Sunday football round-up – week five
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Sunday football round-up – week five

It was Cyril Anekstein Cup day as last year's beaten finalists Oakwood A, together with SPEC, Woodford Wanderers and Faithfold A were all knocked out, while the league's top goalscorer Richard Fogelman hit another hat-trick for Faithfold B.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Cup day saw last year’s beaten finalists Oakwood A knocked out on penalties, while Redbridge B beat Woodford Wanderers in one of the upsets of the day…

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART (League & Cup)

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

CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND:
Faithfold B 5 Temple Fortune 3
FC Team B 2 Hertswood Vale 1
Finchley City 4 Faithfold A 2
Hendon United A 3 Real Hendon 0
Hendon United B 1 Los Blancos 6
Maccabi London Lions A 7 Redbridge C 1
(video highlights)
Maccabi London Lions B 5 Catford & Bromley 1
Mill Hill Dons 1 Oakwood B 5
NL Raiders A 9 L’Equipe 0
NL Raiders C P FC Team A P
(Raiders unable to raise team – tie awarded to FC Team)

Oakwood A 0 Camden Park 0 AET – Camden won 5-4 on pens
RC UK FC 6 Brixton Old Boys 0
Redbridge A P Athletic Bilbaum P
(Bilbaum unable to raise team – tie awarded to Redbridge)
Scrabble 3 NL Raiders B 2
SPEC FC 1 Brady Maccabi 6
Woodford Wanderers 1 Redbridge B 2

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPERS:
NATHAN MEHLMAN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)

DEFENCE:
JOSH KANTER (FINCHLEY CITY)
GAV KREIGER (FINCHLEY CITY)
JOEL BARNETT (LOS BLANCOS)
ILAN SCORAH (OAKWOOD B)
RICHIE CAPLIN (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
ANDY COHEN (SCRABBLE)

MIDFIELD:
DOM FELDMAN (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
JAMES ABRAMS (OAKWOOD B)
AVI MOCTON (RC UK FC)
MATT ZARTZ (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C)
JOSH BHARIER(SCRABBLE)
DAN GREEN (SCRABBLE)

STRIKERS:
RICHARD FOGELMAN (FAITHFOLD B)
OLIVER SADE (FINCHLEY CITY)
JOSH HARRIS (HENDON UNITED A)
DAVID COHEN (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
JOSH BLOOM (MACCABI LONDON LIONS B)
RAFI BLOOM (OAKWOOD B)
SAM MODLIN (OAKWOOD B)
JACOB RICHLER KLEIMAN (OAKWOOD B)
ARON LUFTIG (RC UK FC)
ROB BLACKMAN (SCRABBLE)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK

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GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) Dan Abrams (Faithfold B) – A stunning 30-yard volley which flew into the back of the net

2) Oli Hambling (Redbridge Jewish Care C) – Produced a fantastic 25-yard chip over the goalkeeper to draw side level against Lions A

3) Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC) – A 30-screamer which flew over the goalkeeper’s head, leaving him with no chance

4) Oliver Sade (Finchley City) – Free-kick delivered into the box saw flick the ball over his head on the volley into the top corner

5) Sam Arghebant (Maccabi London Lions A) – Spotted the goalkeeper off his line – and executed a delicious chip from fully 25 yards

6) Dan Green (Scrabble) – Picked the ball up out wide, evaded two or three tackles before hitting a screamer into the roof of the net from 35 yards out

7) Joe Davis (Los Blancos) – Unleashed a 20-yard bullet of a strike, which finished off a well worked build up

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SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) Nathan Mehlman (Redbridge Jewish Care C) – Pushed a Lions free-kick on to the post, which then rebounded back onto his head and back out of touch for a corner

2) Nati Kind (RC UK FC) – Came out and spread himself well to pull off an unbelievable save from the first man, before followed it up with another stunner from the rebound

3) Sam Singer (Mill Hill Dons) – A shot from point-blank range saw Singer somehow manage to acrobatically scoop the ball away from the goal – to the applause of the Oakwood players

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) Jonathan Nesbitt (Hendon United B): “After all the pre-match talk about dishing out some revenge it looks like I have a large piece of humble pie to finish before the fast on Tuesday.”

2) Joel Holder (Finchley City): “No superlatives can accurately describe what could arguably be the goal of the season.”

3) Simon Linden (Temple Fortune): “We were completely Fogeled – he must have thought Chanukah had come early, we gifted him three goals on a plate.

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CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SECOND ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):

FAITHFOLD B (2) 5 TEMPLE FORTUNE (2) 3
This all-Division Two tie was effectively settled by Richard Fogelman – who bagged his third hat-trick of the season to take his tally to 13 goals in four weeks.

Raphael Meyers and Dan Abrams claimed the Greens’ other two strikes.

Jordan Sharifia scored twice for Fortune, with Brett Stead also on target. Fortune manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were completely Fogeled – he must have thought Chanukah had come early, we gifted him three goals on a plate.

“Not a good day in the office. Next week can’t come quick enough to put today’s performance right. Good luck to Faithfold in the next round.”

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FC TEAM B (2) 2 HERTSWOOD VALE (2) 1
Team won their second Cup tie in two weeks, though had to do it by coming from a goal behind to seal the win.

The visitors early dominance was rewarded when Josh Gorb fired them into a 13th minute lead, however Team struck twice before the break to progress to the third round.

Vale joint-manager Jacob Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “They won by the skin of their teeth in one of the most frustrating and dire games of football to ever grace the MGBSFL.

“The second half was poor. A very strong defensive performance from both teams meant very few chances were created and the game came to a very slow and painful halt. More distressing than the result was two worrying injuries to Charlie Hollis and Josh Gorb. We wish both players a speedy recovery, as our list of unavailable players appears to echo Arsenal’s of recent seasons.

“We lick our lips at the prospect of facing Liam Stein’s Raiders next week.”

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FINCHLEY CITY (1) 4 FAITHFOLD A (1) 2
City claimed the scalp of one of Jewish football’ greatest ever sides as Oli Sade’s hat-trick helped them to victory in this all-Division One clash.

Josh Aziz was also on target, with manager Joel Holder telling jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a battle on the pitch today. Faithfold are a physically strong team and they tried to bully us, but could not compete against a well-drilled and technically superior Finchley City team. 

“We knew we were in a game after 10 seconds, but the boys kept their heads and played them off the park. We went 1-0 down from a controversial penalty decision, but our equaliser was worth the entry fee alone. When the free-kick was delivered in the box, Oliver Sade attempted the most outrageous Ibrahimovic flick-volley that sailed into the top corner. No superlatives can accurately describe what could arguably be the goal of the season. Sade was simply unplayable today and was influential all over the park.

“Gav Krieger  was a colossus in defence, whilst skipper Josh Aziz delivered another flawless performance.

“It’s important to highlight good individual performances, but at the same time the collective effort from the team was superb and we were worthy winners. These are the types of performances we expect and are now showing on a consistent basis. We look forward to good cup run this season and hope to reproduce the same form against Lions B next week.”

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HENDON UNITED A (Prem) REAL HENDON (2) 0
David Garbacz’s side show no signs of letting up as they comfortably booked their place in the next round.

Josh Harris, Zac Lewis and Avi Korman all scored, with Garbacz telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We ran out pretty comfortable winners, although Real Hendon put in a very good battling display for the whole 90 minutes and never let us run away with things at all.

“On another day we may have scored more goals and ran out more emphatic winners, but today I was particularly happy with the clean sheet, our first of the season, and overall we did what we had to do to progress to the next round.

“It was nice to play against some of the old ex Hendon boys – Motty Korman still showed his younger brothers Avi and Yehuda a thing or two and Martin Smulovitch was very solid at the back. We wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

“We move on to next week’s non-Jewish cup tie still with our 100% record intact for the season and whilst that is the case we are more than happy.”

Real Hendon player-manager Chaim Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “We lost 3-0, but battled well against an excellent Hendon team.”

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HENDON UNITED B (1) 1 LOS BLANCOS (1) 6
Blancos won this all-Division clash in emphatic style.

Adam Hersh scored twice, Darren Russell scored from the penalty spot, with Joseph Davis, Jeff Gross and Joel Kutner making it a sweet six.

Manager Nick Grosse told jewishnews.co.uk: “We finally showed our true class with an immense performance. Since I took over as manager and added several players to the squad, I have been waiting for that “click” and it arrived today. From defence to attack we were fluid. Our defensive positioning was spot on, our passing was slick and our finishing was top quality. I am so proud of the lads today.”

Gideon Barth scored for Hendon, for whom joint-manager Jonathan Nesbitt told jewishnews.co.uk: “We never got going today, and it was a disappointing performance from everyone.

“After all the pre-match talk about dishing out some revenge it looks like I have a large piece of humble pie to finish before the fast on Tuesday.”

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MACCABI LONDON LIONS A (Prem) 7 REDBRIDGE C (2) 1
(video highlights)
Lions brought to an end to Redbridge’s winning start to the season in emphatic style.

Alex Bowman, Alex Taylor, David Cohen, Sam Arghebant, Ben Goldberg, Dom Cheniart and Sam Lewis were all on target.

Oli Hambling had levelled the score for Redbridge midway through the first half, though Premier Division class shone through after the break.

Manager Josh Hambling told jewishnews.co.uk: “Having a bare 11 against a Lions team is not ideal to say the least. In a game where we knew they’d have a majority of possession we tried to keep it tight for the first half.

“Letting a goal in from a fantastic cross it has to be said after five minutes was exactly what we didn’t want to happen. Not to mention Jimmy Castle pulling up after 15 minutes meaning we to play on with 10.5 men. We always knew with pace up top we could cause them problems and that’s exactly what happened. A great ball up to Oli Hambling resulting in a brilliant chip from 25 yards over Mr Castle’s head.

“Conceding just before half-time, the game stayed at 2-1 with 20 minutes to go. Our defensive structure and pressing was superb from back to front resulting with them playing long balls and swinging crosses in all over the place. However, fitness started showing and a few silly errors crept in with them scoring 4 goals in 10 minutes – then a seventh right at the end.

“At no point did it feel like we couldn’t match them on the pitch and I’m so proud of my boys for the effort they showed today. Credit to Lions who played some lovely football and rightly deserved the win. Back to the league next week where it matters and we’ll be going for another three points!

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MACCABI LONDON LIONS B (1) 5 CATFORD & BROMLEY (2) 1
Catford’s 100 percent winning start to the season was also unceremoniously ended by another rampant Lions side.

Josh Bloom helped himself to a hat-trick, with Benji Weinberger and Ed Brafman also on target.

Manager Samuel Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Our performance today was much better than that of previous weeks. We’ve been getting results and not playing too well, but today we played better and the result came with it. We were clinical for the most part, but could have had more on another day, especially hitting the woodwork twice. The level of performance was a step in the right direction for us, but we know we have plenty more gears which we can get into when playing our best football.

“We also owed Catford a bit of revenge from last season, where them taking four points off us is what likely cost us the title. Catford didn’t create much, and an unfortunate own goal on the stroke of half-time gave them some hope but we reacted superbly to finish the tie in the second half.”

Joel Lassman scored Catford’s consolation, for whom player-manager Jeff Gotch told jewishnews.co.uk: “We were beaten 5-1 by the better team, end of.”

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MILL HILL DONS (2) OAKWOOD B (1) 5
A hat-trick from Jacob Richler Kleiman ensured there was no upset here.

James Abrams and Rafi Bloom claimed their other two goals, with manager Jason Stein telling jewishnews.co.uk: “Credit to Mill Hill Dons who put up a good fight especially in the first half – and to the goalkeeper who is absolutely exceptional and made some really good saves.

“It’s pleasing to get a first win and hit the reset button on what has been a frustrating start to the season in terms of performance and lack of fixtures. We’re off the rota next week so that’s a shame.

“We took a big squad for today for a reason because we wanted all the lads to embrace a fresh start and get games in their legs. We got on better as a unit today and worked hard for one another.

“We went far in the Anekstein last year and it would be nice to do so again.”

Joel Sinclair-Horne scored for the Dons, with manager Brandon Hamme telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I thought we improved a lot on last week’s performance, but came up against a strong team who deserved the win. Despite the result, the boys can hold their heads up high. They gave it their all and if we keep performing like this, the results will come.”

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A (Prem) 9 L’EQUIPE (2) 0
Raiders cruised into the next round as they they recorded the most emphatic victory of the day.

David Cohen, David Dinkin and Matt Stock scored two each, with Liron Mannie, Liam Stein and Ben Ellis also all finding the back of the net.

Raiders manager Daniel Shafron told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a good, comfortable performance. With respect to L’Equipe, it’s hard to say much more than that. It could have been well into double figures but we did what was needed and now look forward to our non-Jewish cup game next week.”

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C (2) FC TEAM A (Prem) P
Raiders pulled out of game – tie awarded to FC Team

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OAKWOOD A (Prem) CAMDEN PARK (Prem) 0
(AET – Camden won 5-4 on penalties)
Last year’s beaten finalists are out after they succumbed to the lottery of a shoot-out.

O’s manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a very disappointing day for Oakwood, certainly the lowest point since I have been involved.

“With only 12 players including Kyle who was involved for the first time in six months, asking for 120 minutes was probably a step too far. We were missing several first team regulars but I don’t like excuses.

“I must give credit to Camden. Their game plan worked, they soaked up the pressure looking to counter on us and nick the 1-0 win and once we were in extra time, I felt they very much settled for penalties.

“It was a huge advantage to them that they had 16 players to choose from, especially in extra time. I don’t think our 4-1 over them a fortnight ago helped, it naturally brought in some complacency, certainly in the first half but as I said pre-match, this was a different Camden team. A side that I expect to cause other sides problems (if they commit and play every week).

“In many ways, yesterday summed up the first month of our season. Our defence is the best in the league but our attacking play must improve. That includes our final ball into the box, our decision making and our finishing. We hit the post and bar yesterday as well as having two massive chances in Extra time. I can only think of 1 save in 120 minutes that our keeper had to make but that’s cup football. Although it was an off day, I felt we created enough to at least nick the game by a goal.

“If you would have given Blanky and I the choice over dropped points to Camden in the league or a cup exit, we’d have taken the latter as our league campaign is the main focus this season.

“We progress and try to take the positives of exiting the cup at such an early stage, we can now focus on to the league. In some ways, it makes our season simpler and helps us prepare for each league game without any distraction of the cup.

“We move on to three league games in October so let’s see where we are before the crunch game with Hendon on 6 November. Don’t write us off just yet!”

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RC UK FC (2) 6 BRIXTON OLD BOYS (1) 0
RC UK FC got back to winning ways – and in the process knocked out a side from a division above them.

Jonti Aremband and Aaron Luftig scored two each, with Avi Mocton and Dudi Edryei also on target.

Player-manager Avi Markiewicz told jewishnews.co.uk: “Bizarrely Brixton turned up with 11, but only started with 10 as one of their men walked off before the game even started. We didn’t let that effect us and we got on with our own game.

“As often is the case 10 men become harder to break down then 11 as they played very compact and so we didn’t get the breakthrough we wanted until after half-time although we ourselves were rarely troubled apart from maybe once.

“Critics may say that we played 10 men and that was a result that always should have been, but Brixton are an experienced team and we are brand new and coming off the back of a couple of disappointing results. To beat a team that is a division higher than you is an amazing achievement under any circumstances, never mind to so in such emphatic fashion. The way we responded was excellent. Even at half-time when it looked like it could be ‘one of those weeks again’ we didn’t let our heads drop or just start to lump it forward, instead we persevered with crisp passing football and in the end the result reflected our quality and dominance in the game.

“Once we scored the first though, there was no looking back and we bagged another five.”

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) P ATHLETIC BILBAUM (1) P
Bilbaum pulled out of game – tie awarded to Redbridge

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SCRABBLE (1) 3 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B (1) 2
Scrabble booked their place in the next round – though only after fighting back from two goals down to seal a memorable win.

Adam Waters‘ fine individual effort and Dan Green’s cross-cum-shot saw them pull the score back to 2-2, before Josh Bharier’s penalty sealed the win.

Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “We showed strength, commitment and loads of character today to come back from 2-0 down to win this game. All 16 guys did us proud and after losing to Raiders in the first game of the season, this has also been mentally a great result for us. That’s three wins on the spin now and our season is up and running.

“I was so proud of the boys today for refusing to accept that the game had gone at 2-0 down and for the way they fought back against a very good Raiders side. With 16 top quality players available today we rotated things well and the important thing is that we’ve won the game and are in the hat for the next round.”

Nicky Woolf scored twice for Raiders.

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SPEC (Prem) 1 BRADY MACCABI (Prem) 6
Brady won this all-Premier Division clash – and did it in some style.

Reiss Mogilner scored twice, with Nathan Harrod, Ben Kohler, Marc Rister and Jordan Nathan all finding the back of the net.

Brad Cohen scored for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Brady were very good today, no complaints. Good luck to them in the next round.”

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WOODFORD WANDERERS (Prem) 1 REDBRIDGE B (1) 2
One of the upsets of the day saw Division One high-fliers Redbridge claim the scalp of their Premier Division hosts.

Adam Goldman and Craig Sandford scored the goals for Sam Rank’s side. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “The game was not for one neutrals, in a very scrappy affair, which RJC B edged.”

Tom Alexander scored for the beaten hosts, for whom manager Daryl Kay told jewishnews.co.uk: “Once again depleted numbers cost us dearly this week. We had no subs and Ell Gold had to stand in as goalkeeper and even though we were the better team for the most part, keys players missing in key areas meant we couldn’t capitalise.

“Both of their goals came from mistakes from our goalkeeper, but that’s not the whole story, we could’ve been 3-0 up in the first before Redbridge even had a shot.

“Not a good day for us but we have a couple of weeks off now so our injured players can rest up before giving our season the kick start it needs.”

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