RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND:
Faithfold A 4 FC Team A 2
FC Flixton 1 Hendon United A 2
Camden Park 0 Oakwood A 4
London Maccabi Lions Blue 0 Redbridge A 1
Brady Maccabi B P Shirley Park P
Brixton Old Boys 1 Southgate Harmen 4
Los Blancos 2 Woodford Wanderers 2
SPEC FC 1 North West Neasden 3
AC Mill Hill 2 London Haroldeans 1
Faithfold B 1 FC Team C 2
FC Team B 0 Redbridge B 7
Oakwood B 1 Athletic Bilbaum 1
AC Whetstone 3 Loughton Orient 4
Hendon United C 2 Boca Jewniors 1
Jewdinese 5 Catford & Bromley 2
L’Equipe 1 Norstar Raiders C 0
Temple Fortune 3 King Crown 4
JEWDINESE 5 CATFORD & BROMLEY 2
WEEK TWENTY SIX MATCH REPORTS:
YAACOV GOLDIN (HENDON UNITED C)
JAMIE WARWICK (L’EQUIPE)
JOSH BROOKS (LONDON MACCABI LIONS BLUE)
JAMES CASTLE (SOUTHGATE HARMEN)
JAMES NEIDLE (HENDON UNITED C)
NICK STERN (L’EQUIPE)
ROB CAPLIN (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
ADAM HAKIMI (REDBRIDGE A)
ADAM SHAFRON (REDBRIDGE A)
MITCH GREEN (SOUTHGATE HARMEN)
JAMES LEVY (AC MILL HILL)
BEN ELLIS (FAITHFOLD A)
JOHNNY HAIK (FAITHFOLD A)
ROCKY SPITZER (FAITHFOLD A)
ARI LAST (HENDON UNITED A)
YOAV LEBENS (HENDON UNITED A)
ELI STONE (HENDON UNITED C)
JAMES ROSS (JEWDINESE)
BEN RETTER (KING CROWN)
ADAM ARNOLD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DAN ORGEL (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
DANNY COHEN (SOUTHGATE HARMEN)
JAMES SANDLER (SOUTHGATE HARMEN)
RICHARD FOGELMAN (L’EQUIPE)
JONO GAON (LOS BLANCOS)
RICHARD CAPLIN (REDBRIDGE A)
1) RICHARD FOGELMAN (L’EQUIPE) – With a minute left, ran half the length of the pitch, before executing a perfect 30-yard chip
2) ADAM CONWAY (LOUGHTON ORIENT) – A superb free-kick from 40 yards out which flew into the top corner
1) JAMIE WARWICK (L’EQUIPE) – Raced off his line when the Norstar striker was bearing down on goal to provide a vital block
1) JOE LEVY (AC MILL HILL) – “We started the game minus Ben Zloof who mysteriously came down with food poisoning after eating lasagne for dinner on Saturday night.”
2) JACOB KADOCH (KING CROWN) – “Ben Retter came off the bench to score his first goal for King Crown, his celebration was like a kid who had an overdose of sugar.”
3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “We’re all in trouble with our wives – we’ve missed all our Sunday night engagements but we got the win to make it all worthwhile.”
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents team’s division)
FAITHFOLD A 4 FC TEAM A 2
A hat-trick from Ben Ellis helped ease Faithfold through to the quarter-finals as they won this all-Premier Division clash.
Daryl Phillips claimed their fourth, with player-manager Zuriel Solomon telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We played well today and I thought we were very comfortable and teams few chances came through our errors.
“We have been struggling to score but today once we got the first it allowed us to play with a little more composure.”
FC FLIXTON 1 HENDON UNITED A 2
Hendon set up a mouthwatering clash against Faithfold as Danny Kon’s strike and Ari Last’s penalty saw them to an inpressive win.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We’re all in trouble with our wives – we’ve missed all our Sunday night engagements but we got the win to make it all worthwhile.
“This was a tough round trip but there is a real winning mentality about the team this year that even against the odds we were still pretty confident of coming out on top.
“In a tight first half Flixton capitalised on a rare mistake at the back to break well and scored when the ball rebounded into Josh Lipman and into the back of the net. It was against the run of play but we responded immediately and the turning point in the match came when we equalised with the last kick of the half – a brilliant free kick from Greg Corin, headed on by Yoav Lebens and poked into the net by Danny kon.
“We took that momentum into the second half and in an almighty goalmouth scramble Avidan last had a shot saved by a Flixton defender on the goal line. The penalty and the red card were inevitable and Ari last cooly slotted home from the spot.
“From then on Flixton battled hard but really we were guilty of missing some excellent chances too increase the lead and the game was therefore always on a knife edge. Yoav Lebens and Ari last were Immense in midfield and spurred those around them to see out the win.
“It was a great result and keeps up our unbeaten domestic run . Flixton were generous hosts and showed that the northern teams can easily compete but overall I think we deserved the win.
“We have an incredibly exciting couple of months to go this season – we will be going for it week after week and our sights are set on silverware.”
CAMDEN PARK 0 OAKWOOD A 4
The O’s moved further clear of the relegation zone as two goals from Bradley Wine helped them to this emphatic win.
Sam Jacobson and Harvey Kaye were also on target.
LONDON MACCABI LIONS BLUE 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 1
Redbridge consolidated their push for a top-three finish as Adam Stollerman’s penalty proved to be the difference in them getting the three points at Rowley Lane.
Player-manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very even game and I’m delighted to come away with the win. Without James Gold it was always gonna be tough for them!”
Lions player-manager Jamie Kyte told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very tight game with the only difference being a penalty that shouldn’t have been given.”
BRADY MACCABI B P SHIRLEY PARK P
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1 SOUTHGATE HARMEN 4
Harmen increased their lead at the top of the table to five points thanks to this impressive win.
Danny Cohen helped himself to a hat-trick, with Sam Castle also on target.
David Smouha scored from the penalty spot for the home side.
LOS BLANCOS 2 WOODFORD WANDERERS 2
Two more goals from the prolific Jono Gaon saw Blancos maintain their top-four place, as Woodford lost ground on their title challenge.
Blancos’ Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “Remaining unbeaten in 2014, we got a thoroughly deserved point against the current league leaders. We started the game perfectly, going one up inside five minutes with another for Jono. We dominated the first 20 minutes and should have scored a second, with Russell swinging in some dangerous corners and free-kicks.
“Woodford then went 2-1 up with a beautiful second from their number 10, but then the game turned scrappy in the second half. A brilliant save from Gross with 10 minutes to go kept us in it, and we even could have nicked a winner towards the end.”
SPEC 1 NORTH WEST NEASDEN 3
Neasden moved up into joint-third with this win which leaves SPEC perilously close to the relegation trap door.
Adam Arnold, Michael Field and Dan Orgel were all on target for the victors, with manager Stirling Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We had the better chances in the first half, but neither side could score. Jamie Kent went close on his debut, while man-of-the-match, Adam Arnold, also on his debut, became more influential.
“We came flying out in the second half and scored three goals in 20 minutes – and it could of been six or seven in the first 30 minutes. Then with us tiring in the last 20, they put us under pressure, scored and hit the bar. Considering they were under a lot of pressure for long periods they didn’t give up which led to a very feisty last 15 minutes. Considering we had two players on their debut and one playing his first game for three months, overall it was a good solid performance.”
Elliot Wallis scored for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Neasden are a very good organised outfit and made us pay for our mistakes today. Although we rallied late on it wasn’t to be and we know nothing but three points will do next Sunday.”
AC MILL HILL 2 LONDON HAROLDEANS 1
Mill Hill moved up into fourth spot thanks to goals from Jason Shoffman and James Levy.
James Abrahams had put Haroldeans ahead from the penalty spot, with Mill Hill player-manager Joe Levy telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We started the game minus Ben Zloof who mysteriously came down with food poisoning after eating lasagne for dinner on Saturday night. We were slow to get going and conceded an early penalty, but we were slightly better in the second half.
“We will have to improve in our remaining games to gain any more points.”
FAITHFOLD B 1 FC TEAM C 2
Team are still in the running for second spot thanks to goals from David Joseph Cohen and Eitan Ben Zion
Ashley Ilsen scored for Faithfold.
FC TEAM B 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 7
Redbridge closed in on runners-up spot thanks to this emphatic win over relegation-haunted Team.
Craig Sandford and Nathan Sollosi both scored hat-tricks, while Daniel Jacobs completed the scoring.
OAKWOOD B 1 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1
Seventh entertained sixth so there was no surprise that this ended in a 1-1 draw. Dave Woolman scored for the O’s, Eli Lew replied for Bilbaum.
AC WHETSTONE 3 LOUGHTON ORIENT 4
Loughton moved out of the bottom two as they surprisingly beat title-chasing Whetstone.
Dave Levy, Adam Conway, Jamie Crawford and Josh Jacobs’ penalty all scored for the visitors, with player-manager Dan Curtis telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I was pleased with the boys today. We have had some dodgy results lately but we got stuck in today and showed our spirit. Great team performance.”
Alon Pinhas, Sam Leader and Dan Weisselberg scored for the beaten hosts.
HENDON UNITED C 2 BOCA JEWNIORS 1
Two goals from Eli Stone helped see Hendon return to winning ways as they completed the double over Boca with this battling victory.
Boca had the better of the opening stages but were foiled by a stubborn home defence and a goalkeeper in Yaacov Goldin who was keen to put one over his old club. With their first real attack of the game, Hendon earned a penalty when Jono Nesbitt was clumsily fouled in the box. Ben David’s penalty was well saved by the Boca keeper, but Eli Stone was on hand to slot home the rebound for his first goal for Hendon. That quickly became two, as a corner found its way through to Stone, and like a true fox in the box he swept the ball home from close-range.
Boca were handed a lifeline early in the second half when they were awarded one of the softest penalties you could care to see. After that, Hendon had to ride some pressure but their strong backline was not to be breached. With a few mins left, Stone fluffed a golden opportunity to seal a dream hat-trick when he was set up by Nesbitt, but Hendon held on for the win.
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It wasn’t vintage stuff, but I was pleased to get the win. We didn’t start the game well, and we probably didn’t deserve to go 2-0 up but once we did, we were very comfortable until they were gifted a penalty. But the last 20 mins we dug in and showed some really good spirit.”
Yoshua Silverman scored for Boca.
JEWDINESE 5 CATFORD & BROMLEY 2
Jewdinese moved to within two points of top spot thanks to this comprehensive win, which also put some daylight between themselves and third-place Cats.
Zack Collins scored twice, with Joe Meisel, James Ross and player-manager Jake Erlich all on target.
Ryan Kangisser and Joel Isaacs scored for the Cats.
L’EQUIPE 1 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 0
L’Equipe kept themselves in the title race as they defeated the runaway leaders – though only just thanks to Richard Fogelman’s spectacular last-minute winner which was a 30-yard chip.
L’Equipe manager Daniel Cordell told jewishnews.co.uk: “The boys were absolutely superb. It was a true L’Equipe performance – dogged, gutsy, fearless and all 12 involved in the game played for each other. Keeping the Raiders frontline quiet was always going to be difficult but with Nick Stern having is best game since returning to the club at centre-back and Jamie Warwick commanding his box all game, nothing was going to get through.
“It was also such a sweetener for the team after the papers wrote us off and the NLR manager claiming it would be easy to keep Fogey quiet to take the three points in such dramatic fashion. With two minutes left on the clock Jonny Kay charged down a midfield error from Raiders and the ball was released to Fogey who duly ran half the pitch and happily hit the roof of the net from just outside the edge of the box – scenes of utter jubilation followed with the team haring down the pitch to celebrate with him – such is the confidence in our striker and belief be will finish pretty much every chance that no one from our team bothered to run up with him in case a square ball was on.
“I think it goes to show that form is temporary but class is permanent and if the raiders boss thought he could keep him quiet for two games he was very much mistaken.”
“Not to take anything away from Fogey’s goal but it was a true team performance that earned the three points and I am sure all the lads are feeling the aches today – bring on masters football!
“Our next goal is to put Catford to the sword and then steal a match on top spot.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 3 KING CROWN 4
King Crown moved a step closer to securing mid-table stability after they edged this seven-goal thriller.
Danny Navazesh, Sacha Nusenbaum, Ben Retter and Yoel Deal all found the back of the net, with player-manager Jacob Kadoch telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very flattering scoreline on Temple Fortune.”
Michael Goldberg scored twice for Fortune, with Darren Zitren also on target. Manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “Disappointing performance in the first half as we created very little but a much better offensive performance in the second.
“It was a game we could have very easily won if we would have shown more in the first half. My players effort was there for everyone to see and I have no problem with that at all, but it took too long to click on Sunday. Not much more to say really.”