JC Cyril Anekstein Cup

Classy Lions win Anekstein Cup

By Danny Caro at Wingate & Finchley, April 19, 2010

First half strikes from Mike Pearson and Louis Basger helped London Maccabi Lions run out deserved winners as they wrestled the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup from Hendon United A at Wingate & Finchley.

Both sides were missing key players going into the game. For Lions, midfielder Ricky Kennet, matchwinner of the semi-final against Neasden A, failed to make the squad with a back injury forcing him out, while Hendon were missing key duo Alex Rosenthal and Josh Bentley, while Greg Corin was named on the bench, although on 70 per cent fit.

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Oakwood lose after late penalty denied

By Richard Jaye, March 25, 2010

Oakwood manager Ric Blank was left cursing his luck after his team was denied a late penalty in the 2-1 defeat against Premier Division Faithfold in the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

With the match deep into stoppage time in extra time, Oakwood substitute Ben Myers went down following a challenge from Faithfold keeper Bradley Lee but referee Martin Fox, who had replaced Robert Bernardout, ignored their appeals.

Blanc said: "In my opinion it was a stonewall penalty. I just cannot understand why it was not given."

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North West Neasden close call

By Danny Caro, January 7, 2010

North West Neasden A were given an almighty scare by Division Three side UJS Norstar A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Last season’s double champions, who included Maccabiah star Matt Stock and Daniel Stanton, were expecting an easy run-out but they were taken to the wire by Phil Peters’ troops.

Going into the closing seconds, NWN led 5-4. Norstar missed a great chance and with that went their hopes of taking the match to extra time as NWN scored on the counter.

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Hendon into the third round of cup

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Benji Gilbert, Chaim Gothold, Gav Noe and Amit Dinowitz booked Hendon United B a place in the third round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup as they breezed past second division London Maccabi Lions B.

Hendon joint-manager Ari Birnbaum said: “We were not at our best even though the score suggests otherwise. Credit to the Lions who kept battling but our experience told in the end.”

Lions’ Frank Steinberg said: “The score flattered Hendon on the amount of possession we enjoyed, but they had goalscorers and we didn’t, and their goalie had a great game.”

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Lions to play Redbridge in League Cup

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2009

MSFL giants London Maccabi Lions A and Redbridge Jewish Care A will go head-to-head in the tie of the second round following the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup draw made in Edgware on Monday night.

The Lions will go into the tie with a psychological edge having beaten the East Londoners 3-1 in the league a fortnight ago.

Lions’ B team have also drawn top-flight opposition in the shape of Glenthorne United A. The teams recently drew 4-4 in the league.

Holders Hendon United A have been drawn away at Division Four high-flyers Real Life.

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Maccabi Lions out of the London Sunday FA Cup

October 29, 2009

London Maccabi Lions B crashed out of the London Sunday FA Cup at the third round stage after they were hammered 5-1 by Lord Stanley. Sam Rosenthal claimed a consolation.

After a number of late dropouts, which led to several ‘C’ team players being drafted in, the Lions were left having to use manager Gavin Stollar, their sole player on the bench, as a second-half substitute after Raanan Firmin went off injured.

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Who's hot, who's not and who's just plain up for it

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2009

The opening weekend of season 2009/10 of the JC MSFL features some mouth-watering contests. Match of the day comes in the Premier Division where JC Cyril Anekstein Cup holders Hendon United A entertain Faithfold A at Hadley FC.

The Hammers have been busy over the summer with new boss David Garbacz busy with his chequebook as the team looks set to repeat their League Cup final success over North West Neasden A to win the championship.

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Cup games in fixture log-jam

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

The JC Cyril Anekstein Cup has been put on hold after the cold snap forced all but one scheduled match in Jewish football to be postponed last weekend.

For the first time in 46 years, the entire MSFL programme featuring 24 league and cup matches was wiped out with pitches deemed unfit as a result of the snow, frozen surfaces and waterlogging.

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Many happy returns as Fortune hit 40

January 8, 2009

Forty years to the day since the club was formed, Temple Fortune played a commemorative tournament at Princes Park in North West London, the home of TFFC’s origins.

A four-a-side competition featured 17 players with the Old Boys A team winning the final 5-4 in a penalty shootout. The match against the Old Boys B team finished 1-1.

The contest was decided when Moroccan Yali Mamouri, the competition’s top-scorer with 11 goals, converted to leave keeper Lee Fegan to save Rob Benson’s spot-kick. A team skipper Fegan was presented with the Jack Kyte Challenge Cup.

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Relief all-round as Brixton go through

December 23, 2008

JC Cyril Anekstein Cup:
Brixton Old Boys 6 FC Team B 3

A fab four-goal salvo from Adam Kaye ensured that there was no upset as an excellent second half performed took Brixton through.

On a sunny and windy morning Brixton were playing for the first time in six weeks, with 18 players unavailable Brixton recalled Nigel 'the white haired giant' Conway into their starting 11, with a return to the side for Neil Burke after eight months out with injury. FC Team came into the tie full of confidence top of Division 3.

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