Football

Poor Dror faces sack

By Simon Griver, April 7, 2009

Under-fire manager Dror Kashtan will not have his contract extended beyond June 2010, unless he can dramatically change Israel’s fortunes later this year.

The 2-1 defeat against Greece left the team in fourth place in their World Cup qualifying group, trailing Greece and Switzerland by four points and a point behind Latvia. It leaves them with little hope of reaching the finals in South Africa.

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Staying put

April 7, 2009

Goals from Val Toro (2), Rhi Gladman, Anjana Gadgil and Meroula Lazarou saw Hampstead Women Football Club secure their place in the Greater London Second Division North in emphatic style on the final day of the season after beating mid-table Garston Reserves 5-1 away.

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Reps finish on a high

April 7, 2009

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A 79th-minute strike from debutant Dovid Korman, 19, saw the Maccabi League rep team finish the London Inter-League Cup competition on a high as they beat the fancied London & Kent Borders League.

Having lost their first two games, this game was someone a dead-rubber for the Maccabi boys, but despite the absence of 15 regulars, they gave a great account of themselves against one of the tournament favourites.

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Glenthorne set up LML final date

April 7, 2009

Glenthorne United A and London Maccabi Lions B will contest the Henry Swerner MMFL Cup final after recording 3-1 victories in their respective semi-finals.

Glenthorne beat Faithfold courtesy of strikes from Jason Levy, Adam Lennard and Dave Michaels. Russell Rich grabbed Faithfold’s consolation.

Arthur Duke (2) and Howard Freeman earned Lions victory over South Mancunians for whom David Hyman was on target.

Goals from Jason Sears (2), David Rose and Marc Herman sent Brady Maccabi A top of the Maccabi Masters Division One table after beating Temple Fortune A 4-1.

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Free-scoring Hendon cruise into the final four

By Danny Caro, April 7, 2009

Goals from Josh Bentley (2), Greg Corin (2), Saul Conway and supersub Hadley Newman set Hendon United A up for a Peter Morrison Trophy semi-final against Leeds Maccabi after they beat Westdene 1st 6-1.

Paul Babai, Nick Smith, Dan Kent and Shai Davidi saw South Manx A edge into the fourth round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after beating Brixton Old Boys 4-3.

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Yossi does it again

April 6, 2009

Yossi Benayoun was the toast of Liverpool after his injury time winner put the Merseysiders top of the Premier League on Saturday night.

Having spurned two easier opportunities, the Israeli captain ended a disappointing week on a high after firing into the top corner to put the Reds ahead of Manchester United, who went on to finish the weekend top of the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 3-2.

Benayoun has made a habit of scoring vital goals with his Craven Cottage strike coming on the back of one at the Bernabeu in the Champions League.

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'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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