Football

Birmingham City target Israeli Awat

By Simon Griver, April 29, 2010

Birmingham City have reportedly made enquiries about Real Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Awat.

Indications are that Awat is available for £1.7 million if Birmingham are unable to extend Joe Hart's loan deal from Manchester City. But with Mallorca in fourth place in La Liga and well placed to qualify for the Champions League, Awat would be reluctant to leave.

Hapoel Tel Aviv moved into pole position to clinch their first Israeli Premier Division title for 10 years after beating long-time leaders Maccabi Haifa.

Maaran Lala's winner lifted Hapoel above Haifa on goal difference.

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London Lions close in on HSCL title

April 28, 2010

London Lions’ title hopes were given a major boost on Tuesday night when they moved to within two points of top spot after thumping Bovingdon 5-0 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Goals from top-scorer Adam Stolerman (2), James Gershfield (2) and David Soutar saw them close the gap on Wormley Rovers who were beaten 1-0 by the Met Police.

Tony Gold’s men, who have two games in hand on Rovers, were further boosted by news that title rivals Baldock Town Letchworth were deducted three points for fielding a suspended player in the 5-0 win over Codicote March 13.

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Wingate & Finchley’s promotion hopes dashed

By Danny Caro, April 28, 2010

Wingate & Finchley’s hopes of reaching the Ryman League Premier Division came to an end on Tuesday night when they were beaten 3-2 by Enfield Town in the Division One North Playoff semi-final.

With the team’s meeting three days after they played out a goalless draw in their final league game, the visitors virtually had the game wrapped up, scoring early three goals at the Abrahams Stadium.

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Lawrence late shot denies Norstar B

By James Martin, April 26, 2010

Glenthorne United boss David Blitz is predicting a bright future for his side as they finished off a dramatic season for the club by grabbing a last-minute equaliser to keep alive their promotion hopes against rivals UJS Norstar B.

Facing a five-way tussle to go up from the JC MSFL Division Four, it looked like a season which has seen Glenthorne’s A team fold from the Premier League, would end in defeat for Blitz’s men, after an 82nd minute strike by Nick Benson put UJS Norstar B ahead.

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MSFL Rep team reaches cup final

By James Martin, April 23, 2010

Jamie Cole admits that he faces a major selection headache after his patchwork JC MSFL Rep team advanced to the final of the London Inter-League Cup.

Goals by winger Ben Ellis and a wonder strike from Danny Daggers ensured a 2-0 win over the North London and South Herts League side at Brimsdown Rovers on Thursday night.

Devoid of the likes of Paul Hakim, Adam Stolerman and Daniel Stanton, Cole’s side booked their place in the final next month thanks to graft rather than skill, and a little luck - as they survived an early onslaught.

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South Manx win their cup final

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

South Manx completed a traumatic season in style as they beat last season's champions North West Neasden A 3-1 in the Premier Division.

On the verge of folding a month ago, a brace from Neasden old boy Jonny Haik plus one from Jamie Kent helped them finish the season in style against a side featuring old boys Max Shields, Elliot Stern and Ben Lampert.

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Brady and Faithfold reach cup final

April 22, 2010

This year's Maccabi Masters League Henry Swerner Cup will be contested by Brady Maccabi A and Faithfold who came through their respective semi-finals.

Brady kept alive their double hopes after edging out North London Raiders 3-2 courtesy of a brace from Mark Wagman and a penalty from Nick Collins. Spencer Steinberg and Paul Herszaft struck for the Raiders.

Faithfold booked their place in the May 16 final after bypassing newly-crowned Division Two champions EDRS Stonegrove 5-2.

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Nomads pull out of Maccabi League

By Danny Caro, April 21, 2010

Update: Following Nomads' demise, it was confirmed that the Maccabi Sunday League will disband for season 2010.

Casual Nomads, the former Stuart Neils Cup winners, have pulled out of the Maccabi Sunday Cricket League.

The Nomads were expecting to be part of a four-team Maccabi League but their decision to pull out on the eve of the campaign has left the Jewish cricket season in crisis.

Outgoing captain Richard Ferrer said: “The writing has been on the wall for some time now. The final straw came when we realised that only three players were available for the first match.

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Cohen appointed GB Open Futsal manager

April 21, 2010

Jonathan Cohen will manage Team GB’s Open futsal squad at next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Assisted by Dan Kleinman, Cohen was part of the Maccabi GB masters’ futsal team that competed at the 2008 European Maccabi Football Trophy. He will also serve as player-manager of the Masters squad competing for the trophy in Torremolinos.

The pair, who are FA approved futsal coaches, led the under 18 futsal squad at last summer’s Maccabiah Games.

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London Lions overcome Wormley Rovers

April 20, 2010

London Lions boosted their HSCL Premier Division title hopes after securing a valuable 2-0 away win at fellow high-flyers Wormley Rovers.

Goals from Adam Stolerman and James Gershfield did the damage in a stunning first-half display.

Travelling to Wormley two days after the controversial 2-2 draw at Met Police Bushey, the Lions blew the hosts away with an exhilarating display in the opening 45 minutes.

Still missing the injured Rob Glass, Lee Cash, Andy Myers and Jon Ellis, Lions just managed to get 13 players together 85 per cent of whom were playing their third game in five days.

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