RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND:
Oakwood A 6 MLL Maccabi Seniors 0
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND:
AC Whetstone 1 FC Team A 3
Blizzard Storm 1 Harmen 2
Brixton Old Boys P Brady Maccabi P
FC Team C P North West Neasden P
Hendon United A 1 Woodford Wanderers 0
Shacharit Donetsk 1 Maccabi London Lions Blue 5
Faithfold A 0 Redbridge Jewish Care A 3
Camden Park 1 Los Blancos 2
Norstar London Raiders B 3 Athletic Bilbaum 2
SPEC 1 Redbridge Jewish Care B 6
AC Mill Hill 3 Catford & Bromley 3
Jewdinese 4 Norstar London Raiders C 1
Oakwood B P FC Team B P
Boca Jewniors 1 Faithfold B 1
Hendon United B 1 Temple Fortune 2
Maccabi London Lions Green 2 KS Reunited 0
WEEK THIRTEEN MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
BEN POLLINS (AC WHETSTONE)
CHARLIE HOLLIS (BOCA JEWNIORS)
JOSH COHEN (KS REUNITED)
ED BLOOM (LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN)
DALE BRADMAN (BOCA JEWNIORS)
BEN GARDENER (BOCA JEWNIORS)
SIMON ENGLANDER (BOCA JEWNIORS)
ANTON NYMAN (BOCA JEWNIORS)
ETHAN ZONE (HENDON UNITED A)
JAMES FOX (LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN)
JOEL SHARPE (LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN)
BENJY ISRAEL (LOS BLANCOS)
DANIEL CASTLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
LEE FEGAN (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
GARY CONWAY (CATFORD & BROMLEY)
ALON HERSHKORN (FC TEAM A)
ROCKY SPITZER(FC TEAM A)
AVI KORMAN (HENDON UNITED A)
SCOTT ACKERMAN (LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN)
BEN WINTERS (LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN)
JO DAVIS (LOS BLANCOS)
DANIEL LASSMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
DAVE WOOLMAN (OAKWOOD A)
STEVE SUMMERS (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A)
DANIEL GARFINKLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ROB SAMUELSON (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B) – A neat give and go between Adam Posner and Andrew McMaster sent Simon Buchler through down the right wing, he squared the ball to Jacob Gold who turned it on to Samuelson, who cut inside the left hand side of the box on to his right foot before curling the ball in to the top corner off the underside of the bar
2) JOEL ISAACS (CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI) – Turned two defenders inside out before curling it inside the post with the outside of his right boot.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GUY BEN AROYA (CATFORD & BROMLEY) – Made an exceptional save to deny a certain goal with their striker through on goal, the ball was going right inside the far corner, but he managed to get the slightest touch on it at full stretch to send it round the post
2) BRAD GRANT (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B) – Produced an acrobatic save to keep out a 20-yard shot
3) TONY HIRSCHSTEIN (TEMPLE FORTUNE ) – Ben Glekin’s header was heading for the bottom corner, until Hirschstein leapt full stretch to turn the ball around the post
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) GABRIEL JOHN (BOCA JEWNIORS) – “It was arguably the scrappiest goal of all time.”
2) JONATHAN ISON (LOS BLANCOS) – “A Blancos and Liverpool win on the same weekend – miracles truly do happen!”
3) ADAM GLEKIN (HENDON UNITED B) – “It was like one of those classic Championship Manager matches where you have 25 shots on goal and the opposition has two and you lose 2-1.
4) DAVID GARBACZ (HENDON UNITED A) – “Do not be fooled by the 1-0 scoreline – we must have had 25 attempts on goal at least and if we didn’t completely leave our shooting boots at home the score would have been far more emphatic
SUNDAY CHALLENGE CUP LAST 16:
DEES FC 3 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A 1
The Premier Division leaders bowed out of the competition, with Ben Joseph getting on target for the visitors.
Assistant-manager Jonathan Green told jewishnews.co.uk: “Strange to say considering the result, but at time we played some brilliant stuff, especially in the first half. It was one of these situations where it is hard to believe that we didn’t walk off the pitch winning four or five nil. We were totally dominant for nearly the full duration of the match and got caught by clinical sucker punches. We will take some useful lessons away from this game, against a type of opposition we don’t usually face and this allows us to focus on the important business of the top 3 Jewish competitions. It’s never a nice feeling to lose on a Sunday morning but if we had to leave one competition at a relatively early stage this was the one to lose in.
“We will now re-group and get ready for what will be a very tough test against Faithfold on the weekend.”
PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
OAKWOOD A (Prem) 6 MACCABI SENIORS 0
The O’s comfortably booked their place in the third round thanks to a hat-trick from Dave Woolman, two strikes from Josh Rose, and Brad Wine’s effort.
Manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was as comfortable as the scoreline suggests and in reality we should have scored more. Lions had a strong team out including Alex levack but we had far too much. We now play lions Saturday in the next round which will be a totally different proposition. We hope to have a load of players back for that game who were missing today so it should be a cracker.
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP THIRD ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
AC WHETSTONE (2) 1 FC TEAM A (Prem) 3
The hosts gave a good account of themselves, but Team’s Premier Division class saw them through.
David Joseph Cohen, Shim Bensoor and Rocky Spitzer all scored for the visitors, with manager Ben Gilbey telling jewishnews.co.uk: “This weekend it was important to win and get into the next round of the cup. Over the last few years we have been the lower league team going up against premier teams and causing upsets. We needed to make sure that this was not going to be the case against us on the weekend. FC Team did control the game and scored some great goals to achieve victory. However, credit to AC Whetstone, who are a very young team, who gave us a really good game and if they took a few more chances, could have caused us real problems. I have been really impressed with how the boys have been defending as a team, making it very hard for oppositions to get many chances and break us down. We are playing with a good shape and improving week in week out. I hope for this to continue as well as our good form and if it does, FC Team A will no doubt be a force to be feared throughout this season.”
Alex Woffenden scored for Whetstone, for whom joint-manager Clive Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “This game was meant to be a comfortable win for FC Team. Apart from five minutes when we lost our discipline, it was anything but comfortable for them. We rested one of our main goal threats in Dan Cohen to ensure we maintained our ethos of giving our whole squad decent game time. Even without him we did enough to get a draw and FC Team will know they have been in a game. Ben Pollins in goal drew acclaim from both sides and Alex Woffenden’s goal was a great header. We have shown in both cups this season that we can match and beat teams from higher leagues which is a great credit to all the boys.
“It was nice to commemorate the Xmas Day truce of 1914 with a photo and the cloying mud of West Hendon was nothing compared to what those brave souls toiled through a century ago.”
His fellow co-manager Anthony Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “We lost 3-1 but one was a penalty and another needed goal line technology which surprisingly wasn’t installed at West Hendon playing fields. Ref gave it!”
BLIZZARD STORM (1) 1 HARMEN (Prem) 2
Two goals from Mike Pearson proved to be the difference as the Premier Division side saw off a stubborn Storm side.
Bradley Cohen scored for Storm against his old club, with player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a hard fought battle, very little between the two teams. I can take so many positives from this performance, none of my boys let me down and the discipline and fight was there to be seen.
BRIXTON OLD BOYS (1) P BRADY MACCABI (1) P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
FC TEAM C (2) P NORTH WEST NEASDEN (Prem) P
MATCH POSTPONED – UNPLAYABLE PITCH
HENDON UNITED A (Prem) 1 WOODFORD WANDERERS (Prem) 0
The holders booked their place into the next round, with Greg Corin’s strike proving to be the difference.
Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Do not be fooled by the 1-0 scoreline – we must have had 25 attempts on goal at least and if we didn’t completely leave our shooting boots at home the score would have been far more emphatic. The one goal we did score was one of the best team goals you are likely to see at this level starting with Russ at the back and switching left, then right before ending off with a typical Greg Corin finish into the back of the net.
“Whilst the game remained 1-0 Woodford were always in it and they did show good spirit, but overall we were very pleased with our performance level today even though we should have scored more. We were heavily depleted today and only had 11 players available, but we have good strength in depth and we are still nicely placed in all competitions.
“We have a big December ahead of us – crucial league and cup games, but the aim is to get players back and take each game as they come and when 2015 comes around we want to be able to say the treble treble is still on.
“Finally, I would like to mention lifelong Hendon fan and good friend Nick Slater who asks me week in week out to mention him so Nick this is for you – cheers for the support mate.”
SHACHARIT DONETSK (3) 1 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE (Prem) 5
Jamie Kyte’s side had no problems in seeing off the Division Three strugglers as they recorded this emphatic win by putting on this professional performance.
With Kyte absent after popping the question the night before, James Gold took on the job of taking the team, and he saw Dan Green, Connor Perlmutter, Richard Gold and Rick Jacobson fire them into a 4-0 half-time lead.
Shacharit pulled a goal back after the interval as Lions took their foot off the gas, but Gold wrapped things up with their fifth.
Gold told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a good professional performance, that the team dedicate to Jamie Kyte, who we wish a big mazeltov to after getting engaged. Hopefully, he gets priorities in order and is back in the dugout next week!”
FIXTURES & RESULTS
FAITHFOLD A 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3
Redbridge moved up to second spot in the table as two goals from Steve Summers, along with Daniel Castle’s strike, saw them to the points.
Player-manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “A brilliant away win stops our mini rut and puts us in good shape for the chanukah run in.”
Faithfold manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m disappointed with the result, but the performance was good albeit we are struggling to score goals which is evident.
“Redbridge played well and deserved the win.”
CAMDEN PARK 1 LOS BLANCOS 2
The Blancos boys moved three places up the table into fourth spot as goals from Joseph Davis and Simon Moses handed Camden a fourth defeat of the season.
Blancos joint-manager Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “A thoroughly well deserved double over Camden, we dominated from start to finish, they mustered a couple of long-range efforts, but otherwise didn’t trouble us. The midfield and forwards worked tirelessly and never gave Camden time to settle on the ball.
“That’s now 10 points out of 12, and we’re really enjoying our football at the moment. A Blancos and Liverpool win on the same weekend – miracles truly do happen!”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B 3 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 2
Raiders remain a point clear at the top of the table as goals from Rob Samuelson, Jacob Gold and David Esterkin saw Jonathan Adelman’s side to the win.
Jacob Brunner scored twice for Bilbaum.
SPEC 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 6
Five goals from Daniel Garfinkle helped Redbridge stay a point behind the leaders, Sam Sollosi claimed their sixth goal.
Dan Pike scored for SPEC, with assistant manager Michael Rhodes telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We came up against very good opposition with strong ball players and great pace up top which proved to be our undoing. We had our chances though and were we more clinical the game could have been a lot closer. We have a massive game next week where we’ll be looking to get back to winning ways.”
AC MILL HILL 3 CATFORD & BROMLEY 3
AC Mill Hill spurned the chance to go joint-top of the table as they were held to a point by a battling Cats side.
Joel Isaacs scored twice for the visitors, with Gary Hill also on target. Captain Adam Luria told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a scrappy game, low on quality in which both sides can be disappointed not to take all three points, but a draw was probably a fair result.”
Ben Zloof, Jason Shoffman and an own goal replied for Mill Hill, with manager Daniel Beresford telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were 3-1 up with 15 minutes to go and couldn’t close the game, I’m very disappointed.
“Catford kept putting us under pressure especially from set pieces that was there main threat and the pressure told in last 15 although we had chances on the counter they managed to grab the equaliser
Very tough conditions and credit to catford they made it hard for u.”
JEWDINESE 4 NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C 1
Jewdinese climbed three places up the table as they comprehensively beat the division’s bottom side.
Will Ufland scored for the Raiders.
OAKWOOD B P FC TEAM B P
MATCH POSTPONED – OAKWOOD UNABLE TO RAISE SIDE
BOCA JEWNIORS 1 FAITHFOLD B 1
Faithfold saw their recent good run of form ended as Boca claimed a deserved point
Dale Bradman scored, what Boca player-manager Gabriel John described as being “arguably the scrappiest goal of all time “, and while Lioz Tov and Callion McGregor both had chances to extend the lead, the Greens came back into the game after the break, pushed on and netted an equaliser.
John told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a true game of two halves. All Boca first half but more Faithfold in the second.
“Our men-0f-the-match were our back four, while our makeshift goalkeeper Charlie Hollis was superb. Huge game next week against London Rovers.”
HENDON UNITED B 1 TEMPLE FORTUNE 2
Fortune moved off the bottom of the table as they claimed their first league win of the season with a smash and grab victory in the last minute, Zack Rich and Dominic Hallett netting their goals.
Manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “Going up the hill and into a low sun in first half was not easy and we went in at half time at 0-0 which we felt positive about. We played very compact and really reduced Hendon to very little in the first half. The second half was a bit more open and we scored two good goals. Zack’s low strike from the edge of the area into the bottom corner was a goal from the moment it left his foot, and the winner was also virtually impossible for the goalkeeper to save, and had a touch of fortune about it with a high looping strike into the top corner from about 20-25 yards in the last minutes.
“We lost to Hendon last season last year when they scored a last minute 35-yard wonder strike so I suppose its fitting that we did the same thing to them. Overall, Hendon may well have deserved a point and it was a competitive game, a good spirit and we are delighted to get our first win.”
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “Congratulations to them for winning their first game of the season, but I’m still scratching my head as to how we’ve lost it. It was like one of those classic Championship Manager matches where you have 25 shots on goal and the opposition has two and you lose 2-1. A very frustrating morning and that’s back to back games where we’ve been the better team and picked up no points.”
Avi Mocton scored for Hendon.
LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 2 KS REUNITED 0
Lions claimed just their second league win of the season, thanks to goals from Sam Collins and Scott Ackerman.
KS Reunited manager James Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “A very disappointing result – the loss of both James Ryan and Joe Sumray early in the first half to injury was a hammer blow, but full credit to Lions who were by far the better side.”