Football

Ben Haim to miss Cup semi final

By Simon Griver, April 8, 2010

Tal Ben Haim is set for FA Cup heartbreak with injury likely to rule him out of Sunday's semi-final against Spurs at Wembley.

The Portsmouth defender spent Passover in Israel nursing a groin problem.

Ben Haim, 28, is struggling to recover from the injury which has plagued him since February, and with the possibility that he will not return to fitness this season, he might have played his last game in the Premier League.

Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andronikou is eager to unload the Israeli international who earns £40,000 a week and is contracted to the club until August 2013.

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Red Sea parts company with MSFL

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2010

The JC MSFL has lost another team after first division Red Sea folded.

Following in the footsteps of Glenthorne United A, Bafana Bafana, AC Cricklewood, North West Neasden C and South Manx B, Red Sea withdrew after five years in the league which is now down to 49 teams.

Red Sea chairman Daniel Wynne said: “We have not been able to field a team for a few weeks now and have incurred a number of fines in the last two months, effectively bankrupting the club.

“We lost a lot of players to retirement through the start of this season and failed to recruit sufficient dedicated cover.

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Mancunia widen gap at top of MJSL Premier Division

April 1, 2010

Republic of Mancunia opened a six point lead at the top of the Manchester Jewish Soccer League's Joan Collins Premier Division after thumping Crumpsall 6-1.

Paul Basger (2), Yochai Zorno, Ben Blackston, Darren Loofe and Anthony Bloch completed their 10th win of the campaign against a Crumpsall side that have no wins from 13 games.

Goals from Mike Gastwirth (2), Simi Hibbert (2), Uri Steinberg (2) and Matt Jacobs earned Broughton Park a 7-1 win over Sporting JLGB. Danny Jacobs grabbed a consolation.

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Israel start Euro campaign against Malta

By Simon Griver, April 1, 2010

Israel will hope for a flying start to their Euro 2012 qualifiers at home to Malta in early September.

The fixture news comes on the heels of the appointment of manager Luis Fernandez as the successor to Dror Kashtan.

The easy looking opener will be followed by a much tougher fixture in Georgia on September 7.

There will be two crucial games the following month as Israel host Croatia before travelling to Greece a few days later.

"There are no easy games in football but it is vital we win our first two games," Fernandez said. "Then we can think about Croatia and Greece."

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EDRS clinch Masters League 2 title

April 1, 2010

EDRS Stonegrove clinched the Maccabi Masters Division Two title after beating Brady Maccabi B 3-2.

Gary Rose put Brady ahead inside the opening 30 seconds and they doubled the lead in controversial fashion minutes later when Marc Herman took advantage of an EDRS goal-kick, which hit an overhead wire.

However, in an act of sportsmanship which exemplifies the spirit of Masters football, Brady captain Malcolm Hershman allowed EDRS striker Phil Silver to score unchallenged from the kick-off to restore their lead to a single goal. Tony Platman (2) secured the points for EDRS.

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Neasden reach Peter Morrison quarters

By Danny Caro, April 1, 2010

Peter Morrison Trophy holders North West Neasden A marched into the quarter-finals claiming an impressive 3-0 win at South Manchester Maccabi 1st with goals from Lee Cash, James Gershfield and Ben Ellis.

First half penalties from Daryl Phillips and Alex Levack took Faithfold A into the last eight as they bypassed a tricky test against Haroldeans in Liverpool. Josh Rubin netted for Merseysiders.

London Maccabi Lions A registered a perfect 10 against Camden Park with goals from David Dinkin (3), Mike Pearson (2), Yoav Lebens (2), Motti Colman, Josh Morris and Joel Ross.

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Pinner beat Harpenden

March 25, 2010

Will Pithers, Matt Lubel, Marc Shaw and Freddie Newman were among the scorers as Pinner JFC Under 18s thumped Harpenden Colts Eagles 6-1 in the Watford Friendly League Purple Division.

James Smyth was the hat-trick hero as Pinner Under 15s beat Cassiobury Rangers Spartans 3-2. Pinner were pegged back on two occasions but Smyth fired the winner three minutes from time.

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Brady Maccabi in title contention

March 25, 2010

Brady Maccabi A moved to within two points of Division One leaders Glenthorne United A thanks to goals from Nick Collins (3) and Mark Wagman. Jason Levy and Richard Goldstein struck for Glenthorne.

Darren Gurner fired a hat-trick as Faithfold overcame London Maccabi Lions A 3-2.

Andy Miller and Nick Baum replied. EDRS Stonegrove require just one point from their remaining two games to secure the Division Two title after beating Ashlodge 3-1. Adam Kern, Jon Kaye and Jacob Namer were the marksmen.

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Lions to face Met Police in semis

March 25, 2010

London Lions set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Met Police with a hard fought 3-2 win over Standon in the Aubrey Cup.

Two Lee Cash specials and a rare Ben Lauffer goal put them through.

Danny Schindler and Ben Ellis kept London Lions reserves top of the HSCL Reserve Division One with a 2-1 win over Cuffley.

Lions: Davis, Berg (sub: Cole), Gold, J. Ellis (sub: B. Lauffer), Myeroff, Myers, Glass, Stanton, Cash, Nyman, Stolerman (sub: Lampert)

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Cohen's delight at first team Bolton pick

March 25, 2010

Tamir Cohen, the Bolton Wanderers' midfielder, has reflected on a dramatic turnaround in fortunes to his career and has come to the conclusion that football is indeed a funny old game.

Over the last 12 months, the Israeli international has gone from fringe player to one of the mainstays of the team, who recently replaced manager Gary Megson with Owen Coyle.

"Any game that I didn't play or wasn't selected, I would go home and be so angry, I didn't know what to do with myself.

"And I'll be honest, I don't know where it all changed for me.

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