Caro's column

A last night of freedom - then it’s back for the final

By Danny Caro, May 27, 2009

Sunday’s JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final brings the curtain down on the season as treble-chasing North West Neasden A take on Hendon United A at Hadley FC.

The match is a re-run of the Peter Morrison Trophy final that Neasden edged 1-0. Both camps hope to put on an entertaining affair with a bumper crowd expected for a 6pm kick-off.

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Let’s hope Montana and fair play come out on top

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

It’s fair to say that pretty much everyone outside of Redbridge will be rooting for Montana Boca United A on Sunday when the boys in red and black take on Chigwell Athletic A.

Redbridge Jewish Care’s decision to forfeit a recent match against North West Neasden A won them no fans as, pending a league decision, it looks set to save them from relegation and instead result in London Maccabi Lions B going down. Montana looked set to join them but last weekend’s heroic display against Neasden means that a draw against Hendon would keep them up.

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Why MSFL should not have non-Jewish players

By Danny Caro, May 14, 2009

I don’t buy into the idea that the MSFL must introduce non-Jewish players and, judging by some of our letters, neither do others. And the view from Jewish football’s top brass at last weekend’s cup final is: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Peter Moss’ article last week aroused debate on our messageboard but the Maccabi League family has puffed out its chest in support of a much-loved institution. As expected, the football fraternity pulled closer, with only a ringing endorsement of the world’s biggest Jewish league ringing in my ears.

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I was within touching distance of a lead role in cup final

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

The Jewish FA Cup final takes centre stage this weekend and it is hard to believe that I was just minutes away from playing a hands-on part. Having conceded 18 goals in my last three matches, I was not looking forward to the semi-final against North West Neasden A, one of my former clubs, and up against some of the leading lights of Jewish football, including two Maccabiah players, I was expecting the worst.

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Rowley boys primed for the big time historic victory

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

Hats off to London Lions whose promotion confirmed that they will be playing the highest level the club has ever achieved next season.

Manager Tony Gold, together with his assistant Steve Grenfell, deserve much credit for keeping the team believing and imbedding a winning mentality. Striker Adam Stolerman has had another excellent season but it has been a magnificent team effort.

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Conspiracy theories are ruining the MSFL’s reputation

By Danny Caro, April 23, 2009

The spirit of the Maccabi League has been called into question after Redbridge Jewish Care pulled out of a Premier Division clash against champions-elect North West Neasden A.

Lions assistant-manager Danny Reuben cried foul after RJC forfeited, knowing that a defeat would consign them to relegation. Lying third from bottom, on the same points and goal difference, Reuben accused the East Londoners of under-hand tactics.

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The Maccabi League should be the last place to play race card

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Lessons must be learnt from the unsavoury incident that took place in the Maccabi League match between Montana Boca United A and Glenthorne United A (see right).

What appeared to have started out as “football banter” escalated to an unacceptable level and although Glenthorne manager Ian Cohen dealt with the situation swiftly, the league must ensure that there is no repeat of something that could be picked up by the national press.

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Inspirational Yossi does the business again

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2009

A week is a long time in football. Over the past seven days, Yossi Benayoun has been on and off the treatment table in a bid to help Israel realise their World Cup dream. The national captain’s brave actions proved in vain as they succumbed in a qualifying double-header against Greece, but I was delighted to see him pop up with another crucial winner to keep alive Liverpool’s Premier League aspirations.

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Chewed up by the Lions , it was like watching the alamo

By Danny Caro, April 2, 2009

I was treated to a footballing masterclass last Sunday. The only problem was that I was the keeper lining up for North London Raiders A against cup holders London Maccabi Lions A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Having taken the scalp of Manchester Maccabi 1st and South Manx A, the team felt it had a chance but we found ourselves 1-0 down after a minute, 2-0 down after two minutes and by half time the Lions had me picking the ball out of the back of the net on five occasions. It finished 7-2 and left me nursing a bruised ego and nose after I pulled off an unorthodox save.

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Winston abuse is unwarranted. He must be given a chance

By Danny Caro, March 26, 2009

When I broke the story about Ben Winston being appointed caretaker-manager at Wingate & Finchley, it did not surprise me that criticism of the appointment hit our MSFL messageboard almost immediately.

It’s a sad state of affairs that postings slating the former London MaccabiLions boss started to arrive before he had even been given the chance to prove himself. As expected, Ben answered his critics in the best possible manner, steering the team to a 2-0 victory against a Tilbury team who chairman Aron Sharpe “did not think they would beat”.

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