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Classy Lions win Anekstein Cup

By Danny Caro at Wingate & Finchley, April 19, 2010

First half strikes from Mike Pearson and Louis Basger helped London Maccabi Lions run out deserved winners as they wrestled the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup from Hendon United A at Wingate & Finchley.

Both sides were missing key players going into the game. For Lions, midfielder Ricky Kennet, matchwinner of the semi-final against Neasden A, failed to make the squad with a back injury forcing him out, while Hendon were missing key duo Alex Rosenthal and Josh Bentley, while Greg Corin was named on the bench, although on 70 per cent fit.


Late controversy frustrates Lions' title challenge

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2010

London Lions had to a settle for a 2-2 draw after cruelly being denied victory against the Met Police who will admit that they got out of jail.


Glenthorne United close to title

April 15, 2010

Glenthorne United A moved a step closer to the Division One title after beating Faithfold 3-1 with goals from Dave Michaels, Sid Shaw and Adam Lennard.

North London Raiders and South Mancunians drew 2-2. Dean Schulberg and Ashley Davidson struck for Raiders. Darren Coon and Lee Young replied.

Newly crowned Division Two champions EDRS Stonegrove ended their league campaign unbeaten with a 6-2 victory over Temple Fortune. Tony Platman (2) Roger Levitt, Adam Kern, Steve Krieger, Jacob Namer and were the scorers.


Haroldeans take top spot

April 15, 2010

Goals from Johnny Abrams and Anthony Beilin sent Haroldeans top of the Joan Collins Premier Division after they beat long-time leaders Republic of Mancunia.

Billed as a potential title decider, the match on Merseyside proved to be a real thriller. Haroldeans settled first and came close when Zach Goodman's 30 yarder crashed against the bar. Republic forged ahead on 35 minutes when Paul Basger slotted past keeper Mike Cross.


Met Police beat Lions

April 15, 2010

Lions manager Tony Gold was left to reflect on an opportunity missed after his team were beaten by a last-minute goal from Met Police in the semi-finals of the Aubrey Cup.

Gold said: "We were an accident waiting to happen and it happened in the 90th minute.

London Maccabi Lions Under Nine's A team have reached the final of the Watford Friendly League Cup after beating league leaders Harvesters on penalties.


FC Team in London FA Cup final

April 15, 2010

FC Team manager Mitch Young has named a full-strength squad ahead of tomorrow's London FA Cup final against holders Flanders FC.

An excellent run of form in the second half of the season has helped FC Team climb the Middlesex County League Division One table, and they go into the match full of optimism.

Having only conceded twice in five rounds on the way to the final at Croydon Athletic FC, Young is quietly confident of beating a team who last season won the Essex Business Housing League Premier League.


Leeds Maccabi beat FC Team A

April 15, 2010

Leeds Maccabi proved too strong for FC Team A, running out 5-1 winners in the Peter Morrison Trophy. David Woolman, Josh Rose, Oshri Amar, Ben Ullmann and Adam Gilman were the marksmen. Leading 1-0, Rose missed a penalty before James Ryan hauled FC Team back on terms. But Leeds powered on to set up a quarter-final away at North West Neasden B.

Leeds acting manager James Warner said: "I thought we were absolutely outstanding. All in all this was a full and complete performance."


Jewish cricket season begins

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

The Jewish cricket season gets under way on Sunday as five teams battle it out in the Maccabi GB Indoor Six-a-side competition.

London Maccabi Vale, MAL, Southgate, BECC and Chigwell will contest an all-day tournament at the Play On Sports in Canary Wharf.

Competition organiser Mark Landau said: "It should be lots of fun for those taking part, and a good curtain raiser for the Jewish season, before the proper cricket starts."

The outdoor season features a four-team Maccabi League with Belmont & Edgware, Casual Nomads, Chigwell and Southgate participating.


Haifa President fury point loss in league reshuffle

By Simon Griver, April 15, 2010

Jacob Shahar, the Maccabi Haifa President, has blasted Ligat Ha'al organisers after his team's lead at the top of the Israeli Premier Division was cut to three points following a league restructure.

Maccabi's goalless draw against city rivals Hapoel saw the title race blown wide open after their lead was cut from eight points to three following the introduction of a complex new system introduced by the Israel FA resulted in all teams having their points halved.

Shahar said: "Titles should be decided on the pitch. This new system only harms football and won't bring in bigger crowds."


Hendon United won't give up title

By James Martin, April 15, 2010

Hendon United A manager David Garbacz insisted his side "won't let go of our trophy" after an excellent display took them past Premier Division rivals Faithfold and booked a place against London Lions A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final.

Reflecting on his side's performance, achieved without the services of Alex Gilbert, Josh Bentley and Greg Corin, Garbacz proclaimed Hendon the "best Jewish footballing team in the country," and at times, their pass and move football matched that statement.