Norstar Raiders B secure Division Two title, while Chigwell knock Lions out of Cup…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP – FIRST ROUND:
North West Neasden 1 FC Team C 2
PETER MORRISON CUP – SECOND ROUND:
Faithfold A 5 Norstar London Raiders C 2
PETER MORRISON CUP – THIRD ROUND:
Brady Maccabi B 5 Shirley Park 1
Chigwell Athletic 1 London Maccabi Lions White 0 (played at Rowley Lane)
Hendon United C 1 FC Team B 3
Hendon United A 1 Brady Maccabi A 0
Oakwood A 2 FC Team A 2
Redbridge A 0 Norstar London Raiders A 1
Brixton Old Boys 1 Los Blancos 4
Hendon United B 4 Southgate Harmen 5
AC Mill Hill 0 Norstar London Raiders B 5
London Haroldeans 3 Oakwood B 3
Catford & Bromley Maccabi 2 Boca Jewniors 2
Jewdinese 2 AC Whetstone 2
Loughton Orient 2 Faithfold C 6
Temple Fortune 3 L’Equipe 3
AC MILL HILL 0 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 5:
WEEK TWENTY FOUR PHOTOGALLERY:
WEEK TWENTY FOUR MATCH REPORTS:
RUSSELL CORIN (HENDON UNITED A)
STEVE MURAD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
PARYS HAMMOND (BOCA JEWNIORS)
BRADLEY GAYER (CHIGWELL ATHLETIC)
PAUL HIZER (CHIGWELL ATHLETIC)
BEN KON (HENDON UNITED A)
JOSH GREENHAM (FC TEAM A)
JAMES MILMAN (FC TEAM A)
STUART HARING (FC TEAM B)
JOSH KAY (FC TEAM B)
JAMES JOSEPH (LOS BLANCOS)
ZALMEY COHEN (BOCA JEWNIORS)
DOVI VOGI (BOCA JEWNIORS)
CRAIG SANDFORD (CHIGWELL ATHLETIC)
DAN BREGER (FAITHFOLD C)
JON BREGER (FC TEAM A)
BEN RADSTONE (FC TEAM B)
JOEL KUTNER (LOS BLANCOS)
ZACK MCLEOD (LOS BLANCOS)
DARREN RUSSELL (LOS BLANCOS)
BEN WEINBERG (SOUTHGATE HARMEN)
DAVID SAWYER (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
JOHNNY HAIK (FAITHFOLD A)
DAN GORDON (FAITHFOLD C)
MATT DAVIS (FC TEAM B)
MITCH LASSMAN (FC TEAM B)
RICHARD FOGELMAN (L’EQUIPE)
BEN HENRY (SOUTHGATE HARMEN)
1) RICHARD FOGELMAN (L’EQUIPE) – One of his treble strikes, a 35-yard wind-assisted free-kick which flew into the top corner
2) MITCH LASSMAN (FC TEAM B) – Adam Goldsmith headed it through to Lassman who lashed a strike from a difficult angle into the roof of the net via a slight touch from the goalkeeper
3) BEN WEINBERG (SOUTHGATE HARMEN) – Received the ball on the half-way line, beat five players down the right before putting the ball past the goalkeeper
1) DAVID SIMNOCK (NORSTAR RAIDERS B) – With the prolific Ben Zloof bearing down on goal, Simnock spread himself well and produced an outstanding diving save
1) SAM ROSENTHAL (REDBRIDGE A) – “It’s a sad situation where the referee has handed them the championship.”
2) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED C) – “It’s unfortunate we only had 11 to choose from today, so I think it’s fair to say we didn’t take great advantage of the roll-on roll-off subs rule in this cup!”
3) STIRLING KAYE (NORTH WEST NEASDEN) – “Sad to say this game was all but decided when four players did not show leaving us with 10 men, never in 30 years of management has this happened”
4) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “This was far and away our toughest game of the season – far tougher than either of the Norstar games”
5) JOEL ALTERMAN (SOUTHGATE HARMEN) – “The fifth is being claimed by some as the best goal seen in Jewish football”
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division):
NORTH WEST NEASDEN (1) 1 FC TEAM C (2) 2
An own goal helped the Division Two side knock out their Division One opposition as theyt claimed a famous cup scalp.
Neasden manager Stirling Kaye told jewishnews.co.uk: “Sad to say this game was all but decided when four players did not show leaving us with 10 men, never in 30 years of management has this happened. One of the them turned up just before half time, but we were already one down.
“At half-time we regrouped and got back level level with a great free-kick from Jamie Cooper, we showed great attitude and determination even with players having to play out of position and started to get on top. However, an unlucky clearance hit our own player leaving the outstanding Steve Murad no chance.
“As much as we tried the first half having to play with ten men took its toll. They had their luck but were worthy winners and over the 90 minutes played some very good football and we wish them luck in the next round!”
PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND (number in brackets represents division):
FAITHFOLD A (Prem) 5 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C (3) 2
Faithfold eased their way into the next round as two goals from Mike Pearson and Johnny Haik helped them to this win.
Alex Levack’s penalty completed the win, with player-manager Zuriel Solomon telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Glad to get the win and progress into next round comfortably overall.
“They played well in patches, but we had too much for them.”
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division):
BRADY MACCABI B (1) 5 SHIRLEY PARK (1) 1
A hat-trick from Josh Newman helped Brady win this all-Division One clash.
Reiss Mogilner and Nathan Harrod were also on target, with player-manager Josh Dagul telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic performance from start to finish. We played some great football and created countless chances. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we are now looking forward to the quarters.”
Jamie Kent scored for Park, for whom player-manager David Lusman told jewishnews.co.uk: “A nice show from Brady and they well deserved the win. We’ve picked up way too many injures over the last few months and have been down to bare bones…we’ll be back soon.”
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC (1) 1 LONDON MACCABI LIONS WHITE (Prem) 0
Dean Ben Yosef’s strike on the hour mark proved to be the difference as Richard Slater’s side came away from Rowley Lane with the win.
Slater told jewishnews.co.uk: “The lads dug in well especially in the last 20 minutes. Our defensive display was superb, we were never really troubled and deserved the win. Bring on the quarters.”
Lions manager David Pollock told jewishnews.co.uk: “We lost to a well disciplined and highly organised Chigwell team.”
HENDON UNITED C (3) 1 FC TEAM B (2) 3
Hendon’s fairytale cup run came to an end as they were knocked out by their Division Two opponents, but they didn’t go down without a fight.
Top scorer Alex Elf got the underdogs off to the best possible start, charging down the wing before a cross come shot found its way in the net within the opening five minutes. But Hendon’s lead didn’t last long, as they were punished for some poor marking at a corner which led to the equaliser. With the wind behind them, Hendon were the better side for much of the first half, but failed to trouble the FC Team goalkeeper on too many occasions. The away side improved after the break to come away with the win, though Hendon were left to rue further missed opportunities.
Josh Kay, Mitch Lassman and Matt Davis scored for Team.
Player-manager David Gordon told jewishnews.co.uk: “A good performance by everyone today. We started a little slowly but grew into the game in the first half and were camped in their half for the majority of the second. There was no complacency and we produced a hardworking and solid performance to see off very determined opposition. We’re hoping for a big team in the quarters!”
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a case of what might have been. We should have taken a lead into half-time, and we were made to pay for it. It’s unfortunate we only had 11 to choose from today, so I think it’s fair to say we didn’t take great advantage of the roll-on roll-off subs rule in this cup! I didn’t think there was too much between the sides, but good luck to them – they’re a nicer bunch of lads than many FC Team sides I’ve come up against in the past so I hope they continue their progress in the cup”.
HENDON UNITED A 1 BRADY MACCABI A 0
Hendon kept up their title challenge as they eeked out this slender win over second-place Brady.
Josh Lipman scored the all-important goal, with manager David Garbacz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This was far and away our toughest game of the season – far tougher than either of the Norstar games – and we had to be at our resolute best to come away with all three points . We bundled in an early goal through the excellent Josh Lipman, but for the rest of the first half Brady were the better team and caused us no end of problems with their slick passing.
“Russell made a number of saves and the whole defence stood up brilliantly to all the pressure . Ben Kon and Avi Korman were both brilliant at full-back.
“In the second half we improved and had a number of very good chances to put the game to bed but just didn’t seem to have our usual composure in front of goal. We still had to be fully focused at the back and thankfully managed to use our full experience to see the game out.
“All credit to Brady who I thought were really superb in contributing to a very high standard match which was also very well refereed.
“One down – just the 10 games to go . With Norstar winning again today with what sounded like a controversial goal we are well aware that the odds are against us. However, if we can negotiate next week’s double-header and pick up six points there then we really do believe we will get very close indeed.”
OAKWOOD A 2 FC TEAM A 2
Both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils which wasn’t what either side wanted as they remain engulfed in the fight to avoid relegation.
An own goal and Anthony Kintish strike ensured Oakwood took a point.
Jon Breger and Josh Greenham scored for Team, with player-manager Mitch Young telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Missing 10 players and seven first team regulars we knew today was going to be extremely difficult against a great Oakwood side. However, we came with a game plan and even though we went 0-2 down, we kept battling away and managed to get a vital draw.
“We had two ‘B’ team players helping out who were superb, the discipline and team spirit from the whole squad was amazing and I am proud of the lads today. Hopefully we will welcome a few back next week in what will be a very important game.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 0 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 1
Norstar moved a step closer to securing the Premier Division title, as David Dinkin’s strike proved to be the difference.
Player-manager Phil Peters told jewishnews.co.uk: “A hard-fought match and the battle we were expecting but in the end our pressure told and we got the goal our performance deserved.
“Redbridge might have felt aggrieved by the referee’s decision to allow our goal but should be grateful he didn’t send off their centre-back in the first half after Stocky was hauled back or when Dinkin got studs in his chest.
“One more league game to go and we’ll need three points to give us the best chance of securing the title. With Hendon locked in a double-header with Camden there’s every chance we could be crowned this time next week.
Redbridge player-manager Sam Rosenthal wasn’t pleased with their winner. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “The game had 0-0 written all over it, it was too windy to play football but then then referee has given them a goal whereby their man was quite clearly offside. It’s a sad situation where the referee has handed them the championship.
“They’re good lads though and good luck to them.”
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1 LOS BLANCOS 4
Two goals from stand-in captain Joel Kutner helped the Blancos to the win which saw move up into fifth place, and a point off third spot.
Zak McLeod and Jono Gaon were also on target for Joel Minsky’s side. Blanocs Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “All in all Blancos players put in top performances, and I see no reason why we cannot finish in the top half of the table.”
Paul Shamplina scored for Brixton.
HENDON UNITED SPORTS B 4 SOUTHGATE HARMEN 5
Harmen went three points clear at the top of the table as they saw off Hendon in a nine-goal thriller.
Sam Castle, James Sandler, Ben Weinberg, Jordan Grant and Ben Henry were all on target in an epic of a game.
AC MILL HILL 0 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 5
Jonathan Adelman’s side secured the title – as they completed their league season unbeaten – in ultimately emphatic style thanks to David Esterkin’s double, along with strikes from Jeremy Elster, Richard Bloom and Nicky Woolf.
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LONDON HAROLDEANS 3 OAKWOOD B 3
Ben Binder’s double and James Abrams’ strike weren’t enough to see them get the better of the O’s as the two sides struggling against relegation were forced to settle for a point apiece.
Matt Geey, Ben Polak and Rafi Bloom were all on target for the visitors.
CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 BOCA JEWNIORS 2
Catford failed to take the opportunity to close the gap on the top-two as goals from Jamie Sinai and Joel Isaacs were only enough to see them claim a point.
Cats’ Adam Luria told jewishnews.co.uk: “We chucked away a two-goal lead after half-time after dominating the first half. Boca had more of the second half as the wind played its part for both sides. We’re disappointed as both goals conceded came from attacks breaking down in the opposition area and being susceptible on the break.
“Still, was good to be back in action after ten long weeks off and hopefully we’ve blown the cobwebs away and will finish the season strongly.”
An own goal and Simon Lindall strike replied for Boca.
JEWDINESE 2 AC WHETSTONE 2
Jewdinese spurned the chance to go joint-top as they were held to a point, Zac Collins got amongst the scorers for the home side.
Tomer Tricot and Jonah Gordon-Boyd scored for Whetstone.
LOUGHTON ORIENT 2 FAITHFOLD C 6
Faithfold moved off the foot of the table as a hat-trick from Dan Gordon helped them to this win.
Josh Barnet, Ben Simons and player-manager David Garson were also on target.
TEMPLE FORTUNE 3 L’EQUIPE 3
A superb hat-trick in the last half hour from Richard Fogelman helped L’Equipe salvage a point having found themselves 3-0 down.
L’Equipe manager Daniel Cordell told jewishnews.co.uk: ” Today was certainly a game of two halves and the wind certainly played havoc with team.
“We were slow out the gate today (as usual) and did not contest the game for the first 50 minutes. That said Temple Fortune could only cause us trouble with the long throws and the high balls to their wrecking ball of a centre mid. I think likening them to the Jewish version of Bolton is probably a fair description and this is not meant in offence but just an apt description of a team playing route one football very effectively.
“Once the wind was not in their favour and we could actually play football we carved them open with seeming ease and were it not for several questionable off side decisions we would have taken all three points. I think we are all looking forward to the reverse as we will know that if we don’t concede throw ins around the box them we will take the points. That being said I don’t think Richard Alexander will be waiting with anticipation as a trip to a and e with concussion after a needless challenge in the air cut his afternoon short.
“Given we were 3-0 down after 50 minutes, it was a great test of character to pull the result back but the boys all need to remember that we can’t let ourselves be playing catch up all the time.
“Huge props to Richard Fogelman. Another phenomenal game up top with another hat trick and a dead cert for goal of the week with a 35 yard screamer of a free kick sandwiched in between two cool finishes past the keeper. We almost managed to charge an entrance fee from some of the FC Team and Hendon boys on the next pitch to watch fogey – it was billed as “feed the foge and he will score.”Jamie Warwick our debutant keeper had a great game and Gideon chain another full bodied performance at right-back.”
Dave Sawyer scored twice for Fortune, with Zack Rich also on target. Manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “The first half performance was one of our best of the season and although we scored our goals from set-pieces, I think we really gave L’Equipe problems from open play.
“That being said some of our passing could have been better and having the wind advantage definitely helped. Scoring early in the second half to go a deserved three up was also an excellent start, and the one that we were looking for, so it was all the more disappointing to allow L’Equipe to score three goals that we know could have been cut out.
“L’Equipe probably feel the same about our goals. A real game of two halves with the wind having a big say. If someone offered me a point before the game I probably would have taken it but its a real sign of our progress that the team walked off disappointed having now taken five points from five games since the turn of the year. I’m convinced we will win more than we will lose between now and the end.”