Managers say total revamp is needed for MSFL

By Danny Caro, January 27, 2011

The Maccabi League is in need of a serious restructure, say some of its top managers who believe a complete overhaul is vital to make it more competitive and credible.

They have called for change after the Premier Division was cut to eight teams for the second consecutive season. This means that relegation from the top-flight appears unlikely and some teams are only four matches away from completing their league season.


South Manchester edged out by 10-man Saints

By Danny Caro, January 25, 2011

South Manchester lost narrowly to Saints, last year’s champions, who they beat in the early weeks of the season-when scoring goals seemed to be no problem.

Since the departure of Toby Levy and Harvey Kaye to China for a year the inability to put the ball in the net despite dominating

Many games has cost them.Six of the squad are aged 21 or under and teams are resorting to physical tactics to stop their pacy free flowing football.


Pinner make their point

By Danny Caro, January 24, 2011

Under 18s maintained their title hopes with a 2-2 draw against Park Street Village in the Watford Friendly League Yellow Division.

The table-topping Sky Blues Under 18s arrived for their crucial league match with only eleven available players. Opponents Park Street hadn't played for some weeks due to bad weather and provided very tough opposition, which belied their mid-table status.

An even first half ended with an excellent finish from Matt Goodfield after he was set up by a fine through ball from skipper Alex Trup to put Pinner one up at the break.


Lion cubs reach Herts Cup semi-finals

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

London Maccabi Lions Under 13 WFL team have secured a semi-final berth in the Herts County Cup.

A superb performance all-round saw the Lions recover from a 2-0 deficit to run out 6-3 winners against Echoes Youth.

As they had last week, Lions started very sluggishly and within three minutes of the start found themselves a goal behind after some excellent work from the Echoes striker resulted in a right-foot strike finding the bottom corner of Josh Tray’s goal.

Shortly after it was 2-0 when the same striker finished superbly in a similar fashion to his first.


London Lions reach Herts Centenary semis

By Danny Caro, January 24, 2011

London Lions booked their place in the semi-finals of the Herts FA Centenary Senior Trophy after overpowering high-flying Kings Langley.

Two goals from Aron Barnes set up a tasty semi-final against London Colney. TJ Keterman and Matt Stock completing the scoring in a 4-1 victory.

Tony Gold, the Lions manager, said: “It was a truly inspiring performance from the Lions who gave their visitors a footballing lesson.”

Lions: Davis, Barnes, Myeroff, Morris, Souter, C. Ellis, Gold, Stanton, Gottlieb (sub: Stanley), Stock, Keterman (sub: B. Ellis)


Joy for Jaffa

January 20, 2011

Strikes from Daniel Berkeley (2), Nir Madmon, Eyal Hoffman and Asaf Shapira and Nir Hacohen earned 10-man Jaffa a 6-0 victory over Modiin in the JC Olim League.

Rani Madmon was sent off and will miss the next match against Ashdod.

Next week's action sees title hopefuls England FC take on Raanana as well as a bottom-of-the-table clash between Netanya and Aviv City.

The eight-team league will soon be split into two divisions of four.


Itay Shechter Premier League move off

By Simon Griver, January 20, 2011

Itay Shechter's dream of moving to the Premier League this month has been left in tatters. The Israeli striker was taken off with a dislocated shoulder just two minutes into Hapoel Tel Aviv's Ligat Ha'Al match against Hapoel Akko.

Shechter had only just returned to fitness after dislocating the same shoulder last month and will now require surgery which will keep him out for at least three months.

Last week, Italian Serie A side Chievo had an offer for Shechter turned down by Hapoel. The Israeli has also been linked with Celtic, Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle and Aston Villa.


Cardiff in for defender Dekel Keinan

January 20, 2011

Dekel Keinan has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with Cardiff City.

The Blackpool defender will earn £420,000-a-year, slightly higher than his earnings at Bloomfield Road, and receive a £100,000 bonus if Cardiff are promoted this season.

The Bluebirds currently lie third in the Championship, two points behind Swansea in the automatic promotion second place but with a game in hand.


Levy replaces Malmilian as Betar coach

By David Gold, January 18, 2011

Uri Malmilian left Betar Jerusalem on Monday morning as his disappointing tenure as coach of the team he served with distinction as a player came to an end.

Roni Levy was quickly installed as his replacement.

Malmilian had already offered his resignation once this season, but his latest meeting over the weekend with club chairman Itzik Kornfein resulted in the two agreeing to part company by mutual consent.


Magic Morris inspires FC Team

By Danny Caro, January 18, 2011

High-flying FC Team came from 3-1 down to win a seven-goal thriller against Greens United in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Playing their first match for six weeks, FC Team looked rusty early on and they found themselves with an uphill task after 45 minutes.

Mitch Young’s men showed great character with debutant James Brookner playing a key role.

Richard Salmon and Josh Morris among the scorers as they moved to within three points of top spot with three games in hand.

Young said: “We showed great spirit and belief to come back and win the game.