RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Norstar London Raiders A 0 Redbridge Jewish Care A 1
Oakwood A 0 Hendon United A 2
Redbridge Jewish Care 4 Blizzard Storm 1
SPEC 1 Camden Park 3
AC Mill Hill P Oakwood B P
Hendon United B 6 Shacharit Donetsk 5
KS Reunited P London Rovers P
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 1
WEEK 17 MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
ARI NEVIES(HENDON UNITED A)
TALI NEVIES(HENDON UNITED A)
GLEN TURNER (HENDON UNITED B)
DANIEL BERG (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
ADAM HAKIMI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
RICHARD GOLD (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
GREG CORIN (HENDON UNITED A)
AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
GIDEON BARTH (HENDON UNITED B)
CHAIM KORMAN (HENDON UNITED B)
RYAN COLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
BEN SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
DANIEL BANETH (CAMDEN PARK)
SAUL COHEN (HENDON UNITED B)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GREG CORIN (HENDON UNITED A) – Struck a brilliant first-time half-volley from 30 yards out, which dipped perfectly over the goalkeeper for the all-important opening goal in a tight match.
2) SAUL COHEN (HENDON UNITED B) – On the breakaway, played the ball out of defence and through the midfield until it found Avi Mocton, he chipped it through to send Cohen clear on goal and he showed great composure to slide the ball past the keeper for a dramatic last-minute winner.
3) DANIEL BANETH (CAMDEN PARK) – Received the ball to feet on the edge of the area and, with his trademark composure, jinked his way past two defenders before powering a shot past the goalkeeper into the top corner.
4) DANIEL BANETH (CAMDEN PARK) – Robert Hershkorn’s teasing set-piece was punched clear by the SPEC goalkeeper to the edge of the area, only to fall at Baneth’s feet, who half-volleyed the ball over SPECs defence and goalkeeper into the top of the net – Berbatov-esque.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JON JACOBS (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B) – “Today was not pretty to watch in parts, horrible to watch in other parts but a result that we would have lost last season.”
2) JON JACOBS (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B) – “A game of “Jewish handbags” spoiled the quality on view”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 1
Redbridge won the battle of the top-two to claim what could prove to be a priceless three points as they opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table thanks to Ben Sollosi’s first half strike.
OAKWOOD A 0 HENDON UNITED A 2
The champions put in a polished performance as they maintained their title challenge to stay five points off top spot, but with three games in hand.
Greg Corin and Dovi Fehler scored for the champions, with manager David Garbacz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It took us a while to shake off the holiday cobwebs and for the first half at least Oakwood more than matched us in a very even 45 minutes. Slowly but surely we upped the pace in the second half and I thought we ran out deserved winners in the end. The opening goal was another Greg Corin special and it really is priceless to have someone like him in our ranks – today’s offering was a 30-yard half volley screamer which dipped over the keeper into the net.
“Dovi Fehler put the icing on the cake with a goal which matched his second half performance and overall we were all delighted with the solidity of the performance and the result. A clean sheet is always very satisfying and once again Russell and the whole of the back four were superb.
“Oakwood are always tricky opposition who are very capable of getting a result against us . They have some great players and we knew we would be in for a battle,but the game plan was always to keep it tight in the first half and then take advantage when the game got more stretched in the second.
“We are right back in the thick of things – this has been a great start to 2015 and as each game passes we feel like we are getting stronger. Nothing less than silverware and lots of it will suffice and the determination is as massive as ever.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 4 BLIZZARD STORM 2
Redbridge moved two points clear at the top of the table as goals from Daniel Garfinkle, Sam Sollosi, Harrison Grant and Nathan Sollosi saw them produce this comprehensive win.
Redbridge manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “The win was marred by a fracas towards the end that was out of keeping with the whole game – three players were sent-off, Nathan Sollosi for us and two of their players including their goalkeeper.
“We established a comfortable three-goal lead within an hour and spurned countless chances, as well as being denied a penalty for an assault on Scott Oldstein. They then played their way back into the game with a deflected finish and a scrambled finish to set up a finale in the last 10 minutes, but once the fracas had been cleared – for what should have been a penalty for us – the game then calmed down and from a beautifully weighted cross by man-of-the-match Richard Gold, Harrison Grant scored the decisive winner to seal a deserved 4-2 win.”
Oli Henry and Stuart Muller scored for Storm, for whom player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “Up until 80 odd minutes the game was played in good spirits, we let ourselves down in the first half – not getting a grip on the game and Redbridge deserved to be 3-0 up by after 55 minutes.
“However, full credit to the boys, getting themselves back in the game and at 3-2 I fancied us to get a point. Regarding the red cards that followed, it did ruin the game – it’s disappointing and both teams have to take blame, Redbridge can be lucky they also didn’t go down to 9 men or even eight.”
SPEC 1 CAMDEN PARK 3
Camden moved into joint-second spot, and sit two points off top spot following this win.
Daniel Baneth won them the game, scoring a hat-trick, with Max Saunders telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were very poor in the first half. Our passing was sloppy and it was as if we were still asleep. As a result we conceded a sloppy goal half way through the half, from a set piece. SPEC defended brilliantly in the first half, especially after they scored their goal. It was clear that they came with a game plan to defend deep and hit us on the counter, which was working to perfection in the first half.
“Manager Nick Kagan was furious at half-time and reminded us of the importance of this game. We massively picked it up in the second half and started to play some beautiful football, constantly pressurising SPEC’s back line and goalkeeper. The equaliser came shortly after half-time through a great solo effort from Daniel Baneth, who also scored our second and third, ensuring the victory and his second hat trick against SPEC in two games!
“Before the new year we set ourselves a target of winning our remaining 5 games to gain promotion. This win, along with Blizzard losing to Redbridge, means that promotion is now in our hands. 1 down and 4 to go. Next week’s game against Norstar is going to be huge!”
Marc Cohen scored for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Though Camden bossed possession, we could have easily nicked something from the game and if we’d have held our one-goal lead for a little longer after half-time, we could have even grabbed all three points. Unfortunately though we gave away a sloppy goal early in the second half and gave Camden the momentum. We’ll be looking for a crucial three points in a couple of weeks against Brixton though.”
AC MILL HILL P OAKWOOD B P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
HENDON UNITED B 6 SHACHARIT DONETSK 5
Four goals from Saul Cohen scored including a last-minute winner, along with two strikes from Gideon Barth, saw Hendon B edge an 11-goal thriller.
Donetsk manager Elliot Nussbaum told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were involved in a thriller against Hendon B where we battled back form 5-3 down to potentially share the points. Unfortunately they scored a last minute winner, which was clearly scored by deliberate use of the hand. While I am sure that this is considered gamesmanship throughout football and we will not be the first or last team to lose a game in that way, I still feel it worthwhile that teams that win games by cheating should be named and shamed.
“Good luck to Hendon B for the rest of the season!
KS REUNITED P LONDON ROVERS P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH