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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.


Students draw a blank

February 25, 2009

Leeds JNF J-Uni failed to win a league game for the first time this season as they were held to a goalless draw by Republic of Mancunia in the Joan Collins Premier Division.

In contrast, Haroldeans and Westdene Reserves played out a 10-goal thriller with Haroldeans’ James Abrams (3), Eric Lewis, Sam Silverberg, James Abrams, Jacob Nevitt and Rob Karp leading the Liverpudlians to a 7-3 win. Arran Clayton (2) and Phil Wingate netted for Westdene.

Jordan Gold (2), Ben Rose and Adam Leker earned Westdene 1st a 4-3 success over Roy’s Rovers. Joseph Mann (2) and Dov Hanson replied.


Fortune dent Raiders’ title bid

By Jeremy Silverstone, February 25, 2009

Division One league leaders North London Raiders dropped a point to lowly Temple Fortune A, with Ashley Davidson and Ilan Cohen’s goals being cancelled out by Fortune’s Yali Mamouri and Dean Ingram.

Glenthorne United A beat Faithfold 7-4 with Glenthorne’s goals coming from Greg Morris (3), Sid Shaw, Jason Lennard, Dave Michaels and Richard Goldstein, whilst Faithfold’s scorers were Adam Barton, Andy Hearn, Mark Klinger and James Bloom.


Hammers have the Last laugh

February 25, 2009

JC MSFL Premier Division
Hendon United A 2 North West Neasden A 1

A goal from Avidan Last ended North West Neasden A’s 18-match winning run as the Hammers became the first team to beat the leaders this season.


Barnes late show boosts Lions

February 25, 2009

Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Knebworth 1 - London Lions 2

An injury time strike from Aron Barnes helped London Lions get back to winning ways as the won 2-1 at Knebworth.

Knebworth was the place to be on Saturday if you were looking for heart pounding, back-to-the-wall, edge of the seat stuff as London Lions roared to a narrow win.


Rep team lose opener

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2009

The JC Maccabi League team were well beaten by a superior Turkish Federation side in their London Inter-League Cup opener at Potters Bar Town FC on Tuesday half.

The visitors, who featured seven players from Ryman League sides Ware and Witham Forest were simply too good, too sharp and too clever for Maccabi.

Going into the game, Maccabi League rep team boss Jonathan Kestenbaum was forced to alter his squad with striker Lee Cash starting a six-week ban, Daniel Cole, Ricky Kennet and Aron Barnes pulling out injuries from the weekend.


Ram granted UAE visa

By Danny Caro, February 19, 2009

Doubles specialist Andy Ram has been granted a visa by the United Arab Emirates to play in the Dubai Championships.

There were fears that he would be denied access after compatriot Shahar Peer was banned from this week's women's tournament as organisers were concerned for her safety in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

But her exclusion was immediately condemned by the Women’s Tennis Association and fellow players while one of the tournament sponsors, Wall Street Journal Europe, withdrew their backing.


Cohen up

February 19, 2009

Israel’s Tamir Cohen helped Bolton Wanderers reserves reach the final of the Manchester Senior Cup with a 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic reserves.

Sam Sloma enjoyed a dream home debut for Chelmsford City in the Blue Square South. His brace earned the team a 2-1 win over Dorchester to stay within six points of leaders AFC Wimbledon.

Chelmsford head coach Glenn Pennyfather said: “We’re delighted with Sam’s goals as we had to play him at left-back and wanted to push him on.”


Peer power

By Simon Griver, February 19, 2009

Shahar Peer ended a turbulent week on a high as she climbed three places to 45 in the WTA rankings.

Banned from competing in the Dubai Open, the Israeli reached the semi-finals of the Pattaya City tournament in Thailand. Peer’s run saw her reach the last four of a competition in almost a year. The defeat by top seed Vera Zvonereva ended a run of five consecutive victories.

“My new trainer Pablo Giacopelli has given me a lot of confidence,” said Peer.

Andy Ram partnered Julian Knowle to reach the semis of the Rotterdam tournament.


Korn keeps Team alive

February 18, 2009

Blue Marlin 3
FC Team 4

A last-ditch effort from James Korn gave FC Team a relegation lifeline as they came from behind to beat Blue Marlin in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Team included Richard Salmon in their squad with the marksman having 20 league goals for the club’s Sunday A team.