RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FOURTH ROUND:
North West Neasden 5 Brady Maccabi 1
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP C
Blizzard Storm 1 SPEC FC 3
FC Team A 0 Hendon United A 3
Harmen 5 Maccabi London Lions Blue 1
Norstar London Raiders A P Woodford Wanderers P
Redbridge A 1 Oakwood A 1
Los Blancos 4 Brixton Old Boys 5
Norstar London Raiders B 2 Redbridge B 2
FC Team B 3 AC Whetstone 2
Jewdinese 6 Catford & Bromley 2 (MATCH ABANDONED)
L’Equipe 2 FC Team C 3
Oakwood B 4 Norstar London Raiders C 1
Boca Jewniors 2 Real Sosobad 6
Faithfold B 6 King Crown 1
Hendon United B 0 Maccabi London Lions Green 0
KS Reunited P London Rovers P
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 2..
WEEK 22 MATCH REPORTS:
PETER MORRISON TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL:
North West Neasden A VS Harmen
AFC Flixton or Manchester Macc 1sts VS FC Team B
Leeds Maccabi VS MLL Spartans
Norstar London Raiders A VS Hendon A
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL:
North West Neasden VS Hendon United Sports A
Oakwood A VS Norstar London Raiders A
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
DAVE GROSSMAN (FC TEAM B)
YEHUDA FINK (HENDON UNITED B)
DAVID SIMNOCK (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
RICHARD CAPLIN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
TOBY NATHAN (AC WHETSTONE)
DANNY COHEN (HARMEN)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON UNITED B)
JAMES NEIDLE (HENDON UNITED B)
JON MORRIS (MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE)
JAKE YUDELOWITZ (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
DAN ANDREWS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
RYAN FOX (SPEC)
JAKE GOTTLIEB (HARMEN)
KANE SWERNER (HARMEN)
AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
SIMON PETERMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
JOEY LAZARE (MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE)
MIKE HERSHMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
DAN ORGEL (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DAN ASH (OAKWOOD B)
SCOTT OLDSTEIN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
ANDY SHEENA (FC TEAM B)
ADAM ARNOLD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JAMES ABRAMS (OAKWOOD B)
JACOB RICHLER KLEIMAN (OAKWOOD B)
BARRY GREEN (REAL SOSOBAD)
RICHARD ROSENTHAL (REAL SOSOBAD)
ASHLEY BURNS (SPEC)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DAN COHEN (AC WHETSTONE) – An amazing free-kick – no run up and as the ball seemed to be going over the bar, then dipped in clipping the underside of the crossbar
2) DANNY MOSS (FC TEAM B) – Let fly with a stunning 35-yard screamer to win the game for Team 10 minutes from time
3) CHARLES COHEN (OAKWOOD B) – With the game in the balance, ‘Champers’ Cohen stepped up to lash home a stunning strike into the top corner from 30 yards out
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) BRAD GRANT (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B) – Pulled off a brilliant save from close-range at 1-0 down – somehow turning away Jake Gilbert’s point-blank header
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SAM ROSENTHAL (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A) – “It was a rubbish game with ill discipline from both teams”
2) JOSH HAMBLING (REAL SOSOBAD) – “One special mention to Jimmy Law for finally crossing a ball in setting up Rosenthal for his second.”
3) JON JACOBS (REDBRIDGE B) – “I’m proud of all of the boys who have achieved so much this season. I have managed some of these boys since they were 6 years old so couldn’t be happier.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FOURTH ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
NORTH WEST NEASDEN (Prem) 5 BRADY MACCABI (1) 1
Neasden ensured there was no cup upset here as they proved too strong for the Brady boys, winning in style to set up a semi-final tie against Hendon.
Adam Arnold helped himself to a hat-trick, with Dan Andrews and Dan Sherman also scoring.
Neasden manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started very slowly, they took the lead and were the better team for the first 20 minutes. Then we woke up and realised we had to work hard to get anything out of the game. Adam equalised just before half-time with a great finish after a great team move from one end of the pitch to the other.
“We played some great football in the second half, which led to four more goals, but in truth it could have been 10 – we will now look forward to our semi-final against Hendon.”
Reiss Mogilner scored Brady’s consolation.
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY:
GROUP C (number in brackets represents division of team):
BLIZZARD STORM (1) 1 SPEC (1) 3
SPEC got their Barry Goldstein Trophy campaign off to a winning start as two goals from Ashley Burns, plus Marc Cohen’s strike saw them to the win and top of the table.
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a really close game but in the second half we always looked the team more likely to score and after scoring his first goal in almost two years, Ashley Burns popped up again with a free kick that was right out of the top drawer.”
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|Los Blancos (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Blizzard Storm (1)||1||0||0||1||1||3||-2||0|
GROUP A: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
|Camden Park (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|London Rovers (3)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|NL Raiders C (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
GROUP B: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
|FC Team B (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|London Lions Green (3)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|NL Raiders B (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
GROUP D: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
|Hendon United B (3)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Oakwood B (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Temple Fortune (3)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
FC TEAM A 0 HENDON UNITED A 3
Hendon inched a step closer to retaining their title as they put on a professional display to come away from Team with the points.
Avi Korman helped himself to two goals, with Simon Peterman also on target. Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We put in an excellent professional performance today. Once again we were down to 11 men with Greg Corin pulling out at the last minute, yet we still managed to control the game and never really looked likely to concede.
“In the first half especially we were excellent with Simon Peterman winning everything in the middle and for the most part we kept the ball on the deck and kept good possession. We were 2-0 up before the break and the goal we scored just before half-time would have been a real hammer blow for them. Avi Korman with two more goals further enhanced his ever growing reputation.
“In the second half they did have more of the play but to be honest Russell didn’t have a great deal to do and our defence pretty much dealt with anything that came their way. We saw the game out well and what could have been a potential banana skin with all our players out turned into a nice win in the end.
“FC Team did well after half-time and as usual battled hard – 3/3 now for us against them this year with one more to go but it’s never totally comfortable.
“I’m really proud of this squad – week on week out whoever plays always gives all for the shirt and all for the ultimate aim of winning trophies. Five games to go and everything still in our hands which is how we like it. Roll on next week.”
HARMEN 5 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 1
Harmen bounced back from their disappointment last week as they claimed this comfortable win which saw them move into the top four of the table.
James Gershfield and Dan Green scored two each, with Brad Sharp hitting their fifth.
Manager Joel Alterman told jewishnews.co.uk: “In a week where we struggled for numbers, stand out performances from debutant Kane Swerner, a half fit Danny Cohen and Jake Gottleib sealed the points this week. We looked comfortable throughout this game with chances being created and taken throughout. Bradley Sharp opened the scoring after 22 minutes after some excellent work down the left between Joey Lazare and Jake Gottleib, who laid the ball back to Brad on the edge of the box to finish into the top corner. A definite contender for goal of the week.
“Our second came from Dan Green, recently captured from Lions who’s keeper could only parry James Gershfield shot into the path of Greeny who couldn’t miss from 10 yards out. Leading comfortably at half-time, we looked to come out with the same focus and intensity but we conceded a scrappy goal just 2 minutes after the break and there was some concern that things were about to go pear shaped. Credit to the boys though, we settled back into our rhythm and we found another goal just after the hour mark. Greeny had been moved out to the left, a switch which put him up against his brother and as Lions looked to play out from the back, Greeny intercepted a pass from his sibling, cut inside and finished low to the keepers right. Standing behind the shot, it never looked like missing.
“Our final two goals were left to top scorer James Gershfield and they came within a minute of each other. The first saw Gersh run through the Lions defence before coolly putting it past the keeper, his second was set up by Joey Lazare who did the hard work and laid it on a plate for Gersh to fire home.”
Rick Jacobson scored for the Lions, for whom player-manager Jamie Kyte told jewishnews.co.uk: “We got beaten by the better team, pure and simple. They showed more desire and that’s what won them the game.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A P WOODFORD WANDERERS P
WOODFORD UNABLE TO RAISE A SIDE
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 1 OAKWOOD A 1
Redbridge moved a point clear into second spot, though will be ruing not taking all three as their title challenge all but came to an end.
Daniel Lassman scored for the hosts, with manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a rubbish game, ill discipline shown from both teams and very little football played by either team. More by luck than judgement we had the better chances, but a draw was probably the fair result. Ending the game with nine men, we have to be happy with the point.”
LOS BLANCOS 4 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 5
Brixton did their hopes of finishing off the bottom of the table the world of good as they won a thrilling nine-goal clash to dent Blancos hopes of a top-three finish.
Jamie Kent helped himself to a hat-trick, with Josh Kalinsky and Stefan Benfredj also on target. Brixton’s Alan Aaronson told jewishnews.co.uk: “In our last two games we lost 9-3 and 5-2 to Los Blancos. We completely reassessed our strategy, took some big risks with our system and it paid off in the end. I think we surprised Los Blancos with the way we approached the game and caught them cold at key moments in the game.”
Simon Moses claimed a hat-trick of his own for Blancos, with Adam Hersh scoring their fourth.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 2
Redbridge will have to wait till next time to wrap up the title, but this point was good enough for both sides to clinch promotion.
Jake Gilbert and Josh Green twice put the Raiders in front, only for Scott Oldstein and James Berkeley to hit back for the leaders.
Raiders manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Despite both teams missing key players we served up another ding-dong classic. We started very strongly with real intensity and went one up through a lovely combination between Josh Morris, Josh Green and Jake Gilbert with Gilbert calmly slotting home. Gilbert then hit the post and Green forced a superb save from the keeper with a close range header at the end of a sweeping move involving the same three players. If I had one regret at half-time it was that we hadn’t got more than a 1-0 lead to show for our dominance. Redbridge came out all guns blazing in the second half, scored a well taken equaliser after a defensive lapse, and for 20 minutes they swarmed all over us – only top defending and great goalkeeping from David Simnock kept us level.
“We gradually got a foothold back in the game and Josh Green swept home a lovely finish from just inside the box but Redbridge hit straight back to equalise. It was just that kind of game!
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW…
FC TEAM B 3 AC WHETSTONE 2
FC Team extended their lead at the top of the table to nine points as two goals from Andy Sheena, couple with Danny Moss’ strike saw them to this thrilling win.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “Credit must go to Whetstone. They didn’t deserve to lose the game and played extremely well. They are a great young side and were unlucky today. Saying that, we were poor and had an off day but when you are top of the league and challenging for the title, it’s about coming away with the points and we showed great character to come back twice to win the game. Two games to go, two wins and the title is ours. We forget about this one and move on.”
Dan Cohen scored twice for Whetstone, with joint-manager Clive Nathan telling jewishnews.co.uk: “To say we’re disappointed is an understatement. Even a draw would have been rough justice on us. We worked incredibly hard and played some great stuff. The fact that FC Team were taking it into the corner for the last 10 minutes shows how hard we pushed the leaders.
JEWDINESE 6 CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 (MATCH ABANDONED)
MATCH ABANDONED FOLLOWING DUE TO PLAYERS FIGHTING
L’EQUIPE 2 FC TEAM C 3
Two goals from Adam Stolerman helped Team to the win which keeps alive their title hopes, with Mitch Lassman scoring their third.
Team manager David Gordon told jewishnews.co.uk: “This is the third game running where we have had to produce something in the second half to try and get a result. Regardless, this was an important victory and one which we deserved after a pretty good second half performance. We have a massive game to come this weekend and hopefully we can produce a display from the first minute rather than the 46th!”
Jules Bohm and Dave Prager were on target for L’Equipe, for whom Josh Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were really unlucky not to at least get a point from this game.
“We went in 1-0 up at half time after having dominated most of the first half and closed them down high up the pitch, not giving them time to play the football they wanted to. The whole team worked their socks off and I think we probably deserved to be two or three up with the chances we missed.
“The second half started in the same way, but we were undone by a great finish from their striker on the edge of the box. Things then started to sway their way and they were then awarded a penalty for handball, which in my opinion was an awful decision. That was the turning point in the game and following that they got their third. The boys kept pressing and for the last 15 minutes, we were all over them.
“Overall we felt hard done by but we’ll take a lot of positives from the football we played and the effort from the lads. Looking forward to a good run in the Barry Goldstein cup now.”
OAKWOOD B 4 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Oakwood moved up to joint-fourth as a hat-trick from Jacob Richler Kleiman, coupled with Charles Cohen’s strike saw them to the points.
O’s boss Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: ” It was an utterly majestic performance, full of courage. The courage to be brave in our passing, to not sit back, to get our wingers high and wide and to defend bravely.
This was the showing that has been trying to show its head for a few weeks now and it was a joy to be part of from the minute we arrived at The Spear to the minute we left. Jacob Richler KIeiman is a special talent. Dead eyed in front of goal and he’s up near the scoring charts for a reason. But it’d be wrong of me not to mention Dan Ash who was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch from central midfield. He has everything in abidance. Aggression, vision, determination and skill. Only some wonderful saves denied him a goal today. Striker James Abrams was superb on his debut and it just shows that if you bring the right players in early then none of this deadline day nonsense is required.
“We’re off for a week before a big game against Mill Hill that I know we’ll approach with the same vigour.”
Oli Nathan hit the Raiders consolation, for whom manager Zack Gothelf told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a bad day at the office for the Oranges. We’ve got three league games left and then the BGT. We know that when we play our football and when we turn up we fancy our chances, but we have to make sure we get that consistency throughout the season. That will happen, and when it does, watch this space.”
BOCA JEWNIORS 2 REAL SOSOBAD 6
Sosobad closed in on a promotion spot as a hat-trick from Barry Green helped them to this win.
Richard Rosenthal scored twice, with John Lessem also on target.
Sosobad’s Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started off well and controlled most of the game and always looked a threat going forward on a tricky pitch.
“The team generally worked well, although conceding a couple of sloppy goals not tracking our runners was the only disappointment. Credit to Boca who worked hard and have some good young players and their second goal was a belter from 25 yards – our goalkeeper didn’t have a chance!
“Hopefully now we can keep the momentum going with a run of games as it’s been a really slow start to the year getting starved of games. Looking forward to next week where we expect another three points and continue the push for promotion. One special mention to Jimmy Law for finally crossing a ball in setting up Rosenthal for his second.”
FAITHFOLD B 6 KING CROWN 1
Faithfold are now clear in third spot as they recorded a stunning victory over former title favourites Crown to keep alive their promotion hopes.
HENDON UNITED B 0 LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 0
Hendon’s winning run was ended as they were held by the Lions in a hard-fought draw.
The game was switched to the Lions’ home pitch in Rowley Lane, and despite the pitch being in it’s usual excellent shape, Hendon struggled to get their passing game going and it was the Lions who dominated much of the game, with Hendon goalkeeper Yehuda Fink making a couple of excellent saves to keep the scores level, while at the other end player-manager Adam Glekin missed Hendon’s best opening after a good run from midfield. In the second half, chances were few and far between as both sides had to settle for a share of the points.
Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a different Lions team to the one we faced a month ago. They played well today, we didn’t and were perhaps slightly fortunate to gain a point. I thought we defended very well, and on the few occasions they did get through we had our keeper to thank. It was certainly a game of firsts for us….our first draw as well as our first clean sheet of the season!”
KS REUNITED P LONDON ROVERS P
KS REUNITED UNABLE TO RAISE A SIDE