Riding the wave

By James Martin, October 1, 2009

JC MSFL Premier Division:
North West Neasden B 3
Brady Maccabi 0

Brady manager Simon Hakim was left bemoaning a controversial offside decision which effectively cost his side any hope of getting a result against a strong looking NWN B.

With just five minutes of the first-half remaining, and with his side already trailing 1-0, Neasden’s Bruno Frankel was played into the penalty area and slotted underneath Oliver Colmans. Despite taking a minute to confer with his assistant, referee Nigel Burns awarded the goal, sparking heavy protests from the Brady team.


Chelsea flop Ben Sahar proves critics wrong in La Liga

October 1, 2009

Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, has put his Premier League blues behind him after making a flying start for Espanyol in La Liga.

The Israeli opened his account in the 2-1 win over Malaga and spoke of his preference for the Spanish League.

“In England the game is fast but also very physical,” he said, “but I’m enjoying my football more in Spain where the game is more technical and based less on long balls. You also have much more space and that’s what I like.”


Champions League: Haifa slip again

By Danny Caro, September 30, 2009

An 83rd minute header from Michael Ciani condemned Maccabi Haifa to their second consecutive Champions League defeat.

The Israel frustrated the French champions Bordeaux, restricting them to half chances and looked threatening on the counter-attack at the Stade Chaban Delmas.

Haifa finished with 10 men after Baram Kayal was shown a straight red card for a dangerous challenge two minutes from time.


Levy: All is not lost for Haifa

By Simon Griver, September 24, 2009

Maccabi Haifa manager Elisha Levy is confident his team can get their Champions League plans back on track when they travel to Bordeaux on Wednesday.

The Israeli champions will look to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League group match.


South Mancunians fold after one match

September 24, 2009

South Mancunians B have folded just one game into the MSFL new season. Beaten 6-1 by L’Equipe on the opening week, a player shortage left them with no option but to disband their Division Three team.

Chairman Simon Davidson said: “Now we plan to concentrate on our A team and the Masters. I think it’s a good place to be. I feel a bit let down and am obviously sorry to have to let teams down.”


Accrington Stanley appoint woman chairman

By Danny Caro, September 24, 2009

Marcelle Lazarus, the new co-chairman at Accrington Stanley, is confident of helping the cash-strapped club stay in business.

Stanley was served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes. An outstanding £308,000 bill must be paid by November and Lazarus, 47, a mother of six from Whitfield, has been looking to develop the club brand with her contacts in the sport.


Haifa beat Hapoel

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2009

Defending champions Maccabi Haifa maintained their 100 per cent record in this season’s Israeli Premier Division with a 2-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv at the Bloomfield Stadium.

First half strikes from captain Yaniv Katan and Eyal Golasa gave them the upper hand and although Itai Shechter pulled one back before haif time, the Greens went on to record their fourth league win of the campaign.

Haifa made a dream start with ex-West Ham player Katan putting them ahead from the penalty spot after Omri Canada handled in the area a minute into the contest.


Hapoel Tel Aviv topple Celtic

By Danny Caro, September 18, 2009

Two goals in the last 15 minutes helped Hapoel Tel Aviv come from behind to humble Celtic in the opening Europa League Group C match at the Bloomfield Stadium on Thursday night.

The Scottish giants led at the break through Georgios Samaras but Nemanja Vučićević levelled after 75 minutes and supersub Maaran Lala struck the winner two minutes from time.

Hapoel coach Eli Gutman said: "We decided to take a risk at half-time and we started to pressure the Celtic defence. We played very well in the second half and I think we deserved to win this game."


Champions held up by the Manx

September 17, 2009

Defending champions Brady Maccabi A were forced to settle for a point against South Mancunians with Laurence Beck (2) and Nick Collins on target in a 3-3 draw in Division One. Paul Herszaft, Mark Powell and Jon Cohen netted for Manx.

Title rivals London Maccabi Lions A and Glenthorne United A drew 1-1. Nick Baum’s strike was cancelled out by Jason Levy.

Trevor Tucker, debutant Henry Charles and Martin Schultz were on target as Brady B overcame Ashlodge 3-2 in Division Two. Geoff Green and Glen Hyams replied.


MSFL: North West Neasen stop title rivals

By Danny Caro, September 17, 2009

North West Neasden A captain Jonny Ellis was proud of his team’s never-say-die attitude as the defending JC MSFL champions came from two goals down to claim a vital draw at title rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A at Redbridge FC.

The clash of the titans saw the hosts make a dream start with summer signing Mitch Lassman and Steve Summers put them in a strong position at the break.