Norstar A & FC Team B get their hands on silverware, Donetsk end King Crown promotion hopes as Neasden boost chances of avoiding relegation…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
FC Team A 2 Norstar London Raiders A 1
Oakwood A 1 North West Neasden 2
Brady Maccabi 3 Brixton Old Boys 5
FC Team B 4 Oakwood B 1
King Crown 2 Shacharit Donetsk 5
KS Reunited 3 Hendon United Sports B 2
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM KING CROWN 2 SHACHARIT DONETSK 5…
WEEK 32 PHOTO GALLERIES:
CUP FINAL DETAILS:
PETER MORRISON CUP FINAL:
AFC Flixton VS Hendon United Sports A
(Final to be played on 17 May at Oldham Athletic FC’s Boundary Park – KO: 3.00pm)
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FINAL:
Hendon United Sports A VS Norstar London Raiders A
Referee: Neil Cooper
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Silver
Assistant Referee 2: Steve Levy
Fourth Official: Martin Lavender
(Final to be played on 3 May at Wingate & Finchley FC – KO: 2.30pm)
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY FINAL:
Los Blancos VS FC Team B
Referee: Laurie Benson
Assistant Referee 1: Neal Cohen
Assistant Referee 2: Elliott Mayer
Fourth Official: Keith Goodman
(Final to be played on 3 May at Wingate & Finchley FC – KO: 6.30pm)
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
MIKE MYERS (FC TEAM A)
PHILIP ELLIS (SHACHARIT DONETSK)
DAN FIELD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
ALON HIRSHKORN (FC TEAM A)
ROB SAMFORD (FC TEAM A)
GAVRIEL NUSSBAUM (SHACHARIT DONETSK)
YOAV LEBENS (FC TEAM A)
JON BREGER (FC TEAM B)
LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM B)
RICKY ENGLEMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
SCOTT KAY (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
YORAM GOODMAN (SHACHARIT DONETSK)
SHIM BENSOOR (FC TEAM A)
ADAM ELLIS (SHACHARIT DONETSK)
DAN ORGEL (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ADAM ELLIS (SHACHARIT DONETSK) – Pulled the ball down on the halfway line with a great chance, then ran through before clipping a delicious 20-yard chip over the goalkeeper
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) PHIL ELLIS (SHACHARIT DONETSK) – May have been diving the wrong way, but stuck out his left hand to somehow keep out a shot from point-blank range
2) MIKE MYERS(FC TEAM B) – Produced great footwork to get across his goal and make a great diving save to keep out a shot heading for the top corner
3) MIKE MYERS(FC TEAM B) – Made an instinctive save from point-blank range from a shot from a goalmouth scramble
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ROB RICHMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A) – “It was a special day for the club and the hope is that next week the season will become even better and we will have another trophy to go in Mr Adelman’s ever expanding trophy cabinet.”
FC TEAM A 2 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 1
The newly-crowned champions succumbed to two strikes from Shim Bensoor as Team boosted their own chances of avoiding the drop.
Team manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m really pleased with the result yesterday morning as it show what a good team we are and can be. After the embarrassment of last week, everyone in the team wanted to work hard, get a result and show everybody that last week was a one-off, a freak occasion. I believe we went out and proved that by getting a cracking, well deserved win against the champions!
“We went out with a game plan from the start to sit in on them, frustrate them and then hit them on the break. It worked very well and how well the FC Team boys defended and kept a rock solid shape showed how we have grown as a team this year. Yoav Lebens had a great game in the centre of the park, constantly breaking up play. David James Cohen at right-back and Alon Hirshkorn at left-back had particularly good games and were solid throughout. Last mention goes to Mike Myers, who had to bounce back after last week and boy did he do that! In the second half he made four-five great saves which kept us in the game.
“Going forward now fifth spot is in our sights and we have three games left to get the points to achieve that finish. I’ve been really pleased with the boys this year and Sunday certainly showed how far we’ve come. Still three games to go though and we want to finish on as many points as possible!
“Also, well done to Norstar A on winning the league and we wish them the best of luck in their cup final next week.“
David Dinkin scored for the Raiders, for whom player-manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “A disappointing result to end the league campaign, we gave away two penalties and unfortunately came up against a goalkeeper in inspired form. FC Team needed the points more than us today and I think that shows in the final result, we played ok but not well enough to win the match.
“Our attention was very much on next week’s cup final and first and foremost we wanted to make sure no one picked up any knocks or injuries and fortunately that was the case.
“The result though didn’t dampen our mood as straight after the final whistle we were presented with the league trophy. It was a special day for the club and the hope is that next week the season will become even better and we will have another trophy to go in Mr Adelman’s ever expanding trophy cabinet.”
OAKWOOD A 1 NORTH WEST NEASDEN 2
Neasden boosted their chances of beating the drop as goals from Dan Orgel and Scott Kay saw them claim what could prove to be a priceless three points.
Steve Murad, who stepped in for Stirling Kay, who was ill, tld jewishnews.co.uk: “Firstly, everyone at Neasden would like to dedicate this win to our manager Stirling Kay. He was unable to be at the game today due to illness but we all wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to him being back on the touchline very soon.
“Going into the game needing a minimum of eight points from our remaining four games to ensure survival, our whole squad was focused on getting nothing less than three points today. We came up against a very good Oakwood side who were themselves determined to finish their season with a win. We scored two very good goals and had three great chances to increase our lead. Their goalkeeper had a great game, making some crucial saves with the game at 2-1.
“I thought that we fully deserved our win today, playing some great football and limiting Oakwood to very few chances. Credit to Oakwood though who gave everything and fought for every ball right up until the full time whistle.
“We know that on our day we are capable of beating anyone and we now have to go and prove it. We all believe we can do it and if we can perform like we did today in our next 3 games then I am confident we will avoid relegation. Lions will be watching nervously, the great escape is on!!”
Jonny Quinn scored for the hosts.
BRADY MACCABI 3 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 5
Brixton ended their season in some style as they leapfrogged off the bottom of the table thanks to this win, with Josh Kalinsky on target for them.
Matt Frohlich scored a hat-trick for Brady
FC TEAM B 4 OAKWOOD B 1
The champions warmed up for next weekend’s Barry Goldstein Trophy final with this convincing win.
Lorian Madanes helped himself to a hat-trick, with Jon Breger also on target.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “A lovely way to end the season. We won 14 out of 16 games and that is a wonderful achievement and I’m proud of everyone. Having rested and rotated this week, the game was slightly disjointed and credit to Oakwood who battled hard with 10 men however, we are building up momentum for the final next week and with a hat-trick from Lorian, our attackers are getting ready to shine on the big stage.”
KING CROWN 2 SHACHARIT DONETSK 5
King Crown needed to win by a six-goal margin to secure promotion, but it was the visitors – in what was their last ever game – who came the closest as they turned in an impressive display.
Adam Ellis helped himself to two goals, with Sam Canter, Josh Levy and Gavriel Nussbaum also on target.
Manager Elliot Nussbaum told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great way to finish the season, and I was particularly pleased that the boys took the game seriously and worked for each other, even though there was not much to play for, and the season was predominantly over.
“As I said before, finishing fourth is a great achievement and I’m very proud of everyone in the team for their magnificent contributions to the season.”
Sacha Nusenbaum and Ben Retter from the penalty spot hit back for Crown.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS – TOP OF THE PAGE
KS REUNITED 3 HENDON UNITED B 2
KS won this five-goal thriller as they put some further space between themselves and the bottom two strike.