Football

Haifa President fury point loss in league reshuffle

By Simon Griver, April 15, 2010

Jacob Shahar, the Maccabi Haifa President, has blasted Ligat Ha'al organisers after his team's lead at the top of the Israeli Premier Division was cut to three points following a league restructure.

Maccabi's goalless draw against city rivals Hapoel saw the title race blown wide open after their lead was cut from eight points to three following the introduction of a complex new system introduced by the Israel FA resulted in all teams having their points halved.

Shahar said: "Titles should be decided on the pitch. This new system only harms football and won't bring in bigger crowds."

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Hendon United won't give up title

By James Martin, April 15, 2010

Hendon United A manager David Garbacz insisted his side "won't let go of our trophy" after an excellent display took them past Premier Division rivals Faithfold and booked a place against London Lions A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final.

Reflecting on his side's performance, achieved without the services of Alex Gilbert, Josh Bentley and Greg Corin, Garbacz proclaimed Hendon the "best Jewish footballing team in the country," and at times, their pass and move football matched that statement.

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Lions two good for PSV

April 15, 2010

Goals from Daniel Stanton and James Gershfield helped London Lions bounc back from Saturday's cup semi-final defeat as they beat a Park Street Village side 2-0.

Facing a tough wind and going up the slope in the first-half the Lions rear guard of Adam Myeroff, Jon Ellis, Guy Morris and Tony Gold had to dig deep and soak up relentless pressure as PSV attacked with purpose and intent.

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GB announce trial dates for EMG Open football squad

April 15, 2010

Ben Winston, manager of Team GB, has started the search for the players that will make up his squad at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Team GB’s Open football section has performed to a high level over the past few years, winning bronze in Rome in 2007 followed by silver at last year’s Maccabiah Games. The aim for next year is gold.

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Haroldeans edge past Republic of Mancunia

April 13, 2010

Goals from Johnny Abrams and Anthony Beilin sent Haroldeans top of the MJSL Joan Collins Premier Division after they beat long-time leaders Republic of Mancunia 2-1.

The match on Merseyside was billed as a title decider and proved to be a real thriller.

Republic went into the match knowing that victory would take them six points clear. For Haroldeans, maximum points would put them in pole position, given that they have four games in hand.

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Grant dedicates cup win to late father

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, April 12, 2010

Avram Grant, the Portsmouth manager, dedicated Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs to his late father, Meir.

With relegation from the Premiership officially confirmed the day before the tie, Pompey, who are in administration and were recently hit with a points deduction, defied the odds to claim victory in extra time at Wembley.

Following the match, Grant travelled to Poland to mark Holocaust Day. The Israeli, 54, will participate in the March of the Living ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with his two teenage children, Daniel and Romi

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Lions stay in title race

April 8, 2010

London Lions maintained their Herts Senior County League Premier Division title hopes with two wins over the Bank Holiday.

Two goals from top-scorer Adam Stolerman plus one apiece from new signing Steve Summers and Danny Cole eased them past Hertford Heath 4-1.

Lee Cash scored the winner as they edged past Cuffley. Lions manager Tony Gold said: "This performance shows how far these lads have come.

"Up against a tough physical side they dug deep and produced arguably their best performance to date in terms of fight, determination and a will to win.

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Israelis sign for Tel Aviv

April 8, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv have signed Israeli internationals Roberto Colautti and Yoav Ziv from Borussia Monchengladbach and Lokeren respectively on three year contracts.

The signings came after Maccabi slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to John Gregory's basement battlers Ahi Nazareth in Israel's Ligat Haal. Maccabi have gone seven games without a win.

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Wingate look to old boy Hakim for play-off inspiration

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Paul Hakim has boosted Wingate & Finchley's playoff push after joining the Ryman League Division One North outfit for the rest of the season.

The Team GB striker, who won Player of the Tournament at the Maccabiah Games last year, signed for St Albans City, Wingate and Maccabi League team Brady Maccabi, whom his father, Simon manages at the start of the season.

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Perkins powers Faithfold back to the summit

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Faithfold A moved two points clear at the top of the Premier Division after beating Redbridge A 4-2 with goals from Dan Perkins (2), Rocky Spitzer and Paul Savitz.

North London Raiders A moved a step closer to top flight football next season when they beat Brady Maccabi 2-1 in Division One. Goals from Matt Sheldon and Joe Tankel took them eight points clear at the top. Lee Platt had levelled from the penalty spot.

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