RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND:
MLL Spartans 1 Oakwood A 1 – AET – Spartans won on pens
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND:
Brixton Old Boys P Brady Maccabi P
Faithfold A 2 FC Team A 1
Maccabi London Lions Blue 4 Woodford Wanderers 2
North West Neasden 1 Harmen 2
Redbridge Jewish Care A 1 Hendon United A 2
Blizzard Storm 2 Redbridge Jewish Care B 1
Los Blancos 4 Athletic Bilbaum 2
Norstar London Raiders B 2 Camden Park 1
FC Team B 4 AC Mill Hill 0
Jewdinese 1 L’Equipe 3
Norstar London Raiders C 3 AC Whetstone 1
Oakwood B 2 FC Team C 3
Boca Jewniors 2 Maccabi London Lions Green 2
Hendon United B 3 Faithfold B 1
Real Sosobad P KS Reunited P
Shacharit Donetsk 3 King Crown 2
WEEK 18 MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
ALEX TAYLOR (FAITHFOLD A)
DAVID GORDON (FC TEAM C)
DAVID SIMNOCK (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
GRANT WAISSEL (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
JAMES TAYLOR (FAITHFOLD A)
OLIVER SEGAL (FC TEAM B)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON UNITED B)
JAKE YUDELOWITZ (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
ADAM BLIN (OAKWOOD B)
OLI HENRY (BLIZZARD STORM)
SEAN LADIER (BLIZZARD STORM)
ADAM LEVENE (BLIZZARD STORM)
DAN ALFREDS (FC TEAM C)
DAN BREGER (FC TEAM B)
YOAV KESTENBAUM (HENDON UNITED A)
AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
GIDEON BARTH (HENDON UNITED B)
GAB SAUL (HENDON UNITED B)
RICHARD ALEXANDER (L’EQUIPE)
NICK STERN (L’EQUIPE)
OLI NATHAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
DAN ASH (OAKWOOD B)
DAVE EDEN (OAKWOOD B)
DEAN NYMAN (REDBRIDGE A)
JONNY HAIK (FAITHFOLD A)
RICHARD SALMON (FC TEAM B)
ANDY SMITH (L’EQUIPE)
JOSH GREEN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
JONNY CUTTER (LONDON LIONS BLUE)
CONNOR PERLMUTTER (LONDON LIONS BLUE)
STEVE SUMMERS (REDBRIDGE A)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) OLI HENRY (BLIZZARD STORM) – Spotted the goalkeeper off his line from the kick-off, went for goal – and produced a stunning effort
2) LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM B) – Out on the left-hand side, got past his man before finishing cooly from a tight angle
3) JONAH GORDON BOYD (AC WHETSTONE) – A brilliant 40-yard strike on the turn which sailed over the goalkeeper
4) AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A) – Brilliant unstoppable left-foot rocket from 25 yards which flew into top corner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ALEX TAYLOR (FAITHFOLD A) – Stand-in goalkeeper produced a brilliant stop in the final minutes, diving to his right to finger tip a low drive which was destined for the bottom corner
2) GRANT WAISSEL (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C) – Came off his line to block superbly when faced with a one-on-one situation
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SIMON LINDEN (BLIZZARD STORM) – “There’s nothing better than beating Redbridge.”
2) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED B) – “I feel obliged to apologise to Faithfold – they provide us with a gem of a pitch at the Hive and then we supply a mudbath.”
3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) x1 – “We all knew the importance of this win- Redbridge threw everything at us including a great deal of mouth.”
3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) x2 – “One big contender taken care of – and then there were two.”
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
MLL SPARTANS 1 OAKWOOD A (Prem) 1 (AET – Spartans won on 4-2 pens)
The Spartans booked their place in the last eight of the competition after they coming through via the lottery of a penalty shoot-out.
Oakwood deservedly took the lead, though were pegged back by Max Kyte’s penalty, having won the award after being fouled in the box. Andy Glynne had two good chances to seal the tie for the hosts in the dying stages of extra-time, though with just seconds remaining, Oakwood broke free only to be denied by the post.
In the shoot-out, Kyte, Ben Winters, Glynne and Jon Kurrant all found the back of the net, with manager Andy Landesberg telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I think Oakwood were very unlucky not to get something out of the game, they fought hard, the forward line were extremely tough, and the midfield were tenacious. We looked tired, jaded and perhaps at times a little complacent. The game was played in a very good sprit, although extremely competitive at all times.
“We are all obviously delighted to be in the hat for the quarter-final draw, let’s hope we can keep this show on the road.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
BRIXTON OLD BOYS (1) P BRADY MACCABI (1) P
FAITHFOLD A 2 FC TEAM A 1
Goals from Johnny Haik and Alex Kaye saw the Greens to the points as they stay joint-fifth in the table.
Manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had a really thin squad today but the boys were great and played with real spirit and showed some quality. We were 1-0 down, I thought against the run of play to a penalty, and then had to cope with going down to 10 men when Sam Reeves was sent-off. We knew that if we stuck together we would get some joy and then scored from a good finish by Johnny to level. We were then awarded a penalty with 10 to go which Alex Kaye cooly slotted home. To sum it up was really proud today from the 10 players who worked hard to get a deserved win.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 4 WOODFORD WANDERERS 2
A hat-trick from Connor Perlmutter helped the Lions maintain joint-fifth in the table as they beat bottom side Woodford.
Jonny Cutter claimed the fourth goal for Jamie Kyte’s side.
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 1 HARMEN 2
Harmen remain on the coattails of the title challengers as they recorded this impressive win at Neasden.
Adam Arnold scored for Neasden, for whom manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were very disappointed to lose a game that was there for the taking. Both teams were missing key players, quite simply all three goals came from bad defending we gave them two goals, both goalkeepers had very little to do. We simply didn’t play, we didn’t deserve to win and a draw would have been the right result. Saying that, the weather and pitch didn’t allow both teams to play the football they are both cappable of. We simply have to cut out the bad defensive mistakes the we we wont lose many games. we move on!”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 1 HENDON UNITED A 2
Hendon moved up into second spot, and sit two points off the leaders Redbridge, but with three games in hand thanks to what could prove to be this priceless win.
Avi Korman and Greg Corin scored the goals, with manager David Garbacz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Without doubt the most satisfying result of the season so far. Once again Greg Corin provided the key match winning moment, but this was a victory for the whole team who were superb in the second half and each and every one of them played their part in a great win.
“For the first 25 minutes Redbridge were all over us – first to every ball and Steve Summers was proving a real handful up front. They scored a great goal to go 1-0 up and it was important we didn’t concede a second which at that stage was possible. Eventually we found our feet and from minute 30 to the final whistle we took control and scored two magnificent goals in the second half. We knew they would tire and we knew our youngsters would find the space later on as the game got more stretched. And so it proved as our young guns Yoav Kestenbaum Avi Korman and Dave Seitler started to run rings round them. However, it was the irreplaceable Greg Corin who supplied the brilliant finish in the 88th minute from a mazy Seitler run to set up wild scenes of celebration.
“I’m glad my players don’t listen to me though – at half-time I had a go at Avi Korman for shooting from too far out and when he lined up to strike one from 25 yards I was about to let rip again – with the ball nestling in the top corner from a superb pile driver I decided to let him off instead!
“We all knew the importance of this win- Redbridge threw everything at us including a great deal of mouth but we were not to be denied- both teams deserve enormous credit for what was a high quality hugely committed match but the win puts us in a great position and will probably knock the wind out of Redbridges title challenge. As for us we move on – one big contender taken care of – and then there were two.”
Dean Nyman scored for Redbridge, for whom manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very tight game but we should of had them buried by half time. Their keeper was their best player, says it all. Frustratingly we had to make two subs in the first half which killed us vs the 3 they made. Tough to take being by far the better side but coming away with nothing.
“Good luck to them. It’s a good result for Raiders.”
BLIZZARD STORM 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 1
Storm thrust themselves right back into the title shake-up, as two goals from Oliver Henry – including one direct from the kick-off – helped them beat the leaders, coming into the fixture.
Storm manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “There’s nothing better than beating Redbridge, it’s a fantastic result for us that proves on our day we can beat anyone in this league.
“I had six players out and had to change the team around to suit this game and use our strengths available. The boys responded well with a never-say-die attitude, sticking to the game plan throughout. From 1-11 everyone worked there socks off but special praise to Adam Levene and Sean Ladier for a masterclass performance, like two pitbull terriers in the middle of midfield.
“We can kick on from here and go on a run.”
Daniel Garfinkle scored for Redbridge, for whom manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “Our winning run comes to an end.”
LOS BLANCOS 4 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 2
The Blancos boys moved right back into the promotion picture as two goals from Adam Hersh helped them to the three points.
Simon Moses and Adam Waters also found the back of the net, while Jacob Brunner scored twice for the beaten visitors.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 2 CAMDEN PARK 1
Raiders returned to the top of the table as two goals from Josh Green saw them beat fellow title hopefuls Camden as second hosted third.
Manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “After suffering our first league defeat in 18 months it was important to get back to winning ways. We were missing no less than 11 players today and our performance lacked our usual intensity or fluidity.
“With more composure in front of goal, we could have put the game out of sight before the half-hour mark. In the end we will look back and thank skipper for the day David Simnock who made one outstanding block from Rob Hershkorn in the first half and clawed one off the line in the second, whilst Jonathan Shapiro used all his experience to be in the right place at the right time with two goal-line clearances.
“It was scrappy but it’s an important three points and with Blizzard beating Redbridge, it’s shaping up to be a four-way battle for the promotion places.”
FC TEAM B 4 AC MILL HILL 0
Team maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table thanks to goals from Lorian Madanes, Andy Sheena, Jon Breger and a David Grossman penalty.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “A superb performance against one of our closest rivals. We certainly were the better team and our quality and fitness shone through. This was a real team performance and collectively we are getting better game by game at a very important time of the season. Saying that, I was impressed with Mill Hill who gave us a real game in the first half and good luck to them.”
Mill Hill manager Daniel Beresford told jewishnews.co.uk: “Approaching the game with a positive attitude and looking for three points was the aim, but unfortunately we came up against a well organised outfit who are without doubt the best team in the division.
“Losing 1-0 and well in the game at half-time, we used up all our energy in the first half and in the second they took the chances that fell their way.
“I think the final scoreline was an unfair reflection on the whole game, but we never really created any quality chances, but that was down to them being on their game and not allowing us to play.”
JEWDINESE 1 L’EQUIPE 3
L’Equipe claimed a much-needed win, which came courtesy of two goals from Andy Smith, along with Nick Stern’s strike.
Zack Collins scored the hosts’ consolation.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 3 AC WHETSTONE 1
Norstar kept alive their title hopes as they claimed their fourth league wins in five league games.
Oli Nathan headed them into the lead, before doubling the lead on the half-hour mark as he latched onto a superb flick by Nick Haringman. He then turned provider 15 minutes from time when he unselfishly played in Daniel Polak who curled the ball past the goalkeeper from just inside the box.
Manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “We took far too long to click into gear this season. We knew that we were more than capable of pushing towards the top in this league and it just took a while longer to get going than planned. We’re now in great form and we now find ourselves with an outside chance of promotion.
Jonah Gordon Boyd scored for Whetstone, for whom joint-manager Clive Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “My main feeling is disappointment. We keep playing well and getting plaudits from the opposition and officials. Ideally I would like the same comments after we won with a last minute, scrappy goal that creeps over the line having deflected off our forwards knee!
“Good luck to Zack and Raiders who are a good outfit.”
OAKWOOD B 2 FC TEAM C 3
Team moved up into second spot to ensure they remain hot on the heels of their B team as they won this five-goal thriller.
Freddie Marks, Dan Alfreds and James Milman scored for the victors, with Adam Blin and Jacob Richler Kleiman on target for the hosts.
Player-manager David Gordon told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were dead and buried at half-time, there were some strong words said, and we came out in the second half and showed real character to turn the game around. This was far from our best performance, and we rode our luck at times, but I was so proud of the boys for the way they battled back and gave everything for what could be a very important three points.
“Seasons can be made and broken on turning points and yesterday we may have had ours.”
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m rarely lost for words but full time was a difficult moment. Because if was a loss and I think we don’t deserve to lose, we were closer to the goal than them and we have seen for us the difficulties in defending corners. But aside from that, the corners, how can I criticise? How can I criticise two goals of such beauty and understanding from Adam Blin and Jacob Richler Kleiman? How can I criticise when you hit the woodwork five times against the team that everyone says is a good team? When my goalkeeper has barely a save or touch to make? When we attack like lions and at 2-0 hit the bar, and at 2-2 hit the post? When my players play so well in these moments and do not put one foot wrong in normal play? When there is chance-after-chance-after-chance? When my players ask, ‘boss, what is wrong?’. What can I say? I can only say ‘you must all defend corners better.’ You must learn. That is the only way.
“Four second half corners, three goals. What is this? What is happening when you concede three corners? Can you believe it? I cannot. You must ask FC Team C about the way they celebrate after the match. Because they celebrate like a team who know they did not do enough in a normal moments to win a normal match.They tell me FC Team C is so brilliant. Perhaps I see they have clear technical ability, but when my team goes out there from minute one to minute 90 and plays so well then have to nothing to show for this, this is a shame.
“Next week we will play AC Whetstone. Next week we will win.”
BOCA JEWNIORS 2 LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 2
Both these struggling sides failed to record the victory they were hoping with as they had to settle for a share of the points.
Jerome Colmans, from the penalty spot, and Steven Black scored for the Lions, who saw Grant Bates sent off for Lions.
HENDON UNITED B 3 FAITHFOLD B 1
Hendon turned in one of the performance of the day as two goals from Gideon Barth, along with Ben Sluckis’ strike helped them stun title-hopefuls Faithfold.
Player-manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic team effort, I thought we were the better team all over the pitch and fully deserved the three points. I don’t like to single out players because all of the lads were exceptional, but Gab Saul was particularly good, rolling back the years and covering every blade of grass (or perhaps every chunk of mud is more appropriate given the condition of the pitch). On that note, I feel obliged to apologise to Faithfold – they provide us with a gem of a pitch at the Hive and then we supply a mudbath. But it was the same for both teams and I thought we adapted better to the conditions.
Ben Moss scored Faithfold’s consolation.
REAL SOSOBAD P KS REUNITED P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
SHACHARIT DONETSK 3 KING CROWN 2
Title hopefuls Crown suffered a surprising defeat as Adam Ellis’ hat-trick saw Donetsk to a thrilling victory.
Manager Elliot Nussbaum told jewishnews.co.uk: “Great reaction from the team after last week’s disappointment. We kept it very tight for 80 minutes when the score was still 0-0, then tired legs contributed to a nervy last 10 minutes with us deserving to win.”
Ben Retter and Yoel Deal scored for Crown.