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Europa League: Hamburg too hot for Hapoel Tel Aviv

By Danny Caro, October 2, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv suffered their first Europa League defeat on Thursday night, going down 4-2 to Hamburg in Germany.

Having beaten Celtic in their first match, the Israelis found themselves two goals down inside the opening 12 minutes of the Group C contest.

Hamburg, beaten 3-1 by Rapid Vienna in their opening fixture, flew out of the blocks with Swedish striker Marcus Berg bagging a brace.

Minutes after coming off the bench, Hapoel substitue Etai Shechter halved the deficit, turning in Bibras Natcho's pinpoint cross with his head.


Dirk Kuyt impressed by Liverpool's Benayoun

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

Ahead of the Premier League clash against title rivals Chelsea, Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt has hailed the form of Liverpool teammate Yossi Benayoun.

Kuyt believes that the Israeli captain’s quality and commitment will help the Merseysiders mount another sustained silverware challenge.

“Yossi is an intelligent player with lots of quality,” said Kuyt. “His biggest quality is to beat players. The way he passes them sometimes is unbelievable. He's got great skill and can do something for us in games to change things.


South beaten

October 1, 2009

League leaders South Manchester Maccabi 2nd surrendered their 100 per cent record when they went down 2-1 to Haroldeans in the Manchester Jewish League. Bobby Abrams and Simon Gould netted for the Liverpudlians. Paul Bentley replied.

A Rob Jacobs double and one from Darren Massel helped maintained Republic of Mancunia’s solid start with a 3-3 draw at Oakhill Lions. Daniel Cohen, Gilad Kestenbaum and Alex Bloch replied.

Five goals from Oliver Grant helped Leeds JNF J-Uni make a winning start as they thumped Westdene 2nd 7-0. Dan Pletan (2) completed the rout.


Maccabi boys take the rough with the smooth

October 1, 2009

London Maccabi Lions experienced mixed fortunes in the latest round of Watford Friendly League matches. Goals from Nick Landsberg and Jordan Marks could not prevent LML Under 16s losing 5-2 against Muswell Hill. There was better news for the Under 15s who thumped Hemel Celtic 9-0 courtesy of strikes from Michael Kenley (3), Jamie Nagioff, Jamie Kutner, Danny Berschader, Zac Skry and Adam Arnold.


Shaw-footed Glenthorne

October 1, 2009

Goals from Sid Shaw (2) and Paul Shamplina helped maintain Glenthorne United A’s unbeaten start in Division One as they accounted for South Mancunians 3-0.

Defending champions Brady Maccabi A got back to winning ways with a 5-0 mauling of title rivals North London Raiders. Scott Ansher (2), Marc Herman, Gideon Barnett and Jason Harris found the net. Brady manager Daniel Collins said: “We’re not giving up our title without a fight.”


Bridge boys leave it late

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

An extra-time strike from Steve Summers booked Redbridge Jewish Care A’s place in the second round of the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup at the expense of Turkish team Turmenjoy Aydin Spor Kulubu. Craig Johnstone had opened the scoring for the East Londoners.

Chaim Gothold (2) and Gav Noe were on the mark as Hendon United B overcame Caribb FC 3-1.

A hat-trick from Josh Lewis plus one from Daniel Cordell helped L’Equipe thump Team JLGB 4-1 in the preliminary round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. They will meet UJIA in round one. Ian Levy scored JLGB’s consolation.


Engleman on song

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

Teenage striker Ricardo Engleman has made a great start to the South Midlands League Premier Division campaign, hitting four goals in five games for Hillingdon Borough.

Born in Pinner, Middlesex, Engleman, who has a Jewish father and Colombian mother, earned Boro a point with a 63rd minute header in the clash against leaders Dunstable Town.


Four sent off as the ref sees red

October 1, 2009

Baldon Sports 2
London Maccabi Lions A 3

A hat-trick from Michael Pearson put London Maccabi Lions into the first round of The FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup after they won an extraordinary tie in which Baldon Sports had four players sent off.

The Lions were soon on the back foot in this preliminary round tie at Champion Hill after Marc Dolby, one of five brothers in the Baldon side, put the hosts ahead.


Riding the wave

By James Martin, October 1, 2009

JC MSFL Premier Division:
North West Neasden B 3
Brady Maccabi 0

Brady manager Simon Hakim was left bemoaning a controversial offside decision which effectively cost his side any hope of getting a result against a strong looking NWN B.

With just five minutes of the first-half remaining, and with his side already trailing 1-0, Neasden’s Bruno Frankel was played into the penalty area and slotted underneath Oliver Colmans. Despite taking a minute to confer with his assistant, referee Nigel Burns awarded the goal, sparking heavy protests from the Brady team.


Benaim makes a splash in Israel

By Brian Sacks, October 1, 2009

Reut Benaim, 15, triumphed in the Israeli National Championships in Netanya, winning six golds and a silver, and an award for the best age-15 swimmer overall.

Her individual gold medals all came in age-15 events in her preferred stroke, the butterfly. She recorded winning times of 28.8s for 50m, 1:04.04 for 100m and 2:26 for 200m - the 50m time setting a ‘long course’ (50m pool) Swiss Cottage and Camden Club record. Benaim then switched strokes to come fifth in 28.6s in the age-15 50m freestyle.