Football

Lions reach cup final

March 22, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 13s booked their place in the Phil Spanjer Under Southern Maccabi National Cup final after beating Alyth Belsize 4-0.

On the first warmer Sunday afternoon of the year, on a tacky pitch in Hendon, the Lions produced a solid performance to secure a final spot.

The Lions had the majority of the play in the match and created a myriad, née plethora of chances, finding the net four times, and hitting the bar twice.

After a superb early Lions move, the inimitable Jack Reece hit the first goal in the first 10 minutes after a great volley.

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Rampant Lions in double-header delight

March 22, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 10s claimed a pair of victories over Edson.

On the first warmer Sunday afternoon of the year, on a big tacky pitch in Burnt Oak, the Lions produced two great performances of quality football, to secure two wins and a real statement of intent to stake a claim near the top of the league.

In match one, the Lions started well and despite the opposition being physically strong, played some lovely midfield triangles and moved the ball well.

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Collins predicts ‘close’ Masters finish

By Jeremy Silverstone, March 22, 2010

Brady Maccabi A player-manager Daniel Collins predicted an exciting finish after his team closed the gap at the top of Division One to two points following a 4-2 victory over leaders Glenthorne United A.

A hat-trick from Nick Collins plus one from Mark Wagman saw them register their eighth win of the campaign. Jason Levy and Richard Goldstein struck for Glenthorne.

Collins said: “We’re closing the gap. It should be a good finish.”

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FC Team maintain promotion push

March 22, 2010

FC Team took their unbeaten run to 10 matches after thumping Regents Park 4-0 in Division One of the Middlesex County League.

Manager Mitch Young opted to change formation, reverting to 4-4-2. Straight from the kick off the wide players were causing damage, setting up Richard Salmon for two golden opportunities however the big man saw both efforts saved by the Regents keeper.

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Fernandez appointed Israel manager

By Danny Caro, March 22, 2010

Luis Fernandez will lead Israel in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The 50-year-old Frenchman was appointed Israel manager on Sunday and has signed an 18-month contract starting May 1. This will be extended if Israel reaches the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Speaking in Tel Aviv after receiving his appointment, Fernandez said: “Israel has always been a team that almost qualifies. I believe we can qualify.”

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Avram Grant: We might play a weak team

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2010

Avram Grant, the Portsmouth manager, has issued a warning that he could play weakened teams for the rest of the Premier League campaign after the team were hit with a nine-point penalty for entering administration, effectively sealing their relegation to the Championship.

Having booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final – where they await the winner of the Fulham vs Spurs replay –Grant’s decision could impact on teams at both ends of the table.

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Republic of Mancunia go top of division

March 18, 2010

Republic of Mancunia went joint-top of the Joan Collins Premier Division after thumping Crumpsall 6-1. David Eden (2), Paul Basger (2), Darren Loofe and Ben Blackston were the marksmen. Yossi Saunders claimed a consolation from the spot.

Oli Grant (2) and Nathan Cohen lifted Leeds J-New Uni to third after beating Sporting JLGB 3-1.

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Glenthorne pay the penalty in the cup

March 18, 2010

Second division EDRS Stonegrove caused shock of the round in the Henry Swerner Cup after eliminating holders and Division One leaders, Glenthorne United A.

Jacob Namer opened the scoring for Stonegrove but a brace from Richard Goldstein put Glenthorne in charge. But a last-minute header from Namer took the tie to penalties and Stonegrove held their nerve to win the shootout 5-4.

Ashley Davidson (2) and Jonny Summerfield sent North London Raiders into the semis with a 3-1 win over Clayhall Park Casuals. Brian Deal scored a consolation.

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Brighton win Division One

March 18, 2010

Brighton have won the British League Division One after beating nearest rivals Fusion by a single game's average having finished level on points.

The champions now face a playoff in May with teams from the north of England to qualify for the Premiership.

Maccabiah medallist Dov Katz captained the side which included Maccabiah men's singles quarter-finalist Ashley Stokes and former England international Cris Sladden.

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Hendon United out of Peter Morrison Trophy

By Danny Caro, March 18, 2010

Two goals from James Ryan helped FC Team A cause shock of the round as they beat Premier Division Hendon United B in the Peter Morrison Trophy. Gav Noe had hauled Hendon level but Ryan's late winner set up a tie against Leeds Maccabi.

North West Neasden A set up a last 16 clash at South Manchester Maccabi 1st after thumping minnows Blizzard Storm 9-0. Tony Keterman (4), Lee Cash, Ben Ellis, Darren Yarlett, Matt Sofier and Scott Shindler eased them through.

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