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RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND:
Leeds Maccabi P Real Sosobad P (Sosobad forfeited tie)
PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND:
North West Neasden 4 AC Whetstone 3 (AET)
HMH 1 AC Flixton 3
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND:
Norstar London Raiders C 1 Blizzard Storm 4
Faithfold A 0 Hendon United A 3
Maccabi London Lions Blue 2 FC Team A 1
Norstar London Raiders A 1 Harmen 2
Oakwood A 4 Woodford Wanderers 1
Athletic Bilbaum 1 Norstar London Raiders B 6
Camden Park 2 Brixton Old Boys 1
Redbridge Jewish Care B P Brady Maccabi P
SPEC FC 3 Los Blancos 5
Catford & Bromley 2 Jewdinese 1
FC Team B 2 FC Team C 3
L’Equipe 0 Oakwood B 3
Boca Jewniors 3 London Rovers 6
Hendon United Sports B 2 King Crown 4
Maccabi London Lions Green 2 Temple Fortune 2
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM FC TEAM B 2 FC TEAM C 3 TO FOLLOW…
WEEK NINE PHOTO GALLERY:
WEEK NINE MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
MATT DAVIS (FC TEAM C)
MAX SHIELDS (HARMEN)
MARK GLUCKSMAN (L’EQUIPE)
ED BLOOM (MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE)
CLIVE NATHAN (AC WHETSTONE)
MICHAEL PATERSON (BRIXTON OLD BOYS)
NICK GOODMAKER (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
ED WEISZ (FC TEAM A)
DAN LEDERMAN (FC TEAM C)
ARI NEVIES (HENDON UNITED A)
NICK ASTAIRE (MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE)
DAN ANDREWS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
CRAIG EDWARDS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH TIANO (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
GEORGE FIERSTONE (HARMEN)
MARC FOSTER (HARMEN)
DOMINIQUE CHENIART (KING CROWN)
RICK HARRIS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
YISROEL LEWIS (LONDON ROVERS)
ADAM POSNER (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
DEAN SHAW (BLIZZARD STORM)
JAMES GERSHFIELD (HARMEN)
AVIDAN LAST (HENDON UNITED A)
PHIL BRAHAM (KING CROWN)
ADAM NUSENBAUM (KING CROWN)
AVI MARKIEWICZ (LONDON ROVERS)
SIMON MOSES (LOS BLANCOS)
JAKE GILBERT (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
JOSH GREEN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B)
DAN SHERMAN (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DAN COHEN (AC WHETSTONE) – A wicked 25-yard free-kick which he curled in milimetres below the bar
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) MARK GLUCKSMAN (L’EQUIPE) – Oakwood striker bearing down on goal placed his shot to the bottom left-hand corner, but Glucksman got across to somehow save with his fingertips
2) BEN CHERKAS (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B) – An outstanding one-handed save from Julian Judah, who was bearing down on goal
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “No controversy this week, just a really good proper Sunday Premiership game of football played in excellent spirit between two good sides.
2) JASON STEIN (OAKWOOD B) – “It was FDR who said: “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort’. I think he may have been speaking about Oakwood B at the time, but I can’t be sure. Sadly, I’ll never have the chance to ask him.”
3) RICKY LAWRENCE (SPEC) – “The weather was awful, we were awful, the result was awful.”
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
LEEDS MACCABI P REAL SOSOBAD (3) P
LEEDS MACCABI AWARDED TIE AS REAL SOSOBAD FORFEITED TIE
PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
NORTH WEST NEASDEN (PREM) 4 AC WHETSTONE (2) 3
Neasden needed an extra-time stunner from Craig Edwards to seal this tie – as he let fly with a winner from fully 30 yards out.
Dan Sherman, playing his first game as a centre forward netted a hat-trick, with manager Stirling Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “At half-time it was men against boys, we were 3-0 up and with better finishing we could have had many more.
“The second half was a disaster with me making three changes, allowing all the subs to have a run out. This was bad management on my behalf because it threw us out of our stride. We then gave a very bad goal away and their young players started to believe in themselves. Credit to them for keeping going, but all three goals came from lack of concentration and bad play by us.
“Even when Craig scored, they still put balls into the box had chances. Thankfully we held our nerve and we got the victory our first half dominance deserved, but credit to them and especially their 50-year old center-halve Clive Nathan, who was superb and kept his team going through out.”
Dan Brennan, Sammy Huberman and Dan Cohen scored for Whetstone, for whom c0-manager Anthony Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “It definitely looked like men versus boys, but the boys had a great time playing with smiles on their faces – Neasden certainly knew they had been in a game and I think if honest would realise how lucky they were to come through with a deflected winner in extra time.
“They were a good strong team, very organised and played fairly throughout. The game was played in a great spirit both teams putting the ball out for injuries. The premier league team know they were in a real game today.”
HMH 1 AC FLIXTON 3
Played under the floodlights on a surface provided by HMH sponsor Powerleague, a tense enthralling first half saw the northerners take the lead from the penalty spot, but HMH drew level from a spot kick of their own, Sammy Kingston converting.
He then forced the visiting goalkeeper into two excellent saves, one from a bicycle kick from Eli Wegrzyn and another from a superb header from Adam Abadi.
HMH started the second half brightly but having been unable to take the lead, found themselves trailing on the hour mark, with their main striker scoring twice in a five-minute spell.
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 1 BLIZZARD STORM (1) 4
A hat-trick from Dean Shaw ensured there was no cup upset here as the Division One side comfortably booked their place into the next round where they will now host Harmen.
Robbie Berwald also found the back of the net, for what was his first goal for the club, with manager Simon Linden telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s good to be in the last 16 and keep a nice run of results going. Not the best of performances but job done, onto the next round.”
Josh Bloom scored for the Raiders.
FAITHFOLD A 0 HENDON UNITED A 3
Hendon are just a point off top spot after they gained revenge for a 1-0 loss in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, by turning in this polished performance.
Avidan Last scored twice, with David Seitler netting their third. Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “No controversy this week, just a really good proper Sunday Premiership game of football played in excellent spirit between two good sides.
“Faithfold as they did a few weeks ago came out all guns blazing, showing great desire and for the first half they gave us a number of problems in a very even 45 minutes. After the break we were a different team – closing down from the top, stretching play down both flanks and keeping the ball in much better fashion. We scored a great opener with young Dave Seitler capping a fine league debut with an assured finish and from then on we were quite comfortable with Avidan Last on the end of two good team moves and the defence playing superbly with both Nevies’s Ari and Tali outstanding.
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 2 FC TEAM A 1
Goals from Ben Lampert and Connor Perlmutter saw Jamie Kyte’s Lions claim the points in a tightly-fought encounter.
David Joseph Cohen scored for Team, with manager Ben Gilbey telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very disappointing result on the weekend. We controlled the majority of the game and really played well enough to get 3 points on a normal day. However, due to a superb performance from the Lions Goalkeeper and a lack of taking chances on behalf of Team, we came away with nothing.
Despite this loss being hard to take, we are still showing positive signs on the field, playing well and controlling games. I believe that if we carry on playing the way we have been, the results will soon follow.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 1 HARMEN 2
Harmen leapfrogged Raiders by ending their 100 percent winning start to the season as two goals from James Gershfield saw them claim this impressive win.
Liron Mannie scored for the Raiders, for whom manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Unfortunately we just weren’t at the races today, we didn’t perform anywhere near our capabilities and as a result got beaten by a very good Harmen side. Well played to them.”
OAKWOOD A 4 WOODFORD WANDERERS 1
Oakwood keep pace with the early pacesetters as two goals from Brad Wine, couple with strikes from Guy Helman and Josh Bentley saw them to the points.
Joint-manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was well deserved though we made hard work of it. The weather in the first half played a huge part – it was horrific -being stood on the sidelines was quite an experience. We started slowly but dominated after fifteen minutes and were piling pressure on before half-time. However, having missed chances, we came in at 0-0 at half-time.
“We spoke at the break about staying calm as Woodford had shown signs of pressure and scored early on with Brad taking aim from distance. We were sloppy after that and weren’t moving the ball anywhere near quick enough. We were caught on the break, they equalised, but we responded well and there was only ever one likely winner. After a sustained spell of pressure, Josh buried one from the edge of the box, before we scored another two in the last ten minutes to add gloss to the scoreline, even if it was a little harsh on a well organised Woodford.
“Overall we did well, showed good character and patience and got the three points. We now have Raiders and Southgate twice in next three weeks so things are heating up nicely.”
Mitch Hahn scored Woodford’s consolation.
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 6
Raiders moved up into second spot as four more goals from Jake Gilbert – 12 goals in four games – along with Josh Green’s double saw Jonathan Adelman’s side run out emphatic winners.
Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Despite missing Dan Grossman, Mike Hershman, Richard Bloom and Nicky Woolf from last weekend’s demolition of Los Blancos, we put in a relentless display.”
Julius Judah hit Bilbaum’s consolation.
CAMDEN PARK 2 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1
Camden maintained top spot in the table – though were made to fight for their points as Brixton proved to be stubborn opposition.
Dave Lussman scored for Brixton, for whom manager Paul Shamplina told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great battling performance against the best team we have played in the league. First half most of the play was Camden, we were 1-0 down and Andy Joseph made some great saves to keep is on the game.
“I’m gutted we could not of seen the hand out at 1-1, which would of been like a win, but tiredness and again giving the ball away cost us. I can’t criticise the effort, it was first class but we have to start picking up points, or we are going to get routed.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P BRADY MACCABI P
MATCH POSTPONED – BRADY UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE
SPEC 3 LOS BLANCOS 5
Blancos claimed a much-needed win as a hat-trick from Simon Moses, along with a double from Adam Hersh saw them win a thrilling match.
Ricky Lawrence scored twice for SPEC, with Elliot Wallis also on target, with Lawrence telling jewishnews.co.uk: “The weather was awful, we were awful, the result was awful.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY 2 JEWDINESE 1
Catford moved off the bottom of the table as goals from Dan Green and Jamie Sinai saw them claim their first league win of the season.
Having to win from falling behind, Cats captain Adam Luria told jewishnews.co.uk: “It wasn’t a game for the neutral, with the driving rain making conditions difficult for both teams. We got ahead and then held out without too many scares to get a very much needed first win of the season.
FC TEAM B 2 FC TEAM C 3
A late winner from Daniel Stanton saw the C’s make it five wins from five as they inflicted a first league defeat of the season on the B’s to join them at the top of the table.
Aron Barnes and an own goal sealed their win.
B’s goalkeeper David Grossman converted from the penalty spot to fire them ahead on the stroke of half-time, while an own goal saw them level at 2-2.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW…
L’EQUIPE 0 OAKWOOD B 3
The O’s claimed their second league win of the season to join L’Equipe on seven points.
Ben Polak, Nicky Harris and Charlie Cohen all scored for the visitors.
O’s manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was an incredibly satisfying win where everything we have been working on for the last month came together. The conditions were terrible – but when the heavens opened I did quite fancy us – it was my Sir Alex Ferguson is Gothenburg 1983 moment.
“I felt that the results we were getting through the beginning of October weren’t a fair reflection of our performances, but back-to-back wins gives the table a better look and the players have told me how excited they are for the next few weeks.
“Pleasingly, even on a damp grass pitch at Stadio West Hendon Playing Fields we were able to get the ball down and play. The first half was our best stuff of the season and we had central midfield pairing David Eden and Charlie “Champers” Cohen to thank for that.
“Special mention to Ben Polak who filled in so well at centre back – and grabbed the crucial goal to put us ahead – and to Josh Berkley and Adam Blin who were exemplary in the full back positions.
“I really enjoyed the game partly because L’Equipe were a firm, but fair, side to play against. Tackles were aplenty in the conditions but both sides conducted themselves impeccably and their goalkeeper was outstanding. A real credit to the great northern metropolis of Leeds.
“It was FDR who said: “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort’. I think he may have been speaking about Oakwood B at the time, but I can’t be sure. Sadly, I’ll never have the chance to ask him.”
L’Equipe manager Josh Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “There were tough conditions today, but also not our best performance. We conceded late in the first half which was hard to take as we’d defended well.
“We had a couple of chances to equalise in the second half and our goalkeeper made a few world class saves to keep us in it. But when we lost Rob Simons and David Prager to injury without any substitutes left, we were on the back foot and conceded two more in the last 15 minutes with nine men.
“Credit to Oakwood who were the better team on the day and managed to get it down and play in the tough conditions.”
BOCA JEWNIORS 3 LONDON ROVERS 6
Rovers moved up into second spot as a hat-trick from Avi Markiewicz helped them to this win at basement boys Boca.
Dovi Vogel, Parys Hammond and Josh Bharier were also on target for the visitors, with manager Jeremy Brown telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very happy with both the result and the way we played. I thought we were almost devastating in the first half once we got going and although we took our foot off the gas in the second half we still created a lot of chances and scored some fantastic goals. I’m just really disappointed that a couple of bad decisions against us almost let them back in the game and we certainly didn’t deserve to concede three goals today. But that’s football and at least we were able to make sure that it didn’t effect the final result. Now we focus on next week and a huge game against Sosobad.”
Gabriel John’s penalty and Jamie Weinrich’s strike helped keep the score respectable for the hosts.
HENDON UNITED B 2 KING CROWN 4
Crown made it six wins from six as two goals from Dominique Cheniart, along with strikes from Jake Garfield and Phil Braham saw Jacob Kadoch’s side maintain their three point lead at the top of the table.
Player-manager Adam Glekin and Avi Mocton scored for Hendon, with Glekin telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a considerable improvement on the last couple of weeks. We created a lot more today, and could easily have got something from the game if we’d taken our chances. But once again, individual mistakes have cost us – we really need to stop gifting teams leads. The referee didn’t help us today, he seemed to be more interested in winding my players up than refereeing the game. Onto next week which is a game we’ve really got to win in order to stop the rot.”
LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 2 TEMPLE FORTUNE 2
Two teams struggling at the wrong end of the table somewhat unsurprisingly shared the points.
Darren Zitren and Dave Sawyer had fired Fortune into a 2-0 lead, only for the Lions to hit back through two deflected strikes. Fortune manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “I thought we were superb for 60 minutes this week and really put Lions under huge pressure, in the first 20 minutes especially, resulting in taking a deserved lead. The only thing I was upset about was that we came into half time only 1-0 up. Having taken a deserved 2-0 lead we were then forced into some substitutes, and although our substitutes did a good job, we lost a little bit of momentum. Lions then applied some good pressure and scored from two deflected shots, one of which was from an indirect free kick awarded in our penalty area as result of what was judged to be time wasting, which we felt was most unfair. That’s football I suppose. We should have been able to hold on for a win and certainly score more from the chances we created. As I said for 60 minutes I couldn’t fault any effort of quality in our play.”
In Conversation: David Bernstein & Lord Triesman:
The other Jewish Religion: The ultimate insider’s guide to football and the Jews