Football

Danny Reuben's double helps title shot

By Danny Caro, January 12, 2009

Two goals from Danny Reuben hauled London Maccabi Lions A back into the Maccabi Masters Division One title race as they beat leaders North London Raiders 2-1.

The result blew the title race wide open with Ashley Davidson’s goal coming in vain for the Raiders who lost player-manager Richard Sacks with ligament damage.

South Mancunians climbed into second place following a goalless draw against Temple Fortune.

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Double joy for Alyth youngsters

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

Alyth Belsize Under 10s started 2009 in style by claiming a double-header victory over HIS Hendon United B. Midfielders Anton Baleanu (3) and Daniel Bernbaum (2) along with Ben Shemtov, Josh Levi, Benji Ross and Tom Sanders helped them record respective 4-1 and 5-1 wins.
Boaz Barnard was the hat-trick hero as Hendon Hawks Broncos overcame Stonegrove Park 3-0. Stonegrove exacted revenge in part two, winning 2-1.

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Never forgotten: Ableson left his mark on and off the pitch

By Danny Caro, January 8, 2009

The Jewish cricket community was left reeling over the festive period following the death of Richard Ableson. The Belmont & Edgware all-rounder lost his battle against a leukaemia-related illness less than a year since emigrating to New York and getting married.

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Many happy returns as Fortune hit 40

January 8, 2009

Forty years to the day since the club was formed, Temple Fortune played a commemorative tournament at Princes Park in North West London, the home of TFFC’s origins.

A four-a-side competition featured 17 players with the Old Boys A team winning the final 5-4 in a penalty shootout. The match against the Old Boys B team finished 1-1.

The contest was decided when Moroccan Yali Mamouri, the competition’s top-scorer with 11 goals, converted to leave keeper Lee Fegan to save Rob Benson’s spot-kick. A team skipper Fegan was presented with the Jack Kyte Challenge Cup.

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Cup hopes put on hold

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

This season’s JC Barry Goldstein Trophy has been placed in doubt as the bad weather takes its toll on the MSFL season.

The Maccabi League programme has been hit badly by sub-zero temperatures and heavy rain. Eighteen matches fell victim to the weather last weekend and the forecast for Sunday looks set to see players kicking their heels again. London Maccabi Lions A have only played five league games.

League chairman David Wolff voiced his concerns in his column on www.thejc.com. He said: “It looks most unlikely that the Barry Goldstein Cup will take place this season.

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Blain sailing for rampant Raiders

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

A five-goal salvo from Jonny Blain helped North London Raiders A come from behind to claim a 7-2 victory over Division Four high-flyers Woodford Wanderers in the second round of the Peter Morrison Trophy.

Enfield Town hotshot Mitch Hahn gave the Wanderers an early lead but Blain, along with further strikes from Adam Posner and supersub Nicky Woolf eased Adam Fegan’s men through. Darryl Green scored Woodford’s second. The East Londoners finished with 10 men after player-manager

Alex Aviram was sent off following two cautions.

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War stops play

By Simon Griver, January 8, 2009

This weekend’s Israeli football programme has been postponed due to the fighting in Gaza.

“It would be wrong to play while residents are under fire and in bomb shelters,” an Israel Football Association spokesman explained.

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Cash keeps the Lions in charge

January 8, 2009

The top two in the Herts County Premier league London Lions and Codicote played out a 2-2 draw at Rowley Lane but had the Lions returned from their Christmas break with their shooting boots on the result would have been very different.

The pitch was just about playable after a heavy frost the night before and both teams started the game like they had just returned from a long break.

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Johnson to lead World Cup bid

January 8, 2009

Simon Johnson has been appointed chief operating officer on the executive management team of England 2018 Ltd, the company bidding to host the World Cup.

The former FA director of corporate affairs recently completed a six-month stint in the role as acting CEO.

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No Palace visit as Ben goes Dutch

By Simon Griver, January 8, 2009

Ben Sahar snubbed Championship clubs including Crystal Palace to agree a six-month loan deal with Dutch Premier League strugglers De Graafschap.

Sahar, 19, who is under contract to Chelsea until the summer of 2010, had loan spells with Championship sides QPR and Sheffield Wednesday last season. The Israeli striker has been on loan to Portsmouth since the start of the current campaign but failed to make an appearance.

“I had offers from the Championship in England,” said Sahar. “But there the game is based on long balls and much more physical play.

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