Football

Kayal named SPL Player of the Month

By Danny Caro, February 14, 2011

Celtic midfielder Biram Kayal is the SPL Player of the Month.

The former Maccabi Haifa star, 22, has been a revelation since returning from a groin operation and has starred in the recent Old Firm derbies against Rangers.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said: "I am delighted with him. He is a hungry boy.

"He came back from his injury far, far better than we expected and he has just carried it on.

"He has made a huge difference in the last month or so, he has been superb.

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Ben Haim considers legal bid

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2011

Tal Ben Haim is considering legal action against West Ham United.

The Israel defender claims there was a performance-related clause in his loan contract with the Hammers, which binds the Premier League side to extend his stay there.

A West Ham spokesman dismissed Ben Haim's claims, saying: "As far as the club is concerned Tal Ben Haim is back with Portsmouth and a Portsmouth player."

Ben Haim returned to Fratton Park last week. But Portsmouth, recently out of administration, cannot afford Ben Haim's £37,000 weekly salary.

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Rovers on a roll

February 10, 2011

Hendon Hawks Rovers Under 11s started the nine-a-side season with a 4-0 victory over Alyth Belsize.

Having already clinched the seven-a-side league undefeated, Rovers grabbed the initiative through David Amor following a slide-rule pass from Roni Ornadel. Akiva Restan set up Amor for his and Hendon's second early in the second half. Restan scored a third with a superb free-kick into the top corner before Amor completed his hat-trick to make it 43 goals in all competitions so far this season.

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Red-hot Redbridge are six-hitters

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

Goals from Dean Nyman (3), Steve Summers, Sam McCarthy and Daran Bern kept alive Redbridge Jewish Care As' treble hopes as they beat Division One high-flyers Brady Maccabi 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Hendon United Sports Club A also reached the semi-finals with Ari Last and Josh Bentley taking them past Premier Division rivals Faithfold A 2-1. Benji Dymant replied.

Strikes from Craig Phillips and Ben Murrell helped Southgate Harmen A reach the last 16 of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they overcame first division Montana Boca United A 2-1.

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Perfect 10 inspires Neasden

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

Darren Yarlett was full of praise for his Neasden team who clinched their place in the last four of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after knocking out last season's winners in a game they played with 10 men for 75 minutes.

Player-coach Yarlett was in charge of the team as manager Jamie Cole was in Las Vegas. He limped off with a hamstring injury but masterminded a hard fought win from the sidelines.

A late strike from Lee Cash, his second of the game, plus one from Ben Ellis took Neasden through.

Pete Lazard and Ben Joseph were the marksmen for the Lions.

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Republic still in with a shout, says Bloch

By James Masters, February 10, 2011

Anthony Bloch, player-manager of Republic of Mancunia, insists his side can still pull off a stunning league triumph, despite failing to see off championship rivals Hyde Park.

Republic currently sit seven points adrift of league leaders Manchester Maccabi 3rd after top-scorer Moishe Hasid rescued a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

Hyde Park had taken the lead through David Cohen's 10th goal of the season but Phillip Braham's men failed to hold on as Republic came roaring back.

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Six-hit Redbridge keep treble hopes alive

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

Sam McCarthy, manager of Redbridge Jewish Care A, cut a relieved figure after watching his team keep alive treble hopes with a hard fought victory against Division One high-flyers Brady Maccabi in the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

They ran out 6-1 winners but the tie was far from comfortable for RJC who finished the game with 10 men after right-back Craig Sandford was sent off. It needed some late intervention from hat-trick hero Dean Nyman, Steve Summers and Daran Bern to send the Premier Division leaders through.

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We're coming to park the bus

By James Masters, February 10, 2011

Stuart Delmonte says that his Manchester Maccabi 1st side will try to pull out all the stops to avoid a mauling against London Maccabi Lions in Sunday's Peter Morrison Trophy tussle.

The Tameside League side will travel down to Rowley Lane for a 2pm kick-off without four first-team stars and fears over being overrun by a Lions side desperate for cup glory.

And London-born Delmonte concedes his side face an uphill task if they are to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

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Israel beaten by Serbia in friendly

By Danny Caro, February 10, 2011

Israel were beaten 2-0 by Serbia in a friendly played in front of a paltry crowd of just 7,783 at the Bloomfield Stadium on Wednesday night.

Luis Fernandes, the Israel manager, used the match to try out an experimental five-man midfield ahead of next month’s Euro 2012 qualifiers.

A strong Serbia team, who included Jewventus playmaker Milos Krasic and Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, forged ahead midway through the first half.

Good work from Ivanovic saw him power down the right flank before sending in a precision cross that was converted by the onrushing Zoran Tošić.

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JC MSFL Matchday 22 preview

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2011

Matchday 22 of the JC MSFL season sees several teams competing in the first national round of the Peter Morrison Trophy with tie of the round featuring London Maccabi Lions A and Manchester Maccabi 1st at Rowley Lane. Danny Caro looks ahead to all the big games in league and cup.

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JC CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW
Hendon Utd Sports Club A vs Los Blancos
North West Neasden A vs Redbridge Jewish Care A
Ties scheduled for March 6

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