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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.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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Cyril Anekstein Cup final too close to call

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

It is almost impossible to call Sunday's JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final between London Maccabi Lions A and Hendon United A.

Both teams came through tough semi-finals against Premier Division opposition with the Lions edging out North West Neasden A, while Hendon overcame a resilient Faithfold A.

The clash at the Harry Abrahams Stadium, home of Wingate & Finchley, plays host to two of the most successful teams in recent MSFL history, both of whom can still win the treble.

Pace, power, passion and movement will be the key ingredients in a contest featuring two well-matched teams.

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Field star of blind cricket series

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

Daniel Field was one of the star performers during England's series against blind cricket world champions Pakistan in Dubai.

The ground-breaking tour saw wicketkeeper Field, 21, participate in the first ever blind Twenty20 and and one-day international series, the last of which was the first of its kind to be played under floodlights.

Having recently returned home with a strained medial ligament, Field was on the field for the full 80 overs in back-to-back matches after acting as a runner to a teammate who hit two double centuries and a 94.

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Israel to play Euro 2012 games on Shabbat

By Simon Griver, April 15, 2010

Israel will play some Euro 2012 qualifiers at Ramat Gan on Friday nights, angering the country's religious community, the JC can reveal.

Israel FA spokesman Gil Lebanony said: "We have no choice. Uefa has dictated the games must be played on Fridays and our opponents have not agreed to switch them to Saturday nights."

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Lions two good for PSV

April 15, 2010

Goals from Daniel Stanton and James Gershfield helped London Lions bounc back from Saturday's cup semi-final defeat as they beat a Park Street Village side 2-0.

Facing a tough wind and going up the slope in the first-half the Lions rear guard of Adam Myeroff, Jon Ellis, Guy Morris and Tony Gold had to dig deep and soak up relentless pressure as PSV attacked with purpose and intent.

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GB announce trial dates for EMG Open football squad

April 15, 2010

Ben Winston, manager of Team GB, has started the search for the players that will make up his squad at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Team GB’s Open football section has performed to a high level over the past few years, winning bronze in Rome in 2007 followed by silver at last year’s Maccabiah Games. The aim for next year is gold.

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