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MSFL round-up

By Danny Caro, May 24, 2010

Defending champions North West Neasden A must avoid defeat against London Maccabi Lions A on Wednesday night’s JC MSFL Premier Division decider after both teams won their penultimate matches on Sunday.

Goals from supersub Danny Daggers and Daniel Cole earned NWN a 2-1 win against Redbridge Jewish Care A. Steve Summers replied.

NWN joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “We now need to go to Rowley Lane and put in one last performance.

“I wan to thank Dan Cole for his contribution to Neasden over the last three seasons. The team wish him the best of luck in New York.”

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Grant agrees three-year West Ham deal

By Simon Griver, May 21, 2010

The Israeli media reports that Avram Grant has agreed a three-year deal to become West Ham manager. Grant, who resigned from Portsmouth last night, will be paid £1.3 million a year at Upton Park.

Grant returned home to Israel yesterday and is not expected to fly back to England until the end of the month ahead of signing the contract at Upton Park on June 1st. However, sources in Israel do not rule out an official announcement from the Premier League outfit before then.

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Winterburn: Grant can lift West Ham

May 21, 2010

Nigel Winterburn believes that Avram Grant would be the perfect candidate to take over at West Ham.

Winterburn, who finished his career at Upton Park, said: "Avram's credentials stand up. Wherever he's gone he's done a good job. Different clubs bring different expectations. At Portsmouth he's done wonders with the situation they are in. He also handled the pressures at Chelsea."

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UJIA crowned champions

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

UJIA won the Division Four title after thumping Hendon United D 6-2. Brad Cohen (2), Matt Radstone, Mark Rhodes, Oliver Henry and Jon Isaacs were the scorers.

Goals from Yishai Last, Avidan Last and Saul Conway helped Hendon A keep alive their Premier Division title hopes with a 3-1 victory at Redbridge Jewish Care A.

Adam Levine, Ben Myers and Dan Ash steered Oakwood to a 3-2 victory over Neasden B in Division One.

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Oakhill Lions cup double

By Paul Rose, May 21, 2010

Oakhill Lions completed a cup double after beating Haroldeans in a five-goal thriller to lift the Feldman Trophy at Boundary Park.

Haroldeans forged ahead midway through the first half when Josh Rubin's low shot squirmed through the clutches of Oakhill keeper Mark Passer.

Oakhill spurned a golden chance to level on the stroke of half time when Jake Gilbert's weak penalty was saved by keeper Mike Cross. The miss did not prove too costly as three minutes later, Alex Kaye turned his marker and curled the ball into the bottom corner.

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JC MSFL rep team's victory

May 21, 2010

Two goals from Neasden striker Lee Cash plus one from South Manx's Paul Babai steered the JC MSFL Rep Team to only their second ever victory in the London Inter-League Cup following a five-goal thriller against the London & Kent Borders League at Brimsdown Rovers FC.

Having won their two round robin group games, Maccabi completed the job with a squad that included captain Alex Levack, Paul Lenchner and Lee Cash - the only remaining players from the first successful Maccabi side who beat the same opposition under Tony Gold five years ago.

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Maccabi rep team player investigated

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

The Maccabi League Rep team's London Inter-League Cup success is under investigation after it was confirmed that they fielded an unregistered player.

The 3-2 success over the London & Kent Borders League was called into question after it emerged that Sam Sloma had not played any MSFL football this season.

League chairman David Wolff later confirmed that although registered, Aron Barnes of London Maccabi Lions did not meet the qualification requirements either.

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Maccabi urges action against pitch vandalism

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 21, 2010

Manchester Maccabi is urging action against youths who have been damaging one of its football pitches.

Police have been called to the Prestwich club on a number of occasions after the teenagers refused to stop riding bikes over the pitch. The club has a land management deal with the local council for use of the grounds, but their location on a public thoroughfare prevents the club from fencing the pitch off. Sergeant Ian Campbell of the Prestwich neighbourhood policing team says extra patrols have started.

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Grant resigns from Portsmouth

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2010

Avram Grant has resigned as manager of Portsmouth, but is odds-on favourite to take charge at West Ham.

Grant, 55, announced his decision to leave the beaten FA Cup finalists in an open letter to fans on the club's website.

"This was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to take in my football career," said Grant who took over at Fratton Park last November.

Grant arrived as Portsmouth's director of football in October 2009 but replaced Paul Hart as manager the following month, with the club bottom of the league with just seven points from 13 games.

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Late strikes leave Faithfold broken-hearted

By Danny Caro, May 18, 2010

Late strikes from Mark Herman and Mark Wagman helped Brady Maccabi A clinch part one of a possible double after they overcame a resilient Faithfold in the Henry Swerner Cup final at Wingate & Finchley.

Herman broke the deadlock a minute from time with Wagman sealing the tie a minute into injury time.

Brady manager Daniel Collins said: “It was a very close game in the pouring rain. Faithfold played extremely well from the start. They didn’t let us play our normal style of football and it wasn’t until I moved a number of players around at half time did we get on top.

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