Sunday football round-up – week seven
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Sunday football round-up – week seven

There was a first league loss of the season for a Redbridge side and a first win for Hertswood Vale...

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Redbridge C suffered the club’s first league defeat of the season, while there was a first win of the season for Hertswood Vale…

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

SUNDAY CHALLENGE CUP FIRST ROUND:
Hendon United A VS Omonia

PETER MORRISON CUP SECOND ROUND:
Catford & Bromley 5 North London Raiders C 5 (AET – Raiders won 5-3 on penalties)
Faithfold A 3 L’Equipe 2
(MATCH REPORT)
(MATCH PHOTOS)
(VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)
Faithfold B 2 Boca Jewniors 1
Finchley City 1 Hertswood Vale 2 (AET)
(MATCH REPORT)

Hendon United B 3 RC UK FC 4 (AET)
Mill Hill Dons 1 Athletic Bilbaum 6
Scrabble 0 London Lions U21 1
(MATCH REPORT)

PREMIER DIVISION:
FC Team A 3 Oakwood A 3
Redbridge Jewish Care A 4 Brady Maccabi 2
(MATCH REPORT)

SPEC FC 2 Maccabi London Lions A 4

DIVISION ONE:
Maccabi London Lions B 4 Los Blancos 1
Oakwood B 4 Brixton Old Boys 0

DIVISION TWO:
Redbridge Jewish Care C 0 FC Team B 1

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: FAITHFOLD A VS L’EQUIPE:

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LEAGUE GOALSCORERS CHART (League & Cup)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

GOALKEEPERS:
David Gordon (FC Team B)
Yehuda Fink (Hendon United B)
Yaacov Goldin (Hertswood Vale)

DEFENCE:
Josh Barnett (Faithfold B)
James Korn (FC Team A)
Edward Benson (FC Team B)
Michael Myers (FC Team B)
Theo Gluckstein (Hertswood Vale)
Nathan Schindler (Maccabi London Lions B)
Tom Prais (Oakwood A)
Dan Linton (Oakwood B)
Jake Norton (Oakwood B)
Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC)
Gideon Caller (RC UK FC)

MIDFIELD:
Bradley Cohen (FC Team A)
James Breslaw (FC Team B)
Jacob Symons (FC Team B)
Ben Mandel (Hertswood Vale)
Rafi Stone (Oakwood A)
Dan Ash (Oakwood B)
Dudi Edryei (RC UK FC)
Avi Mocton (RC UK FC)
Josh Shaffer (RC UK FC)
Mordy Weiler (RC UK FC)

STRIKERS:
Richard Salmon (FC Team A)
Harry Graham (Herstwood Vale)
Jack Shulman (Herstwood Vale)
David Woolman (Oakwood A)
Sam Modlin (Oakwood B)
Alex Sherr (North London Raiders C)
Liam Stein (North London Raiders C)

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TEAM OF THE WEEK

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GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) Jacob Richler Kleiman (Oakwood B) – Produced an inch-perfect finish to chip over the Brixton goalkeeper from 25 yards.

2) Max Martin (L’Equipe) – A terrific 20-yard free-kick, which left the Faithfold goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

3) Bradley Cohen (FC Team A) – A 30 yard free-kick which flew into the top corner of the net

4) Johnny Haik (Maccabi London Lions A) – A long-range ball was headed away by the SPEC defence, but fell to Haik 25 yards out from goal – who hit the ball on the half-volley into the top corner

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SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) David Gordon (FC Team B) – Flew in the air to his right and with a strong hand beat the ball away from goal, De Gea-esque

2) David Gordon (FC Team B) – Unbelievable as he faced a strike one-on-one. Off his line quickly to tighten the angle, and saved a fierce strike with his legs

3) Yehuda Fink (Hendon United B) – From a whipped-in ball into the box, and practically being stood on, showed lighting-fast reactions to get a hand to the ball

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:

1) Mike Myers (FC Team B): “Pandemonium ensued. There were shouts from the sidelines of ‘We’re going to win the league.'”

2) Nick Gross (Los Blancos): “As the manager, I would like to take the blame, but too often my players are not following instructions which has been fatal.”

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SUNDAY CHALLENGE CUP FIRST ROUND:
HENDON UNITED A VS OMONIA

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PETER MORRISON CUP FIRST ROUND: (number in brackets represents division in team)

CATFORD & BROMLEY (2) 5 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 5 (AET – Raiders won 5-3 on penalties)
Game of the day was a ten-goal thriller, which then resulted in an eight-spot kick shoot-out.

Ashley Davidson scored twice, with Alex ElfLiam Stein and Alex Sherr also all on target.

SteinRob SamuelsonElfScott Waissel and Josh Daniels all converted from the spot.

Joint-manager Sam Rose told jewishnews.co.uk: “The magic of the cup! An unbelievable game for both teams to be part of. NLR C showed fantastic character after going 3-0 down to come back. Even after conceding the fourth late on at the end of full-time and the fifth late on in extra-time, Raiders’ heads’ never dropped.

“We believed in ourselves and our ability to win the game, scoring some fantastic goals along the way, and we were vindicated against a team that fancy themselves to win our league this season. We proved we could go toe to toe with them and come out on top. We look forward to the draw for the next round.”

Richard Winton scored twice for the Cats, with player-manager Jeff Gotch, Jamie Sinai and Jason Shoffman also on target.

Gotch did though miss the vital penalty and told jewishnews.co.uk: “At 3-0 up after 60 minutes, we were in complete control, we then made three or four changes and we fell apart letting in four soft goals.

“We came back to level late on and then gave another goal away in extra-time – we came back again and took it took penalties

“I stepped up and skied it and that’s the end of the unwanted cup run !! Was an epic encounter but were looking forward to getting back to league action next week with a good game in store against an old club of mine Temple Fortune.”

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FAITHFOLD A (1) 3 L’EQUIPE (2) 2
(MATCH REPORT)
(MATCH PHOTOS)
(VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

It wasn’t 100 percent convincing, but Rob Shooman’s side are safely through to the next round as they edged past the Division Two high-fliers.

Two first half goals from Dan Yossman, coupled with Shai Davidi’s late header ensured the Greens of their win.

Max Martin and Mark Singer scored for L’Equipe.

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FAITHFOLD B (2) 2 BOCA JEWNIORS (2) 1
The Greens claimed a second successive 2-1 win, as they won this all-Division Two clash.

Josh Barnett and Avi Garson scored their goals, while Jamie Leboff replied for the visitor’s Boca’s Anton Nyman told jewishnews.co.uk: “We started far too slowly and let in two in the first ten minutes. Despite fighting back very well, it was too little too late and we left ourselves too much of an uphill task.”

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FINCHLEY CITY (1) 1 HERTSWOOD VALE (2) 2 (AET)
(MATCH REPORT)
A 99th minute winner from co-manager Jack Shulman saw Vale claim their first win of the season. 

Harry Graham had earlier found the target for them, converting a 60th minute penalty.

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HENDON UNITED B (1) 3 RC UK FC (2) 4 (AET)
Upset of the day saw Avi Markiewicz’s side beat a top-four side from a division above them.

Markiewicz helped himself to a hat-trick, with Mordy Weiler also on target. He told jewishnews.co.uk: “I am so proud of every one of my boys there today, we went down twice and came back. We were pegged back before full time when we finally did go ahead. It felt like nothing was going for us but we didn’t stop for one moment.

“For eleven players to play a whole game plus extra time against a team in the division above on such a large pitch and win is simply a  phenomenal achievement. If you see any one in Shul over Simchas Torah who cramps up during the dancing, ask him if he plays for RC.”

Adam Ellis, Gid Barth and Gab Saul scored for Hendon, for whom manager Jonathan Nesbitt told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a fantastic game of football with both teams really up for it, although we were probably on the back foot for a lot of the game, we countered well and took our chances well.

“It was agonising to lose the game with only five minutes left to go, but it’s hard to criticise the team after a quality and high energy performance like that. If we can play like that every week in the league we will pick up a lot of wins.”

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MILL HILL DONS (2) 0 ATHLETIC BILBAUM (1) 6
Bilbaum put their league worries aside as they made sure they weren’t on the receiving end of an upset as they thrashed the Dons.

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SCRABBLE (2) 0 LONDON LIONS U21 1
(MATCH REPORT)
Rowley Lane’s youngsters showed why they’re so promising as they claimed an impressive win against the current MGBSFL Division Two champions.

Josh Burns netted the winner, and in doing so, became the youngest ever he youngest ever goalscorer in the Peter Morrison Cup at 16 years and 128 days old.

Scrabble manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “Both sides battled hard and cancelled each other out in the midfield area, but it was always going to be decided by an odd goal and they took their chance well.

“We had three or four good chances during the game to put them out of site but it wasn’t to be our day and I couldn’t have asked for more effort than the boys put in today. It was a real battle especially in the midfield area.

“It’s disappointing to have gone out so early in this competition but we now have to dust ourselves down and get back to winning ways in the league next week when we go to Rowley Lane.

“Good luck to the Lions Under 21’s in the next round.They are a young side and will pose a few problems for whoever they are drawn against next time.

“We’ve got some important games coming up in the next few weeks and we will make sure we show a positive reaction to today’s defeat in our next game.”

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PREMIER DIVISION:

FIXTURES & RESULTS:
TABLE:

FC TEAM A OAKWOOD A 3
The O’s fell five points behind the top two, as they were held to their first draw of the season.

Player-manager Mitch Young, together with James Korn and debutante Bradley Cohen scored for the home side.

Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was an outstanding performance from my team. Yet again we were down to the bare bones and had a new debutant also included. We went 2-0 down and to come back and lead 3-2 and in truth should have won the game in they dying minutes but we hit the post from a 1-1 situation.

“Oakwood are a physical team and we handled them very well restricted them to very few chances and their defence could not handle salmon. The boys gave it everything and left the pitch with a smile on their faces and that is what it is all about. A thoroughly enjoyable game and now we can look forward to two cup games.”

Jonny Quinn, David Woolman and Rafi Stone scored for the O’s, for whom joint-manager Daniel Kristall told jewishnews.co.uk: “Our squad was extremely stretched with up to 10 A teams players missing. In fact, there are more people in the treatment room than on the pitch and it is hurting us. We finished the game with 10 men after Max Clynes was sent-off for a second yellow and we were forced into make three substitutes due to injury by the hour mark.

“We were really down to our bare bones but I don’t like excuses. We lacked the attacking quality to close the game out. Especially, at 2-0 up and cruising, we gave away a really soft penalty in first half injury time which was followed by a very soft free kick with 20 minutes to go. We only had ourselves to blame for some really basic and costly mistakes. We must learn and learn fast. It is about managing the situation of the game properly and not being naive. This has cost us twice in three weeks.

“Fair play to Team, they set up a trap and we walked straight into it. We gave away cheap free-kicks and set-pieces which was the only way they were going to break us down. They were never going to technically outplay us, but they certainly worked out a way to get at us. They used the big fella up front who caused us problems all day but in truth it was too easy for him.

“Mitch might point to the fact that they missed a sitter in stoppage time which I accept they did, but I am not sure which post it hit. It certainly didn’t hit the goal post. In the end, Team should be disappointed given how disjointed we were by the end after the enforced changes that they didn’t capitalise and take the points.

“The only other positive that Ric and I can point to in another wise average display, was the character to respond from 3-2 down with 5 minutes to go and with only 10 men and somehow get a point from what looked like an impossible situation. We must recover our players as soon as possible to remain in the title race. We are going to have to win some big matches so hopefully we will thrive under that pressure. We know that at full strength, we are the best side in the league but the squad is being tested far too often at the moment and we can not get out best 11 out.”

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 4 BRADY MACCABI 2
(MATCH REPORT)
Redbridge moved joint-top of the table as they made it five wins from five.

Nathan Sollosi scored twice, with Sam Sollosi and Zack Neiman also on target.

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SPEC 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 4
Lions bounced back to winning ways as they inflicted a fourth consecutive league defeat on the home side.

Ashley Burns and Daniel Pike scored for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “We come away a bit gutted today. Having been ahead with 20 minutes to go, to lose 4-2 was tough to take. Saying that, it was comfortably our best performance of the season and we take heart from that.”

Alex Rose, Sam Castle, Johnny Haik and Dom Cheniart scored for the Lions, for whom manager Joe Marsh told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s nice to get back to winning ways even if it was hard fought, SPEC gave us a real run for our money, at times we were shambolic and it’s really baffling at times as we have such quality running through the squad but it hasn’t clicked for us just yet.

“Fair play to SPEC who gave us a great game, but our class luckily shone through at the end. We have a lot to improve in our game but we have to take it week by week now.”

Ashley Burns and Daniel Pike scored for SPEC, for whom player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “We come away a bit gutted today. Having been ahead with 20 minutes to go, to lose 4-2 was tough to take. Saying that, it was comfortably our best performance of the season and we take heart from that.”

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DIVISION ONE:

FIXTURES & RESULTS
TABLE

MACCABI LONDON LIONS B 4 LOS BLANCOS 1
Lions made it five wins from five to move three points clear at the top of the table.

Joshua Bloom scored twice, with Michael Kenley and Dom Feldman also on target. Manager Sam Marchant told jewishnews.co.uk: “Performance-wise, we weren’t at our best today and I think the scoreline does not paint a very fair picture of how the game was.

“Blancos managed to create quite a few chances, especially in the first half but were unable to capitalise due to the heroics of centre-halves Nathan Schindler and Nick Landesberg. In the first 10 minutes of the second half, we were really pegged back, and perhaps the first time we got out our half, we managed to fashion a chance and score to make it 2-0.

“On another day, it could have been a very different game. At 2-0, Blancos had to push further up the field and we shortly after scored our third. We did hit the woodwork and miss quite a few chances ourselves, but certainly the game was closer than the scoreline suggests.

“As I said a few weeks back, it’s wonderful when we are not at our best and still getting the right results, however I’d love us to have more consistency in our performances too. The confidence is good in the group and we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the campaign.

“Next week we face Scrabble who will be looking for a slice of revenge after their 6-1 defeat at Rowley Lane last season. They’re a strong side and we will need to be focused and at our best when we face them.”

Avi Kestenbaum scored Blanco’s consolation, for whom manager Nick Grosse told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a very frustrating Sunday morning for Los Blancos and the scoreline somewhat flatters our opponents who, nevertheless, deserved the victory. We struggled to get to grips with the very large pitch at Rowley Lane, too many times we were opened up by long balls into the wide channels. At half-time Blancos were trailing 1-0 although the chances created by both sides was evenly numbered. Once we conceded the second goal, we fell apart.

“My early season confidence is starting to temper a little. I still strongly believe that we have the quality to beat anyone in the league, but our results are starting to become a little worrying. As the manager, I would like to take the blame, but too often my players are not following instructions which has been fatal. We need to keep our composure, patiently play the ball from defence through the midfield and use our technical ability to build attacks. It is imperative that the team lifts itself next week or we could be heading into a downward spiral.”

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OAKWOOD B BRIXTON OLD BOYS 0
The O’s claimed their first league win of the season, as Brixton slumped to their third consecutive loss of the campaign.

Sam Modlin, Daniel Seligman, Dan Ash and Jacob Richler Kleiman scored for Jason Stein’ side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was very comfortable today for us really. I’m really pleased with the attitude and application even if we did waste a lot of chances.

“The last two games have been good for us in terms of getting back of track, but we still have a lot to prove and I really want the lads to kick on and win the next few games. We’ll need to be equally professional but more clinical next week against Hendon B.”

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DIVISION TWO:

FIXTURES & TABLES
TABLE

REDBRIDGE C 0 FC TEAM B 1
The C’s became the first Redbridge side to lose a league game this season as they were stunned by the side who started the day rock-bottom with four straight defeats.

The points were snatched in the final minutes when Team, who were already down to then men following the sending-off of Nicky Sugarman, saw a speculative free-kick from Jamie Breslaw evade the grasp of the Redbridge goalkeeper, resulting in chants from the sidelines of “We’re going to win the league”.

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