Football

Oakwood lose after late penalty denied

By Richard Jaye, March 25, 2010

Oakwood manager Ric Blank was left cursing his luck after his team was denied a late penalty in the 2-1 defeat against Premier Division Faithfold in the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

With the match deep into stoppage time in extra time, Oakwood substitute Ben Myers went down following a challenge from Faithfold keeper Bradley Lee but referee Martin Fox, who had replaced Robert Bernardout, ignored their appeals.

Blanc said: "In my opinion it was a stonewall penalty. I just cannot understand why it was not given."

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Luis Fernandez: I'll take Israel to Euro 2012

By Simon Griver, March 25, 2010

Luis Fernandez is confident that he can help Israel qualify for the Euro 2012 finals after being appointed manager of the national team.

The 50-year-old Frenchman signed an 18-month contract worth 720,000 euros on Sunday. He will receive an a bonus of 250,000 euros if Israel reaches the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Speaking from Tel Aviv, Fernandez said: "Israel has always been a team that almost qualifies. I believe we can make it. It will be a difficult task but we have the players to achieve qualification."

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Neasden seal quarter final place

March 25, 2010

North West Neasden B booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy after beating Division One rivals Redbridge B 4-2.

Bradley Sharp, Ben Wulwik (below), Stevie Krein and an own goal helped them through. Mike Konzon and Jamie Cooper replied for RJC.

Hendon United A moved a step closer to retaining the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after thumping London Maccabi Lions B 4-0 with goals from Avidan Last (2), Motti Korman and Michael Slavinsky.

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Crumpsall end league losing streak

March 23, 2010

It was 13th time lucky for Crumpsall who ended their losing streak with a hard earned draw against fellow strugglers Sporting JLGB.

Crumpsall started the match in upbeat fashion, closing down Sporting and not allowing them any time on the ball.

These tactics paid off as in the fifth minute, Michael Pine seized on a loose ball to poke beyond Simon Shless in the Sporting goal.

This buoyed up Crumpsall who started to play some really nice football which was a joy to watch, although every time they got in on goal the strikers seemed to freeze and spurned their opportunities.

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Lions reach cup final

March 22, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 13s booked their place in the Phil Spanjer Under Southern Maccabi National Cup final after beating Alyth Belsize 4-0.

On the first warmer Sunday afternoon of the year, on a tacky pitch in Hendon, the Lions produced a solid performance to secure a final spot.

The Lions had the majority of the play in the match and created a myriad, née plethora of chances, finding the net four times, and hitting the bar twice.

After a superb early Lions move, the inimitable Jack Reece hit the first goal in the first 10 minutes after a great volley.

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Rampant Lions in double-header delight

March 22, 2010

London Maccabi Lions Under 10s claimed a pair of victories over Edson.

On the first warmer Sunday afternoon of the year, on a big tacky pitch in Burnt Oak, the Lions produced two great performances of quality football, to secure two wins and a real statement of intent to stake a claim near the top of the league.

In match one, the Lions started well and despite the opposition being physically strong, played some lovely midfield triangles and moved the ball well.

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Collins predicts ‘close’ Masters finish

By Jeremy Silverstone, March 22, 2010

Brady Maccabi A player-manager Daniel Collins predicted an exciting finish after his team closed the gap at the top of Division One to two points following a 4-2 victory over leaders Glenthorne United A.

A hat-trick from Nick Collins plus one from Mark Wagman saw them register their eighth win of the campaign. Jason Levy and Richard Goldstein struck for Glenthorne.

Collins said: “We’re closing the gap. It should be a good finish.”

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FC Team maintain promotion push

March 22, 2010

FC Team took their unbeaten run to 10 matches after thumping Regents Park 4-0 in Division One of the Middlesex County League.

Manager Mitch Young opted to change formation, reverting to 4-4-2. Straight from the kick off the wide players were causing damage, setting up Richard Salmon for two golden opportunities however the big man saw both efforts saved by the Regents keeper.

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Fernandez appointed Israel manager

By Danny Caro, March 22, 2010

Luis Fernandez will lead Israel in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

The 50-year-old Frenchman was appointed Israel manager on Sunday and has signed an 18-month contract starting May 1. This will be extended if Israel reaches the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

Speaking in Tel Aviv after receiving his appointment, Fernandez said: “Israel has always been a team that almost qualifies. I believe we can qualify.”

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Avram Grant: We might play a weak team

By Danny Caro, March 19, 2010

Avram Grant, the Portsmouth manager, has issued a warning that he could play weakened teams for the rest of the Premier League campaign after the team were hit with a nine-point penalty for entering administration, effectively sealing their relegation to the Championship.

Having booked their place in the FA Cup semi-final – where they await the winner of the Fulham vs Spurs replay –Grant’s decision could impact on teams at both ends of the table.

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