RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP SEMI-FINALS:
Hendon United A 7 FC Team B 0
Oakwood A 3 South Manchester Sports Club 2 (AET)
Faithfold A 3 London Maccabi Lions White 1
FC Team A 2 Redbridge A 2
Brady Maccabi B 0 Chigwell Athletic 0
North West Neasden 3 SPEC 1
Shirley Park P Los Blancos P
Woodford Wanderers 3 Brixton Old Boys 1
FC Team C 4 AC Mill Hill 2
Faithfold C 3 Catford & Bromley 2
Hendon United C 0 Loughton Orient 3
L’Equipe 4 AC Whetstone 2
Temple Fortune 3 Jewdinese 3
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM HENDON A 7 FC TEAM B 0
STEVE GEVERTZ (REDBRIDGE A)
ZAK SKRY (BRADY MACCABI B)
BRADLEY GAYER (CHIGWELL ATHLETIC)
AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
BEN KON (HENDON UNITED A)
DAVID PRAGER (L’EQUIPE)
DAVID LEVY (LOUGHTON ORIENT)
SCOTT MACKENZIE (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
LOUIS BAS (OAKWOOD A)
SAM JACOBSON (OAKWOOD A)
JONAH GORDON BOYD (AC WHETSTONE)
DAVID JOSEPH COHEN (FC TEAM C)
JEREMY JULIUS (FC TEAM C)
JOSH HAMBLING (LOUGHTON ORIENT)
BEN CHERNOFF (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
RICHARD ROSENTHAL (REDBRIDGE A)
JOSH WYNNE (REDBRIDGE A)
DEAN INGRAM (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
JOHNNY HAIK (FAITHFOLD A)
ROCKY SPITZER (FAITHFOLD A)
JOEL ROSS (FC TEAM C)
RICHARD FOGELMAN (L’EQUIPE)
1) GUB BEN AROYA (CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI) – Stunning strike from 25 yards
2) YEHUDA KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A) – Played neat one-two before dinking the ball over the goalkeepe
3) AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A) – A stunning 25-yard strike which flew over the goalkeeper and dipped just under the bar
1) DAVID GARSON (FAITHFOLD C) – Pulled off a ‘world class save’ to claw out a Ryan Kangisser free-kick out of the top corner, earning them the win
2) MIKE MYERS (FC TEAM C) – Produced a stunning reaction ‘claw’ save from close-range
1) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “This team don’t do runners up medals well – for us it’s all or nothing.”
2) RIC BLANK (OAKWOOD A) – “This is not about them and their treble – this is about us. They like to have things their own way but we will make sure that doesn’t happen.”
PETER MORRISON CUP SEMI-FINALS: (number in brackets represents team’s division)
HENDON UNITED A (Prem) 7 FC TEAM B (2) 0
Hendon made light work of this tie as two goals each from Yishai Last, along with strikes from Avidan Last, Yehuda Korman, Avi Korman, Greg Corin and Yoav Kestenbaum saw the treble-chasers to this emphatic win.
Hendon manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “I thought we were well below our best in the first half and looked quite sluggish. We looked a lot better in the second half and scored some nice goals and stretched the game much more.
“This was not one of our prettiest performances of the season but we came to get the job done and the ultimate result was never in doubt. Playing against a team from the lower leagues they will always have nothing to lose and sometimes it is difficult to raise your game to the required levels and FC Team stood up well to the pressure for most of the match until our superior technique came to the fore as the game wore on.”
Looking ahead to the final against Oakwood, he said: “They will be very tough. They will be desperate to win a trophy and the edginess in our games in recent years will ensure there will be no love lost. They have come a long way in recent years and will feel ready to lift a trophy, but we will be well prepared and will cope. There will be the subplot of the return of our former captain Josh Bentley and I look forward to the touch line banter with my mate rik blank who is a very talented young manager. Will we beat them? On our day we will beat anyone – we will use our extra experience of these occasions to inspire us to victory but I am expecting a very tough and close match.
“Every game is massive. We have two league matches this week which we will need to win to keep up the title challenge . We have set ourselves up for a cracking final six weeks of the season. It will be either six weeks of unprecedented glory and achievement or big disappointments. The pressure is well and truly on but we have enough big time players to cope.This team don’t do runners up medals well – for us it’s all or nothing.”
Team player-manager David Gordon told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was unfortunate to be beaten by such a heavy score line yesterday. We had a game plan, that we executed well in the first half, but injuries to two key players meant that we had to play players out of position for all of the second half and Hendon punished us.
“That being said, we acquitted ourselves well for the most part and had periods where we played really some nice football.
“The cup dream is over for another season but we are proud and honoured to have made it so far in the competition, and all of the boys deserve immense credit for that.”
OAKWOOD A (Prem) 3 SOUTH MANCHESTER SPORTS CLUB 2 (AET)
This year’s final will be an all-London affair after the O’s beat the Manchester side in a thriller at Rowley Lane.
Bradley Wine, Sam Jacobson and Alex Koslover all netted for the MGBSFL side.
Joint-manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “Two years ago we played South in Manchester and produced a classic 1-0 away performance. Yesterday was a totally different affair and showed me how far we’ve come. We dominated possession and chances and but for some inspired goalkeeping and contentious decisions (that affected both sides), we could have been out of sight by half-time.
FAITHFOLD A 3 LONDON MACCABI LIONS WHITE 1
Faithfold kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish as two goals from Daryl Phillips, along with Johnny Haik’s strike saw the Greens to this win.
Player-manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “We played some goood stuff today. I think we needed the win to restore a bit of purpose back into the club. Lions had a young team and went down to 10 men with their goalkeeper Ben Lazarus being sent off a little harshly I thought. We were not really troubled even so but Lions still gave it their all and have some quality young players but we had the extra experience to kill the game off.”
FC TEAM A 2 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 2
Brady stay a point clear in third spot after being held to a point by Redbridge.
Richard Rosenthal and Danny Hakimi scored for Redbridge, for whom player-manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m pleased to come away with a point despite the fact we should have had four or five on the day.”
BRADY MACCABI B 0 CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 0
Brady saw their title hopes suffer another blow as they were held in this stalemate. Chigwell player-manager Richard Slater told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very even game. We had more clear cut chances to win it but was proud of the boys especially only having 11 men.”
Brady player-manager Josh Dagul told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very close game in which both teams had a couple of decent chances to take the win. However, both teams defended very well and it was a fair result in the end. With neasden and woodford both winning it makes life a lot harder for us but we will continue to fight until the end.”
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 3 SPEC 1
Neasden got back on the winning – and title – track as they bounced back from last week’s defeat to Chigwell.
SPEC had taken the lead from the penalty spot, but Neasden hit back in the second half. Equalising from their own penalty from Jamie Cooper, Ben Chernoff put them ahead with a diving header – his first for the club, before the points were sealed when Chernoff defence-splitting ball picked out Adam Arnold, who rounded the goalkeeper to score.
Neasden manager Stirling Kaye told jewishnews.co.uk: “The pressure was on to win to stay in contention for promotion and the boys showed great determination to come from behind didn’t panic and showed great team spirit.”
SHIRLEY PARK P LOS BLANCOS P
MATCH POSTPONED – PARK UNABLE TO RAISE A SIDE
WOODFORD WANDERERS 3 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1
Woodford inched closed to the title as they completed the double over Brixton.
Harrison Midda opened the scoring for the hosts, and although they were pegged back, second half strikes from Mitch Hahn and Jason Goldstein ensured all three points for the table-toppers. Woodford manager Tony Charles told jewishnews.co.uk: “Credit to Brixton who battled until the final whistle, and their performance today doesn’t reflect their low league position.”
Dean Rosenthal scored for Brixton.
FC TEAM C 4 AC MILL HILL 2
Team continued their push for promotion as they once more picked up the three points.
Ben Kaye and Ben Zloof scored for Mill Hill, with player-manager Joe Levy telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a much improved second half.
FAITHFOLD C 3 CATFORD & BROMLEY 2
Faithfold pulled of one of the results of day, further denting the Cats promotion hopes.
Gabriel John and Jamie Sinai scored for the Cats, with captain Adam Luria telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Faithfold wanted it more and deserved the win.”
HENDON UNITED C 0 LOUGHTON ORIENT 3
Loughton consolidated their mid-table placing with this polished win.
After a goalless first half, Jamie Crawford calmly slotted home Josh Jacobs’ cross to open the scoring, before Barry Green doubled the lead from James Law’s cross. Jacobs rounded off the scoring finishing off Dan Shaffron’s pass.
Player-manager Dan Curtis told jewishnews.co.uk: “We really played some lovely stuff today, we were always in control and but for a couple of missed chances and poor final balls, it easily could have been 6 0r 7-0. Pleased for the boys who are working really hard at the moment. We certainly better than our league position suggests and with two games left, we are going for maximum points and hope to finish in sixth spot.”
The defeat ended Hendon’s season, even though they had the best chance of the first half when Ezra Dulberg was sent clean through by Jono Nesbitt’s pass, only to be denied by the Orient keeper saved well.
Manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a poor end to a poor season. I think we’re capable of so much better with the group of players we’ve got. We’ll have to have a rethink and will be looking to strengthen over the summer and have another go at promotion next year”.
L’EQUIPE 4 AC WHETSTONE 2
L’Equipe won their latest game as they look to claim the title as two goals from Richard Fogelman helped them to this win. Richard Alexander, and Jules Bohm also found the back of the net.
L’Equipe manager Daniel Cordell, who has now seen his side continue their unbeaten home run, while also still to taste defeat in 2014, told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another week another three points towards the final goal. We know it’s still in out hands and the boys are all certainly not letting it slip just yet. Some may have thought we would have got the jitters by now but we feel like we came through a tough test today against a good Whetstone side.
“I think we actually made it hard for ourselves gifting them two goals, a penalty and a wonder strike. We always looked in control bar a 10-minute session of quality defending.
“We held up well and or game plan to frustrate whetstone worked perfectly. We knew we didn’t have the pace of the kids but we certainly have the know how of Sunday league football and experience shone through.”
Jonah Gordon Boyd scored twice for Whestone, with joint-manager Clive Nathan telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a battle of two contrasting footballing styles. In our previous meeting we dealt with the direct approach, but in the first half today we didn’t. Once again I was proud of the boys and they showed that they are quick learners with their second half performance.”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 3 JEWDINESE 3
Jewdinese saw their promotion hopes take a dent after they were held to a point in this six-goal thriller, though only after they earned a point by grabbing two late goals.
Fortune had led 3-1 thanks to Zack Rich’s double, along with Darren Zitren’s strike. Manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “In all honesty I’m bitterly disappointed with the draw as I felt for long periods of the game we were comfortable and the only threat they posed were shots from long-range. We took a deserved 3-1 lead, defended resolutely and after about 15 minutes we controlled the game until we lost of a couple of players to injury and then we were trying to hang on to the win which sadly we couldn’t do.
“I won’t criticise my players at all for their efforts and I take full responsibility. I have to say that the referee was thoroughly inconsistent for both sides, had a poor game and arguably cost us the points. To take four points from Jewdinese will seem like a good return given our position in the table but we all felt gutted.
“Overall I can’t criticise my players for their level of performance since the start of 2014 – our camaraderie and spirit is superb. I think if you ask any side we have played since January they will tell you we are not a bottom of the table team. We have a great bunch of lads and although the results haven’t gone our way I cant wait to get going again next season with a couple of new additions.”