Football

Gregory vows no relegation for Nazareth

December 17, 2009

John Gregory insisted that Maccabi Ahi Nazareth will avoid relegation from the Israeli Premier Division despite their 1-0 home defeat to Betar Jerusalem.

The former Villa took charge of the Ligat Ha’al strugglers last week. After his first match in charge, he said: “We lacked quality, especially in attack, although the defence performed well. It’s my responsibility to improve matters.”

Gregory was forced to sit in the stands and convey messages by phone to assistant-manager Najwan Grayeb on the touchline because his contract had not been submitted to the Israel FA in time.

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FC Team reach quarter-finals of London cup

December 17, 2009

FC Team reached the quarter-finals of the London FA Cup for the first time after beating Brampton Park 7-1.

They put the Essex Housing League champions to the sword in Harrow courtesy of goals from Laurence Judah, Jonny Breger and Richard Salmon were among the scorers. Irvine Howson (3) and substitute Kieran Curry Allen completed the scoring.

Mitch Young, the FC Team manager, said: “This was a stunning performance. We forced this team to capitulate with our spirit and organisation. Everyone in the squad believes that we can reach the final.

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Raiders held 1-1 by Faithfold

By sasha, December 17, 2009

A goal from Danny Goldman dented North London Raiders’s title aspirations as they were held 1-1 by Faithfold in Division One of the Maccabi Masters League. Ashley Davidson struck for a Raiders team who struck the woodwork three times.

Division Two table-toppers EDRS Stonegrove came from behind to beat nearest rivals Norstar Old Boys 3-1. Steve Feiger put Norstar ahead, but a strike from Phil Silver levelled before the break. Two goals from Ian Leader completed the comeback.

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Crumpsall crumble under Haroldeans

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

Joan Collins Premier Division leaders Haroldeans made it eight wins from nine games as they condemned Crumpsall to their ninth consecutive defeat. Goals from Eric Lewis, Zach Goodman, Josh Rubin, Paul Harris and James Hudaly wrapped up a 5-2 win. Aaron Black and Michael Pine replied.

Goals from Ben Tyer and Marc Conway lifted South Manchester Maccabi 2nd into second as they beat Broughton Park 2-0.

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North West Neasden through to quarter-finals

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

North West Neasden A stormed into the quarter-finals of the Sunday FA Cup after beating Bungay Town 3-1.

TJ Keterman, Andy Glynne and an own goal moved them to within three games of the final at Anfield.

Neasden joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “I’m very proud the way in which we competed and handled themselves through the game.

Redbridge Jewish Care A won the all-MSFL tie in the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup after beating UJS Norstar A 6-2. Daran Bern (2), Lewis Walker (2), Steve Summers and Sam McCarthy were their marksmen.

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Warm reception for Avram Grant at Chelsea

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant was given a warm reception upon returning to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday night's top against bottom clash in the Premiership.

He responded by applauding the crowd and mouthing 'thank you'.

But the former Chelsea boss was able to mastermind a result as a 79th penalty from Frank Lampard helped the leaders restore their three-point advantage at the top.

"It was nice [to return to Chelsea], the supporters have been very good to me since I left, and I will always have a bond with this club.

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Osasuna fans guilty of antisemitic abuse

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2009

The Spanish FA have fined Osasuna £5,340 after their fans were found guilty of hurling antisemitic abuse towards Real Mallorca’s goalkeeper Dudu Awat in La Liga last weekend.

Referee Alvarez Izquierdo noted in his match report to the Spanish FA that the crowd chanted "Jewish bastard" every time Awat touched the ball, and that the fans only stopped their racist abuse in the second half following five requests over the public announcement system.

The fans waved Palestinian flags and also shouted "murderer" at Awat.

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FC Team reach London Cup quarters

By Danny Caro, December 15, 2009

FC Team reached the quarter-finals of the London FA Cup for the first time after thumping Brampton Park 7-1.

They put the Essex Housing League champions to the sword in Harrow courtesy of goals from Laurence Judah, Jonny Breger and Richard Salmon were among the scorers. Irvine Howson (3) and supersub Kieran Curry Allen completed the rout.

Going into the tie, Team manager Mitch Young kept the same starting 11 as the previous week with Kieran Allen Curry returning to the bench.

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Maccabi Masters round-up

By Jeremy Silverstone, December 14, 2009

A goal from Danny Goldman dented North London Raiders’s title aspirations as they were held 1-1 by Faithfold in Division One of the Maccabi Masters League.

Division Two table-toppers EDRS Stonegrove came from behind to beat nearest rivals Norstar Old Boys 3-1. Steve Feiger put Norstar ahead, but a strike from Phil Silver levelled before the break. Two goals from Ian Leader completed the comeback.

Four goals from Brian Deal steered Clayhall Park Casuals to a 4-1 victory over Ashlodge. Meir Velenski claimed a consolation.

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Awat subjected to antisemitic abuse in Spain

By Simon Griver, December 14, 2009

The Spanish FA will hold a disciplinary hearing for La Liga side Osasuna after Real Mallorca’s Israeli goalkeeper Dudu Awat was subject to antisemitic abuse in his side's 1-0 victory at the Navarro stadium in Pamplona on Sunday night.

Referee Alvarez Izquierdo noted in his match report to the Spanish FA that the crowd chanted "Jewish bastard" every time Awat touched the ball, and that the fans only stopped their racist abuse in the second half following five requests over the public announcement system.

The fans waved Palestinian flags and also shouted "murderer" at Awat.

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