Redbridge A manager Jon Jacobs says his side will be out for revenge on Sunday morning when they take on London Lions A in the Cyril Anekstein final.
Jacobs, who’s also the club’s chairman, still feels aggrieved at how the 2013 final played out. Leading 2-0, they went on to lose the game 5-2, though were upset Lions goalkeeper Daniel Lipman was only shown a yellow and not red card when he brought down Adam Stolerman in the box to concede a penalty – viewing that as the major turning point of the game which led to the loss.
Saying they ‘badly’ want to avenge that result, he believes he possesses a good enough quality of squad to right the wrongs of four years ago. He said: “We’re going to Wingate to win, we have enough quality in our squad all over the park to compete and impose our game on a talented Lions squad.”
Also taking a sly dig at the Lions squad – and more pertinently the depth of it – he added, tongue-in-cheek: “We’re looking forward to meeting them on Sunday and I have a detailed dossier on their 200 players that they have available. We look forward to seeing Josh Kennet, Austin Lipman and all their Saturday boys for the Maccabi League Cup final which they have richly contributed to.”
Sunday’s match also gives them the opportunity to claim the first half of a league and cup double, with Jacobs saying: “This is the first of three finals for Redbridge which will define our season and will hopefully turn a good season into a great one. We’ve had a great run recently and are ready for the game against a very strong and respected opponent.”
While Redbridge enjoy a six-point lead over the Lions in the table, having also played two games fewer, the sides have already played each other twice in the league this season, both recording a victory each. Redbridge were comfortable 5-1 winners back in October, but Lions edged a five-goal thriller in December, winning 3-2.
Also hoping the match, between two of the powerhouses of Jewish football, will be a great advert for the league, he added: “It’s a showcase of some great individual talent on both sides. It’s an honour to be at Wingate, to be playing in the Cyril Anekstein final and I expect the boys to embrace the atmosphere and occasion.”
ROUTE TO THE FINAL:
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A:
London Lions B – won 3-2
Adam Burchell (2), Charlie Rubin
vs FC Team – won 3-2
Nick Smith, James Gold, Bradley Sharp
London Lions U21 – drew 3-3 (lost on penalties)
Jon Ellis (2), Adam Burchell
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A:
Oakwood B – won 4-3 AET
Danny Berg, Ben Sollosi, Dean Nyman, Russell Goldstein
vs Camden – won 7-1
Dean Nyman (4), Sam Sollosi, Nate Kashket, Daniel Garfinkle
Finchley City – won 5-0
Ben Sollosi (2), Russell Goldstein (2), Daniel Garfinkle
MEET THE SQUADS:
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A:
David Sacal (goalkeeper):
Our Mexican goalkeeper has been unfortunate with injuries this season, but after surgery in Detroit he’s back for today’s final.
James Gershfield (goalkeeper):
Unable to break into the squad as an outfielder this season. Gersh selflessly filled in between the sticks after much frustration on the touchline. Wish him a speedy recovery.
David Kosky (goalkeeper):
Committed as ever to the cause, only when he doesn’t have a business meeting at 11am on a Sunday morning.
Max Hassell (defender):
After an early season altercation with the Lions board, Max helped propel the side past Hendon in the cup quarter-final with a match-winning tackle that we will never forget.
Alex Taylor (defender):
Consistent and committed all season long. As long as he doesn’t try any Eric Cantona-esque flying kicks he should last the full 90 minutes.
Jon Ellis (defender):
As long as he doesn’t try to kiss any of the opposition in a Glaswegian manner, he too should last the full 90 minutes.
Nick Smith (defender):
Thankful that today’s match is not on 3G, otherwise Nick’s old knees might have trouble getting out the penalty box.
Cam Most (defender):
Currently on the missing persons list. 5’9, brown hair, often seen on TV dating shows – If you have seen him please contact the club.
Will Beresford (defender/assistant manager):
Most likely going to be calling for a header two hours after the game has finished. Was honoured to be offered the assistant managers role.
Richard Gold (defender/midfielder):
The better looking ginger Gold brother. Hoping that he returns in time from his 20th holiday this year. Don’t park your car behind the goal Richard is shooting towards.
Ben Lampert (midfielder/captain):
Being the most consistent trainer in the squad, the management were left with no other option than to make Lamps the skipper for today.
Jamie Jackson (midfielder):
Had his hair cut and eye brows trimmed for today’s big game. MJ (his father) has made the trip down from Glasgow today; hopefully he arrives to the game on time while Jacko is still on the pitch.
Sam Arghebant (midfielder):
Another one who’s had his eyebrows trimmed for today, along with his chest hair and armpits. Sam drives the second nicest car in the team.
Adam Abadi (midfielder):
The only person in the history of the club to bring his girlfriend to a training session on a cold Wednesday night in Borehamwood. He knows how to spoil his other half.
Harry Marlow (midfielder):
Youngest member of the squad. Aka Hector Bellerin’s brother. Rescued from our lovely neighbours at Belstone.
James Gold (midfielder/forward):
The uglier Gold brother, formerly known as Jimmy Goals. He is a brave man, always willing to nominate himself for a penalty.
Adam Burchell (midfielder/forward):
Another youngster to come through the Lions youth system. Maybe not as quick as he used to be, perhaps he should put the PlayStation away when he’s meant to be revising.
Adam Arnold (midfielder/forward):
Just hoping Arny turns up before half-time and not in the same clothes he was partying in last night. He was praying for an afternoon kick-off.
Austin Lipman (midfielder/forward):
Never played in the Cyril Anekstein before this season. Has loved every minute of it and can’t quite believe he is here today.
Josh Kennet (midfielder/forward):
Hoping to sneak his way into today’s cup final squad. Josh has been ever present when called upon this season.
Sam Lewis (forward):
One of the goal of the Lions goal of the season contenders. Sam is still dreaming about “that strike” one Sunday morning a few weeks ago at Oakwood”
Max Kyte (forward):
Knocked us out of the Peter Morrison earlier in the season. Owes his teammates big time.
Ryan Springer (manager):
“Persuaded” to retire from playing earlier than he expected. Has enjoyed chasing every player mentioned above 5 times a week to play on a Sunday morning. Thinking about signing a 2 year contract extension.
Unavailable: Ollie Craig (missing) Sam Lewis (away) Elliott Stern (fighting in a charity boxing match in the afternoon) Brad Sharp (injured)
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A:
Dan Lee (goalkeeper):
Dependable keeper who has been super solid all season , his only mistake coming when he forgot it was Mothers Day this year , not sure he wanted to go home after our morning game
Danny Berg (RB):
(Bergy), our captain and ever dependable full-back. My leader on the pitch, loves to moan to refs but always consistent in his performances
Ryan Cole (LB):
Outstanding left-back, bags of ability, technically gifted, loves a big night out, especially before football
Zack Neiman (CB):
Fantastic debut season, calm and cool under pressure and great passer of the ball. Destined for representative honours for sure
Daryl Rubin (CB):
Rolls Royce of a defender. As he has got fitter, he has got better and has been brilliant since coming into the team. Another brilliant debut season
Adam Hakimi (CB/DM):
A great player and club man to have around, has found appearances limited this season but never lets anyone down when taking his chance and still loves a tackle, especially when it means going to ground
Danny Hakimi (CB/DM):
Another great club man like his brother who has contributed greatly to the club over the years, he has played a full role this season playing at CB, can always be relied upon
Matt Berkley (RM):
Returned from Uni this year and has been a fresh addition to our squad and has come on and scored some important goals too. He also gave us comedy moment of the season when falling over his feet in one game just as he was about to shoot
Sam Sollosi (RM/CM):
Another masterclass season from the middle Sollosi, it is now just expected that he will be outstanding such are his standards that he has set. Scores goals but love seeing his mazy runs when he confuses opponents
Ben Sollosi (CM):
The last month has seen the elder Sollosi really step up with barnstorming performances, goals and some brilliant tackles. Loves to moan, especially to referees, our most booked player, normally for mouthing off rather than a poor tackle
Nathan Sollosi (CM):
I am sure he is supposed to have been at Uni this year, he just keeps popping back to play for his beloved Redbridge. He has great technical ability, loves a battle and is our best threat with his aerial ability which is outstanding
Sam McCarthy (CM):
Loves a battle and has been great in the holding role, our N’golo Kante. Not the quietest player, loves a shout on the pitch but a great character
James Berkley (CM):
Our quiet unassuming player who just gets on with it, does the right thing and whether it is doing lung busting runs or chipping in with some important goals, he is Mr Consistent
Daniel Garfinkle (LM):
One of the more eccentric players we have, loves to moan before, during and after games but since Chanukah, has been on fire and terrorises defenders with his raw pace and has added goals and assists aplenty.
Dean Nyman (CF):
Like a good wine, Deano gets better with age and has done a superb job leading the line and our top scorer as well. He bullies defenders and occupies the whole back four. Likes to party so won’t need any excuses if RJC win especially as it is his final season
Steve Summers (CF):
Has been away with long term injury for most of this season but has not let anyone down since his return. A true legend of the game and someone you can guarantee goals from
Russell Goldstein (RB/RM):
Brings a lot of laughter to this team with his great personality and stories. He has also brought his futsal technique and ability and has the stamina to bring a bit of magic on the pitch
Jon Jacobs (manager):
Doubles up as Chairman of the club as well as managing the A team , has been part of Redbridge for 17 seasons now and loves nothing more than celebrating a Redbridge win
Pete Sollosi and Howard Kemp (assistant managers):
Both have been a huge part of the success of the team in recent years, always calm and helping to bring some sanity pitch side when in the heat of the battle
Richard Bronzite (Vice Chairman/Secretary):
Without Richard, much of the success on the pitch would not happen as he is the calm voice off the pitch and organises things behind the scenes without fuss