RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
LONDON INTERMEDIATE CUP FIRST ROUND:
North West Neasden 2 AFC Balham 1
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND:
AC Whetstone 5 Maccabi London Lions Green 0
Blizzard Storm 5 Jewdinese 1 (AET)
Brady Maccabi 1 HMH 2 (AET)
Camden Park 2 AC Mill Hill 1
FC Team B 5 SPEC 3
FC Team C 4 Boca Jewniors 2 (AET)
Hendon United B 5 KS Reunited 1
King Crown 2 MMFL Reps 2 (MMFL won 6-5 on pens)
Norstar London Raiders B 1 Macc LL Spartans 7
Norstar London Raiders C 4 L’Equipe 2
Oakwood B 0 Macc LL Senior 2
Redbridge Jewish Care B 4 Los Blancos 0
Shacharit Donetsk 1 Brixton Old Boys 5
Harmen 5 FC Team A 2
Hendon United A 7 Woodford Wanderers 0
Norstar London Raiders A 5 Oakwood A 2
Redbridge Jewish Care A 4 Faithfold A 4
Real Sosobad 6 London Rovers 0
Temple Fortune 2 Faithfold B 3
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 5 OAKWOOD A 2…
WEEK FIVE MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
ROB ABRAHAMS (BRIXTON OLD BOYS)
BEN GRABINER (AC MILL HILL)
DALE BRADMAN (BOCA JEWNIORS)
PAUL FRANGI (BOCA JEWNIORS)
BEN GARDENER (BOCA JEWNIORS)
AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
ETHAN ZONE (HENDON UNITED A)
GIDEON BARTH (HENDON UNITED B)
CHAIM STROM (HENDON UNITED B)
OZZY DORON (HMH)
JAKE NORTON (HMH)
THOMAS PRAIS (HMH)
MARC GREENE (MACC LL SENIOR)
ZACK ROSE (MACC LL SPARTANS)
ELLIOT JACKSON (OAKWOOD B)
ELLIOT COULTON (REAL SOSOBAD)
JAKE YUDELOWITZ (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
SAM GROSSMAN (AC WHETSTONE)
JOSH MARLOW (BOCA JEWNIORS)
RICHARD SILVER (CAMDEN PARK)
ALEX LEVACK (FAITHFOLD A)
DAVE SHERMAN (FAITHFOLD C)
ROBERT SANFORD (FC TEAM A)
JON BREGER (FC TEAM B)
JONO NESBITT (HENDON UNITED B)
GEORGE GOLDBERG (HMH)
TEDDY LEVENFICHE (HMH)
DAN REUBEN (MACC LL SENIOR)
JAMES BELCHAK (MACC LL SPARTANS)
BEN JOSEPH (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
NICK HARINGMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
WILL UFLAND (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
MARCUS MANN (OAKWOOD B)
JAMES LAW (REAL SOSOBAD)
DAVE LEVY (REAL SOSOBAD)
BEN SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
ADAM GOLDMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
AVI GARSON (FAITHFOLD A)
LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM B)
JAMES GERSHFIELD (HARMEN)
AVIDAN LAST(HENDON UNITED A
BENNY SLUCKIS (HENDON UNITED B)
DAVE WOOLMAN (OAKWOOD A)
JAMIE CRAWFORD (REAL SOSOBAD)
DAN LASSMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
STEVE SUMMERS (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
SAM SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM B) – Trademark 35-yard free-kick which flew over the keeper into the roof of the net
2) BEN BINDER (FC TEAM B) – Won the ball on the halfway line, burst down the wing past one player, then cut inside past two players and cooly slotted it past the goalkeeper
3) BENNI SLUCKIS (HENDON UNITED B) – Cut in from the right and unleashed an unstoppable left foot drive into the far bottom corner.
4) TEDDY LEVENFICHE (HMH) – An absolute screamer from 25 yards out which flew into the top corner
5) ROB HERSHKORN (CAMDEN PARK) – Chested into his path by Richard Silver, Hershkorn took the ball 10 yards outside of the area, took a touch and then drove the ball into the bottom left corner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JAKE DOFFMAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A) – Brilliantly diverted away a shot from eight yards out to keep side ahead at vital part of the game
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SAM ROSENTHAL (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A) – “Showed why the MGBSFL Premier is the most exciting league in the world.”
2) JEREMY BROWN (LONDON ROVERS) – “Today was a total shambles. It looked like we were still fasting from Yom Kippur.”
3) SIMON LINDEN (BLIZZARD STORM) – “Now it’s just a case of avoiding a draw away in Leeds.”
LONDON INTERMEDIATE CUP FIRST ROUND:
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 2 AFC BALHAM 1
Goals from Danny Sherman and Scott Kay saw Neasden deservedly get back to winning ways.
Manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “With being able to put out a better balanced team for the the first time in two weeks, we matched our opponents with strength and indeavour, and showed great character to come from a goal down to win the game.
“We played some very good football in the second half which allowed us to dominate them, and once we went in front there was only one winner. We look forward over the next few weeks to getting more players available and off the treatment table.”
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team:
AC WHETSTONE (2) 5 LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN (3) 0
Two goals each from Philippe Auret and Alon Pinhas helped Whetstone to this comprehensive win.
Jonah Gordon-Boyd also scored, with joint-manager Clive Nathan telling jewishnews.co.uk: “The best thing about today was playing on the top pitch at Rowley Lane. The boys actually asked if it was astro turf! Many thanks to Lions for that. It was also great to play with rolling subs which meant we had 15 outfield players all getting an hour each.
“We were delighted to have Sam Grossman and David Clements back from long term injury. Sam was outstanding in midfield and was our man of the match for the way he won the ball and distributed it brilliantly.
“Alon Pinhas hit the bar to deny him a hattrick and Noah Bier again showed why he is one of the best young defenders in the league.”
BLIZZARD STORM (1) 5 JEWDINESE (2) 1 (AET)
Jewdinese failed to cause an upset, though the Division Two strugglers took Storm all the way.
A double from Oli Henry, coupled with strikes from Mitch Green, Dean Shaw and Ben Ellis saw Storm home, with player-manager Simon Linden telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Top effort from Jewdinese, they really didn’t stop for the full 120 minutes – good luck to them for the season.
“We didn’t perform today and got off the hook – next week I will need a completely different Blizzard performance.
“Now it’s just a case of avoiding a draw away in Leeds.”
Jordan Freeman scored for the visitors, with manager Jake Erlich telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a frustrating game especially as we were well in the game at the beginning of extra-time. I just want to congratulate all my players for working their socks off for 120 minutes and being able to fend off a team who are in the division above up until extra-time.
“The problem is when you play against a team who think they are much better than they are, they start to get frustrated and take their anger out on our players which unfortunately was a new experience for some of our younger players. Some of the Blizzard players I feel need to have a reality check after the abuse some of my players received but were not phased by this as we know being a young team were going to get kicked week in week out but that’s somethig we have to deal with. I think it’s appropriate to mention that this isn’t a general thing amongst the league or Blizzard Storm but just a select few.
“Anyway we will be back and ready to start again next week with a massive game against rivals Norstar.”
BRADY MACCABI (1) 1 HMH 2 (AET)
HMH caused one of the upsets of the day as they stunned Brady to book their place in the next round thanks to goals from Dom Feldman and Teddy Levenfiche.
CAMDEN PARK (1) 2 AC MILL HILL (2) 1
AC Mill Hill gave as good as they got, though ultimately just fell short.
Jake Saunders and Robert Hershkorn scored for Camden.
Ben Zloof scored for Mill Hill, with manager Daniel Beresford telling jewishnews.co.uk: “My boys did themselves proud today, they put in a good performance but fitness got the better of us.
FC TEAM B (2) 5 SPEC (1) 3
The Division Two leaders beat the side struggling at the foot of the first, as goals from Marc Hecht, Daniel Henig and Anthony Hayman weren’t enough to prevent SPEC crashing out.
Lorian Madanes scored twice for Team, with Ben Binder, Richard Salmon and Richard Sternberg also on target.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “I am very pleased to get through to the next round of the cup. We bossed the first half and allowed SPEC into the game with a defensive error. They battled well in the second half but we scored when we needed to score and our attacking play at times was outstanding scoring some lovely goals. Dissapointed with the awful awful goals we conceeded today but we keep on winning, we keep on scoring and we progress to the next round. Five wins from five, we now have a break before two very tough trips to Brunel.”
FC TEAM C (2) 4 BOCA JEWNIORS (3) 2 (AET)
Four goals from Adam Stollerman proved to be the difference as they saw off the Boca boys.
Josh Webber and Brett Schuman scored for Boca, for whom manager Gabriel John told jewishnews.co.uk: “We left the pitch feeling a little hard done by today. Having battled back from one down, then 2-1 down, we truly believed we’d take something from the game.
“Getting to 2-2 at the end of full-time and being in the game all of extra-time, we were undone by a goal which we felt was offside. With 10 minutes to go, they pushed on and conceded a late last goal, the 4-2 scoreline heavily flatters them.”
HENDON UNITED B (3) 5 KS REUNITED (3) 1
Hendon cruised into the next round of the Peter Morrison Cup with a resounding win over fellow Division Three opposition.
Benni Sluckis scored twice, with Avi Mocton, Gab Saul and Jono Nesbitt also finding the back of the net.
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “I think we need a goal of the week competition just for our boys this week! Really pleased with the result today, I think we can play better but I can’t be too critical after a result like that. I can occasionally be a little ‘Neville-esque on Mignolet’ harsh with my criticism of Chaim Strom, so it’s only fair to give him some praise as he was outstanding today playing out of position at centre back. Gideon Barth and Jono Nesbitt were tremendous down the right hand side, and Benni Sluckis was excellent and almost came away with the match ball.”
Russell Goldstein scored for KS Reunited, with manager James Lewis telling jewishnews.co.uk: “A disappointing performance after such a big result last week but full credit to Hendon who scored a couple of great goals. We move on and hope to bounce back next week with a win.”
KING CROWN (3) 2 MMFL REPS 2 (Reps won 6-5 on pens)
Two goals from Phil Braham wasn’t enough as the Division Three leaders succumbed to the Reps in the lottery of the penalty shoot-out.
Player-manager Jacob Kadoch told jewishnews.co.uk: “I rotated the squad for the cup and the players who came in did well.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B (1) 1 MACC LL SPARTANS 7
Andy Landesberg’s side proved ruthless as they emphatically beat the Raiders.
Max Kyte, James Belchak and Benji Weinberger scored two each, with Jon Kurrant also on target.
Jacob Gold scored the Raiders consolation, with Jonathan Adelman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Despite the scoreline I’m very happy with the performance and application of the lads. Heads never dropped and we created some nice chances. If we carry that application in to our league campaign we can have another strong season.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 4 L’EQUIPE (2) 2
Norstar booked their passage into the next round of the cup as two goals from Will Ufland helped them to the win.
Jonny Blain and Nick Haringman were also on target.
OAKWOOD B (2) 0 MACC LL SENIOR 2
The Seniors proved experience counts as they came away from the O’s with this polished performance thanks to goals from Craig Pearl and Max Radford.
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “We expected a tough game but we played superbly only to be let down by some wayward finishing.
“The start was tough, we knew how good Lions would be, and they didn’t disappoint. Some of their passing and movement was far above anything we have come across. We found ourselves 1-0 down early on, but once we got used to the pace of the game we grew into it and were arguably the better side in the last hour. Masters scored a very sloppy goal from our point of view just before half-time when we failed five or six times to clear the ball and they took advantage with a well struck shot from outside the box.
“We made use of the roll-on and roll-off subs as the Masters tired and it’s regretful that we missed so many chances. However, if we play like that every week we’re going to go far and I’ve no doubt that Masters will be one of the toughest sides we will play this season.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B (1) 4 LOS BLANCOS (1) 0
Jon Jacobs side made light work of this all-Division one tie as goals from Nathan Sollosi, Daniel Garfinkle, David Castle and Sam Sollosi saw them to this comfortable win.
SHACHARIT DONETSK (3) 1 BRIXTON OLD BOYS (1) 5
The Brixton boys made sure there was no slip-up here as they comfortably won at Donetsk.
Saul Conway scored twice, with Lee Cutler, Stefan Benfredi and Josh Kalinsky also all scoring.
Player-manager Paul Shamplina told jewishnews.co.uk: “We scored some great goals and had the game won by half-time, we could have had 10. Defensively we much more solid, and having a goalkeeper in Rob Abrahams makes all the difference.
“Im pleased to get our first win of the season, now we have to take that in to the league and start showing that this Brixton team is completely different to that of last season. Next week will be a lot harder.”
Donetsk manager Elliot Nussbaum told jewishnews.co.uk: “Their goalkeeper made a few great saves, it was a slightly flattering scoreline but they did deserve it.
“Again we forgot to turn up and were 3-0 down within 10 minutes – and it could have been a cricket score. But my boys showed great determination, and were on top for the last 20 minutes of the first half, while the second half was about even.”
HARMEN 5 FC TEAM A 2
A 15-minute hat-trick – in the opening 15 minutes of the game – from James Gershfield saw Harmen to their third win in four games.
Ben Weinberg was also on target just before the break, while Joey Lazare wrapped up the scoring in injury time.
Harmen manager Joel Alterman told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’ve got a feeling we may need to buy a few more match balls this season, the way Gersh has started it looks like he could well be scoring a few more hat tricks before the season is done.”
Joe Marsh added: “We weren’t at our best today but we showed that we can still win without producing the best football which is always a great sign. As long as we continue to get the ball up to our front players, we know that the quality is there to produce the finishes. This week it was a case of feed the Gersh and he will score.”
David Joseph Cohen scored twice for Team, with manager Ben Gilbey telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Harmen’s striker scored a hat-trick in the first 15 minutes of the game. Our defence was torn apart and all over the place. After that we settled down and had a reasonably good game. In the second half we must have had 10-12 attempts at goal and really could have got back into the match.
“It has been a slow start to the season and we have been leaking goals far too often, however, we have been playing well for large parts of games. I am confident that we can get on top of these problems and do well this season!”
HENDON UNITED A 7 WOODFORD WANDERERS 0
Hendon got back to winning ways as a hat-trick from Avidan Last helped them to this emphatic win.
Avishai Kestenbaum scored twice, with Greg Corin and Ben Kon also hitting the back of the net.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Normal service was resumed today – after two long weeks of mourning following our defeat last time out, there was an unbelievable determination amongst the boys to improve, and we turned on the style today with a pacey high energy performance with everyone 1-14 playing their part.
“It was a great all-round display with the full-backs Avi Korman and Ethan Zone both exceptional as everything came down the flanks . Avidan Last and Dovi Fehler caused endless problems up front but they were receiving great service around them. We also had a fine cameo performance from Avishai Kestenbaum who scored a brace both set up by our other sub Michael Kenley. We probably have greater strength in depth this year than last and this promises to be another exciting season.
“Credit to Woodford who never gave in, but they caught us on a very good day and any team would have found it tough today as we were so determined to get back on track.
“Three out of four wins still represents a solid enough start and today we made sure the confidence came back in style. I might have to insist the boys fast before every big game in future.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 5 OAKWOOD A 2
Two goals from David Dinkin helped Raiders to this ultimate emphatic victory. Josh Pistol, Liron Mannie and Jamie Wolfson completed the scoring for Rob Richman’s side.
Dan Geey had put the Os ahead from the penalty spot, while Dave Woolman scored the goal of the game with a fine volley.
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 4 FAITHFOLD A 4
Redbridge kept up their unbeaten start to the season as goals from Daniel Lassman, Steve Summers, Ben Sollosi and Brad Gayer saw them earn a share of the points.
Player-manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “This showed why the MGBSFL Premier Division is the most exciting in the world! We only have ourselves to blame for gifting them goals, but in the end a draw was probably the fair result.”
Faithfold found themselves 0-2 down, 3-2 up and then 4-3 down before equalising through a last-minute free-kick. Johnny Haik scored twice, with Alex Levack and Avi Garson also scoring.
Greens manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “We showed some good character again with a patch work squad but the team played for 90 minutes which was pleasing. Its obvious what we need to work on we are just conceding to many goals but that will improve.
REAL SOSOBAD 6 LONDON ROVERS 0
Sosobad moved joint-top of the table as two goals from James Rubin helped them to this win.
A Barry Green penalty, coupled with strikes from Elliot Coulten, James Law and John Lessem saw them to the win.
Manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today my team played excellent, penetrative football from the start. Our passing was crisp and our opponents couldn’t handle our quick movement on and off the ball. We entered the game believing that they were going to be tough to break down but we showed our quality in all positions. They weren’t in the game and got frustrated which enabled us to utilise space and get in behind on countless occasions.
“There is still more for us to offer. We are playing with confidence but we must remain focussed for the entire 90 minutes, even if the game looks to be won. I must congratulate my players who deserved the win but now it’s back to the drawing board in preparation for our next test.
Josh Hambling added: “It was a dominating display of fantastic football from back to front.”
Rovers manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a total shambles. It looked like we were still fasting from Yom Kippur. Sosobad were ok but we just gave them goal after goal far too easily and having our keeper sent off didn’t help. My players have learnt a hard lesson today but I can promise you one thing – that result won’t happen again!”
TEMPLE FORTUNE 2 FAITHFOLD B 3
Faithfold are also in joint-top and maintained their 100 percent winning start as they edged this five-goal thriller.
Dave Sherman scored a last minute winner for the Greens, with manager Rob Shooman, who wasn’t at the game, telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m lead to believe it was not our best performance, but to win when not at your best shows character, passion and superb team ethic. All of the guys are unanimous in their belief that we have a great chance of success this season, long may it last.”
The loss was Fortune’s fourth in succession and sees them remain rooted at the foot of the table. David Sawyer and Nicky Stone had scored for Fortune, for whom manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m gutted to lose the game in the last minute but thought that our attitude today was excellent and a vast improvement on last week’s. To a man, everyone put in a hardworking and steely display, they have the stud marks to show for it, and I think Faithfold will even concede that we would have been worth a point. Credit to Faithfold for applying pressure in the second half and winning with an excellent winning goal.”