Football

Rule change lifts Haifa’s Uefa hopes

By Simon Griver, May 27, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will represent Israel in next season’s Uefa Champions League after clinching the Premier League title for the 11th time.

A 2-0 away win over Maccabi Netanya gave the Greens an unassailable lead over second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv with one game remaining.

The title is a major triumph for manager Elisha Levy in his first year in charge.

Goals from Thembinkosi Fanteni and Biram Kiyal were enough to seal Maccabi’s fourth Israeli crown in six years and their first since winning three in a row between 2003 and 2006.

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Hendon fall short, Faithfold fall down

By Richard Jaye, May 21, 2009

Faithfold B 2-3 Hendon united B

Hendon United B’s title charge fell agonisingly short despite winning the JC MSFL Division One end-of-season showdown to send Faithfold B down.

Going into the game, Hendon knew that a three-goal victory would see them pip South Manx A to the title, while Faithfold B needed a draw to leapfrog Brixton Old Boys.

A gripping contest played in wintry conditions saw Faithfold dominate the opening stages and they deservedly went ahead on 12 minutes when Richard Baum’s free-kick slipped through the fingers of keeper Nicky Rosenthal.

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A-teams to meet in cup final

By Mike Perkin and Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

North West Neasden A and Hendon United A will meet in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final after coming through their respective semi-finals on Wednesday night.

Hendon overcame cup holders London Maccabi Lions A on penalties after twice coming from behind in normal time.

Although Lions had beaten Hendon in a league double-header on Sunday, it was the visitors who started the better.

Two well-taken strikes from Michael Pearson were cancelled out by Hendon supersub Saul Conway, with his second coming seconds before the final whistle.

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Brighton in Bloom

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

Brighton & Hove Albion have become the envy of football clubs across the country following an £80 million injection from internet gambling entrepreneur Tony Bloom.

Dividing his time between Sussex and Melbourne, the club’s new chairman marks a third generation to have a member on the board.

His uncle, Ray, is a club director and Harry, his grandfather, was vice-chairman when the club reached the old first division in 1979.

Almost all of the funds from the high stakes poker player will be absorbed by the club’s new Falmer Stadium.

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Furman top of City list

May 21, 2009

Stuart McCall is hoping for a big favour from former manager Walter Smith in his bid to sign Rangers midfielder Dean Furman on a permanent basis.

Furman, who was named Most Consistent Player, spent the season on loan at Valley Parade and the Bradford manager wants to keep him, but Rangers could demand a compensation fee that the Yorkshire club cannot afford as the South African is only 20.

McCall said: “I know Rangers are offering him a new deal, but at this moment in time it’s not guaranteed he’s going to accept it.

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LML romp

May 21, 2009

London Maccabi Lions romped home in the Under 15 National Cup final after running out 8-1 winners against Leeds Maccabi at Wingate & Finchley.

The Londoners scored twice early on with Yoav Kestenbaum playing in Sam Lewis to fire home.

The impressive Joel Grayson set up goal three with a pinpoint cross headed home by Samuel Marchant.

Inspirational captain Jake Yudelowitz got in on the act with a fantastic shot from 30 yards out that went in off the post.

There was still time for Lewis to complete a first-half hat-trick as the Lions went into the break 5-0 up.

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Pinner power home

May 21, 2009

A brace from captain Jeremy Ben-Nathan earned Pinner JFC the Watford Friendly League Under 11 seven-a-side red division title after they beat leaders Panathaniakos 2-1.

The blues knew that only a win would secure the championship but they had the worst start possible when an early goal conceded suggested that they would finish the season both league and cup runners-up.

Pinner also picked up the WFL Fair Play Award while Ben Graham claimed the Golden Boot with 26 goals.

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It’s success on a plate for Brady

May 21, 2009

Brady Maccabi clinched the Watford Friendly League’s Spring Plate after beating HMH 5-1 in the final at Sun Postal in Watford.

Having already beaten their opponents twice this season, confidence was high in the Brady camp. Cheered on by around 150 supporters, Barry Warren’s youngsters took the game by the scruff of the neck with Max Kaye, Jake Mullem and Daniel Mattey taking control.

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Sahar on his way this summer

By Exclusive by Simon Griver, May 20, 2009

Ben Sahar will leave Chelsea next month, we can reveal.

The news comes after we spoke to the Israeli teenager’s agent Ronen Katzav in Israel.

He said: “First Ben has to complete his loan spell with De Graafschap and then he will be ending things with Chelsea. I will fly to London to discuss the many offers we have for him.”

Katzav refused to name any of the clubs interested but Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam are among teams linked with the striker.

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Monjack bridges the gap

May 14, 2009

Sam Monjack is looking forward to another year with Chelsea having had his contract renewed for a further 12 months. He has been with the club since the age of seven and will represent them at under 13 level next season.

“I am very fortunate to play for such a great club and the experience has been amazing,” said the 12-year-old Habs student.

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