WEEK NINE REVIEW:
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND:
FC Team A P London Haroldeans P
FC Team B P Woodford Wanderers P
Hendon United A 11 Shirley Park 1
Oakwood A 4 Temple Fortune 0
Camden Park 2 London Maccabi Lions Blue 2
London Maccabi Lions White 0 Faithfold A 4
Redbridge Jewish Care A 3 Brady Maccabi A 0
Chigwell Athletic 5 SPEC FC 1
Hendon United B 2 Brady Maccabi B 1
Los Blancos 2 Southgate Harmen 3
AC Mill Hill 1 Blizzard Storm 1
Faithfold B 0 Athletic Bilbaum 1
Norstar London Raiders B P Redbridge B P
Oakwood B 2 FC Team C 3
AC Whetstone 5 Faithfold C 0
Boca Jewniors 3 Loughton Orient 1
Catford & Bromley 1 King Crown 1
Jewdinese 5 Hendon United C 1
Norstar London Raiders C 4 L’Equipe 1
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 4 L’EQUIPE 1
WEEK NINE MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Ryan Selsdon (King Crown)
David Prager (L’Equipe)
Daniel Castle (Chigwell Athletic)
Paul Hizer (Chigwell Athletic)
Elliott Stern (Faithfold A)
Jonny Gahan (Faithfold B)
Richard Jaffe (Faithfold B)
Ben Rosenblatt (Faithfold B)
Matt Smith (Faithfold B)
Avi Korman (Hendon United A)
Josh Kadoch (King Crown)
Josh Karpf (King Crown)
Matt Tahan (King Crown)
Jake Yudelowitz (Norstar Raiders C)
Daniel Berg (Redbridge A)
Adam Velleman (Southgate Harmen)
David Clements (AC Whetstone)
Seb Vandermolen (Blizzard Storm)
Craig Pearl (Chigwell Athletic)
Bradley Gayer (Chigwell Athletic)
Oli Senchal (FC Team C)
Max Worth (FC Team C)
Martin Smulovitch (Hendon United B)
Ben Garfield (King Crown)
Alex Goodman (Norstar Raiders C)
Daniel Polak (Norstar Raiders C)
Daniel Lassman (Redbridge A)
Richard Rosenthal (Redbridge A)
Ben Weinberg (Southgate Harmen)
Steve Summers (Chigwell Athletic)
James Joseph (FC Team C)
Yishai Last (Hendon United A)
Jamie Weinrich (Norstar Raiders C)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) Benji Greenblatt (King Crown) – Produced a great finish from the outside of the box
2) Sam Reeves (Faithfold A) – Produced a replica of Daniel Sturridge’s for Liverpool yesterday, executing a perfect chip over the Lions goalkeeper
3) Ezra Dulberg (Hendon United C) – Picked the ball up 40 yards from goal on the right wing, slalomed his way through a number of challenges before finishing brilliantly with his weaker left foot
4) Oren Hury (Oakwood B) – Massive goalkick went straight into the back of the FC Team net – his second such goal in 12 months
5) Lee Greenfield (Southgate Harmen) – A superb strike 25 yards out, leaving the Blancos goalkeeper with no chance
6) Adam Kosky (London Lions Blue) – Volleyed a first-time shot from the edge of the box into the top right hand corner, a truly stunning goal.
7) Oli Sade (London Lions Blue) – Cut in from the left before unleashing a shot into the bottom right corner.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) David Prager (L’Equipe) – Somehow turned Norstar Raiders’ striker’s shot from ten yards out onto the post
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) David Garbacz (Hendon United) – “28 goals in two rounds of this cup so far is a reasonable return so we are looking well set up and the Sunday afternoon tea is tasting good.”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND: (number in bracket represents division of club)
FC TEAM A (Prem) P LONDON HAROLDEANS (2) P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
FC TEAM B (2) P WOODFORD WANDERERS (1) P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
HENDON UNITED SPORTS A (Prem) 11 SHIRLEY PARK (1) 1
Hendon once more went goal-crazy in the Cup.
Danny Kon helped himself to a hat-trick, Ari Last, Yishai Last and Greg Corin scored two each, with further strikes from Ben Kon and Yoav Lebens completed the rout.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Not quite the 17 goals from round one, but not far off and probably overall a better all-round display.
“We were clinical and professional today against a decent Division One side with everyone contributing well on a very enjoyable morning. The pitch was in great condition and it suited us perfectly and we were able to play the ball around at will and create numerous chances. The squad is looking very strong this year – strengthened even further with the addition of Yoav Lebens and it was nice to see him get on the scoresheet on his debut for the club.
“It was a relief to get back on the pitch after the last couple of weeks of postponements and especially good to have picked up where we left off . 28 goals in two rounds of this cup so far is a reasonable return so we are looking well set up and the Sunday afternoon tea is tasting good.”
OAKWOOD A (Prem) 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE (3) 0
There was no upset here as two goals from Jonathan Quinn, along with strikes from Brad Wine and an own ensured a smooth progression for the Premier Division side.
Fortune manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “I think the 4-0 defeat probably doesn’t reflect how tough we made it for Oakwood, certainly harder than they thought before the game, and the referee even commented as such.
“Don’t get me wrong, they probably had more than 80 percent possession, racked up the shot count, and played extremely well, but for a long time we limited them to shots from outside the area. Given how quickly we went 1-0 down and were kicking into quite a fierce wind, I think to go in half-time at 1-0 was testament to our fight and determination in the tackle.
“We conceded the second early in the second half, an own goal, which undid all our hard work and it became even harder for us. I was very proud of my teams fight and willingness to get stuck in against a team so many divisions above us, they couldn’t have done much more.
“Oakwood are an excellent side and we wish them the best of luck in their cup run.”
CAMDEN PARK 2 LONDON MACCABI LIONS BLUE 2
Neither side got the victory they wanted as they had to settle for a share of the points.
Richard Silver and an own goal saw Camden to a point, with joint-player-manager Nick Kagan telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were completely on top in the first half, but couldn’t manage to score and wasted a few chances. We were caught cold in the second half, going two goals down out of almost nothing, but rallied and showed great spirit to get back to 2-2, although we did get a huge slice of luck with the equaliser.
“We have improved in the last couple of weeks, and hopefully we can kick on from here and start getting some wins under our belts.”
LONDON MACCABI LIONS WHITE 0 FAITHFOLD A 4
The champions moved to within three points of top spot as two goals from Sam Reeves helped them to this comfortable win at Rowley Lane.
Rocky Spitzer and Mike Pearson were also on target for Zuriell Solomon’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “I was happy with the performance and a clean sheet against a very young Lions team, with a few old heads in the team.
“We were very comfortable today and played some good football. Lions were not at their strongest and are going through a transitional period, but we had to make sure we didn’t give them any belief. We hit the bar three times and should have scored a couple more, but the windy conditions made it a bit difficult.
“Ben Law was virtually a bystander as Lions didn’t even have a shot. New signing Jake Gotlieb and Sam Reeves dominated today which was very encouraging.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3 BRADY MACCABI A 0
Redbridge showed why they’ll be a force to be reckoned with this season as two goals from Adam Stolerman helped them to this impressive win.
Daniel Berg also found the back of the net, with player-manager Sam Rosenthal telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a great momentum win for us. Played in very windy conditions, we got the ball down, defended very well throughout the team and had chances to win by more in the end. Adam Stolerman and Jack van Gelder will be a match for any defence this year.
“Two-nil up at half-time, the third goal was always going to be important and I’m delighted we managed to get it and kill the game off. We have a great squad and was able to bring quality on from the bench to see the game out.”
Brady manager Joel Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “Not a good day as we really did not adapt to the windy conditions while Redbridge did. We had chances when we were 1-0 and 2-0 down, but failed to convert and Redbridge were worthy winners on the day.
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 5 SPEC 1
Richard Slater’s side turned in one of the performances of the day as two goals from Steve Summers saw them to this comprehensive win.
Ryan Cole, James Jaconelli and Bradley Gayer also all found the back of the net, with Slater telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a superb performance from start to finish. It was a constant wave of attacks with some quality football.”
Oli Levy scored for SPEC – his first goal for the club – with joint-player-manager Ricky Lawrence telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were poor, they were good. 5-1 was provably a bit harsh but we must improve and quick.”
HENDON UNITED SPORTS B 2 BRADY MACCABI B 1
Hendon pulled off arguably the result of the day as the team rooted to the bottom of the table picked up their first win of the season against the joint-leaders.
Parys Hammond and Alon Blitz scored for Hendon, with Josh Newman replying for Brady.
Player-manager Aryeh Goldring told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a really solid performance that we can build on and hopefully go from strength to strength.”
LOS BLANCOS 2 SOUTHGATE HARMEN 3
Blancos fell to their third defeat by a single goal margin.
Alex Bowman, Lee Greenfield and player-manager Sam Castle scored for Harmen.
Blancos had fought back from trailing 2-0 at the break as Darren Russell’s penalty and a cool James Joseph run-and-finish brought them to 2-2, before Hendon nicked a late winner.
Harmen’s joint-manager Joel Alterman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a tough game, with the weather acting as a leveller however, we battled on the pitch and couldn’t be happier with all three points.
“We must show that spirit every week. Next up for us is Neasden at home which will be another tough test but one we are looking forward to.”
AC MILL HILL 1 BLIZZARD STORM 1
Seventh and sixth place in the table maybe unsurprisingly shared the points.
Dan Simon scored for Storm, with player-manager Simon Linden telling jewishnews.co.uk: “There was very little between the sides. It was a good competitive game of football, very even – we had the best of the first half and then had to defend more in the second.
“I’m more than happy with a point, we may have lost this type of game last season.”
Don Nineberg scored for the hosts, with player-manager Joe Levy telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We played some of our best football of the season.
Despite missing a couple of players it was a great team performance and we were unlucky not to come away with all three points.
“We still have a lot to work on but we are improving weekly.”
FAITHFOLD B 0 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1
Bilbaum kept up their early promotion bid as Adam Bier’s strike saw them to a slender win.
Greens manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We lost after letting in another early goal from a set-piece within the first 15 minutes. The match developed into end-to-end action throughout the first half , we missed a penalty , hit the post and they also had some good chances.
“The second half was quite different, we dominated the game, restricting them to four-five attacks which we dealt with quite effectively with no threat to our goal, but once again we did everything but score, hit the cross bar, both posts, they cleared balls of the line etc, very frustrating.
“The boys are remarkably fully committed and know that we are a whisker away from turning these games into wins , we must start to take some of the terrific chances we are creating and we have to start taking them soon .
“I have a great bunch of boys this season and they deserve some success , they have come a long way since the start of the season and we will get there, they are all working hard and just need that little bit of luck all teams have during the season.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P
MATCH POSTPONED – REDBRIDGE UNABLE TO RAISE A SIDE
OAKWOOD B 2 FC TEAM C 3
FC Team took advantage of Redbridge’s postponement to top the table thanks to this thrilling win.
James Joseph helped himself to two of the goals, with David Joseph Cohen also on target.
Joint-player-manager Mile Myers told jewishnews.co.uk: “A good performance from Team, it was a day of high emotion taking on the team that snatched the Division Three title last year.
Although Team took the lead, a penalty and a freak goal from Oakwood keeper! Saw Oakwood go in with a 2-1 lead at half time.
“The second half performance pleased manager Ben Gilbey who could clearly see his hard work in training paying off, with Team pressing forward in waves and it was matter of time before we scored. A good win for the boys in yellow and blue.”
Dan Geey and Oren Hury replied for the Os, for whom manager Ian Tussie told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a pretty galling defeat to be honest having been 2-1 up at half-time. I knew it would be tough in the second half because of the wind (blowing straight back at us) but we were defending well and didn’t look like conceding until around 70 minutes when they equalised and then took the lead shortly after.
AC WHETSTONE 5 FAITHFOLD C 0
A hat-trick from Phillipe Auret helped Whetstone to this emphatic win, as they consolidated fourth spot in the table. Samuel Leader helped himself to the two other goals.
Joint-manager Clive Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was difficult today. The pitch and swirling conditions did not allow for flowing football. I was pleased with our organisation and discipline against a physically strong side.
“We have been affiliated to Faithfold for many years and we admire all that the club stands for. They have been very helpful to AC Whetstone and it was good to play against them in a such a sporting match.
“Phillipe Auret showed great attitude to come off the bench with 35 minutes to go and get a hat-trick. He and our man of the match David Clements were excellent today, as were all the boys.”
BOCA JEWNIORS 3 LOUGHTON ORIENT 1
Boca’s fine run of late continued as goals from Yoshua Silverman, Zalmy Cohen and Dovi Fehrer saw them beat the division”s bottom side.
Barry Green scored for Loughton, for whom player-manager Dan Curtis told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were missing some players today but made a good fist of the first half which was fairly even. Barry Green missed a sitter while their only chance ended up in the back of the net.
“In the second half, it was all Boca. We couldn’t get a grip on the game. Barry made up for his miss in the first half with a late consolation but Boca were deserved winners.”
CATFORD & BROMLEY 1 KING CROWN 1
Leaders Catford drew their first game of the season though will settle for the point as they faced a resilient Crown side.
Steve Keller scored for the Cats, with Adam Luria telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We didn’t really turn up in the first half and they were well up for it. They scored first although we missed a couple of chances, but in the second half we were more competitive and missed enough chances to win three or four games.
“They were though still dangerous on the break. On the balance of play, although we created and missed more chances, they were worth a point.
Still, we’ll take the draw and look to come back after the week off with a renewed will to win.”
Benji Greenblatt smashed in the opener for Crown in the 30th minute. Player-manager Jacob Kadoch told jewishnews.co.uk: “We missed around seven to eight chances and four one-on ones. Going forward the final pass was missing which was unlike our usual selves. However, we were solid at the back and put in our best defensive performance of the season. We slightly edged it, but a draw was fair, the last 20 minutes we were tired, we put in a lot.”
JEWDINESE 5 HENDON UNITED C 1
Hendon slumped to a heavy defeat against Jewdinese after a performance in which manager Adam Glekin described being as their “worst of the season”.
Zac Brin helped himself to a hat-trick, while player-manager Jake Erlich scored the other two.
Hendon were slow out of the blocks and conceded two sloppy early goals which is becoming a worryingly familiar story. Despite improving after the break, Jewdinese scored a third on the counter attack, before Ezra Dulberg scored a sublime solo goal for Hendon, which proved to be the only bright spark on a grim morning for Hendon, as Jewdinese added further goals late on.
Hendon player manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “Not a good day at the office for us. Pretty much everything that could have gone wrong did. We were already down to our bare bones with only 11 available, two of which were carrying injuries and we had Joni Kleiman pull his hamstring to make matters worse.
“Even excusing this, we were poor all over the pitch and didn’t deserve anything from the game. We were outplayed and outfought by Jewdinese, though I have to say a look at the respect the ref campaign wouldn’t go amiss on their side.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 4 L’EQUIPE 1
Two goals from substitute Jamie Weinrich helped Norstar Raiders go clear in second spot as they inflicted a first League defeat of the season on L’Equipe.
Ollie Nathan and Nick Haringman had fired the home side into a 2-0 half-time lead.
Josh Lewis had pulled the score back to 2-1 midway through the second half.
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