RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP FOURTH ROUND:
Norstar London Raiders A 1 Oakwood A 2
Faithfold A 0 London Maccabi Lions Blue 1
Redbridge A D/H Hendon United A 0-3/0-4
Brixton Old Boys P Brady Maccabi B P
Hendon United B 9 Shirley Park 0
North West Neasden 0 Chigwell Athletic 1
Woodford Wanderers 3 Los Blancos 0
FC Team C 4 Oakwood B 0
Redbridge B 5 FC Team B 0
Boca Jewniors 0 Jewdinese 0
Catford & Bromley 4 Norstar London Raiders C 1
Faithfold C 4 Hendon United C 2
King Crown 3 AC Whetstone 4
L’Equipe 3 Temple Fortune 2
NEASDEN 0 CHIGWELL 1
WEEK TWENTY NINE MATCH REPORTS:
MIKE MYERS (FC TEAM C)
STEVE MURAD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
OLI GEE (OAKWOOD A)
PAUL HIZER (CHIGWELL ATHLETIC)
CHARLIE RESNICK (FAITHFOLD C)
JOEL ROSENBERG (FC TEAM C)
MOTTI COLEMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
DAVID PRAGER (L’EQUIPE)
DANIEL FIELD (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
ILAN SCORAH (OAKWOOD A)
CRAIG PEARL (CHIGWELL ATHLETIC)
JON SWEAD (CHIGWELL ATHLETIC)
BEN PORTNOI (FAITHFOLD C)
SHIM BENSOOR (FC TEAM C)
RAFI KON (HENDON UNITED A)
MARTIN SMULOVITCH (HENDON UNITED B)
JOSH BENTLEY (OAKWOOD A)
GUY HELMAN (OAKWOOD A)
BRADLEY WINE (OAKWOOD A)
JEREMY BARNETT (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
RICHARD COOPER (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
DAVID JOSEPH COHEN (FC TEAM C)
DANIEL GARFINKLE (HENDON UNITED B)
JONNY KAYE (L’EQUIPE)
NATHAN SOLOSSI (REDBRIDGE B)
HARRISON MIDDA (WOODFORD WANDERERS)
1) OLI HITMAN (CATFORD & BROMLEY) – Jonny Lee sprinted down the right, cut the ball back to Yonni Bord, he hooked it across to Hitman, who hit an unstoppable first-time shot on the half volley straight into the far bottom corner, from fully 20 yards.
2) AVI MARKIEWICZ (HENDON UNITED B) – Scored an outrageous 35-yard lob
3) DAN COHEN (AC WHETSTONE) – Checked inside and from just outside the box curled the ball into the top corner with his left foot
4) GUY HELMAN (OAKWOOD A) – Slalomed his way through in the Norstar box, before slotting the ball into the bottom corner
5) AVIDAN LAST (HENDON UNITED A) – Picked up the ball in midfield and took on 4 back peddling defenders before slotting the ball wide of the keeper – maradona-esque
1) OLI GEE (OAKWOOD A) – Somehow pulled off a tremendous triple-save in a match-winning moment
1) CLIVE NATHAN (AC WHETSTONE) – “He dedicated it to his mum and all the AC Whetstone mums who have supported us over the years”
2) RIC BLANK (OAKWOOD A) – “Only some creative linesmanship denied us more goalscoring chances”
3) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “Six games to go – unbeaten heading into April – this is going to be a torturous few weeks for the 3G boys. As I put my feet up this afternoon I feel a bit like the announcer at Bank station – Norstar mind the gap – Norstar mind the gap.”
PETER MORRISON CUP FOURTH ROUND (number in brackets represents team’s division)
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A (Prem) 1 OAKWOOD A (Prem) 2
Norstar’s league and cup treble hopes are over after two goals from Guy Helman helped Oakwood to this impressive win.
O’s player-manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m so proud of the boys today. We spoke beforehand about how we hadn’t played anything like we can in recent weeks and we had to put that right. We know the game we’re going to get against Raiders, but it’s on us to get the ball down and play. In the semi two weeks ago we just didn’t do that. Today we settled immediately and dominated the first half. Norstar are always a threat but we were always in control. Helman, Wine and Koslover were making in roads and Bentley was totally dominant in centre-midfield. Losing Sam Jacobson after twenty minutes didn’t phase us with Carl Peters filling the void admirably.
“Leading 1-0 at the break, we were focused but knew we had a lot of football to play. Raiders came out strong and Oli pulled of a tremendous triple save. Ol hasn’t played for a while but his performance was magnificent. From there we broke up the pitch and Helman buried another for 2-0. It looked like we’d press on and hit three or four, but a poor clearance saw them score to get back into the tie. The last twenty minutes were tough but we looked solid and lively on the break. Only some creative linesmanship denied us more goalscoring chances.
“These games against Raiders have been immensely enjoyable and played in great spirit. No one held back and there were always handshakes at full-time. We felt hard done by in the Anekstein semi but today we got what we deserved. Raiders will be worthy champions and possibly double-winners so to beat them at their 3G pitch is an amazing achievement.
“Next up south. Sssshhhhhh.”
Jamie Wolfson scored for Norstar, with acting manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Congratulations to Oakwood, they fully deserve to go through to the semi-final and we very much hope they go on to win the competition. They play the game in the right way and are a credit to the MGBSFL.
“We were sloppy in the first half today and Oakwood took full advantage. We did rally early in the second half but the Oakwood keeper made a fabulous triple save and then Helman went up the other end to give Oakwood a two-goal lead. We pulled one back but try as we might we just couldn’t grab the equaliser.
FAITHFOLD A 0 LONDON MACCABI LIONS BLUE 1
Lions did their chances of avoiding the drop the power of good after they battled to this hard-faught win.
Faithfold player-manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was played like an end-of-season game bad result. I think we will have to win a few games to stay up so there’s work still to do.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A VS HENDON UNITED A 0-3/0-4
Hendon inched closer to the title as they took the full six points on offer from this tricky-looking double-header encounter against Redbridge.
Yoav Kestenbaum, Avidan Last and Greg Corin all scored in the first win, while Yishai Last, Corin, Ari Last and Danny Kon scored in the second game.
Hendon manager DAvid Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We are playing with more confidence and belief than I have ever known since my time here as manager . We literally swept Redbridge aside with minimum fuss and made the lottery of the double-header look easy. Our defence was superb and hardly gave them a shot on goal and further forward we had quality all over the pitch .
“In game one we spoke about hitting them hard early and Yoav Kestenbaum settled all nerves with a great volleyed finish after 15 minutes. Avidan last then scored one of the goals of the season early in the second half to put the game to bed and we were never in danger.
“In game two we freshened things up with three subs and Yishai last soon opened up matters with a cool finish. We were grateful to a mistake from their goalkeeper for a goal just before half-time and we went on to win very easily with two more decent goals in the second half.
“This was potentially a very tricky morning but the belief and determination around the team ensured there were to be no butterflies. Motti Colman was superb in both games as was Rafi Kon but all 14 today were in truth, all strong,fresh and full of quality.
“Six games to go – unbeaten heading into April – this is going to be a torturous few weeks for the 3G boys. As I put my feet up this afternoon I feel a bit like the announcer at Bank station – Norstar mind the gap – Norstar mind the gap.”
BRIXTON OLD BOYS P BRADY MACCABI B P
HENDON UNITED SPORTS B 9 SHIRLEY PARK 0
A stunning seven-goal haul from Daniel Garfinkle saw Hendon earn a stunning win. Chaim Gothold’s penalty and a fantastic Avi Markiewicz goal completed the rout.
Hendon player-manager Aryeh Goldring told jewishnews.co.uk: ” We were superb all across the park and have frustratingly shown that we shouldn’t be in this position. Martin smulovitch was excellent at cm.
“We have given ourselves a real chance with our last three results and now it’s out of our hands. Just have to hope that the title contenders beat Spec and Brixton and Blancos maintain the integrity of the league despite having little to play for in their last game against Brixton.”
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 0 CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 1
Neasden saw their title hopes suffer what could be a fatal blow after they were beaten by the Ryan Cole’s last kick of the game.
WOODFORD WANDERERS 3 LOS BLANCOS 0
Woodford moved joint-top of the table – with three games in hand over Harmen – as they ran out comfortable winners.
Harrison Midda bagged a hat-trick, with manager Tony Charles telling jewishnews.co.uk: “A bare 11 players made easy work of a poor team.”
Blancos manager Joel Minsky told jewishnews.co.uk: “A combination of an early kick-off and the clocks going forward meant we didn’t really start playing until it was all too late. We gifted Woodford three goals in the first half, and whilst we put in a slightly better shift for the second 45, we were never really able to sustain any serious pressure. All in all a disappointing performance.”
FC TEAM C 4 OAKWOOD B 0
Team kept their chase for runners-up spot on track as two goals from David Joseph Cohen, along with strikes from Joel Ross and Jamie Breslaw, saw them to this comprehensive win.
Team joint-player-manager Mike Myers told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a comfortable victory in the end. Although a sluggish start, we got into full flow by the end of the first half with some very well worked passages of play leading to a 2-0 advantage at half-time.
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 5 FC TEAM B 0
Redbridge stay in second spot following this ruthless performance.
BOCA JEWNIORS 0 JEWDINESE 0
Promotion-seeking Jewdinese were surprinsingly held to a goalless draw against bottom-half side Boca.
CATFORD & BROMLEY 4 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Norstar failed to take the point they needed to secure the title after they were comprehensively beaten by the Cats, who kept alive their promotion hopes.
Although Norstar took the lead, Catford fought back in thrilling style with Oli Hitman scoring twice, and Jamie Sinai and Jonny Lee also on target.
Cats captain Adam Luria told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was really a case of what might have been for us as a display like this is exactly what we’ve been lacking as we’ve lost to lesser teams than Norstar in recent weeks. We were strong all over the pitch, attacked with conviction and even when on the back foot made sure we defended stoutly.”
FAITHFOLD C 4 HENDON UNITED C 2
Faithfold did their bid to finish off the bottom of the table the power of good after they won this entertaining encounter thanks to two goals each from Charlie Resnick and Ben Portnoi.
David Elf and Ezra Dulberg scored for Hendon.
KING CROWN 3 AC WHETSTONE 4
Whetstone closed in on a top-four finish thanks to goals from Dan Cohen, Alex Woffenden, Aaron Benjamin and an own goal.
Sacha Nusenbaum, Ben Retter and Daniel Cohen scored for Crown, with manager Jacob Kadoch telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We lost the first half 4-0, won the second 3-0. It was a tale of two halves, 10 more minutes we would of least have drawn.”
L’EQUIPE 3 TEMPLE FORTUNE 2
L’Equipe kept alive their title hopes as goals from Jon Kay, Josh Lewis and a winning penalty from Richard Fogelman saw them to the points.
Manager Daniel Cordell told jewishnews.co.uk: “As per the pre-match talk, we are taking one game at a time and that’s another win chalked off. Our two games against Temple Fortune this year have been absurd for us. We only performed in two halves of the four and the boys need to know and get it stuck in their heads to concentrate for the full 90 minutes.
“We raced into a 3-0 lead at half-time from two quality worked goals from Jonny Kaye and Josh Lewis and a penalty from Fogelman (we were worried as he hasn’t scored in 2 weeks).
“The second half we got far too complacent and let fortune back in. Credit to all 11 on the pitch we dug in and held out for the three points which was the name of the game.
“Having a bit of dip from the Fortune boys at full-time I want to retract my former Bolton statement as Fortune has actually provided us (along with Norstar) with our toughest fixtures of the season and wish them well for the rest of the season.
“We have maintained that if we can keep a run going until the end of the season we can take the championship but always knew it was for Norstar to lose and it certainly looked like Zack Gothelf’s men bottled it at the last minute so it’s in our own hands now to take the title. I may be getting ahead of myself but the team is fully grounded and know we have a very tough game next week haunts a whetstone side who beat us last time out.
“We are still unbeaten all season at home and want to keep that going next week. Although as said before it’s one game at a time.”
Richard Cooper and Nicky Stone scored for Fortune, with manager Jonathan Cohen telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were deserving of at least a point in the game and played almost the entire the second period in the L’Equipe half and in truth only lost through a very cheap penalty award against us, some wasteful finishing and some pretty bad luck.
“Having been called ‘Bolton Wanderers’ by them last time, I think they would retract that comment and even concede that we played the better football. That all being said, they scored three good goals that our keeper could do very little about and were deservedly ahead at half-time.
“The character and resolve in the Fortune squad is superb and they have never wavered in what has been a challenging season, we will be a lot further up the table next season and are determined to win next week to try and not finish bottom of table.”