RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
FC Team A 4 Faithfold A 6
Hendon United A 2 Harmen 1
Norstar London Raiders A 4 North West Neasden 0
Oakwood A 0 Redbridge Jewish Care A 3
Athletic Bilbaum 3 Blizzard Storm 4
Brady Maccabi 3 Norstar London Raiders B 3
Camden Park 1 Redbridge Jewish Care B 3
Los Blancos 4 SPEC FC 2
AC Mill Hill 0 FC Team B 4
AC Whetstone 2 Catford & Bromley 2
Norstar London Raiders C 3 Oakwood B 3
Faithfold B 2 KS Reunited 1
King Crown 3 Real Sosobad 0
London Rovers 1 Shacharit Donetsk 0
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON ROVERS 1 SHACHARIT DONETSK 0
WEEK TWO PHOTOGALLERIES:
WEEK TWO MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Ben Pollins (AC Whetstone)
David Simnock (Norstar London Raiders B)
Mitch Green (Blizzard Storm)
Sean Ladier (Blizzard Storm)
David Grossman (FC Team B)
Dan Silverman (FC Team B
Avi Korman (Hendon United A)
Alex Rosenthal (Hendon United A)
Mark Driver (King Crown)
James Korn (King Crown)
Yossi Lanning (King Crown)
David Cohen (KS Reunited)
Yisorel Lewis (London Rovers)
Paul Shinwell (London Rovers)
Ricky Zeiderman (London Rovers)
Dan Breger (FC Team B)
Yoni Raeburn (Faithfold A)
Benjy Dymant (Faithfold A)
Dovi Vogel (London Rovers)
Jonny Kay (Norstar London Raiders A)
Alex Goodman (Norstar London Raiders C)
Matthew Geey (Oakwood B)
Nathan Sollosi (Redbridge B)
Ben Weinberg (Southgate Harmen)
Philipe Auret (AC Whetstone)
Dean Shaw (Blizzard Storm)
Ben Binder (FC Team B
Sacha Nusenbaum (King Crown)
Chaim Gothold (Los Blancos)
Josh Levy (Shacharit Donetsk)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) SIMON PETERMAN (HENDON UNITED A) – An excellent cross from Lee Sieradki was was brilliantly met by Peterman who rose majestically to head in vital winner into the top corner
2) JACOB RICHLER KLEIMAN (OAKWOOD B) – Took the ball out of the air with one touch before lobbing the oncoming goalkeeper
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) MIKE MYERS (FC TEAM A) – Produced a top-class top, leaping to the top left-hand corner to stop a shot which was heading straight to the right-hand corner
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “You simply will not see a better header at this or any level”
FC TEAM A 4 FAITHFOLD A 6
Faithfold claimed their first points of the season – and did it in style winning this ten-goal thriller.
Johnny Haik scored a hat-trick, Benjy Dymant scored twice, with Sam Lewis also on target.
Player-manager Zurile Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “The first half we were half a sleep and just didn’t get started and conceded sloppy goals individually. But the second half we were a different team and a few alterations in positions enabled us to gain the momentum bringing the game to 3-3, then going behind again, to once again equalise and from then on we just kept plugging away and got our deserved rewards showing great desire and energy.”
David Joseph Cohen scored twice for Team, with Eitan Ben-Zion and Rob Sanford also on target.
Manager Ben Gilbery told jewishnews.co.uk: “I was really pleased with the first 50-60 minutes of the game, we were great, had a lot of possession and Faithfold were struggling to contain us and we should have had four or five by then!
“However, in the last half hour of the game, we ran out of steam and Faithfold’s fitness and experience came through. To let five goals in during the second half is unacceptable, we were missing the likes of Yoav Lebens and Ed Weisz though.
“I take great positives from the game though, we were brilliant in the first hour and we will score a lot of goals this year. It was our first Premier League game as a team, and as long as we sure it up at the back and get a bit fitter, I have confidence we can be up there this year!”
HENDON UNITED A 2 HARMEN 1
The champions made it two wins from two with this hard-fought win over Harmen, for whom James Gershfield was on target.
Greg Corin and Simon Peterman scored for Hendon, with manager David Garbacz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We will not have many tougher matches than this one all season – Harmen have strengthened well over the summer and they came at us very strong for the entire match.
“We settled the better of the two teams and scored a great opener when Greg got on the end of a brilliant Ari Last cross. However, Harmen did finish the half the stronger and for long periods in the second half we were under the cosh and had to be at our resolute best at the back to prevent them from scoring.
“They scored what in fairness was a deserved equaliser in the 80th minute, but we responded magnificently and to our enormous credit came back strongly and scored a superb winner five minutes from time when Simon Peterman paid off a large chunk of his summer transfer fee when rising majestically to head in a brilliant winner right into the top corner .
“We showed today why we are champions – we were not at our best yet were still able to have the experience and skill to hang on and accumulate three excellent points All credit to Harmen – they played exceptionally well and will be a real handful this season – they can take points off any team in this league and we are delighted to have got this game under our belt . Great match though and a marvellous advert for our league.”
Harmen joint-manager Joel Alterman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Facing last season’s treble winners and a team who have dominated Jewish football in recent years in our first game in the Premier Division was never going to be an easy task but we were disappointed not to come away with at least a point.
“It took a while for us to settle into our routine and it was during this period where Hendon took the lead. Conceding a goal seemed to settle us and we reverted to our passing game with some nice one-touch football and we started to dominate the match in the build up to the half time break with Joey Lazare setting the pace, chasing the ball down at every opportunity.
“A half-time change saw us continue our dominance in the game and it was felt that it was only a matter of time before the equaliser was coming. After making a couple more substitutions to freshen things up, we did level in the 82nd minute when two of our summer signings linked up, a defence-splitting ball from Omri Brinner was latched onto by James Gershfield who coolly finished past the keeper.
“Perhaps we became complacent after equalising because we allowed Hendon to create their second chance of the game which resulted in their second goal of the game and the league may not see a better header this season.
“The final chance of the game fell to Oliver Leslie although, being at the wrong end of the pitch he will have been relieved to see his attempted volley clearance bounce off the inside of his own post and into the hands of Harmen’s keeper Harry Fine.
“For our first game of the season with a new squad and in a tougher league than last year, we are very happy with the performance we put out today. Playing away against the strongest team in the league, we held our own and were unfortunate not to take something out of the game.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 4 NORTH WEST NEASDEN 0
Rob Richman’s side got their season off to a winning start as goals from Jamie Wolfson, Liron Mannie, Josh Hershman and David Dinkin saw them to the three points.
Manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very professional performance and we are delighted to open up with a win and a clean sheet. Neasden defended resolutely for the majority of the first half but we scored a goal just before half-time that our dominance deserved.
“In the second half we continued to dominate the game and got three further goals to give us a comfortable 4-0 win.
“All four debutants, Mannie, Joseph, Rutovitz and Hershman played well and have integrated nicely into the team. In truth we are just scratching the surface with this side and there is a lot more to come from us.”
Neasden manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “We want to play against the best and we did today, they did to us what we did to Woodford last week.
“We were given a lesson that we will learn from and make us a better team. Raiders deserved their win, they played with good movement and crisp passing and lots of confidence. The first half was about us keeping our shape and trying to get control of the ball and as the half wore on we grew in confidence so much so we almost took the lead when Dan Orgel had a shot which crashed against the bar. Two minutes later he went off with a foot injury which was at a time where we we’re starting to see more of the ball, and they then punished us with a very worked goal.
“Unfortunately early on in the second half we gave away a bad goal from a corner then they scored a third which ended the contest. Which was a shame because we started the half very brightly and created a couple of very good chances. But this is a lesson we will have to learn, there was a number of positives the main one was we kept going to the end and never stopped trying to get on the front foot, and as a team we never gave up.”
OAKWOOD A 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3
Redbridge got their season off to a winning – and impressive – start as two goals from Daniel Lassman, coupled with Steve Summers strike saw them stun the O’s.
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 3 BLIZZARD STORM 4
Storm claimed their first points of the season as they won a thrilling seven-goal encounter.
Dean Shaw and Mitch Green both scored twice for Storm, with player-manager Simon Linden telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m delighted to get our first three points of the season. Proud to see my team turn the game around in the second half – the character and determination was superb after trailing 3-1 at half-time. It wasn’t a great Blizzard performance but we got the job done and the season starts now for us.
“Dean Shaw had a great second half upfront, didn’t stop running and put the Bilbaum defence under serious pressure, while Mitch Green for me was superb, two good goals and a solid performance, taking it on himself to join in on the attacks and change the game, top draw!”
Daniel Perelberg scored twice for the beaten hosts, with Jacob Brunner also on target. Player-manager Julius Judah told jewishnews.co.uk: “The winner of today’s game was fitness. Blizzard Storm’s successful preseason showed as they capitalised on Athletic Bilbaum’s tiring legs. Athletic Bilbaum showed why they are a team that can challenge their opposition this season and were unlucky to leave without at least a point. As our season continues and our fitness improves, we will again continue to inspire the youth of today and the footballer’s of tomorrow.”
BRADY MACCABI 3 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 3
Raiders pulled back two late goals to hold Brady to a thrilling point – though were given a helping hand thanks to two Brady own goals.
The first saw them draw level just after the break, when David Esterkin’s cross turned in with Jacob Gold waiting to pounce, while the second arrived in the last minute when an arcing Danny Bloom free-kick went in off the head of a defender. Nicky Woolf also got on target from the penalty spot after Jacob Gold was brought down.
Manager Jonathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall I have to be happy with a point having been 3-1 down with 10 minutes to go, but we are disappointed with the goals we conceded and know at this level we can’t switch off or we’ll be punished.
“David Simnock pulled out some top draw saves and our team spirit is exceptional, the boys proving once again that they never know they’re beaten.”
Josh Newman, Reiss Mogilner and Sam Monjack replied for Brady.
CAMDEN PARK 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 2
Two goals from Nathan Sollosi saw Jon Jacobs’ side kick-off their season with three points.
Rob Hershkorn scored for Camden, for whom Max Saunders told jewishnews.co.uk: “Very disappointed to come away from the game without any points. We dominated the majority of the game, missing three clear-cut chances as well as a host of half chances. We really should have scored more than one and at the very least got a point from this game.
“However, as the game reached the last 10 minutes or so, our lack of fitness (worryingly at this stage of the season) began to show, especially in comparison to Redbridge’s young, strong and energetic midfield. This resulted in us conceding a sloppy and completely avoidable goal in the dying minutes to fall behind and ultimately lose the game. A massively frustrating day for us.
“We will bounce back from this and will be ordering the squad members to work extra hard on their fitness, as we remain confident that, provided we all reach the required level as soon as possible, we will be up there fighting for the title come the end of the season.”
LOS BLANCOS 4 SPEC 2
Blancos bounced back from their opening day defeat as they won this six-goal epic.
Chaim Gothold scored half their goals, with Darren Russell and an own goal sealing their win.
Manager Joel Minsky told jewishnews.co.uk: “ We’ve always known ourselves to be a much stronger force in the second half of games, but the resolve we showed yesterday still came as a big surprise. Having lost last week despite putting in a strong performance, I was half expecting heads to drop after conceding a second a minute into the second half. The way we turned it around though was incredible, and full credit to all 14 who played yesterday as they all played their part.
“It can’t be called a complete performance due to how we let ourselves down early on, but in that last half hour or so we’ve set ourselves a new benchmark which we’ll try to emulate each week.”
Ryan Fox and Dan Cohen found the back of the net for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “We completely collapsed after Blancos pulled a goal back and seemed to think the game was won at 2-0. A lot to improve upon that’s for sure.”
AC MILL HILL 0 FC TEAM B 4
Team racked up their second consecutive 4-0 win of the season as a hat-trick from Ben Binder, along with a strike from Richard Salmon saw them to this win.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “I am very happy. We were simply brilliant in the first half, the interchanges between our front four and the football we played was excellent. I was disappointed that we took our foot off the gas in the second half and that is something we will need to improve on when we do go in front, but nonetheless 4-0 against a perceived title favourite is excellent.
“Ben Binder scored a lovely hat-trick and I am expecting him to build on that and defensively another clean sheet against 2 top strikers. Very happy and onto the next one.”
Mill Hill player-manager Daniel Beresford told jewishnews.co.uk: “Despite losing 4-0, I still have a few positives to take from the game. We started very slowly and gifted them three early goals down to mistakes, although they were very organised and approached the game very well, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb with three very poor early errors.
“Onwards and upwards, it can’t get worse.”
AC WHETSTONE 2 CATFORD & BROMLEY 2
Catford picked up their first point of the season as goals from Jamie Sinai and Zak McLeod saw them hold Whetstone to a draw.
Captain Adam Luria told jewishnews.co.uk:”A good game with two teams both playing some really good football. We’re disappointed with the goals we conceded as they were both extremely soft. We had enough chances to win it as well and on another day could have had four or five. That said, Guy Ben Aroya had to make a few very good saves to keep Whetstone out as they had a few good chances themselves.
“Despite a slight nagging feeling that today was too points dropped given the number of chances we created, we’ll take the positives and move onto the next game.”
Philippe Auret scored twice for Whetstone, for whom joint-manager Clive Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “We worked hard today and deserved a draw for our effort. We didnt play the passing football that we like so it was good to get a point despite not playing very well.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 3 OAKWOOD B 3
Norstar began their Division Two campaign by holding the O’s to a point, with Daniel Polak, Josh Bloom and Oli Nathan all scoring for Zack Gothelf’s side.
Stand-in manager David Domb told jewishnews.co.uk: “Plenty of positives from today as we began life in a new division against a good Oakwood side. I was disappointed we let our lead slip, but we showed tremendous character to grab a late equaliser.
“We knew it was going to be a real test, and life was made even more difficult following the withdrawal of our goalkeeper ahead of the game. Jonny Blain proved to be more than able cover, and the boys didn’t let that distract them. They were superb today.”
Jacob Richler Kleiman scored twice for the Os, with Matthew Geey hitting their third. Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Despite the terrific comeback, I’m devastated at the nature of the first half performance. To find ourselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes shows just how bad our preparation was. Thankfully we were able to turn things around, but we left ourselves a lot to do and that can’t happen again. But if I’d been offered the draw at HT I’d have been pleased to take it, but once you find yourselves ahead, of course we expect to win.
“Raiders are a good side and I’m sure they’ll be near the top of the table come the end of the year – just as we expect to be.
“We were hit with a late selection problem this week when the A’s required one of our best players, Ben Polak, to compensate for injuries. We badly missed his calm head and composure in the first half.”
FAITHFOLD B 2 KS REUNITED 1
In what was both side’s first game of the season, goals from Josh Barnett and Leor Harel saw the Greens take the points.
Jason Goldstein scored for the visitors, with manager James Lewis telling jewishnews.co.uk: “While we are disappointed not to have got a fully deserved equaliser, the manner in which we worked our way back into the game is certainly cause for encouragement as the season wares on.”
KING CROWN 3 REAL SOSOBAD 0
Crown continued their impressive start to the season as they ran out comfortable winners for the second consecutive Sunday morning.
Phil Braham, Sacha Nusenbaum and Ben Retter all scored for Jacob Kadoch’s side. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “The back four was absolutely outstanding and Real didn’t really have a clean cut chance.
“Two games, two win, we look great going forward and very solid at the back! Great ingredients for a very successful team.
“David Wolff came to watch the game and said he was very impressed with King Crown and was a pleasure to watch. He has reserved a ticket for a future game of King Crown.”
Sosobad manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “King Crown were a very good side who worked for each other and completely out battled us today. We were too complacent, poor in possession and didn’t create enough chances. This wasn’t the start we wanted however it’s done now and hopefully the boys will take this feeling of disappointment and turn things around next week.”
LONDON ROVERS 1 SHACHARIT DONETSK 0
Jeremy Brown’s side made it two wins from two as Josh Bharier’s first half strike proved to be the difference between the sides at West Hendon Playing Fields.
Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m extremely proud of our performance and result today. Today was a test of the quality of our squad as we came into the game with both centre-backs out. Everyone stepped up.
“Shacharit are a good side with lots of pace and I expect them to get better as the season goes on. I think we controlled the game mostly and although they were very difficult to break down our keeper didn’t have one save to make and was never left with a one on one situation. There is still a very long way to go but we have had the start I was hoping for”.
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