Danny Reuben, the head of London Maccabi Lions’ Sunday section, hit out at the club’s younger players after he was forced to pull its B team from the league.
Reuben cited a lack of commitment and enthusiasm as part of the reason the team had to fold. He said: “At the beginning of the season we were confident we had enough players. We desperately wanted to keep the side going and this is not a decision we have taken lightly. We did everything to keep the team alive.”
Daryl Phillips described Alex Kaye as the perfect midfielder after his fantastic five-goal salvo destroyed Southgate Harmen A and rekindled his team's title hopes.
Standing in for manager Zuriel Solomon, who was away on honeymoon, Phillips, the assistant manager, could only stand back in admiration following an exhilarating display from last season's MJSL Player of the Season.
Kaye, a summer signing from Oakhill Lions, marked his return to top-flight action with a powerhouse display that simply blew Harmen away.
They huffed and they puffed - but Real Life still could not chalk up a first league win of the season in a ding dong battle against Zig Zag in the mud at Edgwarebury.
In many ways they WEre indebted to goalkeeper Will Martyn who pulled off three world-class saves - twice in the first half and once in the second - that meant the spoils were shared. And they'll be thankful for the contribution of Rob Greene who popped up with two quality goals in the second half.
Hendon United A left it late as five goals in the final 15 minutes booked their place in the next round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.
The Premier League side - up against Chigwell United A, their fellow high flyers from Division 1 - ultimately proved too strong as they cut swathes through the Essex side’s defence, aided by the brilliant Greg Corin, who made use of his free role by popping up anywhere and everywhere.
After a two-week winter break, the JC MSFL resumes with some mouth-watering action in league and cup.
JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP ROUND 3
BRADY MACCABI vs CAMDEN PARK
Brady Maccabi are one of the teams of the moment and I don’t expect Camden to cause them too many problems on Sunday in one of several cup ties held over from last year.
Josh Rosenfeld’s men have fired 23 goals in their last four games with Josh Hershman, Mark Smith and Steven Field bang in form. Field goes into the game in buoyant mood having bagged the JC Player of the Week award.
The entire JC MSFL Matchday 16 was abandoned with the capital under snow. Matches in the Peter Morrison Trophy, JC Cyril Anekstein Cup and Maccabi League will carry forward into the new year. The season now undertakes a two-week winter break and will restart on January 9.