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Macc attack

February 26, 2009

The race for the Israeli Premier Division title is hotting up after second placed Maccabi Netanya notched up an impressive win over long-time leaders Maccabi Haifa.

First-half strikes from Itai Shechter and Enrique Blanco steered Netanya to a 2-0 success, a result that takes them to within three points of Haifa.

Eran Zehav’s late effort maintained Hapoel Tel Aviv’s title push as they drew 1-1 at Maccabi Petach Tikva. Hapoel defender Elin Topuzakov had gifted Maccabi the lead.

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GB warm-up

February 26, 2009

Great Britain’s Under 16 junior football squad warmed-up for July’s Maccabiah Games with a friendly against Spurs’ junior team at the club’s academy ground in Enfield, London.

Split into four quarters of 20 minutes, GB lost the first period 2-0. A goal from Crystal Palace trainee Bradley Gayer helped them draw the second quarter 1-1.

The team, co-managed by Jonny Davis, Neil Collins and Joel Nathan, lost the last two quarters 2-0.

Jonny Davis said: “I couldn’t fault anything about the day, even the results.”

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Progress the name of the game as Chigwell edge through

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

Goals from Steve Summers and Craig Johnstone moved Chigwell Athletic A into the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they beat first division North West Neasden B 2-1. Rob Lerner replied.

Glenthorne United A climbed into the top five of the JC MSFL Premier Division for the first time this season after hammering London Maccabi Lions B 5-0. Jamie Shaw (2), Daniel Lassman, Daniel Davis and Lewis Walker were their marksmen.

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Jackson strikes as Redbridge go clear

February 26, 2009

Daniel Jackson was among the scorers as Redbridge Jewish Care went top of the AJY Under 17 Division with a 2-0 win over rock bottom HMH.

Three goals from Max Salador eased Redbridge Jewish Care to a 4-0 success over Alyth Belsize White in the Under 12 Division. Daniel Kanfer, Ollie Tuch and Nicky Cooper struck as Alyth Belsize White won the mid-table battle against Redbridge Jewish Care 3-1.

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Molins is out

February 26, 2009

Former Ireland captain Jason Molins has withdrawn from the Great Britain open cricket squad competing in July’s Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Molins, was one of three first-class players selected by manager Nigel Rothband last year.

Citing “personal circumstances”, Molins, who represented Ireland at the 1993 Games, said: “I’m deeply gutted as they’re a really good bunch of guys who, on paper, have got a team that can certainly win the competition.”

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Fortune hold the Raiders

February 26, 2009

The Maccabi Masters Division One title race was thrown wide open after lowly Temple Fortune A earned a surprise point against league leaders North London Raiders A.

Moroccan striker Yali Mamouri put Fortune ahead. Ashley Davidson levelled before Dean Ingram restored Fortune’s advantage. Raiders’ Ilan Cohen made it 2-2 as the Raiders edged two points clear.

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No Turkish delight as Maccabi fall flat

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

JC MSFL Rep Team 0
Turkish Federation League 2

Rep Team manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said his side came up against a “far superior team” as he saw them lose at Potters Bar FC.
Having lost the services of Lee Cash, Daniel Cole, Ricky Kennet and Aron Barnes on the eve of the game, the JC MSFL side were second best against a Turkish team featuring seven players from Ryman League Ware and Witham Forest. The visitors were simply too good, too sharp and too clever for Maccabi.

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Sela boosts Davis Cup hopes

By Simon Griver, February 26, 2009

Dudi Sela has risen 21 places in the world rankings to 65 after reaching the semi-finals of the Memphis tournament.

Having come through the qualifiers, the Israeli beat three players ranked above him before going down in straight sets to Czech Radek Stepanek (16) in only the second-ever ATP semi of his career.

Sela, 23, maintained his fine form this week in Delray Beach, Florida with a first-round victory over Philipp Petzschner (80) of Germany, who was forced to retire hurt with Sela leading 6-3, 4-1.

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It's win-win

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

In: Wingate name Arsenal hero Hayes as new boss.
Out: Stone leaves to take a step-up at Rushden & Diamonds.

Former Arsenal favourite Martin Hayes has replaced Michael Stone as manager of Wingate & Finchley after he joined ambitious Blue Square Premier outfit Rushden & Diamonds.

Hayes arrives with an impressive pedigree as a player, having won League Championships with both

Arsenal and Celtic and representing England at Under 21 level.

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Yossi is the Real deal

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

An 82nd minute header from Yossi Benayoun proved decisive as five-times Champions League winners Liverpool claimed a vital advantage from the Super 16 first leg tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Impressive throughout, the Israel captain found the perfect moment to open his account in Europe’s premier competition as the Reds gained the upper hand. He found space in a packed six-yard box to nod home Fabio Aurelio’s curling free-kick.

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