Football

'My boys will fight until the death,' says Stone

January 29, 2009

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East Thurrock United 2

Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone was delighted with the character shown by his team as the blues maintained their playoff push with a hard-earned draw against fellow high-flyers East Thurrock United.

“I thought we had a great start and in the first 25 minutes caused East Thurrock all sorts of problems. We scored one during this period and if we had added another I really feel that it would have been difficult for them to come back.”

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Perfect 10

January 29, 2009

HIS Hendon United Under 14s made it 10 out of 10 with a 4-2 win over Stonegrove Park. The league leaders saw off their nearest rivals courtesy of strikes from Daniel Goodman (2), Mordi Weiler and Joseph Gourgey. Adam Gold and Daniel Kuber netted for Stonegrove.

Alyth Belsize condemned Hendon Hawks to their eighth defeat in nine matches with a 5-3 victory.

Goals from Noah Bier and Dan Cohen helped AC Whetstone maintain their grip on third spot in the Under 12 Division with a 2-1 victory over Hendon Hawks.

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Faithfold master the Lions in the cup

By Danny Caro, January 26, 2009

In the Henry Swerner Maccabi Masters League Cup, sponsored by Tux’n’Tails, the big shock was provided by Faithfold, who raced into an early 3-0 lead against London Maccabi Lions A, then found themselves 5-3 down by half-time. They eventually clawed it back to 5-5 by the end of normal time, and won 4-2 on penalties.

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United win

January 22, 2009

Hendon Interschools Hendon United A (HISHU A) won the Maccabi Primary League indoor Under 11 five-a-side competition without conceding a goal.

They saw off the challenge of 10 other teams and clinched a place in the final with a 5-0 win over Hendon Hawks. They beat Alyth Belsize B in by the same scoreline in the final.

Hendon Hawks A Tigers beat Hendon Hawks Bears B in an Under Nine Division double-header where Joel Gottlieb was the star of the show.

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LML on fire

January 22, 2009

London Maccabi Lions Under 15s went top of the Watford Friendly League Division Two following a 5-1 win over St. Albans City.

David Smouha (3), Joshua Bloom and Max Wegoda set the team up for Sunday’s League Cup quarter-final against Division One leaders Muswell Hill.

Joshua Burchhardt (3), Jordan Aspis, Marcus Godfrey, Joe Herman and Toby Ollins helped Pinner Under 12s fight back from a goal down to beat Borehamwood Youth Diamonds in the WFL Yellow Division.

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Edgy Lions reach semis the hard way

January 22, 2009

London Lions reached the semi-finals of the Herts Centenary Trophy after beating Wormley Rovers 4-1 on penalties but the HSCL leaders made heavy weather of a game they should have put to bed in normal time.

The officiating throughout was pedantic and at times over-zealous, and given that the game was played in a fantastically competitive manner, with not one bad tackle in the entire 120 minutes, the referee still managed to book eight players and send one off.

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Ricklow hits the jackpot

January 22, 2009

A superb individual effort from Darryl Ricklow capped a 5-0 win as South Mancunians came from behind to beat Faithfold to move to within a point of top spot in Division One of the Maccabi Masters League.

Adam Barton put Faithfold ahead but Nick Tromans (2), Mark Powell and Barry Abraham added to Ricklow’s strike that saw him complete a run from the halfway line with a chip over the keeper.

Defending champions Brady Maccabi fell behind twice before beating EDRS Stonegrove 4-2. Laurence Myers (3) and Laurence Beck completed the comeback. Mark Kingston was among the EDRS scorers.

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Leeds win

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

MJSL Leeds JNF J-Uni opened up a 17-point lead at the top of the Joan Collins Premier Division after beating Roy’s Rovers 3-1.

Josh Rubin, Daniel Henig and Paul Harris earned Leeds their 12th win in 13. Tal Marcus replied.

Two goals from Johnny Lapidus steered Manchester Maccabi 4th to a 5-1 victory over Sporting JLGB. Ben Annis, Ben Morrison and Darren Cohen were their other scorers. Jarod Cohen claimed JLGB’s consolation.
Daniel Rose (2) and Marc Zemmel struck as Westdene Reserves beat Republic of Mancunia 3-1. Rick Stark was the Mancunia scorer.

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Pulling out the stops to ensure I don’t miss game of my life

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2009

Just days before the biggest game of my life, I received the news that confirms my worst fears. I have osteoarthritis in several parts of my body. I’ve been waking up in pain for the last few months and received the dreaded prognosis that explains so many things, including the fact that I am not a hypochondriac. And even though depression is one of the possible complications, I promise to keep my head up and deal with the ailment to the best of my ability.

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Haifa lose

By Craig Silver, January 22, 2009

Strikes from Lior Asulin and Pablo Bastianini condemned Israeli Premier Division leaders Maccabi Haifa to their second defeat as they were beaten at Maccabi Petach-Tikva.

Shalev Menashe popped up with the winner as title-chasing Maccabi Netanya beat Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Goals from Shay Abutbul and Samuel Yeboah saw Hapoel Tel Aviv maintain their hopes with a 2-0 success against Ashdod.

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