Oakwood claim dramatic Cyril Anekstein Cup win
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Oakwood claim dramatic Cyril Anekstein Cup win

O's defeat Hendon in dramatic penalty shoot-out after sides played out a 3-3 thriller, while elsewhere, Fairlop moved a step closer to landing the Division Two title

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Oakwood A celebrate their Cyril Anekstein Cup win over Hendon A
Oakwood A celebrate their Cyril Anekstein Cup win over Hendon A

Oakwood won its first ever cup competition after defeating Hendon in a dramatic penalty shoot-out on Sunday evening.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):

CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FINAL:
Hendon United Sports 3 Oakwood A 3 (AET) – Oakwood won 6-5 on pens

BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY FINAL:
Faithfold B 4 Temple Fortune 1

PREMIER DIVISION:
Camden Park P Redbridge Jewish Care A P
Camden forfeited match

DIVISION ONE:
Oakwood B 2 Los Blancos 1
Scrabble P Redbridge Jewish Care C P
No pitch – game rescheduled for 13 May

DIVISION TWO:
Mill Hill Dons 0 Fairlop FC 1
Real Hendon 7 Hertswood Vale 2

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART (League & Cup)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPER:
Joe Botchin (Oakwood A)

DEFENCE:
Bradley Porter (Fairlop FC)
Daryl Rubin (Fairlop FC)
Avi Korman (Hendon United)
Tom Prais (Oakwood A)

MIDFIELD:
Matt Berkley (Fairlop FC)
Daniel Garfinkle (Fairlop FC)
Josh Cuby (Oakwood A)
Yossi Goldberg (Real Hendon)
Joe Metliss (Real Hendon)

STRIKERS:
Lolu Hibbert (Real Hendon)

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GOALS OF THE WEEK:

1) Louie Libbert (Oakwood B) – Wrapped his left foot around the ball from 25 yards for the winner.

2) Daniel Seligman (Oakwood B) – Finished off a great team move. Captain Dan King started it off down the left-hand side, before Seligman tapped home Jacob Richler Kleiman’s first-time cross

3) Joel Kutner (Real Hendon) – Finished off a sweeping move down the right involving half a dozen passes with a sweet dinked finish over the goalkeeper

4) Yossi Goldberg (Real Hendon) – Roy of the Rovers stuff, controlled a cross field pass 25 yards out with his right foot and then unleashed an unstoppable dipping volley over the goalkeeper

5) Josh Cuby (Oakwood A) – Spectacular solo effort, picking the ball up on the halfway line, ran at Hendon’s defenders, before cooly slotting home

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SAVES OF THE WEEK:

1) Jake Saunders (Fairlop FC) – Rose like a salmon to pull off a fingertip save – flicking a 25-yard free-kick over the bar

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK:

1) Aaron Dias (Fairlop FC) – “It was tricky conditions today, with the grass being heavily overgrown and the delay in kick-off due to players having to remove dog poo off the pitch.”

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CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FINAL:
HENDON UNITED SPORTS 3 OAKWOOD A 3 (AET – Oakwood won 6-5 on pens)
Oakwood claimed their first cup win after winning the most dramatic of encounters at Rowley Lane.

Taking the lead on three separate occasions, through Brad Wine, and two Josh Cuby strikes, two strikes from Avi Korman, the first from the penalty spot, coupled with Yoav Kestenbaum’s 120th minute strike took the ties to penalties.

As the floodlights flickered on, an epic shoot-out saw Oakwood goalkeeper Joe Botchin keep out Ben Lauffer to seal the win for the O’s.

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BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY FINAL:
FAITHFOLD B 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE A 1
The Greens ended their season on a high, as they ran out comfortable winners at Rowley Lane.

Jon Kay, Stuart Haring, Gav Lewis and David Kirzneris were all on target for The Greens, while Simon Cohen scored Fortune’s consolation

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PREMIER DIVISION:
FIXTURES & RESULTS:
TABLE:

CAMDEN PARK P REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A P
Camden forfeited match

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DIVISION ONE:
FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

OAKWOOD B 2 LOS BLANCOS 1
Oakwood ended their season with a win which secured them third spot in the table.

Daniel Seligman and Louie Libbert both got on the scoresheet, with manager Jason Stein, who was not at the game, telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Thanks to Daniel Kristall for coming down to help manage the side, along with joint-manager Simon Field in my absence – hopefully the first of two wins for him today.

“That was a huge win for us to seal third place. I made it clear pre-match how ridiculous it was that Blancos and Oakwood were level, given they’d had so many walkover wins. And I’m thrilled for the second time this season we’ve come away from them with a win.

“I know they came into the game hoping to be promoted, so it shows how up for it they were. We end the season with our highest ever finish and back to back away wins. Plenty to build on.”

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SCRABBLE P REDBRIDGE JEWSH CARE C P
Match postponed – no pitch – rescheduled for 13 May

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DIVISION TWO:
FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

MILL HILL DONS 0 FAIRLOP FC 1
Fairlop moved a giant step closer to securing the title as Daniel Garfinkle’s goal proved to be enough to see them to the win – and move them to within two points of silverware.

Manager Aaron Dias told jewishnews.co.uk: “Ahead of this game, the task was clear. Four points required from three games to be crowned champions in our debut season. And now we’re almost there!

“It was tricky conditions today, with the grass being heavily overgrown and the delay in kick-off due to players having to remove dog poo off the pitch. You could tell MH Dons were used to playing on this pitch but fair play to them they came at us in the first 30 minutes. But we grew into the game and snatched an undeserved lead before the half.

“Today wasn’t our best performance but in some ways for me the most satisfying game of the season, we dug really deep and got the win, which at this stage of the season if the only thing that matters. We’ve got bags of goals in our team but what will see us over the line is our defensive ability to keep clean sheets. Roll on next Sunday, champagne will be on ice.”

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REAL HENDON 7 HERTSWOOD VALE 2
Hendon moved three points clear of Vale with this resounding win.

Lolu Hibbert helped himself to a hat-trick, Benni Goldberg scored twice, with twin brother Benny and Joel Kutner completing their scoring.

Joint-manager Rafi Addlestone told jewishnews.co.uk: “Altogether a fantastic day at the office for the Bees of Hendon and we’re looking forward to final game of the season next week.”

Bradley Lobetta and Simon Englander scored for Vale, for whom joint-manager Jacob Emaunel told jewishnews.co.uk: “We left one of our worst performances of the season to last unfortunately, numerous individual errors leaving us with a heavy defeat with a performance that ultimately deserved nothing.

“Heading into the game, we had two late dropouts on top of a large unavailability so we weren’t in the best shape, but we should’ve given a better account of ourselves in a battle to finish as high up the table as possible.

“I’d like to take this moment to applaud my co-manager Danny Hirschberger, club chairman Vivian Emanuel and of course all the players for their hard work throughout the season to take Hertswood Vale to the next level. Compared to last year, we find ourselves 11 points and five places better off and although we’ve finished on a low, the season overall has been successful – we set out to improve on last year and there’s no doubt we did that.

“Well done to the MGBSFL and David Woolf on their continued support of Jewish grassroots football.”

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