Football

Lions regain top spot in Herts League

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2009

London Lions returned to the top of the Herts County Premier Division courtesy of an outstanding team performance that earned them a 1-0 victory at Park Street Village.

What made the win even more special was that it was in Park Street’s back yard, where no previous Lions team had been successful.

Lions produced their finest performance of the season and deserved the points against tough opposition.

They defended with heroic determination, attacked with poise and precision and eventually came out victorious, courtesy of an own goal from an undependable cross from Dean Nyman.

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Lions to play Redbridge in League Cup

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2009

MSFL giants London Maccabi Lions A and Redbridge Jewish Care A will go head-to-head in the tie of the second round following the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup draw made in Edgware on Monday night.

The Lions will go into the tie with a psychological edge having beaten the East Londoners 3-1 in the league a fortnight ago.

Lions’ B team have also drawn top-flight opposition in the shape of Glenthorne United A. The teams recently drew 4-4 in the league.

Holders Hendon United A have been drawn away at Division Four high-flyers Real Life.

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Maccabi tumble out of the cup

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2009

Manchester Maccabi 1st bowed out of the Margaret Piggot Memorial Cup after going down 2-1 against RVP.

Constant overnight rain and a ferocious howling wind made for a not so welcoming arena as Maccabi entertained fellow premier division opponents in the main cup for the league.

With striker Luc Fracheboud having returned to his home country, manager Scott McGarvey brought in bright prospect, David Herman up front to partner Leor Sidle.

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Hawks record a perfect 10

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2009

Hendon Hawks A Under 10s secured a third consecutive victory, beating Redbridge Jewish Care by 10-2 in the MGBPFL clash.

The Hawks were quick out of the starting blocks with Matti Karp opening the scoring with a counter-attack. A Redbridge corner was whipped in only to be headed out to Matti Karp, who ran the length of the pitch to slot the ball into the back of the net.

The Hawks continued to dominate proceedings and within minutes the Hawks lead was extended by David Amor, who was on hand to poach home the re-bound after Josh Weiler's effort was parried.

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Maccabi 'abusive' say referees

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

Maccabi League footballers are the most abusive of all to deal with, according to a number of referees who say it is putting them off the game.

Referees have said that players in the Maccabi Southern Football League (MSFL) are among the “worst” they have experienced.

Warwick Blake, 37, began refereeing the Sunday league less than a year ago but said he has already endured abuse and violence. Last month he returned to his car after a match to find all four of his tyres had been let down.

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Redbridge fail to seize hand of Gid

By James Martin, October 29, 2009

Temple Fortune 4-1 Redbridge Jewish Care C

Michael Winehouse watched in horror as his Redbridge Jewish Care C side missed a vital penalty-kick and lost their chance of getting back into the game.

With 30 minutes left and 3-1 down in this Cyril Anekstein Cup match, RJC were given a lifeline when Temple Fortune’s Gideon Wetrin was sent-off for deliberate handball on the line.

But Michael Konzon blasted the penalty against the post and with it went his side’s chance of forcing extra-time against a team two divisions higher.

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FC Team draw with FC Baresi

By James Martin, October 29, 2009

FC Team gained a hard-earned draw in their Middlesex County League Division One match against FC Baresi.

Richard Sternberg, playing right back, played a ball down the line to striker Irvine Howson, who skipped past two defenders, ran down the line and crossed to the on-rushing Adam Rone, who slid home his first of the season.

Richard Salmon had a seemingly good goal ruled offside. That proved crucial as an FC Baresi equaliser shortly before half-time brought them level.

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Maccabi Lions out of the London Sunday FA Cup

October 29, 2009

London Maccabi Lions B crashed out of the London Sunday FA Cup at the third round stage after they were hammered 5-1 by Lord Stanley. Sam Rosenthal claimed a consolation.

After a number of late dropouts, which led to several ‘C’ team players being drafted in, the Lions were left having to use manager Gavin Stollar, their sole player on the bench, as a second-half substitute after Raanan Firmin went off injured.

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Tel Aviv hope for Rapid rise

October 29, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv will move into the knock-out rounds of the Europa League, if they beat Rapid Vienna next Thursday.

Eli Guttman’s side, who recorded a 5-1 home win over Vienna last week, are joint top of their group.

Maccabi Haifa face Juventus at home in the Champions League next Tuesday night looking to exact revenge after losing in Turin last week. Avishai Levy’s side have yet to gain a point.

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Yossi creates havoc for United

October 29, 2009

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun continued his impressive start to the season with an assist in his side’s crucial league win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Playing right-midfield in place of the injured Steven Gerrard, the Israel captain gave United left-back Patrice Evra a torrid afternoon with his surging runs.

With his side having lost four successive games, Liverpool’s title hopes were on the line until Benayoun fashioned a defence-splitting pass for Fernando Torres who scored the side’s opener in the 65th minute.

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