Shock of the day – and season to date – saw Fairlop FC knock out Hendon on penalties in the first round of the Peter Morrison Trophy.
SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
Camden Park (Prem) 5 FC Team (2) 2
Fairlop FC (2) 3 Hendon United (Prem) 3
(AET – Fairlop won 4-2 on pens)
Scrabble (1) 1 Redbridge Jewish Care A (Prem) 7
Straw Hat Pirates (2) 0 Los Blancos (1) 3
North London Raiders A 2 Maccabi London Lions Blue 4
Faithfold A 1 Redbridge Jewish Care B 0
(match abandoned due to injury)
L’Equipe 2 North London Raiders B 6
Oakwood B 5 Redbridge Jewish Care C 1
Boca Jewniors 0 Real Hendon 3
Hertswood Vale 1 Faithfold B 3
North London Raiders C 1 Bayern Mincha 4
Temple Fortune B 1 Catford & Bromley Maccabi 4
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Scott Shear (Fairlop FC)
Ryan Cole (Fairlop FC)
Max Freedman (Fairlop FC)
Gideon Caller (Faithfold A)
Avi Garson (Faithfold A)
Jonny Leiwy (Faithfold A)
Sammy Assil (Straw Hat Pirates)
Gideon Gale (Straw Hat Pirates)
James Van Straten (Straw Hat Pirates)
Jake Saunders (Camden Park)
Daniel Bean (Fairlop FC)
Brad Gayer (Fairlop FC)
Matt Berkeley (Fairlop FC)
David Leiwy (Faithfold A)
Joe Davis (Los Blancos)
Daniel Sinclair (Los Blancos)
David Nezri (Maccabi London Lions Blue)
Gali Colt (Real Hendon)
Gilad Kestenbaum (Real Hendon)
Yoshua Benzadon (Straw Hat Pirates)
Ben Rosen (Straw Hat Pirates)
Danny Sherman (Camden Park)
Alex Lewis (Los Blancos)
Benny Goldberg (Real Hendon)
GOALS OF THE WEEK:
1) Alex Lewis (Los Blancos) – fantastic shot across the goalkeeper – bulged into the top corner from outside the area
2) James Jaconelli (Fairlop FC) – Ball was cleared from the Hendon box, fell to Sergio (Max) on the halfway line, who first time, cushioned down the Ryan Cole. He steamed down the left, beat his man, before putting it on a plate for debutant JJ, who buried his volley into the bottom corner
SAVES OF THE WEEK:
1) Raffy Zysblat (Real Hendon) – fantastic save from a free header six yards out to keep the score at 1-0.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK:
1) Darren Zitren (Temple Fortune B) – “Results will come – mark my words.”
2) Nicholas Stern (L’Equipe) – “Raiders had seven members of staff there while we had one sub on one leg.”
PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND (number in bracket represents division of team):
CAMDEN PARK (Prem) 5 FC TEAM (2) 2
A hat-trick from Danny Sherman ensured the hosts weren’t on the end of a cup upset here.
Dan Orgel and Max Saunders also scored for Stirling Kay’s side. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “They missed two first half penalties, but we found ourselves 2-0 up at the break. We totally dominated the first period and the game should have been put to bed. We tried a very attacking formation in the first half which we created chance after chance, so it was very disappointing to only score the two, but if they had converted their penalties, the game could have been very different.
“After half-time we changed formation and scored three goals in 10 minutes to put the game out of reach. They scored two late goals to give them some consolation that their efforts deserved. Having said that we could – and should – have scored many more goals with so many clear-cut chances created. But we got the job done and we look forward to playing in the next round.”
Jon Breger and Richard Salmon scored for Team, for whom player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “A very even game with nothing between the sides. It was end to end at times and we bossed the game in certain periods and they bossed it in others. The scoreline flatters them but in the end its a cup game so the scoreline is irrelevant.
“We missed two penalties at crucial times in the game and if we have scored them we probably would have gone on to win. We are lucky that we have them again in two weeks time int he other cup where we can put things right. We wish them luck in the remainder of the competition.”
FAIRLOP FC (2) 3 HENDON UNITED (Prem) 3 AET
Fairlop won on penalties
The Division Two newboys produced the shock of the round – and past few seasons – as they knocked out the competition’s 2014, 2015 & 2016 winners.
The scenes when you knock the holders out of the Cup! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/FC5RSv5Olz
— Fairlop FC (@Fairlop_FC) 22 October 2017
Needing Max Freedman’s 96th minute equaliser to take the tie into extra time, they were also more than indebted to goalkeeper Scott Shear who’s last-gasp save took the game to penalties.
Two further saves in the shoot-out, coupled with successful spot kicks from Freedman, Bradley Gayer and Aaron Dias, meant it was down to another debutant James Jaconelli to sweep home and spark wild scenes amongst the Fairlop players and fans.
Hendon took the lead three times, but were pegged back on each occasion, Jaconelli hammered home a stunning Ryan Cole assist, Freedman then headed home their second equaliser, before taking the tie to extra time.
Dias told jewishnews.co.uk: “So proud and happy for all the players and ever growing fan base! We knew it was going to be tough today and to be fair to Hendon they have some top quality players with lots of experience at this level but our pure passion and determination won us this football match.
“Special mention to a few people today. Firstly, the three new boys that were drafted in this week, all were excellent! Max Freedman, soon becoming the Jewish Sergio Ramos with his crucial goals from CB. Happy Birthday to one half of our engine room Daniel Bean, was once again a joy to watch in the middle, cant mention one half of the engine room without congratulating his partner in crime Matt Berkeley, both broke up the play very well. Thank you to all our friends and parents who came to support today, It really does make a difference!”
“The league is still our main focus and winning the league is our main aim but I guess now we have knocked out one of the favourites for the cup, we might as well go and win it now.
“All the boys are hoping for a local rival in the next round, if there are any left in the hat that is…”
SCRABBLE (1) 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) 7
The visitors made sure they weren’t on the wrong end of a cup upset here as four goals from Nathan Sollosi helped them to this comfortable win.
Sam Sollosi, Sam McCarthy, James Barkley were also all on target for Jon Jacobs’ men.
Craig Cole scored for Scrabble, for whom manager Ray Abraham told jewishnews.co.uk: “Unfortunately the draw wasn’t too kind to us in the Peter Morrison this season and today we came up against a quality side.
“We had several key people missing today but I couldn’t ask any more from my players in terms of commitment and effort.But that little extra bit of quality from a Premier Division side and some quality finishing in the end made all the difference.Although it’s always nice to have a cup run our priority this season is the league and we will be looking for a positive response and reaction in our next league game in a fortnights time.”
STRAW HAT PIRATES (2) 0 LOS BLANCOS (1) 3
The Blancos boys saw off the threat of their lower league opposition as goals from Alex Lewis, Josh Laurier and Daniel Sinclair saw them into the next round.
Joint-manager Joel Barnett told jewishnews.co.uk: “They provided us with a tough opposition, but they were eventually broken down by Lewis’ wonder goal.
“Special mention to a defence of Alex Lewis Jake Doffman, Gav Kreiger and Joel Barnett for once again getting a clean sheet. Watch this space – Blancos are dark horses for this competition.”
Pirates manager Elliot Cukier told jewishnews.co.uk: “Yet again we walk away frustrated but with our heads held high. For our second cup game in our first ever season, coming up against a experienced MGBSFL side was a daunting task, especially when we had such a good feeling after our first win! But today we walk away knowing we gave everything. Fair play to Los Blancos, they scored an early wonder goal and played outstandingly well. But we know we gave everything and aren’t ashamed of our performance. We didn’t collapse, we played well, with key players missing, and fought until the end.
“A great game all round and we now move back to focusing on teams in our division as we look to climb the league.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 4
Lions are up into fourth spot as two goals from Josh Bloom helped them to the points.
Michael Kenley and Ed Brafman also hit the back of the net. Manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Coming off a few tough results these past few weeks we knew we had to react and we did that well today.
“The first 15 minutes were a bit sloppy and shaky, but we managed to find our feet after then and played a good game. Kenley scored a lovely placed side-foot volley from a cross before half time, and Brafmans header from a Linden throw just after half-time was a boost.
“We went to sleep afterwards and conceded a sloppy goal but we reacted well and Bloom came back on the pitch with 25 minutes to go and sealed the game with two goals, one of which was a superb smashed shot from a bouncing ball across the keeper.
“We are happy to get this result under our belt and get back to winning ways and we now need to push on and keep building on each weeks performance.”
FAITHFOLD A 1 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 0
MATCH ABANDONED AFTER 60 MINUTES DUE TO INJURY TO REDBRIDGE’S DANIEL COOPER
David Leiwy had scored the only goal of the game for The Greens, for whom player-manager Avi Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “First off I would like to wish their player a speedy recovery, he twisted his knee badly and was clearly in a lot pain so thoughts are with him.
We played exceptionally well from the first until the last. We dominated and were excellent throughout. The scoreline certainly didn’t reflect the performance. Redbridge must have cleared the ball off the line on about seven different occasions and yet at the other end I don’t believe they had a shot on target. We got our goal through the excellent David Leiwy after great work down the right he put in a cross and the Redbridge player had his hand up and it hit him. David did the honers himself and powered it top corner.
“Thing didn’t start well when I had two pull outs last night, especially when it only left us with one recognised centre-back, but Avi Garson filled in and was really excellent. Johnny Leiwy also came in and made his debut at right back and had a really solid game too.
“When the injury happened it seemed innocuous at first, I think it was completely off the ball. I saw the man down and told our player to knock it out. As I got nearer it became clear he was in quite a bit of pain and this wasn’t a regular injury. The ambulances took about 20 minutes to come, and then three came at once.Whilst both teams were happy to wait the referee felt that the game should be abandoned which is his prerogative. Obviously being the manager of my team and that we were up and bossing the game with only 20 minutes, to go I’d like to be awarded the win, I’ve checked the rules and it is possible but I’m sure Redbridge will feel differently. We’re going to have to wait and see what the outcome is.
“Although I sympathise with Redbridge wanting to replay the game, it seems a little unfair to replay an entire 90 minutes when already up having played a good 70 minutes.”
Redbridge player-manager Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “The referee was right to call the game off, Dan was in immense pain and as I’m currently aware his knee popped out of its joint. It’s back in place now but he will obviously need scans and it will be a long road back to recovery.
“He’ll be gutted as it’s been two years since he last played a run of games like this season due to injuries etc so I guess I’ll be seeing him in the masters league by the time he recovers from this one.
“With regards to the game itself, after extensive discussions with the A and C team management I felt it was only right that one Redbridge side could save the club from a 3’peat of defeats from this team. We started ok, but as the first half went on we couldn’t get our foot on the ball and pass it around efficiently enough making some silly mistakes in possession and giving the ball back to them on too many occasions. They pressed high up the pitch and have some decent individual players notably in midfield and on the wing.
“Our defence did come under a few waves of attacks but I have to say the way we held our shape and handled the threats were excellent. Yes they had some shots at goal but most went wide or were dealt with by super Bradly Grant. A couple of scrappy moments from corners one of which was a Sunday league special goal line scramble but 0-0 at half time gave us a chance to regroup.
“The second half we acquitted ourselves into the game much better and a break by them followed a weak decision to award them a penalty. Our defender being hit full pelt at point blank onto his arm. I’m sure video replays will need to be examined by Sunday’s finest reviewing panel.
“Just as I was about to take Coop’s off and bring myself on to win the game scoring four goals he goes and pops his knee out. I’m sure it would of been a frantic finish and we’ll be looking forward to the rematch. They’re definitely a well drilled team and play some good football I’m sure they’ll be up there come the end of the season….. just behind us.”
L’EQUIPE 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 6
Raiders stay in third spot as they made it three wins from four games, while the host side are still looking for their first league win of the season.
Scott Waissel scored twice, with David Esterkin, Jake Gilbert, Rob Blackman and Danny Bloom also all on target.
Andy Smith scored twice for L’Equipe, with player-manager Nicholas Stern telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Raiders had seven members of staff there while we had one sub on one leg, which summed up the game and our season so far. We showed some good fighting spirit and missed some changes, but were thankful to have a great goalkeeper and a supporting referee.
OAKWOOD B 5 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C 1
Oakwood claimed their first win of the season – and did so in emphatic style.
Sam Cantor and Sam Modlin scored two goals each, with Dan Ash also on target.
Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “Really pleased to get an important win on the board after a disappointing draw with L’Equipe.
“We’re doing okay this year and scoring lots of goals – 14 in four games – but we’ve got to cut out the silly mistakes.
“The attitude was good and I’m obviously pleased to win. We’ve just got to keep our heads up and keep ploughing on. I’m really pleased with the group of lads we’ve got this year.
“Temple Fortune next week is another important match.”
Daryl Green scored Redbridge’s consolation.
BOCA JEWNIORS 0 REAL HENDON 3
Real Hendon made it two wins from four games as Benny Goldberg’s double helped them to the points.
Adam Hersh also found the back of the net, with joint-manager Motty Korman telling jewishnews.co.uk: “A good result – difficult game in the wind but pleased to be back to winning ways and of course delighted to keep a clean sheet.”
HERTSWOOD VALE 1 FAITHFOLD B 3
Faithfold claimed their second win of the season as Moshe Lewis’ double helped them to the points.
Rob Cohen also scored for The Greens.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C 1 BAYERN MINCHA 4
Mincha stay within a point off top spot following this comprehensive win.
Alex Goodman scored the host’s consolation strike.
TEMPLE FORTUNE B 1 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 4
Catford maintained top spot as battled the weather to their way to three points.
Jamie Sinai, Alex Jacobs, Mitch Green and Jason Shoffman were all on target, with player-manager Jeff Gotch telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Not a great performance, it was windy and pitch was awful but we got job done.
“Onto a trip to Essex next week bring it on!!”
Adam Lenz scored for Fortune, for whom player-manager Darren Zitren told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another disappointing result for us. To go in 1-1 at half-time after scoring from great link up play between Ant Beilin and Adam Lenz (a fine finish by Lenz from a tight angle) and to end the half on top against top of the league, it was frustrating to concede 15 minutes into the second half!
“From there, heads dropped and failure to clear our lines resulted in another goal for Catford in quick succession. The final goal came close the end of the game.
“The result is not a true reflection of the game and the lads deserve some credit today. We will be uniting as a squad over the next week. Don’t write us off yet! We have great depth in the squad and will continue to battle right to the end of each match. Results will come- mark my words.”