JC MSFL Matchday 9 review
There was success for both Maccabi Masters teams in round two of the Peter Morrison Trophy after overcoming JC MSFL opposition, while another shock saw Hendon C knock out first division UJIA on Matchday 9 of the JC MSFL season. In the league, Brixton Old Boys stunned in-form FC Team A. Danny Caro looks back on all the action.
JC MSFL MATCHDAY 9 HEADLINES
PMT - Deadly Davidson blows Norstar away, Blizzard show Oakwood B what four
JC CAC - Super Stoly inspires RJC
Prem Div - Faithfold march on, Brixton stun FC Team, Brady hold Hendon
Div 1 - It's legs 11 for Shirley Park
Div 2 - Brady B in seventh heaven
Div 3 - Tasty Lester tucks into Temple Fortune B
JC HAT-TRICK HEROES
PMT - Ashley Davidson (Maccabi Masters), Craig Sanford (Glenthorne Utd A), Oli Simons (Blizzard Storm)
Prem Div - Benji Weinberger (Brixton A)
Div 1 - Jamie Kent 6 (Shirley Park)
Div 3 - James Lester (Loughton Orient)
Prem Div - FAITHFOLD A vs NORSTAR A
Div 3 - JEWVENTUS vs FC TEAM C
JC SAVE OF THE WEEK
Nick Grosse (NL Raiders B) - he may or may not have known much about it, but a pretty much point-blank save diverted over the bar was as good as Rich Abrahams has seen in Sunday league football this season
JC QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Josh Dagul (Brady B) - "I think the team were in disbelief when I scored my headers... I think they'd have expected to see Messi score a header for Brady before me!"
JC REFEREE OF THE WEEK
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PETER MORRISON TROPHY ROUND ONE
DEADLY DAVIDSON HELPS MASTERS PROGRESS
NORSTAR C 1 MACCABI MASTERS REP TEAM 4
Goal-poacher extraordinaire ASHLEY DAVIDSON fired Masters champions Brady into the hat for the next round as they proved too strong for JC MSFL Division Three outfit Norstar C.
Dean Schulberg was the other scorer in a deserved victory.
Brady boss Daniel Collins told JC Sport: "It was a very professional performance this morning from the Maccabi Masters rep side, with particular praise for Ashley Davidson who belied his years and scored an excellent hat-trick."
DC Prediction: Norstar C 1 Brady Masters 3
FOUR-MIDABLE BLIZZARD BOYS PROGRESS
OAKWOOD B 0 BLIZZARD STORM 4
There was no shock at Parmiters as Simon Linden's Blizzard Storm made easy work of lower league opposition to finish handsome 4-0 winners in Garston, with OLI SIMONS blasting home a four fabulous goals.
Simons cleaned up - taking home the matchball, the matchday programme, signed loads of autographs on his way out the ground. The big striker was the difference between the two sides.
Delighted Blizzard boss Simon Linden told JC Sport: "Back-to-back wins, 10 goals, two clean sheets - looks like our season may have just started.
"We were very good in the opening 30 minutes playing some great football. Oli took his goals like a Brett Angel or better still, Alan Shearer, some great headers included from great crosses. 4-0 could have been 7 or 8. Blizzard fantastic today!
"For me, the whole squad deserve praise, however if I take Oli out and our centre midfielders Andrey Greyson, everything went through him and alonside Zack Presky they were brilliant."
Oaks boss Ian Tussie told JC Sport: "The game was over as a contest after 30 minutes as they went 3-0 up following a hat-trick from their Oli Simons - some lovely headed finishes but our marking was poor to say the least."
DC Prediction: Oakwood B 1 Blizzard Storm 1 (Oakwood to win on penalties)
SUPER SANDFORD HELPS THORNES SINK TOTTENHAM
TOTTENHAM CHUTSPAH 2 GLENTHORNE UNITED A 7
Division One leaders Glenthorne A finished in seventh heaven against fourth division Tottenham Chutspah with striker CRAIG SANDFORD filling his boots with a classy hat-trick.
Further strikes from Gary Tiller, Daniel Lassman, Daniel Lipman and Tottenham fan Josh Wynne sealed an ultimately comfortable morning's work in Regents Park.
Adam Morrow and Sammy Hakimian netted for Chutspah.
Thornes boss Sam Rosenthal told JC Sport: "We're pleased to be in the next round of the cup."
Tottenham Chutspah boss Ariel Tamman told JC Sport: "Overall I'm proud of the Chutspah boys and this loss has definitely strengthened the team in many different ways. Now when we start playing in Division Three its gonna seem a walk in the park. However, we're got to train harder and stronger if we really wanna get our hands on some trophies this season."
DC Prediction: Tottenham Chutspah 0 Glenthorne Utd A 2
GLORY FOR GLENTHORNE B
GLENTHORNE UNITED B 3 AC MILL HILL 0
Glenthorne B ran out comfortable winners at Ford Sports & Social with strikes from Jay Lawrence, Jamie Crawford and Ross Segal easing them through.
Glenthorne joint-player-manager Jordan Sapler told JC Sport: "It was a good solid performance from the boys to bounce back from last week's loss. We never really looked like losing but it was again a case of missing numerous chances.
"Fair play to their goalkeeper who was superb throughout the game and made several saves from Adam Goldman and Ryan Cole.
"Our centre-back pairing of Joe Grant and Simon Bagel were tremendous and Sam Rank protected them brilliantly in his holding midfield role, while Jay Lawrence brought out his full bag of tricks and left Mill Hill chasing his shadow all game.
"It's pleasing for Liam and I to be in the draw for the next round and now we will sit back, relax, enjoy our week off and look forward to the next round."
DC Prediction: Glenthorne Utd B 1 AC Mill Hill 2 AET
HENDON C STUN UJIA
UJIA 1 HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB C 4
Third division Hendon C produced one of the shocks of the day as Alex Elf (pen), Haki Eliasz, Ben David and Benny Sluckis hit the net in a famous win.
Despite being forced to field a depleted team due to injuries, suspensions and golf tournaments, Hendon C raised their game to progress to the next round. After dominating possesion for the forst 20 minute, Elf was brought down and dispatched his penalty to make in 1-0.
Thereafter UJIA raised their game and equalised through a well-taken cross and header. It went in 1-1 at the break.
Eliasz was fed the ball in the middle, turned a dispatched a long range shot from 20 or so yards which crept in under the keeper.
In the last 10 minutes two Hendon counters led to a nice finish for debutants David and Slucklis, the latter being an especially nice left footed after a strong run.
Delighted Hendon boss Craig Miller told JC Sport: ""We have to bring this type of performance into the league where we have been found wanting."
Hendon C: David Schapira, Chaim Strom, Craig Miller, Darren Witcoop, Gideon Caller, Omri Makdasi, Haki Eliasz, Alex Elf, Adam Jacobs, Alfonso Zimmer, Benni Sluckis. Rolling sub: Ben David
DC Prediction: UJIA 3 Hendon C 0
EXTRA SPECIAL CHIGWELL GO THROUGH
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 4 FAITHFOLD C 2 (AET - 2-2 after 90 minutes)
First division Chigwell were given an almighty scare in Walthamstow before edging through in extra time, with Daniel Castle (2), Jamie Fox and Anthony Mendel eventually taking them through.
Chigwell went 1-0 up after 30 minutes - playing fantastic football to leave Castle to smash home from inside the six-yard box.
To their credit, Faithfold managed to turn the game on its head to lead 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining, but Castle forced the match into extra time by making it 2-2 with curling strike.
Chigwell then missed a penalty but their nerve were calmed when a shot from Fox from the right crept under the keeper. Mendel sealed the tie with an exquisite curler into top left outside the box.
Relieved Chigwell player-manager Richard Slater told JC Sport: "First 30 we were unplayable and should have been 2 or 3 up, same as most weeks this season, but yet again we took our foot off the pedal and thought the game was won.
"Credit to Faithfold - they never gave up and gave us a massive scare, but with cup games its all about being in the draw for the next round."
DC Prediction: Chigwell Athletic 3 Faithfold C 1
LIONS MASTERS ROAR INTO ROUND TWO
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 1 LONDON MACCABIAH MASTERS 3
Experience told at Brunel as the Lions Masters ran out 3-1 winners.
Raiders assistant-manager Rich Abrahams, who was standing in for Oli Shorts, told JC Sport: "Today's game was an interesting one. Obviously we knew what to expect from the Masters team - great technique and movement, and that's what they really showed. They were incredibly comfortable on and off the ball and it was a great challenge for us.
"It was a good run out for the boys with the high point Toby Katz's 30-yard screamer to score our only goal. Another solid performance with a bit of a makeshift squad, and I think the boys will be looking forward to getting back to the league games over the coming weeks.
"Personally, I wasn't a big fan of the roll on/roll off system. It did help in a way when someone took a knock - in case they wanted to come back on - but it does feel like you have to use the rolling system more frequently than you'd sometimes like to. Taking players off after 20-25 minutes sometimes doesn't give the team enough time to flow. I think it'll take players and managers time to get used to it if it's ever introduced."
DC Prediction: NL Raiders B 3 LM Lions B 2
SPEC FC WIN NINE-GOAL THRILLER
SPEC FC 5 NORTH WEST NEASDEN B 4
SPEC FC won a nine-goal thriller in Hatfield thanks to braces from Ricky Lawrence and Craig Cohen plus one from Dan Cohen.
NWN player-manager Adam Levene (2), Tony Chadwick and Oli Joseph.
DC Prediction: SPEC FC 1 Neasden B 2 AET
IT'S BACK TO BUSINESS FOR TEMPLE FORTUNE A
TEMPLE FORTUNE A 3 BOCA JEWNIORS 1
A makeshift Temple Fortune A had too much for Division Three strugglers Boca at the Hive.
Shai Davidi, who was excellent throughout, scored two goals, with Kane Gilbery finishing the job.
Boca boss Jamie Weinrich grabbed a consolation with a long-range 'Beckham-esque' effort.
Fortune manager Lee Fegan said: "After a horrible week, there was a massive improvement in our discipline. We held the ball well and had 90 per cent possession. We had a lot of players out through injury and unavailability but the team was never in any real trouble against lower opponents who fought well enough.
"Their keeper made some great saves. But a win is a win and we have to take one game at a time."
DC Prediction: Temple Fortune A 5 Boca Jewniors 0
HURRAY FOR HARMEN
SOUTHGATE HARMEN A 2 FC TEAM B 0
First division Harmen are in round two after goals from Ben Rosenblatt and Jon Morris took them past FC Team.
Alex Bowman also had a great debut and I am excited about what he will bring to the team. He set up Rosenblatt for the first goal with a great run and diagonal through ball for Ben to calmly slot past the advancing keeper.
Ben Rosenblatt then delivered a great corner for Jon Morris to glance a header in to the far corner.
Harmen boss Dan Uzan told JC Sport: "If there are any more castles out there, I'll sign them up! James Castle has been a revalation for Harmen this season in goal and is a big reason why we have kept so many clean sheets. On James's recommendation we signed his brother Sam Castle and Alex Bowman last week. Sam Castle, playing in central midfield was man of the match with an outstanding performance. He really made the difference.
"Credit must go to FC Team who were extremely organised and played some good football.
"We have a good squad now and next week we face the league leaders at their patch. It takes time to build a team. We only have three A-team players from last season and four B-team players, the rest of the squad are new to Harmen. But it's a long time since i have been so excited to manage a squad and i think we can go a long way."
CAMDEN EDGE THROUGH
CAMDEN PARK 2 L’EQUIPE 1
Dan Baneth and Josh Toff sent Camden through as they edged past a determined L'Equipe in Wembley.
Camden's Nick Kagan told JC Sport: "It was a poor game in truth but we always looked like we had enough quality to win and never really had to get out of second gear.
"It was good to give several squad players a run out. L'Equipe fought hard and are better than their league position suggests. We wish them good luck for the season."
DC Prediction: Camden Park 4 L’Equipe 0
JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP ROUND TWO
SUPER STOLY TAKES REDBRIDGE THROUGH
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 1
Adam Stolerman continued his excellent run of form with a double as Redbridge proved too strong for the Baums at Fairlop.
Redbridge's other strike came through an own goal.
The in-form Jake Gilbert registered again for the Baums.
Baums boss Mark Pasha told JC Sport: We are all very disappointed after this mornings bout, which is a true mark of how far the Baummobile has come in the past year or so.
"We held our own for much of the game with another organised and resolute performance, against Premiership opposition who controlled much of the possession.
"At 1-1 midway through the second half, it was only a couple of silly mistakes in quick succession that broke the heart of Baum Baum the elephant and subsequently saw him pack his trunk and say goodbye to the circus for good.
"It was always going to be a tough game, and despite the result, the Baums rose to challenge excellently. Good luck to Redbridge for the remainder of the competition."
DC Prediction: Redbridge JC 2 Athletic Bilbaum 0
JC MSFL PREMIER DIVISION
BRIXTON ARE BACK, SAYS NITKA
FC TEAM A 2 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 4
"Brixton are back." Those were the words of manager John Nitka after his men claimed a stunning win over in-form FC Team at Meadow Park.
New signing BENJI WEINBERGER was the star man for Brixton, netting a hat-trick on debut.
FC Team stormed ahead after only 30 seconds, but Brixton fought back with a rocket from outside the box from Weinberger on 10 minutes.
The home side restored their lead on 20 minutes after some sloppy defending from Brixton, but the visitors fought back once again, as on 30 minutes Weinberger's cross was sliced into his own goal by an FC Team defender.
With the match locked at 2-2 at half time Brixton came out in the second half with a desire to win and on 50 minute Ben Weinberg prodding the ball home.
Then on 80 minutes Weinberger completed his treble, Brixton's fourth, to wrap the game up.
Nitka told JC Sport: "We're back with a bang. It was a top-class team performance. A return of three of my injured players made the difference from last week's defeat .
"Having played the way we did and having the players available it will take a very strong team to beat us."
DC Prediction: FC Team A 3 Brixton 0
FAITHFOLD MADE TO SWEAT BY NORSTAR
FAITHFOLD A 2 NORSTAR A 1
Leaders Faithfold A were given a scare before going on to extend their lead at the top, courtesy of goals from Rocky Spitzer and Alex Kaye at Chase Lodge.
Faithfold manager Zuriel Solomon told JC Sport: "It was a game where we failed to finish off a spirited Norstar team the first half. I thought we controlled and deserved to take the lead from a team move and an excellent top right finished by Rocky.
"We kept probing in the second half kept but then they got a contentious penalty to level, then we upped the tempo, but some sloppy final third play meant they were still on the game but our persistence was rewarded in the end as we got the winner.
"Credit to Phil - he has got his team playing with some spirit and they made it difficult for us at times so they shouldn't be far away from getting some results."
DC Prediction: Faithfold A 4 Norstar A 0
KON HELPS HENDON MAKE THEIR POINT
HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A 2 BRADY MACCABI A 2
Defending champions Hendon failed to win for the second consecutive week as they were forced to settle for a share of the points by Brady at Hadley FC.
Hendon's goals came through Avidan Last and Ben Kon.
The home side led at the break after a super goal from Last, but with 10 minutes of the restart they found 2-1 down after two excellent Brady finishes.
First, Josh Hershman levelled with a great near post header before Ben Joseph put Brady ahead with a stunning volley from outside of the box into the top corner.
Hendon needed to be patient and continue to keep their shape and when Kon capped a brilliant display with a brave equaliser.
Hendon manager David Garbacz told JC Sport: "We were disappointed not to come away with all three points. We felt we dominated the game although Brady were always dangerous on the break.
"I thought we would go on to win it as we pummelled them in the last 10 minutes but just could not get the run of the ball at the right time.
"Brady defended well but we should have been more clinical. I'm still much happier with how we looked overall today and I'm sure we will string together a few wins soon.
"It was vital for our confidence not to lose but we still should be winning these games. It is a real challenge this year to hold on to our title but we are still very much up to it."
Brady boss Joel Nathan told JC Sport: "The boys responded superbly today following last weeks result. We were down to the bare bones with six guys injured but the 11 who started battled from the first minute to the last and are disappointed to have conceded with just 10 minutes left.
"Hopefully this is the result that kicks starts our season. There is no let up as we have Faithfold next week and the boys will take plenty of positives from today into next week."
DC Prediction: Hendon 2 Brady 1
NEASDEN ARE STILL A FORCE, SAYS KORMAN
HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB B 2 NORTH WEST NEASDEN A 2
Hendon's winning run came to a halt as they were forced to settle for a share of the points against a hard working Neasden in west Hendon.
RA Noe and Yishai Last registered for Hendon.
Lee Cash bagged a brace for NWN.
Hendon joint-manager Motty Korman told JC Sport: "Once again we started very slowly and found ourselves 2-0 against an experienced and good Neasden team.
"Second half we started to play and scored twice in a minute but were unable to find a third.
"It was a fair result and I believe Neasden will be challenging come May with their quality."
NWN stand-in manager Jonny Blain told JC Sport: "We were 2-0 up and cruising, but fell apart after two quickfire goals.
"Five points from five games is a poor return for the quality in the side."
DC Prediction: Hendon B 3 Neasden B 2
IT'S LEGS 11 FOR SHIRLEY PARK
SHIRLEY PARK 11 FAITHFOLD B 2
A simply sensational six-goal blast from JAMIE KENT helped league top-scorers Shirley Park humiliate Faithfold B at Norseman FC.
STEFAN BENFREDJ also chipped in with a hat-trick of his own and further strikes from player-manager Dave Lusman and Nicky Plotnek completed the rout.
Doron Hershkorn and Ben Moss were on target for Faithfold.
Shirley Park player-manager Dave Lusman told JC Sport: "As flattering as the result seems, this wasn't plain sailing. We had what it looked like to be healthy lead by the end of the first, but just before half time Faithfold scored two in quick succession to make it 4-2 to set up an interesting second half.
"In the first minutes of the second they struck the frame of the goal and we were under the cosh. The most important goal of the game was the fifth for us which relived the pressure as Faithfold were looking lively and were gunning to get back in the game.
"All in all a nice performance from Park which we hope to build on. Fair play to Faithfold in a game which was played by both teams in good spirit, a nice one for the ref. Pleasure to see after our last few games."
DC Prediction: Shirley Park 4 Faithfold B 1
BRADY B IN 7TH HEAVEN
BRADY MACCABI B 7 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 1
Brady B made it two out of two as they outclassed the Cats at Rowley Lane.
There were goals for skipper James Joseph (2), player-manager Josh Dagul (2), Reiss Mogilner (2) and Dan Hildebrand in a match where the Catford skipper and manager, Lester Jacobs, waxed lyrical about the quality of this young Brady bunch.
Catford captain Adam Luria grabbed a consolation for the visitors.
After the game, manager Josh Dagul spoke with glee at his side's display. He told JC Sport: "It was nice to get a win in front of our fans, and even nicer to do it in the style we did. Displays like this were commonplace last season, but this year we have produced this kind of thing too irregularly.
"The spirit today was key; people were playing and smiling, which you love to see. I think the team were in disbelief when I scored my headers... I think they'd have expected to see Messi score a header for Brady before me!"
DC Prediction: Brady B 4 Catford & Bromley 0
BLANCOS SHOW REDBRIDGE WHAT FOUR
LOS BLANCOS 4 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 0
Los Blancos were at their brutal best as they cruised to victory over Redbridge B with goals from Adam Hersh (2), Sami Birnbaum and Joel Kutner.
Blancos boss Adam Hersh told JC Sport: "It was a very satisfying win as we played some beautiful football. It was a shame we didn't score some more goals in the second half to improve our goal difference as we had the chances.
"This division is very tight and goal difference could play a massive part come May."
DC Prediction: Los Blancos 2 Redbridge 1
RED-HOT LESTER SLICES THROUGH FORTUNE B
LOUGHTON ORIENT 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE B 0
There was jubilation for JAMES LESTER as he helped Loughton Orient exact revenge for a recent defeat by Temple Fortune B.
Loughton Orient manager Dan Curtis was thrilled with the performance. He told JC Sport: "We had a meeting this week and said we all had to step up our games. I'm delighted with the performance and result.
"We all gave 150 per cent and I'm very proud of my team. From start to finish we were fantastic and I'm hoping this now kick starts our season."
Fortune player-manager Terry Jeffries told JC Sport: "We did not turn up today - simply not good enough. We gave them a silly goal, and watched them play.
"Full credit to them, they took there chances and scored. Hopefully we will bounce back next week."
DC Prediction: Loughton Orient 2 Temple Fortune B 4
FC TEAM C HIT HIGH FIVES
JEWVENTUS 2 FC TEAM C 5
FC Team C moved three points clear at the top after putting in a five-star performance against Jewventus at Chase Lodge.
They did it the hard way, coming from two goals down with strikes from top-scorer David James Cohen (2), Adam Aminoff (2) and Eitan Ben-Zion seeing them home.
DC Prediction: Jewventus 2 FC Team C 3