Football

Four-midable Maccabi progress

September 14, 2009

Manchester Amateur County Cup
First round - Hamlet Vulcans 2 Manchester Maccabi 1st 4

Manchester Maccabi returned to winning ways with an excellent win over strong opposition from the Premier Division of the Hyde League.

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Liverpool inspired by three-goal Benayoun

By Danny Caro, September 14, 2009

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has been reflecting on his first Premier League hat-trick for Liverpool which inspired the Reds to a 4-0 victory over Burnley at Anfield.

Benayoun, 29, bounced back from Israel's World Cup qualifying woes to score his third hat-trick in a Liverpool shirt.

The midfielder opened the scoring in the first half after cutting inside Graham Alexander and sliding a shot across keeper Brian Jensen.

He was involved in the second as well. Following a swift counter-attack, Benayoun's shot proved too hot for Jensen, allowing Dirk Kuyt to slotted in the loose ball.

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Israeli clubs ready to tackle Euro giants

September 10, 2009

Israeli fans are looking forward to a festival of European club football next week as Bayern Munich and Celtic visit the country.

Maccabi Haifa host the Germans at Ramat Gan on Tuesday in the first round of matches in Champions League Group A. Two days later, Celtic visit the Bloomfield Stadium to play Hapoel Tel Aviv in the inaugural game of the Europa Cup group stage.

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Thornes open up in style

September 10, 2009

The opening weekend of the Maccabi Masters Football League saw victories for Glenthorne United A, North London Raiders and Glenthorne United B.

Sid Shaw (2), Adam Lennard and Jason Levy earned Glenthorne A a 4-2 win over Faithfold in Division One. Joel Nathan (2) replied.

North London Raiders beat London Maccabi Lions A 3-2 courtesy of goals from Richard Sacks, Paul Herszaft and Spencer Steinberg. Roger Sugarman and Darren Dryer replied.

Neil Richards and Danny Sellar steered Glenthorne B to a 2-1 success over Temple Fortune. Phil Bloomberg replied.

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Matt finish for Lions

September 10, 2009

A Matt Stock double and one from Daniel Levenfiche gave London Lions a 3-1 win over Hertford Heath to send them clear at the top of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Stock opened the scoring after 16 seconds as Lions made it 16 from 18 points. He added the second with a neat finish from an Adam Stolerman assist.

Hertford pulled one back but Daniel Levenfiche clinched the points with a tap-in 15 minutes from time.

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We can't hit a barn door: Hendon thrash Faithfold

By James Martin, September 10, 2009

JC MSFL Premier Division
Hendon United A 3-0 Faithfold A

Faithfold’s Zuriel Solomon tore into his troops after a disastrous start to the season against a rampant Hendon team.

The player-manager blasted his wasteful strikers, as they were swept aside by last season’s League Cup winners.

Bemoaning his side’s lack of cutting edge, Solomon said: “It was disappointing up front. We couldn’t hit a barn door with the way we finished out there.”

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Revitalised Levenfiche leads way as champs fly out of the traps

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Daniel Levenfiche, last season’s Player of the Year, started the season where he left off, scoring four second-half goals as defending champions North West Neasden A thumped Glenthorne United A 5-0. Danny Cohen claimed the other.

Premier Division new boys South Manx A beat London Maccabi Lions B 2-1 with strikes from Jamie Kent and captain Paul Babai.

Shock of the day came at Rowley Lane where efforts from Ben Kon, Chaim Gothold and Gav Noe earned Hendon B a 3-2 victory over Lions A.

Lions scored either side of half time but Hendon took the points.

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Avram is the man for Israel chief Luzon

By Simon Griver, September 10, 2009

Avram Grant, the former Chelsea manager, is the favourite to replace Dror Kashtan as head coach of the Israel national team, following the catastrophic home defeat to Latvia that realistically ended the team’s hopes of qualifying for World Cup finals.

Grant, 54, is the preferred choice of Avi Luzon, the Israel FA chairman, who made it clear that Kashtan will not continue for the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

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Israel handed World Cup lifeline

By Danny Caro, September 10, 2009

Israel were handed a World Cup lifeline as a late goal from Moldova in Greece saw the group’s bottom team claim an unlikely draw, a result which keeps the group, and Israel’s hopes, alive.

Even after Israel’s 7-0 win over Luxembourg last night, it looked as though the writing was on the wall for Dror Kashtan’s men following Saturday disastrous home defeat against Latvia.

Now, Kashtan is looking for a football miracle next month. Israel finish with matches at home to Moldova on October 10 followed by a trip to Switzlerland four days later.

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World Cup: Israel thrash Luxembourg

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

A hat-trick from Elyaniv Barda steered Israel to a 7-0 win over Luxembourg in Wednesday night World Cup qualifier in Ramat Gan.

Beaten 1-0 at home by Latvia at the weekend, Dror Kashtan's men led 4-0 at the break, with Genk striker Barda helping himself to a first-half hat-trick.

Barda opened the scoring after nine minutes. Aviram Bruchian doubled the lead six minutes later before Barda made it 3-0 midway through the half.

The striker, who was recently linked with a move to the Premiership, completed his treble two minutes before the break.

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