London Rovers are crowned Division Three champions, though Redbridge B have to wait another week for the Division Two title after losing 5-4 to Los Blancos…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL:
Oakwood A 1 Norstar London Raiders A 2
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP A
Camden Park 3 L’Equipe 3
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY – GROUP D
Hendon United B 4 Jewdinese 4
FC Team A 3 Maccabi London Lions Blue 1
Redbridge A P Harmen P (unplayable pitch)
Woodford Wanderers 0 Hendon United A 4
Brady Maccabi 8 Athletic Bilbaum 3
Brixton Old Boys P SPEC P
Los Blancos 5 Redbridge B 4
AC Mill Hill P FC Team C P
AC Whetstone 1 Norstar London Raiders C 2
FC Team B 11 Catford & Bromley 0
King Crown 4 KS Reunited 2
London Rovers 3 Faithfold B 1
Real Sosobad 4 Maccabi London Lions Green 1
Temple Fortune 3 Shacharit Donetsk 4
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON ROVERS 3 FAITHFOLD B 1…
WEEK 23 PHOTO GALLERY
WEEK 23 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 – WINNER TO FACE NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
GIDEON CALLER (HENDON UNITED B)
RICKY ZEIDERMAN (LONDON ROVERS)
EITAN BEN ZION (FC TEAM A)
DALON HIRSHKORN (FC TEAM A)
ROB SANFORD (FC TEAM A)
DANNY MOSS (FC TEAM B)
CHAIM KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON UNITED B)
MARK SINGER (L’EQUIPE)
ARON LUFTIG (LONDON ROVERS)
ADAM LEVINE (OAKWOOD A)
JONNY SAMUEL (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
JOSH COHEN (REAL SOSOBAD)
ELLIOT COULTON (REAL SOSOBAD)
DAVE LEVY (REAL SOSOBAD)
ROCKY SPITZER (FC TEAM A)
JON BREGER (FC TEAM B)
LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM B)
DAVE SEITLER (HENDON UNITED A)
JONO NESBITT (HENDON UNITED B)
JAMIE GORDON (KS REUNITED)
JAMES RYAN (KS REUNITED)
NICK STERN (L’EQUIPE)
JOSH BHARIER (LONDON ROVERS)
ADAM KAY (LONDON ROVERS)
BEN JOSEPH (LONDON ROVERS)
JONNY KAY(NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
DOVI VOGEL (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
ALEX SHERR (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
JAMES LAW (REAL SOSOBAD)
RICHARD ROSENTHAL (REAL SOSOBAD)
MITCH YOUNG (FC TEAM B)
BENNI SLUCKIS (HENDON UNITED B)
LIRON MANNIE (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
JOSH BLOOM (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) NICK STERN (L’EQUIPE) – Ball came in from Rich ‘Scotty’ Alexander, was only half cleared by the Camden defence and as the ball came down from the clearance just inside the box, with his back to goal, Stern pulled off an absolute worldy bicycle kick to draw the score level
2) RICHARD ROSENTHAL (REAL SOSOBAD) – As the ball was rolling across him, Rosenthal hit a first time bullet into the top corner – a finish good enough to compete with even the best in the world
3) ADAM ELLIS (SHACHARIT DONETSK) – Taking the ball down on his chest, he pushed the ball to his right, and from 30 yards, let rip an amazing shot, across his body, that went like a bullet into the top left hand corner, no goalkeeper could have stopped it.
4) BEN JOSEPH (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A) – Effortlessly curled in a 25-yard free-kick into the top right corner giving the goalkeeper no chance.
5) DAVID JOSEPH COHEN (FC TEAM A) – Produced a confident finish to round off a beautiful near-20 pass move
6) DANIEL POLAK (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C) – Josh Bloom found space 25 yards out and lifted the ball over the Whetstone defence for Polak, running from deep, to flick the ball first time over the head of the onrushing goalkeeper
7) JOSH BLOOM (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C) – Picked the ball up just inside the Whetstone half, and carrying the ball towards the goal, to the right of the goal as he looked at it, hit the perfect strike from 30 yards into the top left corner of the Whetstone goal
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GIDEON CALLER (HENDON UNITED B) – Stand-in goalkeeper produced a magnificent save to keep out Zack Collins’ penalty
2) RICKY ZEIDERMAN (LONDON ROVERS) – Made a fantastic diving save low to the bottom corner in the first half to keep it at 0-0
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JAKE ERLICH (JEWDINESE) – “It’s clear Hendon are upset but really they should be proud of getting a point against such superior opponents.”
WEEK 23 GAMES:
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL: (number in brackets represents division of team)
OAKWOOD A (PREM) 1 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A (PREM) 2
Raiders won the all-Premier Division semi-final to book their place at Wingate thanks to goals from Ben Joseph and a last-minute strike from Liron Mannie.
Dave Woolman scored for the Os, with joint-manager Ric Blank telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m still digesting how we lost, what happened and coming to grips with a 91st minute winner from Liron.”
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY:
GROUP A: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
CAMDEN PARK (1) 3 L’EQUIPE (2) 3
Both sides got their campaign off with a point as they played out this six-goal thriller.
Nick Stern scored twice for the visitors, with Mark Singer also on target. Manager Josh Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “We knew we’d be in for a tough game against a very good camden side. Game plan was to press high up the pitch and don’t allow them to play their game.
“My team gave everything and defended like warriors in the first half. On a boggy pitch going up hill, we managed to hold them off, limit them to few chances and go in at half time only 1-0 down and that’s what happened. We went 2-1 up, they drew level, and then we went 3-2 up. They threw everything at us in the last ten minutes, and equalised again.
“But we held on for the point and I’m delighted with that start to the BGT. The boys are really up for it and we’ll look to press on now against Norstar and London Rovers.”
|Camden Park (1)||1||0||1||0||3||3||0||1|
|London Rovers (3)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|NL Raiders C (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
GROUP D: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
HENDON UNITED B (3) 4 JEWDINESE (2) 4
Group D got off to a flying start as Hendon and Jewdinese shared the points in an eight-goal epic.
Ben Sluckis scored a hat-trick for Hendon,with Avi Mocton claiming Hendon’s fourth.
Zack Collins scored twice for Jewdinese – as well as seeing a penalty saved – with Brandon Sassoon and player-manager Jake Erlich also on target.
Erlich told jewishnews.co.uk: “What can only be described as a massive point for Hendon, to put it simply we are quite disappointed. The positive is that we came back from 3-0 down in a game where four goals flatters Hendon. Playing on a pitch which can only be described as a mud bath we knew this game wasn’t going to be about football. The dirty play of Hendon started from the off and we knew it was only a matter of time before they got a red. A two-footed tackle let off with a yellow was only the beginning but with five minutes to go the red came as expected but a shame it did not come earlier.
“It’s clear Hendon are upset but really they should be proud of getting a point against such superior opponents.”
|Hendon United B (3)||1||0||1||0||4||4||0||1|
|Oakwood B (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Temple Fortune (3)||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 C: (Number in brackets represents division of team)
|AC Mill Hill (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Los Blancos (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Blizzard Storm (1)||1||0||0||1||1||3||-2||0|
FC TEAM A 3 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 1
Team claimed three much-needed points in their battle to avoid the drop, thanks to goals from David J Cohen, Alon Hershkorn and Robert Sanford.
Team manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great game today, getting the comfortable win that we wanted over Lions. Our shape has been brilliant over the last few weeks and today the hard work payed off. Lions had a horrible time trying to break us down and I dont think Mike Myers had an out and out save to make all game. Then going forward Lions could not handle Rocky Spitzer, linking up with both Davids, Shim Aminoff and Yoav, Team were playing football which was an absolutely pleasure to watch, putting together some great attacking moves, with intricate touches and up to 15/20 passes at points.
Will Beresford scored for the Lions, for whom player-manager Jamie Kyte told jewishnews.co.uk: “”We’ve now found ourselves in a relegation battle. Next week’s game against Woodford is now huge and us staying in the top flight depends on that result.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A P HARMEN P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
WOODFORD WANDERERS 0 HENDON UNITED A 4
Hendon moved seven points clear at the top of the table thanks to this comprehensive win over Woodford.
Gav Noe scored twice, with Dovi Fehler and an own goal completing the win.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Despite being quite heavily depleted, this still turned out to be a pretty comfortable win. For the last 20 minutes we were playing with nine men as Rafi Kon Alex Rosenthal and Avidan Last all went off injured. It was left to young guns Chaim Korman and Dave Seitler together with the experienced Gav Noe to see us over the line . The physio table will be extremely busy this week in preparation for some huge games coming up in the weeks ahead.
“Credit to Woodford for getting the game on and playing in a good enjoyable spirit . Time is probably running out for them this year but we hope they are able to regroup and come again if not this year then in years to come.
“We were not totally at our best today – the traffic on the North Circular ensured a very rushed pre match preparation but overall we did what we needed to do and the league games are starting to run out . Raiders have no room for error but I’m sure they will continue to match us so as to set up the big title decider on a few weeks . First up though Neasden in the Anekstein Semi before we even start thinking about our mates up the road.”
BRADY MACCABI 8 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 3
Brady recorded one of their most emphatic wins of the season as Bilbaum’s miserable run of form continued.
Reiss Mogilner scored half of their goals, with Sam Monjack, Elliot Dagul, Matt Frohlich and an own goal sealing the rout.
BRIXTON OLD BOYS P SPEC P
LOS BLANCOS 5 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 4
Blancos kept up their hopes of winning promotion, while at the same time forcing Redbridge to wait at least another week before being crowned champions as they won a thrilling nine-goal thriller in the third minute of injury time.
In what was the White’s second successive 5-4 triumph, two strikes from Tim Heynes saw them establish a two-goal cushion which seemed to kick-start Redbridge into life. The Blancos defence were being superbly marshalled by Joel Barnett, who made numerous last-ditch tackles and interceptions, and although the visitors pulled one back, Simon Moses made it 3-1, before another exchange of a Redbridge goal and Moses strike saw them lead 4-2, thinking the game was over. However, Redbridge’s quality has been evident all season and susatined pressure led to them tying the score up at 4-4, at which point the outcome of the game was anyone’s guess. However, the home side regrouped and Joel Kutner forced home the winner, before holding out at the back to repel the final onslaught to secure the three points.
Daniel Garfinkle, Adam Goldman, Matt Niman and Jordan Sapler scored for Redbridge.
AC MILL HILL P FC TEAM C P
AC WHETSTONE 1 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 2
Raiders moved up into fourth spot in the table thanks to goals from Daniel Polak and Josh Bloom.
Alon Pinhas was on target for Whetstone, for whom joint-manager Anthony Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “Gutted again. How many times can you come off a pitch with the other side saying “you deserved more out of that”. They barely saw the ball in the second half but Jake, their centre back is their best player – he wasn’t playing last week!
“We hit the woodwork twice as well as having about 80 percent of the possession. They scored two cracking goals in the first half, one a beautifully worked chip and volley and the other a sweet strike from 25 yards.
“Shame for the boys who have three games left before AC Whetstone closes its doors, at least for three years until they come back from University. Three points would have put us fourth above NLRC and Oakwood B (who we have done the league double over this season). The boys will doubtless battle on in football and in life and Clive and I are as proud of them now as we were when they were six.”
FC TEAM B 11 CATFORD & BROMLEY 0
Team moved to within a victory of securing the title as they showed no remorse to the bottom side as they recorded their most emphatic win of the season.
Danny Moss and Lorian Madanes helped themselves to hat-tricks, player-manager Mitch Young and Jon Breger scored two each, with Dan Breger completing the rout.
Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “A professional performance from the team. To score 11 goals in a game of football is an achievement and I’m proud of that. Catford kept on going until the final whistle and I hope they can stay together. One more game and the title is ours.”
KING CROWN 4 KS REUNITED 2
King Crown secured promotion as two goals from Sacha Nusenbaum helped them to this win.
James Karpf and James Koren scored the other two.
Jamie Gordon, and James Ryan, from the penalty spot, scored for the visitors, with manager James Lewis telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Despite a depleted squad due to a number of late injuries we feel as if we could have got something out the game with a bit of luck.”
LONDON ROVERS 3 FAITHFOLD B 1
Rovers claimed the victory they needed to be crowned champions, though had to do it the hard way having fallen behind early on in the second half through an Parys Hammond own goal.
However, two goals in the space of five minutes, including a sensational long-range effort from Dovi Vogel, and two efforts from Josh Bharier set off wild scenes of jubilation at the full-time whistle.
Manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a really tough game as we knew it would be. In the first half there was nothing between us but after going behind in the second half due to an unfortunate own goal, I just told the boys to stay calm and keep playing positive football. I knew that if we didn’t panic then eventually our quality would come through and that’s exactly what happened. They couldn’t handle Dovi and Josh going forward and we were able to kill the game off. Having said that, Faithfold still came at us and kept us working right to the end so credit to them.”
And reflecting back on a title-winning season, he said: “I’m just so proud of the boys for what they have achieved. As a manager the biggest complement you can have is when your players respond to your tactics and game plan and that’s exactly what they’ve done. This is the most responsive group I’ve ever worked with. It’s very easy for players to turn up on a Sunday morning and play their own game but all season they have stuck to the plan, even if it meant sacrificing things they think they can do but don’t in order to maintain the balance of the team. I just can’t complement them enough. They have taken it seriously and respected the league.
“This is a fantastic group of players and we are aiming for big things. They can now call themselves champions but the season isn’t over and we still have lots to play for so we won’t be relaxing any time soon.”
REAL SOSOBAD 4 LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 1
Sosobad are up into fourth spot following this comprehensive win.
Barry Green, James Law, Richard Rosenthal and Josh Jacobs all on target for the home side.
Manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were excellent today. The big pitch suited our style of play and we were rewarded with three early goals of impeccable quality.
“Lions had much more possession than they did in the reverse fixture and they came at us with intent but our defence didn’t allow them any clear cut chances and that was the difference between the two teams.
“We had a hold on the game in the first half but Josh Hambling had a moment of madness and got sent off early in the second half which caused our shape to dismantle. However we held on and scored late to secure the deserved points.
“All of my players showed desire, hunger and grit when we were down to 10 men and I congratulate them all for their professionalism. We are in an excellent position to now push on for a promotion charge and that will be our focus for the remaining six games.
“I would lastly like to congratulate London Rovers for becoming champions today. They have had a fantastic run of games since their only loss of the season when we beat them 6-0 and I hope we are able to meet them again next season.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 3 SHACHARIT DONETSK 4
Donetsk kept up their record of not having drawn a game this season as they edged Fortune in this seven-goal thriller to leave the home side rooted to the foot of the table.
Adam Ellis helped Donetsk to the points, grabbing a hat-trick, with Yoram Goodman grabbing their fourth. Manager Elliot Nussbaum telling jewishnews.co.uk: “In difficult conditions and having not played for four weeks a competitive game, we managed to dig deep.”
Zack Rich scored twice from the penalty spot for Fortune, with Mike Myers also on target.