RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Faithfold A 0 Oakwood A 2
Maccabi London Lions Blue 0 Hendon United A 4
North West Neasden 3 Woodford Wanderers 0
Athletic Bilbaum 2 Los Blancos 1
Blizzard Storm 2 Camden Park 3
SPEC FC 0 Brady Maccabi 4
FC Team B 4 L’Equipe 0
FC Team C 4 Catford & Bromley 2
Jewdinese 3 AC Whetstone 6
Oakwood B 5 Loughton Orient 0
London Rovers 5 Hendon United B 2
London Maccabi Lions Green 1 King Crown 4
Shacharit Donetsk 3 Temple Fortune 1
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM FC TEAM B 4 L’EQUIPE 0
WEEK ONE PHOTOGALLERIES:
WEEK ONE MATCH REPORTS:
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
Guy Ben-Aroya (Catford & Bromley)
Sammy Huberman (AC Whetstone)
Josh Kaye (FC Team C)
Mark Driver (King Crown)
James Korn (King Crown)
Danny Steel (Los Blancos)
Sam Franks (North West Neasden)
Scott Kay (North West Neasden)
Max Clynes (Oakwood B)
Matan Ozin (Shacharit Donetsk)
Daniel Perelberg (Athletic Bilbaum)
Daniel Harrod (Brady Maccabi)
Mitch Lassman (Catford & Bromley)
Jake Saunders (Camden Park)
Lorian Madanes (FC Team B)
Greg Corin (Hendon United A)
Josh Bharier (London Rovers)
David Benjamin (King Crown)
Jake Garfield (King Crown)
Ben Chernoff (North West Neasden)
Michael Field (North West Neasden)
Danny Sherman (North West Neasden)
Dan Ash (Oakwood B)
David Eden (Oakwood B)
Ben Binder (FC Team B)
Mitch Lassman (FC Team C)
Dovi Fehler (Hendon United A)
Philip Braham (King Crown)
Adam Arnold (North West Neasden)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) LORIAN MADANES (FC TEAM A) – Direct from a corner, swung effort into far top corner
2) SAUL COHEN (HENDON UNITED C) – Curled home a 25-yard free-kick into the top corner, giving ex-Hendon goalkeeper Yaacov Goldin no chance
3) DANIEL PERELBERG (ATHLETIC BILBAUM) – An audacious curled shot into the top corner from outside the box
4) GREG CORIN (HENDON UNITED A) – A fine ball down the left was picked up by Michael Kenley, he took it to the byline before pulling back into Corin’s path, who seeing the goalkeeper slightly off his line, dinked a Cantona-esque effort over the ‘keeper and into the corner
5) DAVID KHALASTCHI (CAMDEN PARK) – David “Ramires” Khalastchi picked the ball up from the left side, 10 yards outside of the area and curled a beautiful first time effort into the far top corner. Class.
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) ADAM BARON (L’EQUIPE) – Stuck out a leg to somehow divert away ball from point-blank range
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) CLIVE NATHAN (AC WHETSTONE) – “There was much kvelling from the sidelines as the boys grandparents were watching!
2) NICK SHINDER (ATHLETIC BILBAUM) – “It’s a beautiful feeling to see all the work put in come together in a perfect symphony of smash and grab football”
3) JAMIE KYTE (MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE) – “I’m still manager at the moment but after the weekend’s performance who knows for how much longer!
FAITHFOLD A 0 OAKWOOD A 2
Goals in each half from Guy Helman and Carl Peters saw the O’s get off to a winning start. Joint player-manager Ric Blank told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m disappointed not to score more, but delighted to start with three points.”
Faithfold manager Zuriel Solomon told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall I was pleased with the performance. We had a bare 11 players with myself and Ben Lewis as substitutes so not ideal, we had six boys away which would have made a difference. I thought we deserved more and a draw would have been fair but i was really proud of the boys that played today we were unlucky in parts.”
MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE 0 HENDON UNITED A 4
The champions got the defence of their title of to a winning start with this comfortable win.
New signing Dovi Fehler helped himself to two goals, while Ari Last and Greg Corin were also on target. Manager David Garbacz told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a very satisfactory was to start the new campaign – four goals, a clean sheet and six debutants all putting in great performances.
“This was a very new look Hendon especially when Ben Kon and Alex Rosenthal pulled out late on, but the one thing that mattered stayed the same and that was the accumulation of three excellent points. Of all the debutants however, the one that really got the juices flowing was youngster Dovi Fehler – his touch and pace was terrific and he got off the mark with two typical poacher goals – believe me this kid will take a lot of stopping this year. But everyone played their part and slowly but surely we were able to wear down a pretty good and enthusiastic Lions team who gave everything in an entertaining match/
“Greg Corin carried on where he left off last year and capped a strong performance with an early contender for goal of the month and Simon Peterman slotted in very nicely alongside Ari and Rafi in midfield – at the back we looked slightly open on occasions but overall we coped well and everyone started the season off in exactly the right way.”
Lions manager Jamie Kyte told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m still manager at the moment but after the weekend’s performance who knows for how much longer!
NORTH WEST NEASDEN 3 WOODFORD WANDERERS 0
The battle of the two promoted sides ended in a win for the home side.
Sam Franks crowned his debut by heading home the opener, before Gideon Barnet, at the age of 45 – also on his debut – scored with a delicate chip. The third goal was a wonderful team effort which started with the goalkeeper, was played through six different players and ended up with Ben Chernoff curling it in from the edge of the area.
Neasden manager Stirling Kaye told jewishnews.co.uk: “This was a completely one sided game, we dominated from start to finish and the only disappointment was that it was not more than three.
“After hearing from the Woodford management team at the end of last season that they have a professional manager and coach and ourselves and other teams in our division have overweight fathers running teams, well after the way they were totally out played for 90 minutes with our goalkeeper not having a save to make, it may be a idea that one of the boys fathers takes over the coaching and management so their players get the help an overweight manager can give.
“The football we played for 90 minutes did not give Woodford a chance to settle, to their credit they never gave up and made us work very hard. But in truth the passing and movement throughout was excellent and the work rate and closing down of the opposition was first class. There was a number of players playing who had not played before so much so we had to go round the dressing room and every one introduced themselves before we went out. This made this display even better. Our goals were all scored from slick passing and movement and this was a great way to start the season, we have now set the bar high.”
ATHLETIC BILBAUM 2 LOS BLANCOS 1
A last minute penalty from Daniel Perelberg saw Bilbaum claim an opening day win.
Looking to prove the punters wrong and start their season with a win against a tough opposition, Blancos dominated the opening minutes with some good attacking play.
However, summer signing Perelberg put Bilbaum ahead with an audacious curled shot into the top corner from outside the box. Blancos equalised with a well organised attack just before half-time, Jono Gaon applying the finishing touch, before the hosts won it late when Julius Judah won a penalty, which Perelberg put straight down the middle of the net.
Player-manager Nick Shinder told jewishnews.co.uk: “It’s a beautiful feeling to see all the work put in come together in a perfect symphony of smash and grab football”
Blancos joint-manager Jonathan Ison told jewishnews.co.uk: “There is very little doubt we were the better team, we had multiple chances and should have scored about five. Bilbaum had two shots on target, being their two goals, one a speculative 35-yarder and the other was the winner, a last minute penalty.
BLIZZARD STORM 2 CAMDEN PARK 3
Title favourites Storm fell to defeat in this five-goal thriller.
David Khalastchi, Greg Meller and Jake Saunders were all on target for Camden who were missing seven players, with Dean Shaw and Adam Speck hitting back for Storm.
Storm player-manager Simon Linden told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was frustrating to let a 2-1 lead slip, we wasn’t at the races in the second half and Camden took advantage.
SPEC FC 0 BRADY MACCABI 4
Two goals from Daniel Harrod helped the Brady boys get their season off to a flying start.
Reiss Mogilner and Josh Newman strikes wrapped up the win, with player-manager Josh Dagul telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I am so proud of my boys today. SPEC and Brady have had some epic bruising encounters over the years, and although the match looked to be following in that vein, we were just happy to let our football do the talking.
“The first day of the season can often throw up a few surprises as new players settle in and adapt to a new system, but we’ve hit the ground running. Danny Harrod was majestic from the right and thoroughly deserved his two goals, whilst it was an absolute pleasure to see Mikey Beaber back in a Brady shirt after an injury enforced lay off.
“All the boys have bought into what we are trying to achieve this season, and that was evident on the AstroTurf today. It was a great team showing and we look forward to building on this.”
SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “Brady were pretty lethal in front of goal and have got some fine players. We struggled to create chances and they were deserved winners. We wish Brady’s Nathan Harrod, who picked up an extra kneecap during the game, a speedy recovery.”
FC TEAM B 4 L’EQUIPE 0
Two goals from Lorian Madanes – including one direct from a corner – and either side of strikes from Adam Rones and Ben Binder saw Team claim this ultimately emphatic win.
FC TEAM C 4 CATFORD & BROMLEY 2
Two goals from Mitch Lassman, coupled with strikes from Josh Kaye and Adam Stolerman helped Team get off to a winning start.
Player-manager David Gordon told jewishnews.co.uk: “Overall I’m pleased to start off with three points. We started the game excellently but found ourselves behind from two quite awful refereeing decisions. But credit to the boys who picked themselves up and turned the game around.
Catford are a decent side, and they never gave up and made life difficult for us in the second half. We were the better team on the day and deserved to win, but it’s pleasing and exciting knowing that we can still improve and get even better.”
Zak McLeod’s scored twice for the Cats, with captain Adam Luria teling jewishnews.co.uk: “We lost to the better team on the day, but we’re disappointed with the mistakes we made to give away the goals we did. With four or five new players today, we didn’t quite gel, but it’ll come with a couple more games and the positive thing was that, against a team who will be one of the strongest in the division, we weren’t overawed and with a bit more guile we could have got something.
“I also want to thank FC Team C for playing the game in a good spirit. In days gone by, the frustration for both teams might have booked over, but both teams carried on trying to play football.”
JEWDINESE 3 AC WHETSTONE 6
A classic early season game with lots of chances and goals from both sides saw the visitors claim the win thanks to two goals each from Rob Cohen and Dan Cohen, together with strikes from Jonah Gordon-Boyd and Alex Woffenden.
Joint-manager Clive Nathan told jewishnews.co.uk: “I was delighted with our performance and the effort put in by all 14 of our players today. Our team ethos shone through with every one of them playing their part. Dan Cohen’s second is already a contender for goal of the season. He interchanged passes with his brother Rob before slotting past the keeper. There was much kvelling from the sidelines as the boys grandparents were watching!
“In our last season we want to enjoy every match and whilst it was a bit nerve racking this one was a pleasure to be involved in. Credit to Jewdinese for a really competitive game played in a good spirit.”
Luke Lewis scored twice for Jewdinese, with Brandon Sasoon also finding the back of the net.
OAKWOOD B 5 LOUGHTON ORIENT 0
Oakwood end the day top of the table on goal difference after turning in an opening day five-star performance.
Max Clynes scored twice, with Marcus Mann, Jacob Richler Kleiman and Marc Hymanson also on target.
Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “In truth, Loughton Orient were off the pace, but we can only beat what was put in front of us. We know there will be harder challenges going forward, starting with Raiders C next Sunday, but I felt it was especially vital to win our first game, raise morale and show everyone what a force we can be this season.
“The B’s have undergone a massive reconstruction over the summer with a new management team, new captain Elliot Jackson and eight new players in the squad of 19 and the aim within the club is to get the A’s and B’s much closer in terms of ability. So we’re delighted to get the win that gives us a platform to build on for the next few weeks before our Yom Tov break. Max Clynes was immense on his debut and alongside fellow Yorkshireman Elliot Jackson they will be a formidable centre back pairing.”
Loughton player-manager Adam Conway told jewishnews.co.uk: “We had some players missing which wasn’t ideal and were well beaten by a good side. Looking forward to the break to give us some time to get our injured boys back and be a lot more competitive in this league.”
LONDON ROVERS 5 HENDON UNITED B 2
Hendon’s campaign got off to a disappointing start as they suffered an opening day defeat to newcomers London Rovers.
Hendon’s pre-season form had lifted expectations coming into the game, but they were incredibly sloppy in the early stages and soon found themselves a goal down. A moment of brilliance from Saul Cohen brought them back into the game, curling a 25-yard free-kick right into the postage stamp giving ex-Hendon goalkeeper Yaacov Goldin no chance.
Further errors gifted London Rovers two further goals, before Cohen once again gave Hendon a lifeline, heading home a corner just before half-time despite being probably the smallest man on the pitch.
Hendon improved in the second half and dominated possession for large parts, but showed a lack of cutting edge in the final third, while they were twice hit on the counter-attack as they pushed forward to try and find a way back into the game.
Hendon manager Adam Glekin told jewishnews.co.uk: said: “It’s a hugely frustrating start to the season. No disrespect to London Rovers, who played well, but this is the sort of game we need to be winning if we’re going to have a successful season.
“We didn’t get out the blocks quickly enough, and as a result we had to chase the game which proved to be our downfall. Being extra critical, I felt our work rate was nowhere near what it needs to be and that’s the biggest disappointment of all.”
Josh Bharier helped himself to a hat-trick for Rovers, with Yehoshua Silverman and Yisroel Lewis also on target.
Manager Jeremy Brown told jewishnews.co.uk: “I thought we played really well at times. We played some nice football and looked well disciplined. I was a bit frustrated with the two goals we conceded, both from set-pieces but apart from that they didn’t have a sniff at goal.
“In the end we could have scored another five goals. It’s only the first game and there’s a long way to go but today was a great way to start. It was a happy return to the league for me.”
Chairman Vivian Emanuel told jewishnews.co.uk: “So proud of our result today. We battled hard and showed we are a team to reckoned with.”
LONDON MACCABI LIONS GREEN 1 KING CROWN 4
Crown got their season off to a winning start at Rowley Lane as two goals from Jake Garfield, along with strikes from Phil Braham and Ben Retter saw them to the three points.
Garfield nearly slotted in the opener from a mistake from the Lions goalkeeper, before midway through the half, Braham took on two players, and linking up with Garfield, carried his run to slot in at the back post to make it two.
Ten minutes before the break, David Benjamin linked up with Braham with a lovely one-two with Garfield striking home the third.
The hosts did pull one back 20 minutes from time with a free-kick on the edge of the box, but there was an instant response from Crown two minutes later as they produced the best move of the match. Benjamin pulled the strings and ten passes later, Retter, who came on as a substitute, smashed the ball home.
Manager Jacob Kadoch told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m very proud of the boys, they listened to the tactics and delivered. This was our first game and we are only going to get better!”
Aaron Sporter scored for the Lions.
SHACHARIT DONETSK 3 TEMPLE FORTUNE 1
Donetsk won their first ever MGBSFL game – and did it by beating one of the League’s oldest teams.
Two goals from Joshua Levy, coupled with one from centre-back Akiva Fink saw them to the win, with manager Elliot Nussbaum telling jewishnews.co.uk: “I was delighted with a good solid start to the season, with the team keeping their shape and discipline throughout. We were also delighted to have the chairman David Wolff and Division Rep Mike Shorvon, attend our game, who were both surprised when informed that this was the first game the team had played together.”
Richard Cooper headed in Fortune’s consolation.
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