Football

'Kashtan will stay' says Luzon

By Simon Griver, April 2, 2009

Since becoming the first Israeli elected on to Uefa Executive Committee, IFA chairman Avi Luzon’s first assignment was to defend national team boss Dror Kashtan, who came under attack from the media following the draw at home to Greece.

Trailing 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Ramat Gan, Israel were booed off the pitch. But Luazon said that Kashtan would remain manager until the end of the qualifying campaign regardless of results.

He singled out former national team manager Shlomo Scharf and ex-Premier League star Eyal Berkovic, both media commentators, for his wrath.

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Leeds strike back to hurt Harmen

By Danny Caro, April 2, 2009

Leeds Maccabi came from two goals down to reach the semi-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy after beating Southgate Harmen A 5-2 after extra time. A first-half brace from Russell Becker put Harmen in the box seat but a goal either side of the break put Leeds back in the tie.

Michael Pearson (3), David Dinkin (2), Ben Joseph and Max Fieldgrass eased holders London Maccabi Lions A into the fourth round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after they hammered North London Raiders A 7-2. Adam Posner (2) replied.

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FC Team on the up

By Danny Caro, April 2, 2009

FC Team chairman Mitch Young hailed a great weekend for the club after their respective three teams enjoyed memorable victories.

The club’s Saturday team, debuting in the Middlesex County League Division One, boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with a last-gasp 2-1 win over high-flying London United. Rich Sternberg claimed his second of the campaign, together with an excellent defensive display had Young beaming. “Our defence is now showing collectively that they are a great unit in County level football.

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The lights go out on Maccabi reps

April 2, 2009

The JC MSFL Rep Team crashed out of the London Inter-League Cup competition after losing 3-1 against North London & South Herts League in Enfield.

Having lost their opening fixture 2-0 against the Turkish Federation League, Maccabi went into the game knowing that only a win would keep them alive in the competition. Tony Gold, the former Rep Team boss who led the team to their only success in the competition, put the visitors ahead but the team found themselves 2-1 down at the break. Gold had a second-half free-kick ruled out for encroachment before the hosts scored a third.

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Brady close in on title

April 2, 2009

Brady Maccabi sent out a title warning to long-time leaders North London Raiders after thumping Faithfold 9-0. Nick Collins (2), Scott Ansher (2), Laurence Beck, Laurence Myers, Marc Lee, Marc Herman and Mark Abrahams all scored to take Brady to within a point of Raiders, with a game in hand.

London Maccabi Lions A hammered South Manx 7-2 with Danny Reuben (3), Adam Lee (2), Warren Leader and Phil Lewis scoring. Nick Roman and Nick Tromans replied for Mancs.

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Israel's World Cup hopes fade

April 2, 2009

Israel's World Cup hopes were left hanging by a thread after they were beaten by Group Two leaders Greece in Heraklion on Wednesday night.

The teams were locked 1-1 in Ramat Gan on Saturday and the return started in similar fashion.

Israel controlled the early stages but lacked quality in the final third. Greece then started to dominate with defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos spurning a golden opportunity.

It came as no surprise when Dimitris Salpigidis opened the scoring on 32 minutes with a sweetly struck effort from the edge of the box.

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Gold lays into sorry Lions

March 30, 2009

HSCL Prem Division:
London Lions 2 Hertford Heath 3

Player inconsistency and unavailability are close to destroying all of Lions’ hard work this season as they suffered another set back at home, losing 3-2 to Hertford Heath.

With so many player changes week in and week out, the side have lost that momentum which they had in abundance prior to Christmas.

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Winston tastes first defeat

By Paul Lerman, March 30, 2009

Ryman League Division One North:
Maldon Town 2 Wingate & Finchley 1

With goals at the start and end of the game, Maldon Town somehow took all three points from this game and dented Wingate & Finchey's playoff hopes.

The home side took the lead in only the second minute through a free kick that was swung in from the left wing for centre-back Nathan Fletcher who jumped in space to head the ball perfectly into the top corner.

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Team's great escape is still on

March 30, 2009

Middx County Division One:
FC Team 2 London United 1

FC Team kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation with a gutsy win over high-flying London United.

After back-to-back defeats, which saw a great run come to an end and Team drop back into the relegation zone, Mitch Young’s troops faced a London United team who were high in confidence and lying fifth in the league.

Team knew they had to stop leaking goals to maintain their push to survive in Division One and Young changed the formation allowing Dan Silverman to play in a sweeper role to protect the defence.

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Lions don't listen as Baldock go to Town

March 30, 2009

HSCL Res. Div. One:
Baldock Town 3 London Lions Reserves 0

Baldock avenged their defeat at the hands of Lions reserves a month ago, although the final result suggests a far more comprehensive and comfortable win than it was, as the visitors recovered from an awful start to make quite a game of it.

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