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Hapoel Tel Aviv win Israeli FA Cup

May 12, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Bnei Yehuda 3-1 to win the Israel FA Cup on Tuesday night.

35,000 fans at Ramat Gan National Stadium saw Gili Vermouth put Hapoel ahead in the 25th minute with a Douglas Da Silva own goal equalising in the 38th minute.

The game was decided on the stroke of half time when Bnei Yehuda's Nigerian goalkeeper Dele Ayenogba was sent off for bringing down Itay Schechter. Hapoel's Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama put the spot kick beyond former Barnet keeper Ran Kadoch who had come on as a substitute.

Vermouth put the game beoynd 10-man Bnei Yehuda in the 73 minute.


Israel given Davis Cup boost

May 11, 2010

Israel’s chance of remaining in the Davis Cup World Group were given a boost today after being handed a relatively easy draw at home to Austria in September’s relegation playoff.

Dudi Sela (57) and Harel Levy (125) and doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich will be pitted against Jurgen Melzer (30) Daniel Koellerer (107) and Stefan Koubek (117).

Home advantage on the hard courts of Israel will make this an evenly balanced contest against the Austrians who prefer clay courts.

The tie will start a day early on September 16 to avoid playing on Yom Kippur.


Grant favourite for West Ham job

By Simon Griver, May 11, 2010

Avram Grant is the odds-on favourite with Sky Bet to become the next manager of West Ham after Gianfranco Zola was sacked this morning.

The Hammers narrowly avoided relegation this season by finishing fourth from bottom in the Premier League, five points above Burnley, and owners David Sullian and David Gold have decided a change in manager was needed.

Current Portsmouth chief Grant was 5/1 with the Harrogate-based firm yesterday but a run of interest forced his odds to be slashed to 1/4, prior to this morning's news of Zola's departure.


LMV bow out of Conference Cup

By Danny Caro, May 11, 2010

London Maccabi Vale bowed out of the Conference Cup following a 6 wickets defeat against Beaconsfield.

What was always going to be an impossible dream nearly turned into a fantastic reality thanks to a terrific new ball spell from Daniel Cohen and Saul Weitzman, who reduced the Home Counties League team to

2-4 in the 4th over of their reply chasing a very modest 148.


Maccabi GB unveils Games management team

May 11, 2010

Maccabi GB have named the management team that will lead Team GB at next summer’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Daniel Collins and Jonathan Green will front the senior team while the juniors will be led by David Jacobs and Brian Green.


Haifa on verge of second successive title

By Simon Griver, May 11, 2010

Maccabi Haifa can clinch back-to-back Ligat Ha'al titles with an away victory against Bnei Yehuda tomorrow.

But failure to win could hand the title to Hapoel Tel Aviv who travel to Betar Jerusalem, trailing Maccabi by two points but with a better goal difference.

Hapoel surrendered their advantage over the long-time leaders after playing out a goalless draw against Maccabi Tel Aviv at the weekend. Haifa took advantage with an 86th minute winner from defender Dekel Keinan earning the Greens a 2-1 victory at Betar.


Lions close in on title dream

May 10, 2010

A goal from James Gershfield moved London Lions to within a point of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title after they beat leaders Wormley Rovers at Rowley Lane.

In what was described as “arguably their biggest game in their history” by manager Tony Gold, the boys from Rowley Lane ran out worthy winners.

A tension filled afternoon saw Tony Gold’s men make a flying start. Top-scorer Adam Stolerman was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring with a smart far post finish.


Brady close in on league and cup double

May 10, 2010

Brady Maccabi A are just one game away from a title playoff with Glenthorne A after they demolished London Maccabi Lions A 8-0 in the Maccabi Masters League Division One. Mark Wagman (3), Scott Ansher (2), Jonny Cohen, Jon Feldman and David Rose were the marksmen.

Faithfold, who are also the opponents in the Henry Swerner Cup final at Wingate on Sunday evening, lie between Brady and a title decider.


MAL claim comprehensive win

By Danny Caro, May 10, 2010

MAL began their Middlesex Sunday Cricket League season with a comprehensive victory over West Middlesex CC at home on Sunday.

On winning the toss, Gav Lebens decided to have a bat, and a good score looked on the cards as a combination of good batting and poor bowling saw Mark Landau and Russ Corin take the score to 31 after two overs. Both were tough on any loose bowling and took the score to 81 before Corin presented a caught and bowled chance to the off-spinner Keogh and was dismissed for 27.


BECC's flying start to cricket season

By Danny Caro, May 10, 2010

An unbeaten 38 from Joel Phillips steered Belmont & Edgware to victory as they beat Haryom in the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

Electing to bowl first, Gideon Restan and Mike Prager kept things tight with Restan taking one for 12 in an opening spell of five overs. Neil Myeroff (1-20) maintained the solid start but it was Stuart Davis (4-24) who was chief destroyer. Phillips chipped in with 2-17 at the death at Haryom were dismissed for 138.

Simon Durban (26), Warren Averbuch (32), batting with a runner laid the platform for Phillips to see the job through.