Football

'We must do better against Chelsea,' says Benayoun

January 29, 2009

Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun cut a frustrated figure after Liverpool slipped to third in the Premier League following Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Wigan.

Benayoun, 28, claimed his second goal of the season with a brilliant finish from an acute angle to put the Reds ahead after 41 minutes.

He was substituted after 75 minutes after receiving a knock to the head.

"Scoring goals is good on a personal level, but the important thing is to play well for the team,” he said. “I was quite happy with the way I played today, but it obviously wasn't good enough in the end.

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Juniors given lifeline but it’s the end of the road for Brady

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

There was good news and bad news in the world of Jewish sport this week. The good news is that the future of junior football has been secured by the Maccabi (Southern) Primary Football League after coming up with a rescue package to take in teams from the AJY next season.

The fact that it has taken just a week to put plans into place does not surprise me as I know that there are many key players around who realise the importance of the issue.

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Faithfold knock the spots off lame Lions

By Danny Caro and Jeremy Silverstone, January 29, 2009

Faithfold player-manager Adam Lustigman believes his team can win the cup after they recorded a dramatic comeback to beat former winners London Maccabi Lions A in a penalty shootout.

Lustigman was bemused to see his team throw away a three-goal lead with the Lions hitting the target five times to go in ahead at the break.

The Superhoops had got off to a dream start with strikes from Adam Barton (2) and Andrew Hearn putting them in pole position inside the opening 15 minutes.

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'Clubs must co-operate' says Wolff

By Danny Caro, January 29, 2009

David Wolff, chairman of the JC MSFL, has voiced his concerns about the season being completed after virtually the entire programme was called off on Sunday due to the weather.

Things had looked promising up until the early hours of Sunday morning when a torrential downpour led to matches in North West and East London being postponed at the last minute.

Only three games were played. A full programme has not been played since early December with frozen or waterlogged pitches leaving league organisers with a race against time to get the campaign completed.

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London Lions hit 14 against Bedmond

January 29, 2009

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London Lions 14

London Lions maintained their three-point lead at the top of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division with a stunning 14-2 win over Bedmond Sports & Social.

Having beaten Bedmond 10-0 in October, the Lions were odds-on to take maximum points but few in the ground were expecting double figures.

The teams were locked at 1-1 after 25 minutes but Tony Gold’s troops scored five more goals before the break with the second half a one-sided contest.

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We’re on target for promotion, says Furman

By Craig Silver, January 29, 2009

On-loan Bradford City midfielder Dean Furman is fully focused on getting the club promoted after scoring his first goal for them.

Since joining on a six-month deal from Scottish champions Rangers, Furman, 20, has played a key role in the team’s title push.

He found the net with a fine left-foot strike from the edge of the box, helping the Bantams come from 2-0 down to draw at Luton, and was delighted to do it in front of his watching family and friends who had made the trip to Kenilworth Road.

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Leeds win

January 29, 2009

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A hat-trick from Elliot Wallis eased Leeds JNF J-Uni into the semi-finals of the Feldman Trophy as they thumped Haroldeans 7-0. Adam Blin (2), Marc Hecht and Alex Hirschman completed the rout.

Goals from Marc Zemmel and Arran Clayton put Westdene Reserves into the second round of the Tony Cohen Memorial Cup as they claimed a 2-1 win over Sporting JLGB. Alex Woolf was the JLGB scorer.

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Primary League saves junior soccer

January 29, 2009

The future of Jewish junior football looks to have been secured after the Maccabi (Southern) Primary Football League (MSPFL) confirmed that it would accommodate players aged seven to 17 next season.

The move came following last week’s announcement of the closure of the AJY Football League at the end of the current season. The MSPFL held an executive management meeting on Monday to find a way to save the junior game and it was unanimously agreed that they would run football for all age groups next season, and make every effort to provide the best facilities available for this to happen.

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Cricklewood up the ante in title race

By Danny Caro and Craig Silver, January 29, 2009

AC Cricklewood player-manager Elliot Chalmers believes that his team’s experience could give them the upper hand as the race for the JC MSFL Division Three title hots up.

Lying fourth in the table, strikes from Mark Wagman (2), Daniel Ruckin (2) and supersubs Richard Davis and Jeremy Kornhauser helped them record a 6-2 success over Zig Zag on a plastic pitch in Borehamwood.

Chalmers said: “It was a really good win, considering we’d not played on an artificial pitch all season. We started really well which was very important after last week.”

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Issy Bernstein in bid to buy Betar Jerusalem

By Simon Griver, January 29, 2009

A London-based property millionaire is in negotiations to buy Israeli champions Betar Jerusalem, the JC understands.

Issy Bernstein, 77, flew to Moscow last week to meet Betar owner Arkady Gaydamak and has since instructed his lawyers in Israel to conduct due diligence examination of the club’s books.

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