RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND:
Brixton Old Boys 2 Brady Maccabi 4 (AET)
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FOURTH ROUND:
Harmen 2 Oakwood A 6
Hendon United A 6 FC Team A 3
Norstar London Raiders A 3 Maccabi London Lions Blue 0
Woodford Wanderers 2 Faithfold A 3
Athletic Bilbaum 0 Camden Park 4
Blizzard Storm 1 SPEC 3
Los Blancos P Redbridge Jewish Care B P
Catford & Bromley P L’Equipe P
FC Team B 5 Norstar London Raiders 0
FC Team C 4 AC Mill Hill 5
Oakwood B 2 AC Whetstone 4
Boca Jewniors P Shacharit Donetsk P
KS Reunited 0 Faithfold B 4
London Rovers 2 King Crown 0
Maccabi London Lions Green 1 Hendon United B 6
Real Sosobad 0 Temple Fortune 1
WEEK 19 PHOTO GALLERY
WEEK 19 MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Richard Cooper (Temple Fortune)
Ricky Shafier (FC Team B)
Jon Toby (FC Team B)
James Neidle (Hendon United B)
Glen Turner (Hendon United B)
David Brown (London Rovers)
Aryeh Goldring (London Rovers)
Parys Hammond (London Rovers)
Aron Luftig (London Rovers)
David Rhodes (Norstar London Raiders A)
Dan Ailon (Oakwood A)
Jonny Kaye (AC Mill Hill)
Jason Shoffman (AC Mill Hill)
Joe Cohen (Faithfold A)
Sam Reeves (Faithfold A)
Ben Lauffer (Hendon United A)
Avi Mocton (Hendon United B)
Dan Rose (Oakwood A)
Michael Goldberg (Temple Fortune
Gavin Levy (Temple Fortune
Ben Zloof (AC Mill Hill)
Ethan Davis (AC Mill Whetstone)
Johnny Haik (Faithfold A)
Adam Stolerman (FC Team C)
Avi Korman (Hendon United A)
Benni Sluckis (Hendon United B)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Saul Cohen (Hendon United B) – A delightful free-kick, curling the ball into the top corner from just outside the box
2) Lorian Madanes (FC Team B) – Let rip with a 35-yard half-volley which dipped over the goalkeeper’s head
3) Avi Markewicz (London Rovers) – Free-kick from almost 40 yards out, leathered it into the roof of the net to seal the points.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Richard Cooper (Temple Fortune) – Facing Sociedad striker Barry Green with a one-on-one situation, Cooper was quick off his line as he closed down the angle to make himself big, before brilliantly blocking the striker’s fierce shot
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Adam Glekin (Hendon United B) – “ If it wasn’t so cold I’d have taken my hat off to their keeper, he was without doubt man of the match.“
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
BRIXTON OLD BOYS (1) 2 BRADY MACCABI (1) 4 (AET)
Two goals each from Reiss Mogilner and Josh Laurier saw the Brady boys win this all-Division One clash.
Gideon Gold and David Lusman replied for Brixton.
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FOURTH ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
HARMEN (Prem) 2 OAKWOOD A (Prem) 6
The O’s comfortably booked their place into the next round with this ruthless performance in St Albans.
Alex Bowman and James Gershfield scored for Harmen, with manager Joel Alterman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We have to put yesterday down to a very bad day at the office. To lose in the manner that we did is unacceptable and was a big reality check for some of our players. Some strong words have been said and we now have to pick ourselves up for the next run of games which is as tough as it comes, starting with Hendon on Sunday.
HENDON UNITED A (Prem) 6 FC TEAM A (Prem) 3
The holders won in thrilling style as they kept alive their hopes of winning another League and cup treble.
Avi Korman and Avidan Last scored two each, with Ben Lauffer and Avishai Kestenbaum completing the scoring. Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was not our best performance of the season by a long shot but we still had the necessary qualities to get through. At times we were uncharacteristically sloppy at the back and gave away the ball too easily further forward. FC Team battled hard for large parts of this match as we knew they would, but as with the first time we played them we were confident that our superior fitness would tell later on in the game.
“We had a number of players missing today and the depth of the squad was well and truly tested – Ben Lauffer would not have played today in normal circumstances yet he still managed to run the show with some superb pin point passing throughout the game and created numerous chances for our forwards . It was good to score six, but we were disappointed to concede three which was unlike us.
“One final word – we scored a goal today when the ball hit the wire in open play across the 3G pitch and fell kindly to Avishai Kestenbaum who scored – it was bad luck on FC Team but those were the rules and we had to carry on in a professional way – just one of those things and they took it very well on the chin so well done to them for that
“Next stop semis – one more hurdle before yet another Wingate appearance – our grip on this cup is still as strong as ever.”
David Joseph Cohen scored twice for Team, with Shim Bensoor claiming their third.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A (Prem) 3 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE (Prem) 0
Two goals from Matt Stock, coupled with Elliot Moslawy’s strike saw the Raiders comfortably through.
Raiders manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “A much better display today where we looked solid defensively and strong going forward. Matt Stock scored another quite brilliant solo goal but there were good performances from the entire squad. We await the semi-final draw, where we will no doubt get Oakwood, with bated breath!
Lions manager Jamie Kyte told jewishnews.co.uk: “A really well-fought game and one Raiders deserved to win. It’s in games like this that you rue your missed chances, and we had two golden opportunities, one in the first half and one in the second half. Now we can focus fully on the league and pushing up a few places.”
WOODFORD WANDERERS 2 FAITHFOLD A 3
Faithfold are clear in fifth spot as Johnny Haik’s hat-trick proved to be the difference for the Greens.
Player-manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “We played well in the first half, were 2-0 up at half-time and deserved the lead. They had a good spell in the second half, clawed it back to 2-2, but we then regrouped and got the winner. I’m pleased with the performance and three points and thought we deserved our win.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 0 CAMDEN PARK 4
Camden moved joint-top of the table thanks to this comprehensive win over Bilbaum.
BLIZZARD STORM 1 SPEC 3
SPEC claimed three much-needed points in their battle to avoid the drop as goals from Marc Cohen, player-manager Ricky Lawrence – from the penalty spot – and Elliot Wallis saw them to the win. Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “We weren’t at our best but overall we put in a decent performance and although it was an even game we probably shaded the game in terms of possession and chances and just about deserved the win.”
LOS BLANCOS P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
CATFORD & BROMLEY P L’EQUIPE P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
FC TEAM B 5 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 0
Team extended their lead at the top of the table to six points following this comfortable win.
Two goals from Richard Salmon, coupled with strikes from Andy Sheena, Lorian Madanes and Jon Breger saw them to the points.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “Total domination, should have been 10. We have not conceded a goal in six-and-a-half hours of football and credit must go to our defenders who have been flawless. Looking forward to the next game already!”
Norstar manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were outplayed today, going down to a better side. Despite having a strong team out, the absence of a recognised striker didn’t help us, however, full credit to Team B, they’re easily the best team we’ve played against in this league.
FC TEAM C 4 AC MILL HILL 5
Mill Hill moved up to second spot in the table after edging this nine-goal thriller.
Ben Zloof hit a hat-trick, with Jonny Kaye claiming their other two.
Adam Stolerman hit a hat-trick for Team – though also missed a penalty, with Matt Davis claiming their fourth.
OAKWOOD B 2 AC WHETSTONE 4
Whetstone claimed three valuable points in their bid to escape the drop as goals from Jonah Gordon-Boyd, Toby Nathan, Josh Silverman and Dan Cohen saw them to the points.
Joint-player manager Clive Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “We desperately wanted to win this week. We have been playing well but not getting the results we want. Today we started and ended the game very strongly. We let in poor goals between these periods but overall we are delighted to win. We said we would be happy with lucky, scrappy goals but today we hit some quality strikes. It’s great to see both full-backs scoring and the cheeky chip is becoming something of a trademark for Toby Nathan.
Dan Ash and Charles Cohen replied for the O’s
BOCA JEWNIORS P SHACHARIT DONETSK P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
KS REUNITED 0 FAITHFOLD B 4
Faithfold closed in on second spot – sitting just three points behind King Crown but having played two games less, as goals from Dave Sherman, Leor Harel, Dan Gordon and a super strike from Ashley Ilsen saw them to this win.
Manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We’re back on track with an excellent performance all over the pitch and it had to be after our inept one last week where we totally under performed and Hendon had a very deserved win.
LONDON ROVERS 2 KING CROWN 0
Rovers opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the table as an own goal and strike from Avi Markiewicz saw Rovers in the clash of the top-two.
Manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “We didn’t start that well which was due to not having played in so long but once we got going we showed why we are top of the league. Crown used the ball well but they couldn’t get past our back four. It’s a huge win for us and sets us up for the final run in.”
LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 1 HENDON UNITED B 6
Hendon are now clear in fourth spot as they extended their winning streak to four games.
Top scorer Benni Sluckis helped himself to a couple of goals, with Avi Mocton, Saul Cohen, Jaimie Grossman and Jono Nesbitt all getting on the scoresheet.
REAL SOSOBAD 0 TEMPLE FORTUNE 1
Fortune claimed just their second league win of the season to boost their hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon, while at the same time denting Sosobad’s promotion hopes.
Darren Zitren strike proved to be the difference between the teams. Player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “The squad of players we had available this weekend is probably the best we have been able to field since preseason largely, not necessarily man for man, but because it had balance and didn’t require anyone to have to play out of position allowing us to play a formation that we wanted to, this was a big plus.
“Defensively we were excellent and I would say we limited Sosobad to probably two clear-cut chances all game which our goalkeeper Richard Cooper made 2 brilliant saves from. They all stuck to their tasks to man and I was really pleased with the commitment all our defensive players showed. Offensively and on a worsening pitch I felt our link play was very good from back to front and we got our creative players on the ball as much as we could. In the end it told, with a fine goal started from Gavin Levy and Mike Myers doubling up and tackling the left-back spot and then some good short passing into the centre of midfield. Darren Zitren then saw the space on the right hand side and hared forward before a great pass found him, he took one touch and rifled it home. A great move and once he made his mind up himself I knew he would score.
“I have to say that for large part of the first half Real were on top but once we weathered the storm we grew in confidence (something that has been lacking) and started to impose ourselves. We did have the ball in the net in the first half but for dubious offside call to rule it out. Those on the sidelines from both teams thought it was onside but it was close one and no blame apportioned to anyone. I wouldn’t say we peppered their goal but we caused the defence some problems for sure. On the whole a point a piece might have been fair result but I’m happy to have a bit of luck for once.”