Football

Maccabi Haifa cling to title hopes

May 13, 2010

Maccabi Haifa can clinch back-to-back titles tomorrow if they win at Bnei Yehuda. But failure could hand the title to Hapoel Tel Aviv who travel to Betar Jerusalem, trailing Maccabi by two points but with a better goal difference. John Gregory’s Maccabi Ahi Nazareth were relegated.

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Lions need one win to take the Championship

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

The seeds of success were sewn long before London Lions' victory over leaders Wormley Rovers, but James Gershfield's decisive strike made the celebrations that followed feel all the more real.

The win left Tony Gold's men needing one win from their last two games as they closed in on winning the Herts Senior County League Premier Division for the first time.

Adam Stolerman and Gershfield were on target as the Lions moved to within a point of Rovers after a nail-biting contest at Rowley Lane. It put the Lions within touching distance of reaching the South Midlands League Division One.

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Redbridge solid victory over Lions

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Brad Frankel (2), Adam Hakimi and Mitch Lassman earned Redbridge Jewish Care A a 4-1 victory over London Maccabi Lions B in the JC MSFL Premier Division. Pete Lazard grabbed a consolation.

Oakwood and Brady Maccabi claimed a win apiece in a Division One double-header. Dan Abrams netted for the Oaks.

North London Raiders B were crowned champions of Division Two after Lions C beat FC Team A 4-2. Nick Kenton (2), Tony Gold and James Gold struck for the Lions. Danny Moss and David Grossman replied.

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Brady Maccabi close in on the playoffs

May 13, 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.

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Monjack stays at Chelsea

May 13, 2010

Sam Monjack (right) has had his contract with Chelsea renewed for a further 12 months. The central midfielder, 13, has been with the Blues for six years and will now play for Chelsea Under 14s.

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Faithfold ready to dethrone Neasden

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Less than 24 hours after the FA Cup final, North West Neasden A will look to retain the Peter Morrison National Trophy against Premier Division rivals Faithfold A.

The teams came through tough semi-finals with Neasden beating their B team 3-1 with goals from Ben Ellis (2) and Tony Keterman. A brace from David Lederman steered Faithfold past Hendon United A.

Neasden joint-manager Jamie Cole said: "It's a fantastic achievement to be in the final for our third consecutive season, something which I don't believe any team has ever achieved.

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MSFL chairman warns rebels

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

David Wolff, the MSFL chairman, has warned that there will be serious repercussions if dissenting players and managers continue personal attacks on the his committee and referees.

In his 40th year at the helm, Wolff, 65, said: "Personal attacks are totally unacceptable. If people sign up for the rules they must accept them. The rules don't extend to attacks on individuals and referees. These must stop immediately.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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