Football

Grant favourite for West Ham job

By Simon Griver, May 11, 2010

Avram Grant is the odds-on favourite with Sky Bet to become the next manager of West Ham after Gianfranco Zola was sacked this morning.

The Hammers narrowly avoided relegation this season by finishing fourth from bottom in the Premier League, five points above Burnley, and owners David Sullian and David Gold have decided a change in manager was needed.

Current Portsmouth chief Grant was 5/1 with the Harrogate-based firm yesterday but a run of interest forced his odds to be slashed to 1/4, prior to this morning's news of Zola's departure.

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Haifa on verge of second successive title

By Simon Griver, May 11, 2010

Maccabi Haifa can clinch back-to-back Ligat Ha'al titles with an away victory against Bnei Yehuda tomorrow.

But failure to win could hand the title to Hapoel Tel Aviv who travel to Betar Jerusalem, trailing Maccabi by two points but with a better goal difference.

Hapoel surrendered their advantage over the long-time leaders after playing out a goalless draw against Maccabi Tel Aviv at the weekend. Haifa took advantage with an 86th minute winner from defender Dekel Keinan earning the Greens a 2-1 victory at Betar.

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Lions close in on title dream

May 10, 2010

A goal from James Gershfield moved London Lions to within a point of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title after they beat leaders Wormley Rovers at Rowley Lane.

In what was described as “arguably their biggest game in their history” by manager Tony Gold, the boys from Rowley Lane ran out worthy winners.

A tension filled afternoon saw Tony Gold’s men make a flying start. Top-scorer Adam Stolerman was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring with a smart far post finish.

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Brady close in on league and cup double

May 10, 2010

Brady Maccabi A are just one game away from a title playoff with Glenthorne A after they demolished London Maccabi Lions A 8-0 in the Maccabi Masters League Division One. Mark Wagman (3), Scott Ansher (2), Jonny Cohen, Jon Feldman and David Rose were the marksmen.

Faithfold, who are also the opponents in the Henry Swerner Cup final at Wingate on Sunday evening, lie between Brady and a title decider.

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Oakhill win Shonn Trophy

May 7, 2010

Two goals from Jake Gilbert helped Oakhill Lions win the Shonn Trophy after beating Manchester Maccabi 3rd 3-1 on Thursday night.

An exciting final was not decided until the last few minutes at Salford City FC’s Moor Lane ground.

Maccabi went close with several corners and a couple of half chances in the opening exchanges, but it was Oakhill, who had perhaps played the better football, that looked most likely to get the breakthrough and they broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Gilbert was left unmarked and volleyed home spectacularly from 10 yards.

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MSFL manager calls for chairman to quit

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

The Maccabi League was plunged into turmoil after its longest-serving manager called for chairman David Wolff to resign after his team were fined and lost points over a match that was not played because of a double-booking.

Justin Rockberger, the manager of first division Camden Park, is set to appeal to the London FA over a £100 fine and demand that the team's match against Brady Maccabi be replayed.

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Bull clinches it for London Maccabi Lions

May 6, 2010

An extra time strike from Dylan Bull helped London Maccabi Lions Under Nine's clinch the Watford Friendly League Cup after a thrilling 2-1 win over Panathinaikos.

Captain Joey Gold put the Lions ahead deep into the second half but Panathainakos, who had beaten the Lions twice this season, replied with virtually the last kick of normal time.

With keeper Hadley Shapps producing heroics at one end, it was left to Bull to convert a Joe Leslie cross at the far post to spark wild celebrations.

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Oakhill pay the penalty in cup defeat

May 6, 2010

Republic of Mancunia will meet Broughton Park in the Tony Cohen Memorial Cup final after beating Oakhill Lions on penalties.

The teams were locked 2-2 after extra time in the semi-final. Darren Loofe and Paul Basger netted for Republic. Oakhill's goals came via Daniel Cohen and an own goal.

South Manchester Maccabi 2nd's won the top of the table clash in the Joan Collins Premier Division, beating Haroldeans 2-1.

Howard Hymanson and Simon Mattison struck for South. Bobby Abrams replied. South lie two points ahead of the Merseysiders who have a game in hand.

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Hendon through to semi-final

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

Hendon United A will play Faithfold A in the Peter Morrison Trophy semi-final on Sunday after thumping Premier Division rivals Redbridge Jewish Care A 5-2.

The JC League Cup runners-up were indebted to goals from Ben Kon (2), Avidan Last, Avishai Last and Dovid Korman. Danny Hakimi and Lewis Walker netted for RJC.

North West Neasden A boosted double hopes with a 2-0 victory over Cyril Anekstein Cup winners London Maccabi Lions A. Tony Keterman and James Gershfield were the scorers.

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Murrell late show frustrates Neasden

By James Martin, May 6, 2010

Southgate Harmen blew the Division One promotion race wide open as a late wonder strike from Ben Murrell saw them leapfrog Neasden in the race for promotion.

Neasden had only themselves to blame as they failed to build on a good start given to them by leading scorer Ryan Sher. They paid the penalty as goals by Craig Phillips and Murrell means Harmen can go four points clear in second if they beat Oakwood on Sunday.

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