Football

Yossi's friendly fire

February 12, 2009

A 76th minute strike from captain Yossi Benayoun gave Israel victory in an international friendly against Hungary in Ramat Gan on Wednesday night.

With temperatures dipping as low as 11 degrees, the Liverpool midfield diverted Omer Golan’s shot into the net.

The Liverpool midfielder made amends for shooting over an easy chance just three minutes before the goal. Roberto Colautti should also have scored in the 39th minute when he headed a simple chance over the bar.

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Organisation plans your next move

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

A new amateur football body has been set up that could help fast-track talented young Jewish players into the professional game.

The Non League Football Association enables players to take charge of their careers. Players register their details including a profile and playing history, before joining a website database accessible to prospective teams and managers.

Set up by Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth and directors Clive Pollard and Tony Marks, the NLFA also offers discounts on football boots, kit and merchandise.

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Katan puts Haifa clear

February 12, 2009

Maccabi Haifa moved six points clear at the top of the Israeli Premier Division after beating Hakoah Maccabi Amidar 2-0. Former West Ham striker Yaniv Katan and Gustavo Boccoli earned them their 11th victory in 19 matches.

Nearest challengers Maccabi Netanya needed a late strike from Snir Geuta to claim a point at Bnei Yehuda. Eliran Atar had opened the scoring.

Haim Megrelashvili and Scott Sealy were on the mark as Maccabi Tel Aviv won 2-1 at Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona. Guy Tzarfati replied.

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Cup games in fixture log-jam

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

The JC Cyril Anekstein Cup has been put on hold after the cold snap forced all but one scheduled match in Jewish football to be postponed last weekend.

For the first time in 46 years, the entire MSFL programme featuring 24 league and cup matches was wiped out with pitches deemed unfit as a result of the snow, frozen surfaces and waterlogging.

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Wingate beaten by leaders

By Paul Lerman, February 11, 2009

Ryman League Division One North
Wingate & Finchley 0 Aveley 1

Despite being the better side for the large majority of the game, Wingate & Finchley eventually lost out to table-toppers Aveley.

The Blues attacked right from the very start; in a crowded box Chris Chase almost scored a spectacular goal with a deft back-heel but he narrowly missed the target.

Craig Ellis then had a free header from a deep corner, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the goalline.

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Grant favourite to replace Adams at Pompey

By Danny Caro, February 9, 2009

Avram Grant is the 6/4 favourite to replace Tony Adams as manager of Portsmouth.

Adams was sacked on Sunday night, following the 3-2 defeat against Liverpool.

A Portsmouth spokesman said: "The priority is for Portsmouth football club to remain in the top flight and we feel the appointment of a new manager will give us the best opportunity to enable us to do this."

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Pinner win

February 5, 2009

Pinner JFC Under 11s reached the final of the Watford Friendly League seven-a-side Challenge Cup after beating Oakhill Tigers Falcons 7-0.

Goals from Ben Graham (3), George Weston (2), Jeremy Ben-Nathan and Maxim Green set up a match against Eastbury Farm on May 10.

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Uni boys march on in style as Sporting suffer

February 5, 2009

Runaway leaders Leeds JNF J-Uni maintained their 17-point lead at the top of the Manchester Jewish Soccer League’s Joan Collins Premier Division after hammering Sporting JLGB 8-0.

Elliot Wallis (3) led the way with Paul Harris (2), Adam Lemon (2) and Josh Rubin wrapping up the team’s 14th win in 15 matches.

Second-placed Oakhill Lions, who have three games in hand, were also convincing winners. They mauled Westdene Reserves 7-1, courtesy of goals from Daniel Cohen (3), Yishai Last (2), Alex Bloch and Jonny Ison. Adam Berman replied.

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Redbridge stun Kenton

By Craig Silver, February 5, 2009

A brace from Daniel Levicki plus strikes from Max Solomons and Ollie Brooks helped Redbridge Jewish Care beat league leaders Kenton Maccabi in the Under 17 top-of-the-table clash. Steven Field (2) hit back for Kenton, whose lead has been whittled down to a point.

Hendon Hawks Under 14s won a thrilling Woody’s Cup second round tie 4-2 on penalties as they beat HMH. The teams were locked at 2-2 after extra time.

Jonah Gordon-Boyd scored the only goal of the game as Alyth Belsize White beat HMH Purple to move up to fourth in the Under 12 Division.

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Green departs as Chigs freshen up

By Danny Caro, February 5, 2009

Chigwell Athletic A have appointed Danny Berg and Greg Bookman as their new management team following the resignation of Russell Green.

Green, who has stood down for personal reasons, was appointed A team manager last summer after leading the B team to the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final as well as two league titles.

Berg steps up from being assistant-manager of the top-flight high-flyers.

Green said: “Unfortunately I’m unable to continue to give Chigwell my full attention when they need it and that is not good enough for me or the club.

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