Football

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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London Lions win HSCL title

By Danny Caro, May 18, 2010

London Lions were crowned Herts County Premier League champions for the first time in the club’s history after beating Bovingdon 2-0.

Goals from Daniel Stanton and Dean Nyman completed a historical day for the club.

Going into the final game of the season in second place, Tony Gold’s troops knew that only a win would be enough to lift them above Wormley Rovers.

The visitors were focused from the off, and in an unstoppable mode as they took Bovingdon apart in the first 45 minutes.

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Lions clinch another Title

May 17, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 11s have won the Watford Friendly League White Division title.

Featuring the meanest defensive record in the League, conceding just 22 goals in 18 games including eight clean sheets, manager Darren Dryer commented that the boys success was down to “a never-say-die attitude" allied to having some very talented young footballers.

He said that the team “would now be concentrating on competing at the highest level in the Premier Division next season”.

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Lions Under 13 win cup at Wingate

May 17, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 13 produced a superb display to lift the Under 13’s Maccabi GB National Phil Spanjer Cup, with a 2-1 win over Manchester Maccabi securing a deserved season ending trophy

On an overcast cloudy May afternoon at Wingate and Finchley, the Lions kicked off and exerted much of the early pressure. Some neat passing exemplified the early Lions play and after six minutes from a great move started by Dom Feldman and Andy Gilbert, Dan Reuben fired home from close range to secure a lightening Lions lead.

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Oakhill Lions complete cup double

By Paul Rose, May 17, 2010

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

In a match pitting together the newly-crowned MJSL champions and the cup holders, the Oaks enjoyed the lionshare of possession with Haroldeans content to soak up pressure and play on the counter-attack in an enthralling contest.

The tone was set as early as the third minute when Oakhill’s Dan Cohen was presented with an early chance but scuffed his shot wide.

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Hapoel win Israeli League title

By Simon Griver and James Martin, May 17, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv completed a league and cup double after they were crowned Israeli Premier Division champions after a stoppage time strike from Eran Zahavi earned them a 2-1 win over Betar Jerusalem.

In the most thrilling climax to an Israeli season, Hapoel’s 10 men seal the title on goal difference from Maccabi Haifa who were denied by heroics from Bnei Yehuda keeper Ran Kadoch, formerly of Barnet. Maccabi led the table by two points going into the final round of matches but the could only draw as Hapoel clinched the title for the 13 time.

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