Redbridge wrapped up their title-winning season in style as they turned in a five-star performance at relegated Brixton.
Daniel Garfinkle helped himself to a hat-trick, with Scott Oldstein and Adam Bernstein also on target.
AC MILL HILL 5 FC TEAM C 3
Mill Hill fought back from being 3-0 down as they turned in a stunning second half performance to secure the win – and promotion to Division One.
Jason Shoffman scored twice, with Richard Winton, Ben Zloof and Jonny Horwitz all on target to set off wild scenes of celebration.
Daniel Stanton, Aron Barnes and Adam Stolerman had fired the visitors in control with little more than half an hour on the clock.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW…
CATFORD & BROMLEY P L’EQUIPE P
MATCH POSTPONED – CATFORD UNABLE TO RAISE A SIDE
REAL SOSOBAD 3 KS REUNITED 1
Sosobad closed in on promotion as goals from Barry Green, Adam Goodman and Josh Jacobs saw them to a comfortable victory.
Sosobad manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “Windy conditions made the game very tough to get the ball down and play our best football.”