Football

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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True Blues under 11s reach football final

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

HMH Blue Under 11s reached the final of the National Cup after squeezing past HISHU White on penalties. The tie finished 2-2 with Zac Garbacz and Angus Taylor on target for the Highgate side.

Adam Ellis (2), Eli Wegryzn and Aaron Benjamin struck as HMH beat AC Whetstone 4-2 after extra time in round two of the Maccabi GB National Cup. David Goodman earned Highgate & Muswell Hill a 1-1 draw against St Albans in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 Yellow Division.

Jack Naftalin hit the winner as HMH Red beat HISHU White in the Maccabi GB Primary Football League Under 10 Division.

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Hero Hershkorn ends Raiders’ cup dream

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Premier Division South Manx edged into the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after beating JC MSFL Division Two leaders North London Raiders B 5-3. Rob Hershkorn (3), Darren Harris and Jonny Haik netted for the Manx. James Foley-Comer, Lewis Blitz and Elliot Espinoza replied.

Manx manager John Nitka commented: “We didn’t play well, especially on the 3G surface at Brunel. Credit to NLR B for not allowing us to play.”

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Bigots must find another stage to vent their anger

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

And here are the results: Football 1, antisemitism 0. Boxing 0, antisemitism 1. That has been the outcome of two major sporting events in the UK over the past two weeks.

It’s clear from this that sport and politics do not mix. Sport has been used as a platform by organisations and countries to protest and vent their anger towards political situations, but this reached new heights on Saturday night when Dmitriy Salita experience race hate walking into the ring.

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Gershfield puts NWN in last 16

December 10, 2009

Four goals from Maccabiah star James Gershfield booked North West Neasden A’s place in the last 16 of the Sunday FA Cup as they beat Hammer 4-1.

With strikers Lee Cash and Daniel Levenfiche missing, Wingate & Finchley marksman Gershfield scored twice in each half to seal a third round meeting at home to Bungay Town on Sunday.

NWN joint-manager Daniel Fox said: “We are representing Jewish football and our proud of our achievement as the only Jewish team to get to the last 16 in the Sunday FA Cup this season.

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