Football

JC Olim League review

By Danny Caro, January 10, 2011

A wonder goal from Yoni Sidi helped England FC maintain their 100 per cent record as they edged past Jerusalem in the battle between last season's top two finishers.

The meeting in Modiin saw England were looking to protect an perfect record against a Jerusalem side starting to find form at the right time.

Jerusalem were well marshalled by Dan Kosky and league veteran Danny Newman who were both outstanding at keeping the England team to little more than half chances and long shots in the first half.

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Richler-Kleinman lifts Manchester Maccabi

January 10, 2011

A Jacob Richler-Kleinman double lifted Manchester to fourth as they cruised past Harehill in the Thameside League Division One.

Rafi Leker sealed the points with a third in a win that delighted joint-manager Stuart Delmonte.

"It was a good all-round team performance, everyone was on their mettle. If we can carry on playing like that other teams will find it hard to beat us."

Maccabi forged ahead after 35 minutes when Richler-Kleinman's latched on to an Adam Lavin pass to smash home.

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Sporting JLGB wins seven-goal thriller

By David Gold, January 10, 2011

Sporting JLGB came from 3-1 down to win a thrilling Joan Collins Premier Division clash 4-3 against South Manchester 2nd at a windswept Hough End Playing Fields.

Jake Feinstein and Ben Polak put the hosts in control before Uri Steinberg pulled a goal back for JLGB. Ric Hershon restored South Manchester’s two goal advantage in the second half before a stirring comeback from the visitors thanks to another goal from Steinberg, Saul Davies and Adam Schwinger, to the delight of their manager Gavin Sharpe.

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Jerusalem hit the jackpot

January 6, 2011

Three goals from Eran Ben Ari helped Jerusalem return to form with a 6-1 demolition of Modi'in.

The Modi'in old boy came back to haunt his former club with three second-half goals in a one-sided contest as last season's runners-up clicked into gear.

Javier Mendez, Jerusalem's Chilean debutant, had an instant impact in his first JC Olim League match. He set up striker Eli Warner with his first touch, leaving the former North West Neasden marksman to fire home.

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Stone calls for calm at Barnet

By Danny Caro, January 6, 2011

First-team coach Michael Stone admits that he is facing the biggest challenge of his career with strugglers Barnet.

Stone, 32, has been retained by the club who sacked manager Mark Stimson following the 2-1 defeat at home to Aldershot on New Year's day.

The Bees lie bottom of the table with 19 points from 23 games and Stone will now work alongside caretaker-manager Paul Fairclough and continue
his role with individual player
development.

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Lennon: Kayal's my top boy

By Danny Caro, January 6, 2011

Neil Lennon, the Celtic manager, praised Israel midfield Biram Kayal following his match-winning display in his first Old firm derby.

The former Maccabi Haifa player had endured an injury-ravaged start to his career in Scotland since signing in July but produced a tigerish display in midfield in the 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

Lennon said: "He did exactly what we thought he was capable of. We brought him here because he is good at breaking the play up and strong in the tackle.

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Tamir: I'll decide my next move

By Simon Griver, January 6, 2011

Tamir Cohen, the Bolton midfielder, was set to return to England yesterday after completing his compassionate leave following the death of his father, Avi.

Indications are that Cohen would like to carry on with the Trotters, although he has not ruled out a return to Israel.

He said: "I do not yet know what I will be doing. Within the next three weeks I will decide if I am staying in England or returning to Israel to be close to my mother, brother and sister."

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Wasteful Lions put to the sword

By Danny Caro, January 5, 2011

London Lions started 2011 in disastrous fashion after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season.

They went down 5-0 at Hoddesdon Town but the scoreline in this South Midlands League Division One clash does not start to tell the story as the Lions bossed the game in terms of possession and chances.

The Lions started the match in sixth place but they were left to rue a string of missed chances and an inspired performance by home keeper Tom Bullock against a Hoddesdon team playing its first competitive game since November 27.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv sacks Avi Nimni

By Danny Caro, January 4, 2011

Maccabi Tel Aviv have parted company with manager Avi Nimni.

The decision follows yesterday’s 3-0 defeat against league leaders Maccabi Haifa that left them eight points off top spot in Ligat Ha’Al.

A statement on Maccabi website said: “The Ownership feels that the team’s performances to date have fallen short of the clear goals and expectations set out at the beginning of the year.”

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Tal Ben Haim in West Ham loan extension talks

December 29, 2010

Avram Grant has revealed that West Ham are in talks to extend Tal Ben Haim's loan deal until May.

The Hammers boss does not expect the Israeli defender to be returning to Portsmouth when his loan deal expires on Saturday.

Grant said: "We very much want Tal to stay. We have a problem over his contract with Portsmouth but he is good for us, and if they agree, we want to loan him until the end of the season."

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