Yossi: 'I'll be ready'

March 11, 2009

Yossi Benayoun has played down fears that he will miss Israel’s World Cup qualifier against Greece at the end of the month.

The national team captain injured a hamstring in a training ground collision ahead of the midweek Champions League match against Real Madrid but has targeted a comeback for the match against Aston Villa, six days before the big match.

Benayoun said: “My aim is to be fit for Villa on March 22. I believe I will be ready to play then so there is no worry about my being fit for the Greece.”


Holders Brady beaten as Faithfold reach last four

March 5, 2009

Faithfold continued their relentless march towards the latter stages of the Henry Swerner Maccabi Masters League Cup by knocking out holders Brady Maccabi A 3-2.

Having disposed of Lions A in the previous round, they took early control in the last eight clash, forging into a three-goal lead at the interval courtesy of strikes from Robin Kay, Adam Barton and Jason Rich. And despite Marc Herman pulling two goals back for Brady in the second half, Adam Lustigman’s troops held on to become this season’s first confirmed semi-finalists.


Majestic Manx cut Oaks down to size

By Richard Jaye, March 5, 2009

Oakwood EDRS 1
South Manx A 3

South Manx boss John Nitka hailed his team’s “best performance of the season” as the leaders opened a six-point gap at the top of JC MSFL Division One with a comfortable win over their nearest challengers.

In a battle featuring teams promoted from Division Two last season, it was the visitors who ran out worthy winners with clinical finishing the difference between the sides.


Wax lyrical

March 5, 2009

Goals from Eddy Wax, Zac Gordon-Boyd and Ethan Ezra earned Alyth Belsize their fifth win of the campaign as they beat HMH 4-0 in the Under 14 Division.

Four goals from Josh Levy steered Hendon Hawks to a 10-3 win over HMH Blue in the Under 12 Division. Joel Baruch (3), Jacob Eli, Chaim Gilbert and Volvi Herskovic finished the job.

Avi Solomon, Shlomo Mirwis and Binny Feinmesser were on the mark as HIS Hendon United beat Brady Maccabi 3-1.



March 5, 2009

Israeli Premier Division leaders Maccabi Haifa saw their lead whittled down to a point as they were beaten by a strike from Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona Todor Kolev.

A first-half penalty from Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama maintained Hapoel Tel Aviv's title charge as they beat Bnei Sakhnin.

Betar Jerusalem beat Maccabi Netanya 2-1 in the top fixture with goals from Amit Ben Shushan and Cristian Alvarez.


Go Team

March 5, 2009

Player-manager Mitch Young believes his team have take a big step in the right direction following the 4-0 win over Assyria in the Middlesex Sunday Junior League.

Ahead of tomorrow's match against Division One leaders Copland, Young said: "We have nine games to go and we can't get too excited from this result as we face a tough match."

Looking back at the biggest win of their season, he said: "The work-rate, organisation and quality of football was so pleasing.


Leeds lose

March 5, 2009

Strikes from Jonny Alexander, Jordan Gold and Elliot Cantor saw Westdene 1st become the first side to beat runaway MJSL Joan Collins Premier Division leaders Leeds JNF J-Uni after a five-goal thriller. Jonathan Green and James Lesner replied for Leeds.

A depleted Crumpsall team, who due to injuries could only field nine-men, earned an admirable draw against Oakhill Lions. Uri Steinberg put Crumpsall ahead with Mick Kohn replying for the Lions.

Haroldeans thumped Westdene Reserves 5-0 courtesy of strikes from Eric Lewis (2), Zach Goodman, Stephen Rubin and an own goal.


United bridge the gap with RJC victory

March 5, 2009

Goals from Saul Conway and Greg Corin lifted Hendon United A into second place in the JC MSFL Premier Division following a 2-1 win over Redbridge Jewish Care.

Jimmy Lester cancelled out Adam Hakimi's opener to earn London Maccabi Lions B a point at Chigwell Athletic A. Lewis Walker and Jamie Shaw struck as Glenthorne United A came from behind to beat Faithfold A.

Mike Pearson (2), Andy Myers, Tony Gold and Max Fieldgrass steered London Maccabi Lions A to a 5-1 win over Bafana Bafana.

Two apiece from Chaim Gotho


Yossi: we're the Real deal

By Simon Griver, March 5, 2009

Yossi Benayoun says Liverpool must not be complacent when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 second leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

Leading 1-0, thanks to his late winner at the Bernabau, the Israel captain said: “The goal I scored will be worth nothing if we lose. “We will have to be wary because Real are a smart team with quality players. If we let them score first it will make things very difficult for us.”


Yossi completes good week

By Craig Silver, March 4, 2009

Yossi Benayoun struck his second goal in a week to help Liverpool back to winning ways in the 2-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Benayoun, who was surprisingly left out in the 2-0 defeat against Middleborough slotted home after Martin Fulop fumbled David Ngog’s hooked cross.

The delighted Israeli admitted the Reds were discouraged by their unexpected weekend defeat and badly needed to get the better of another north-east team back on their home patch.