RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND:
FC Team A 2 Hendon United A 5
FC Team B 5 Heaton Park Rovers 2
North West Neasden 2 Norstar London Raiders C 1
Faithfold A 8 Maccabi London Lions Blue 2
Redbridge Jewish Care A 7 Woodford Wanderers 0
Blizzard Storm 1 Los Blancos 1
Camden Park 5 Athletic Bilbaum 1
Norstar London Raiders B 1 Brixton Old Boys 1
Redbridge Jewish Care B P SPEC P (SPEC unable to raise side)
AC Whetstone P Jewdinese P
FC Team C P AC Mill Hill P (No pitch available)
Oakwood B 5 Catford & Bromley Maccabi 1
Boca Jewniors 1 KS Reunited 2
Maccabi London Lions Green 3 Faithfold B 0
Real Sosobad 2 King Crown 2
Shacharit Donetsk 3 London Rovers 8
Temple Fortune 2 Hendon United B 3
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NORTH WEST NEASDEN 2 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 1…
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
DAVID HOWARD (KING CROWN)
GRANT WAISSEL (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
DAN SILVERMAN (FC TEAM B)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON UNITED B)
BEN RETTER KING CROWN)
ISAAC VIRCHIS (LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN)
JAMES LAW (REAL SOSOBAD)
DAVE LEVY(REAL SOSOBAD)
ALEX KAYE (FAITHFOLD A)
LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM B)
GAB SAUL (HENDON UNITED B)
ADAM KAY (LONDON ROVERS)
DOVI VOGEL (LONDON ROVERS)
JOE DAVIS (LOS BLANCOS)
RICK HARRIS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH HAMBLING (REAL SOSOBAD)
JOSH JACOBS (REAL SOSOBAD)
RICHARD ROSENTHAL (REAL SOSOBAD)
RICHARD CAPLIN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
BEN SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
SAM LEWIS (FAITHFOLD A)
BEN LAUFFER (HENDON UNITED A)
DAVE SEITLER (HENDON UNITED A)
JACOB KADOCH (KING CROWN)
DANIEL GARFINKLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
ADAM ELLIS (SHACHARIT DONETSK)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) NICKY WOOLF (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B) – A last minute equaliser to spare Raiders blushes – a fantastic 25-yard chest and volley
2) DAVE SEITLER (HENDON UNITED A) – Chested the ball down before superbly first-time volleying a strike from 25 yards into top corner
3) BEN LAUFFER (HENDON UNITED A) – 25 yards out and with his back to goal, turned and produced a Cantona-esque strike into top corner, just five minutes after coming onto the pitch
4) BEN WINTERS (LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN) – Think Ronaldinho vs Chelsea in 2005, with ball at his feet 25 yards out, bent the ball with the outside of his boot into the top corner without any backlift. Utterly brilliant.
5) JACOB KADOCH (KING CROWN) – 30 yards out from goal, controlled the ball, spun to his left and smashed a stunning strike into the right hand corner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GRANT WAISSEL (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C) – Pulled off a superb stop, flinging himself to turn away a stinging 20-yard strike
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED B) – “If we’d thrown that game away, Chanukah would have been cancelled this year.”
2) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “I’ve been banging on about this kid for a few weeks now but if there has ever been a better hat-trick scored at this level then I’d love to have seen it
3) ADAM LURIA (CATFORD & BROMLEY) – “I think the polite way to describe our performance would be “utter s**t”
PETER MORRISON CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
FC TEAM A (Prem) 2 HENDON UNITED A (Prem A) 5
A hat-trick from Dave Seitler, plus strikes from Ben Lauffer and Avidan Last saw the treble holders ease themselves into the next round.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “We showed fantastic quality to pull this tie around when at half-time it looked like we could well be heading out. We found ourselves 2-0 down and also had to contend with the late pull outs of Russell and Greg Corin due to a family bereavement. The pitch was bobbly which was a big leveller and we were finding it difficult to play our football. Enter Ben Lauffer who we signed up for a second time a couple of weeks ago and after coming on at half-time, he showed his enormous class with a fantastic strike to get us right back into it just five mins into the second half. This gave us the lift and belief that we needed and from then on it turned into the Dave Seitler show.
“I’ve been banging on about this kid for a few weeks now but if there has ever been a better hat-trick scored at this level then I’d love to have seen it – three quite incredible finishes, plus another typically cool one from Avidan Last completely turned the game on it’s head and what was looking like a very dodgy situation at half time turned out to be a nice comfortable win.
“FC team gave us real problems in the first half and we will need to be wary of them in the three more games we have against them this year. Credit overall to both teams for putting on a great match on a terrible pitch and also credit should go to Martin Lavender for making sure the game got played and for reffing in typical good strong no nonsense style.
“Meanwhile we move on to the quarters of the National cup and the squad is getting better and stronger each week. The treble treble dream is still on – we are not setting any targets but the first half of the season is nearly over and we are liking where we are. Happy Chanukah to all.”
Yoav Lebens and Bobby Abrams scored for Team, with manager Ben Gilbey telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a bit of a game on the weekend. FC Team A were really up for the game Sunday morning and started the game brilliantly. The first half was a great display, closing Hendon down all over the pitch, they were struggling to create anything to threaten our goal. A Yoav Lebens header from a corner and a Bobby Abrams strike into the top right hand corner left us 2-0 up at half-time.
“But the second half was a different story, Hendon came out firing, but despite them building momentum, we were holding them off. It was a 35-yard peach into the top right hand corner, followed by another 40-yard pot shot which again flew into the top right hand corner again which saw us concede. We then gave away a free-kick outside of the area, which was curled into the top corner. Before we knew it we were 3-2 down and there wasn’t a great deal we could have done about it. The stuffing was knocked out of us, Hendon struck another two, which left us pushing forward trying to get a goal back.
“It was extremely disappointing on the weekend and hard to take. However, coming away from the game, we know that it could have gone differently on another day and that for 60 minutes we matched and were probably better than the team which won everything last year. We are still a new team and it is our first year in the Premier Division, we are getting better every week and are certainly a team to be feared.”
FC TEAM B (2) 5 HEATON PARK ROVERS 2
Team booked their place in the quarter-finals thanks to this convincing win at Rowley Lane.
Ben Binder scored twice, with Adam Rones, Jon Breger and Dave Grossman also all finding the back of the net.
Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m delighted to get through to the quarter finals, credit to Heaton for making the journey down but we were the better team from start to finish and I am extremely happy with the performance. Bring on the quarters!”
NORTH WEST NEASDEN (Prem) 2 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 1
A depleted Neasden side ensured they weren’t on the end of potential cup upset as goals in each half from Craig Edwards and Daniel Orgel saw them see off a spirited Raiders side.
Manager Stirling Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “Once they pulled one goal back, we only had nine fit players, but defended as a team as they threw the kitchen sink at us, but we held on to get a very unlikely victory considering the events before and during the game which typified our performance.
Josh Bloom scored for Raiders.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW…
FAITHFOLD A 8 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 2
Faithfold claimed a much-needed win as a hat-trick from Sam Lewis helped them to this emphatic win.
Jonny Haik and Alex Kaye scored two each, with Bradley Cohen also finding the back of the net.
Player-manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “Finally got a win which was much needed to gain a bit of confidence back, we played some good football and deserved our win.”
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 7 WOODFORD WANDERERS 0
With Raiders A not in league action this week, Redbridge took advantage as they thrashed Woodford to move to the top of the table.
Daniel Garfinkle helped himself to a hat-trick, with Daniel Lassman, Ben Sollosi, Harrison Grant and Richie Caplin also all on target.
Player-manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “Scoreline says it all… looking forward to Hendon next week.”
BLIZZARD STORM 1 LOS BLANCOS 1
Fourth played fifth, so it was no surprise this ended in share of the points, Adam Hersh had fired the visitors in front, with Storm levelling just before the break.
Bradley Cohen scored for Storm, for whom player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “Credit to Los Blancos, they were very organised and worthy of the point.
“Overall, not good enough from us. We can perform so much better that today. It took us 30 minutes to get going, the second half was better, but we lacked that cutting edge and didn’t create enough chances.”
Blancos joint-manager Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “A thoroughly deserved point, conjured without man of the moment Simon Moses. Hersh scored a nice 20-yarder to start things off, but we were pegged back shortly after, learning the valuable lesson that we should always play to the whistle. Our goalkeeper had a very quiet day as our defence did well, and we could have taken the three points at the end, with roughly three very good chances falling to our front men in the last 10 minutes, but alas, it wasn’t to be.
“Overall, we were happy with the point as it shows we have improved since our last match v Blizzard, where we lost 5-0. It’s now six games unbeaten and we’re looking forward continuing this streak for as long as possible.”
CAMDEN PARK 5 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1
Camden moved up into second spot thanks to this five-star performance against Bilbaum.
Robert Hershkorn scored twice, with Adam Paris, David Khalastchi and Richard Silver also finding the back of the net. Manager Max Saunders told jewishnews.co.uk: “We scored three goals very early on in the first half which effectively ended the match as a contest, following which a win was a formality. We now have a three-week break until our next game, which is a shame as we were beginning to pick up some momentum. However, we look forward to picking up where we left off in the new year and hopefully continuing with our aim of winning every game to ensure promotion.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 1 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 1
A superb last-minute strike from Nicky Woolf ensured the leaders maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Manager Joanathan Adelman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Brixton were well worth at least a point today, they had a game plan and executed it well. We had lots of the ball but weren’t incisive or clinical enough. I’d have had no complaints if we’d lost today and the 10 missing players are no excuse. We’ve been poor for a few weeks now and we’ll need a huge improvement next weekend at Redbridge if we want to get anything out of that game.”
Sacha Benfredj earned Brixton a point.
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B P SPEC P
SPEC UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE
AC WHETSTONE P JEWDINESE P
FC TEAM C P AC MILL HILL P
NO PITCH AVAILABLE
OAKWOOD B 5 CATFORD & BROMLEY 1
Oakwood moved up into a top-four positions as two goals from both Charlie Cohen and Jacob Richler Kleiman, coupled with Haydon Davidson’s strike saw them to this win.
Dan Green claimed Catford’s consolation, with captain Adam Luria telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I think the polite way to describe our performance would be “utter s**t”. Dan green played well though.
BOCA JEWNIORS 1 KS REUNITED 2
Goals from Ethan Deal and Mitchel Ross saw Reunited win the battle of the two sides locked in the bottom three.
Manager James Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “We are delighted with the result and finally got the monkey off our back!”
LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 3 FAITHFOLD B 0
Lions claimed an impressive win over promotion-seeking Faithfold, as goals from Jerome Colmans, Ben Winters and Daniel Reuben saw them to the points.
Joint-managers David Pollock and Jonny Meltzer told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an outstanding performance from the lads from the first minute to the last. We have been threatening this all season and finally it all clicked into gear today. We pressed high from the outset and Faithfold couldn’t keep up with the intensity of our play. To score three goals against a team who had only conceded five this season before this game is encouraging. Now we must use this result as a springboard for the second half of the campaign and ensure that we begin to put a consistent sequence of results together.
“It’s pleasing to end the year on such a high and we go into 2015 full of confidence knowing that we can compete with the more experienced teams in our league.”
REAL SOSOBAD 2 KING CROWN 2
The leaders relinquished top spot as goals from Josh Jacobs and Barry Green earned Sosobad a more than deserved draw.
Manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “My team deserved all three points today and it’s frustrating that we only came away with one. We were superb from start to finish and could have had the game won after an hour if we would have taken just one of our several chances.
“We hit the woodwork a couple of times with Rich Rosenthal’s 30-yard bullet being the pick of the bunch, smashing against the underside of the bar. Their goalkeeper pulled off some quality saves throughout the match and he should be getting an extra big Chanukah present this year, especially if they manage to go the rest of the season unbeaten. I’m proud of every one of my players today and we look forward to getting back to business after the festive break.”
Player-manager Jacob Kadoch rescued the leaders with him telling jewishnews.co.uk: “With eight first team players out for this game, we knew we had to play well, the lads showed a lot of character despite players out of position and yoel deal coming off after 10 minutes. With this competitive league the key is consistency and having a very good squad and we utilised that today.”
SHACHARIT DONETSK 3 LONDON ROVERS 8
Rovers moved to the top of the the table as they scored eight goals for the second consecutive week – and did it without top-scorer Avi Markiewicz.
Adam Kay, Nigel Someck and Dovi Vogel scored two each, with Yisroel Lewis and Zalmy Cohen completing the scoring.
Manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “In the end I’m pleased. I was disappointed with the three we conceded but I thought it would be a tough game today and again we showed some real quality in front of goal and how ruthless we can be. When we play the way we have been doing the last few weeks, it is very hard to stop us. I’ve just been told that we go top this week as other results went our way so we are in the position we want to be in and it’s up to us to make sure we stay there.”
Adam Ellis scored a hat-trick for Donetsk.
TEMPLE FORTUNE 2 HENDON UNITED B 3
Hendon gained revenge for their last minute loss to Temple Fortune two weeks ago as goals from Saul Cohen, Benni Sluckis and James Neidle saw them to the win which moves them up to fifth place in the table.
Player-manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “First half we were excellent, but we stopped doing the right things and were almost made to pay. If we’d thrown that game away, Chanukah would have been cancelled this year. But we don’t seem to do draws this year, and overall we were full value for the win. Temple Fortune are a physical side and I thought we matched them in that regard and had the better quality on the day.”
Matt Leader and Nicky Stone scored for Fortune. Player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “We weren’t at the races in the first half at all. We have to stop conceding sloppy goals and need to defend certain situations with greater authority.
“We are hoping to make some additions over the xmas period and get some players back from injury which will help our second half of the season.”