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RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FIRST ROUND:
Boca Jewniors 1 Blizzard Storm 5
Faithfold B 0 London Rovers 2
FC Team A 5 Catford & Bromley 2
FC Team C 4 AC Mill Hill 3
Norstar London Raiders A 4 Redbridge Jewish Care A 0
Norstar London Raiders C 3 L’Equipe 1
Oakwood A 11 KS Reunited 1
Oakwood B 0 Shacharit Donetsk 5
Harmen 2 Woodford Wanderers 0
Hendon United A 0 Faithfold A 1
North West Neasden 2 Maccabi London Lions Blue 3
Athletic Bilbaum 4 Brady Maccabi 3
Norstar London Raiders B P Camden Park P – MATCH POSTPONED – NO PITCH
Redbridge Jewish Care B 4 Los Blancos 2
SPEC FC 4 Brixton Old Boys 2
AC Whetstone VS Loughton Orient – MATCH CANCELLED
Jewdinese 0 FC Team B 1
Real Sosobad 1 Hendon United B 0
Temple Fortune 1 Maccabi London Lions Green 2
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM HENDON UNITED A 0 FAITHFOLD A 1
WEEK THREE PHOTO GALLERY:
WEEK THREE MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
HARRY FINE (HARMEN)
YAAKOV GOLDIN (LONDON ROVERS)
JOSH FLAX (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
MATTHEW JAFFA (BLIZZARD STORM)
DAN HOWARD (FAITHFOLD A)
SAM CASTLE (HARMEN)
EZEKIEL JACOB (HENDON UNITED B)
JAMES NEIDLE (HENDON UNITED B)
SAM LIPTON (LONDON MACCABI LIONS BLUE)
JJ SPIRO (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
DAN ANDREWS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH COHEN (REAL SOSOBAD)
JOHN LESSEM (REAL SOSOBAD)
RICHARD GOLD (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
DAVID COHEN (BLIZZARD STORM)
OLI HENRY (BLIZZARD STORM)
SAM REEVES (FAITHFOLD A)
HARRY FRANKS (LONDON MACCABI LIONS BLUE)
DAN EZRA (LONDON ROVERS)
BEN JOSEPH (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
LIRON MANNIE (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
OLI NATHAN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
RICK HARRIS (NORTH WEST NEASDEN)
JOSH HAMBLING (REAL SOSOBAD)
SAM SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
JULIUS JUDAS (ATHLETIC BILBAUM)
JAMES GERSHFIELD (HARMEN)
DAVID DINKIN (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A)
JOSH BLOOM (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C)
JONNY QUINN (OAKWOOD A)
ADAM GOODMAN (REAL SOSOBAD)
DANIEL GARFINKLE (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B)
ADAM ELLIS (SHACHARIT DONETSK)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ZAK MCLEOD (CATFORD & BROMLEY) – Went past three players before pinging the ball into the top corner from 20 yards out, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
2) BEN JOSEPH (NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A) – Struck a ball from 35 yards out that arrowed into the top corner before the Redbridge goalkeeper moved
3) SAM SOLLOSI (REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B) – Shifted his feet, mesmerised the defenders and smashed the ball in just under the bar, a magical finish.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) RUSSELL CORIN (HENDON UNITED A) – Forced to dive full stretch to his left to push aside a stinging goalbound shot which was heading for the top corner
2) SIMON ROTH (ATHLETIC BILBAUM) – Produced an unbelievable triple save in the dying moments of the game, parrying two shots – the second onto the bar, before then hovering in the air to bat the ball off the line.
3) HARRY FINE (HARMEN) – Flung himself low to his left to push the ball to safety
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) JASON STEIN (OAKWOOD B) – “If Alex Salmond thinks he’s had a bad week, I’d implore him to speak to me. This was an abomonation from start to finish and the players were left in doubt just how I felt about their performance.
2) JAKE ERLICH (JEWDINESE) – “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take and that couldn’t have been more true on Sunday. I’m pretty sure I saw the Team goalkeeper having a cup of tea at one stage!”
3) ROB SHOOMAN (FAITHFOLD B) – “How we lost the game only G-d only knows, 80 percent of the play, 70 percent played in their half but if we had still been playing I don’t think we would have scored”
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FIRST ROUND (number in brackets represents division of team):
BOCA JEWNIORS (3) 1 BLIZZARD STORM (1) 5
Storm showed why they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in Division One this season as they easily dispatched of Boca.
Oli Henry scored twice, with Mitch Green, Dean Shaw and Stuart Muller completing the scoring.
Player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “A good comfortable win for us – we had a few players missing but those that came into the side impressed meaning the competition for places is really healthy.
“Focus now turns to Brady next week.”
Callion McGregor scored for Boca, with manager Gabriel John telling jewishnews.co.uk: I told the boys there was no pressure on them. It’s the very first competitivegame we’ve played and the league is our priority.
“All in all the lads did really well against a very good Blizzard side. The second half was somewhat of a training excercise for them, but at 3-1 we had our tails up a bit. Fatigue and good football by Blizzard quashed that!
“Simon is a good friend and I’m sure they will do well. But so will we in our respective division. I just can’t wait for our opening league game.
“Onwards and upwards.”
FAITHFOLD B (3) 0 LONDON ROVERS (3) 2
Two goals from Dan Ezra saw the Rovers win this all-Division Three clash.
Manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “”I think we got away with it today. The first half was the worst I’ve seen us play so far and that was really disappointing. Second half we were better but I told the boys we can’t start games in that manner.
“Our defending however was exceptional as usual and the two finishes from Dan Ezra was top class. I’m happy to go through to the next round with back to back clean sheets and hopefully for our next game in two weeks time, we’ll be more like ourselves.”
Faithfold manager Rob Shooman told jewishnews.co.uk: “How we lost the game only G-d only knows, 80 percent of the play, 70 percent played in their half but if we had still been playing I don’t think we would have scored .
“Just one of those games, they had two decent opportunities on goal and scored both, we did everything but score. I must congratulate their goalkeeper, he made a number of absolute first class saves, without him we would have scored six or seven .
“Football is all about scoring goals, no matter how you play. Well done London Rovers, good luck in the coming rounds and we look forward to meeting them in the league this season.”
FC TEAM A (Prem) 5 CATFORD & BROMLEY (2) 2
Team showed their Premier Division to see off a spirited Cats side.
Cats captain Adam Luria told jewishnews.co.uk: “We came out well and pinned Team back for a good ten minutes, with Jamie Sinai hitting the bar with a chipped effort. We then went and conceded from a stupid backpass and consequent free-kick. We equalised almost immediately with a slick passing move that ended with Zak McLeod going past three players and pinging it in the top corner from 20 yards, leaving the keeper no chance. But we then conceded two more soft goals, leaving ourselves a mountain to climb at half-time.
“With players dropping like flies, we were left with two or three walking wounded and they added two more. We got one back with a Jeff Gotch header but it was a deserved win for them as their superior movement and clinical finishing gave us far too much to do.”
FC TEAM C (2) 4 AC MILL HILL (2) 3
Team booked their place in round two after they edged this seven-goal thriller.
Goals from Daniel Alfreds, Daniel Stanton, Mitch Lassman and Aron Barnes saw them through.
Jamie Kent, Richard Winton and Ben Zloof all scored for Mill Hill, with Joe Levy telling jewishnews.co.uk: “After starting the game slowly again we managed to regroup and put together a mighty fightback and we’re very unlucky not to grab the equaliser
“Seems like we have to be a few goals behind before we start to pla.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS A (Prem) 4 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A (Prem) 0
Norstar comfortably booked their place in the next round after coming out on top in this all-Premier Division tie.
Liron Mannie, Ben Joseph, Adam Joselyn and Josh Green were all on target for Rob Richman’s side, who told jewishnews.co.uk: “This wasn’t the draw that either Redbridge or ourselves wanted when it was made so we are delighted to have come away with the win.
“We continued where we left off last week, knocked the ball around with good pace, defended calmly and created countless chances. It was a dominant performance from start to finish.
“It’s early days in the season but we have set a level of performance that we aim to maintain over the winter months. Given we have Stock, Rhodes, JK, Espinoza, Marks and our two new Aussie recruits to return in the next few weeks, there is a lot more to come from us.”
Redbridge player-manager Sam Rosenthal told jewishnews.co.uk: “Sadly our shortage of numbers killed us today. Look forward to putting it right in the league.”
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS C (2) 3 L’EQUIPE (2) 1
Norstar battled back from conceding an early goal to advance to the next round at the expense of their fellow Division Two side.
Josh Bloom scored twice, with Oli Nathan also on target.
Stand-in manager David Domb told jewishnews.co.uk: “Once again the boys displayed incredible character when falling behind against the run of play. They didn’t panic, continued playing their normal game, and we went in at the interval level. They raised it another level in the second half, and made sure the game was beyond doubt.
“I’m sure we’ll face a very different L’Equipe in the league next week and give us another reminder of the good side they are, but we’re finding our feet nicely in competitive football once more. We look forward to the rematch as we aim to build on a good start to the season.”
A depleted L’Equipe squad of only 11 players took the game to Norstar, and having dominated the first half, deservedly took the lead after a great cross and then finish by Rob Simons.
A couple of mistakes led to Norstar equalising before half-time, and as the second half went and with legs tiring, they conceded from two sloppy corners.
Manager Josh Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall we had our chances, their goalkeeper made a couple great saves and on another day we would have won.
“The League is the priority for us and I’m expecting a full squad next week against Norstar again.”
OAKWOOD A (Prem) 11 KS REUNITED (3) 1
The O’s made light work of this tie as five goals from Jonny Quinn helped them to this emphatic win.
Dave Woolman scored four, with Adam Blinn and Haydon Davidson goals completing the rout.
Joint-manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “A comfortable game which was notable for some nice football especially in the first half. Some of Quinny finished in particular were wonderful. All of them in fact – a header, three with his favoured left and one with his right.
“The second half we eased off and conceded a crap goal right at the end. Tougher tests ahead but given we had sixteen first team players out we’re happy.”
Zack Gordon scored for KS, for whom manager James Lewis told jewishnews.co.uk: “We knew it was going to be a tough day for us and so it proved. We were missing key players in Jason Goldstein and Ethan deal but full credit to Oakwood who were stronger better and quicker to every ball. But we move on and hope to bounce back next week.”
OAKWOOD B (2) 0 SHACHARIT DONETSK (3) 5
Donetsk won their first ever cup tie – and did it by beating a side a division above them thanks to five goals from Adam Ellis.
Oakwood manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a chastening experience on my first visit to the Stadio West Hendon and if Alex Salmond thinks he’s had a bad week, I’d implore him to speak to me. This was an abomonation from start to finish and the players were left in doubt just how I felt about their performance.
“To their credit, they held their hands up and took accountability for what Malcom Tucker would call a ‘total (beeping) omnishambles. It isn’t good enough and I expect far better from an Oakwood team. Jacob Nevitt equipped himself well on his full debut up front after a move from Liverpool Haroldeans. But apart from that there were precious little positives.
“In many ways I’m glad we’re off next week as some of the lads will need the full ten days of repenting from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur for that performance. And as we approach Yom Kippur I expect them to be immersed in a hungry state of remorse.
“Of course the greatest shame is I had my eye on a money-spinning second round tie against a Hendon or a Raiders. That lucozade bottler carrier won’t buy itself and I’ve had my eye on it for a while.
“We’re back in two weeks for a PMT match against London Lions Masters and that is going to be a proper challenge, but one I’m relishing.”
HARMEN 2 WOODFORD WANDERERS 0
Harmen claimed their first win – and points – of the season thanks to strikes from Jake Gottleib and James Gershfield.
HENDON UNITED A 0 FAITHFOLD A 1
An injury time strike from Jonny Haik saw a depleted Faithfold side, who were also down to ten men for the final ten minutes stun the champions as they fell to their first defeat in more than a year.
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 3
A last-minute strike from James Gold saw The Lions moved off the bottom of the table as they claimed a win over Neasden.
Leading for much of the match thanks to Harry Franks’ opener, missed chances did though see them trailing 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining. However, Franks then claimed his second, before pretty much straight from the kick-off, Gold popped up at the far post to secure a dramatic win.
Lions player-manager Jamie Kyte told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today we got a much-needed win. We went 1-0 up but just couldn’t get the second goal. Our strikers fluffed too many chances, and their goalkeeper held onto everything as well as making some good saves.
“Only when we went 2-1 down did we decide we actually wanted to win the game.”
Two goals from Ben Chernoff had put Neasden ahead, with manager Stirling Kay telling jewishnews.co.uk: “The game was decided in the last minute when what looked a clear offside goal was allowed to stand and won the game for Lions.
“This was a game of two halves. Lions were the better side in the first half and deserved to be ahead. But the second half we were the stronger side and came back very strongly.
“Considering out of 13 players we had available we had only one forward or attacking player in Ben, we had to play defenders in midfield and up front, so it was always going to be difficult with a totally unbalanced side. But the lads did them selves proud with a very second half performance that deserved at least a point if not all three. But the referee always has the final say rightly or wrongly!!
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 4 BRADY MACCABI 3
Bilbaum took part in their second consecutive 4-3 match – though this time were on the winning end as they got back to winning ways thanks to a hat-trick from player-manager Julius Judah.
Proving again that they are a team to be feared in the league and unlucky to be missing star man Dan Perelberg, who was recovering from an injury from last week, Ben Bell slotted home a curler from the edge of the box to give Baum an early lead. Shortly after, Judah intercepted a pass at the back to go through on goal and and give Baum their second.
Brady started the second half well with an early goal, but Baum were soon 3-1 up after Judah scored his second, finishing off a delicious through ball from Bell. The visitors responded with a second before Judah completed his hat-trick, outrunning the defence and finishing off with a curled chip into the corner of the goal.
Brady scored a third in the last 15 minutes, but Baum managed to hold on to their lead and come out with their second win in three games.
Bilbaum striker Jacob Brunner told jewishnews.co.uk: “The stability of our defence today was magnificent which enabled beautiful breaking football, allowing us to utilise the frightening pace of our midfield and striker. All around a solid team performance, we can go far this season.”
Reiss Mogilner, Simon Moses and Henry Ziff found the back of the net for Brady.
NORSTAR LONDON RAIDERS B P CAMDEN PARK P
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 4 LOS BLANCOS 2
Redbridge made it two wins from two as two goals from Daniel Garfinkle helped them to this win. Sam Sollosi and Darren Brown were also on target for Jon Jacobs side.
Darren Russell and Benjy Israel scored for Blancos.
SPEC 4 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 2
SPEC claimed their first points of the season as goals from Elliott Wallis, Marc Hecht, Dan Pike and Craig Cohen saw them to this win.
Player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “We went behind twice to two set pieces, but at half-time we knew if we were patient the chances would come and that’s exactly what happened. We have now given ourselves something to build on but know that the fixtures will not be getting any easier.”
Jason Lindsay and Sacha Benfredj replied for Brixton.
AC WHETSTONE VS LOUGHTON ORIENT
JEWDINESE 0 FC TEAM B 1
Team moved five points clear at the top of the table as Lorian Madanes claimed the only goal of the game to see them keep up their 100 percent winning start to the season.
Jewdinese manager Jake Erlich told jewishnews.co.uk: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take and that couldn’t have been more true on Sunday. I’m pretty sure I saw the Team goalkeeper having a cup of tea at one stage!”
Team Player-manager Mitch Young told jewishnews.co.uk: “I was dissapointed that we gave our opponents the chance to believe that they could get something from the game as it was 0-0 at half-time and we missed chance after chance.
“Our finishing was simply unacceptable and on another day it could have been five or six. Man-of-the-match was the Jewdinese goalkeeper who pulled off six or seven excellent saves. I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a game where the opposition has failed to register a single shot!
“Overall though I see this as a one-off and have full faith in my attacking players to bang in the goals in our next match. Three games, three wins, three clean sheets, onwards and upwards.”
REAL SOSOBAD 1 HENDON UNITED B 0
Sosobad claimed their first points of the season, as Hendon fell to their second defeat.
Adam Goodman’s strike proved to be the difference on the day, with Sosobad manager Daniel Shafron telling jewishnews.co.uk: “We were excellent today and it was the exact response we needed after last week. We dominated throughout and played with a high level of intensity from the start. Hendon made it difficult for us to break them down but we eventually got our breakthrough and the goal was nothing less than we deserved.
“Our goal came from great link play between Josh Jacobs and our new signing Adam Goodman who joined during the week. I’m delighted for him to score with a such a good finish on his debut and really ecstatic to have him on board.
“I’m glad we are now off the mark but we know there’s a long way to go and it’s important we remain focused and start working towards another positive performance next week.”
Hendon player-manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: “Credit to them, they’re a good side and pass the ball very well. They bossed the game for the most part but we defended magnificently, particularly James Neidle and Ezekiel Jacob at centre back.
“Despite their possession, they didn’t have a lot of clear-cut chances so it was disappointing when we did concede. I questioned our commitment a fortnight ago, but today it was second to none. The lads all worked their socks off and can go home and munch on some well earned carb-filled bagels. My only slight disappointment is we didn’t really do enough when we had the ball, but that will come with time”.
TEMPLE FORTUNE 1 LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 2
Lions claimed their first points of the season, though leave Fortune still looking for theirs, as goals from Nicky Silverstone and Phil Peters saw them to victory.
Ant Shaw scored for Fortune.
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