Raiders finally hit an immovable object

By Jeremy Silverstone, November 11, 2008

On a dramatic day in the Maccabi Masters League, the seemingly irresistible force that was North London Raiders finally hit an immovable object as they went down 4-0 to last year's double winners, Brady A, with Laurence Beck (2), Scott Ansher and Marc Herman obliterating Raiders' unbeaten record and prompting Brady's manager Danny Collins to proclaim that "We're back! And we're not giving up our title without a fight!"


GB start in style

By Harvey Ackerman, November 6, 2008

Maccabi GB Masters (Over 45s) opened their four-match Tour of Israel campaign with a hard fought victory over Maccabi Buenos Aires.

Having dominated the opening exchanges, MGB fell behind after 17 minutes. Tony Platman levelled things up just past the half hour mark after Marc Morris had flicked on a free-kick. Morris turned the game on its head three minutes later, lifting the ball over the advancing keeper from a Phil Smith free-kick. Ian Leader came close to adding a third but his shot cannoned inches wide.


Redbridge kids progress in cup

November 6, 2008

Four goals from Saul Green eased Redbridge Jewish Care A into the next round of the Woody's Under 14 Cup after they beat HIS United 5-2. Matthew Niman scored the other.

 Natanel Rubin (3), Ari Rogonitzky and Kovi Rubinstein struck as HISHU A Blue beat Alyth Belsize B in the Junior National Under 11 Cup.


Lions pay penalty as Neasden go 10 points clear

By Craig Silver, November 6, 2008

A late penalty from Lee Cash eased North West Neasden A 10 points clear at the top of the Premier Division following a 2-1 win over London Maccabi Lions A. Dan Green had given the Lions an early lead before Daniel Stanton levelled on the stroke of half time. Cash's winner was his 12th league goal of the campaign.

Ashley Rubin and Alex Lishak were on target as Glenthorne United A won a relegation six-pointer against Montana Boca United A 2-1.


Uni boys clean up

November 6, 2008

Leeds J-Uni went three points clear at the top after beating Manchester Maccabi 4th 3-0, courtesy of strikes from Adam Blin, Josh Rubin and Jamie Cooper.

Roy's Rovers upstaged Westdene 1st 6-5 thanks to strikes from Leon Huller (2), Mike Gastwirth (2), Jonny Kennedy-Berens and Daniel Feldman.

Mick Kohn led the way with a treble as third-placed Oakhill Lions maintained their title push with a 9-3 demolition of Westdene Reserves. Doron Portnoi (2), Yishai Last (2), Jonny Ison and Daniel Cohen completed the rout.


Lewis keeps Faith in cup

By Craig Silver, November 6, 2008

A hat-trick from Faithfold's Ben Lewis helped the former cup winners come from a goal down to beat Premier Division rivals Bafana Bafana in the first round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

Paul Lenchner and Matty Kleinman also scored for the Greens in a tie in which Bafana's Adam Lawrence had twice equalised for the visitors.

A thrilling contest started with both sets of players struggling to impose themselves on the game as footing on a slippery surface proved tricky.


Grant: ‘My next job will surprise you’

By Simon Griver, November 6, 2008

Avram Grant has dismissed reports that he may soon be drafted in as manager of Portsmouth to replace Tony Adams.

"Portsmouth is not the team I am dreaming about," said Grant. "I was never in the frame to take over. I think the British media have linked me with every job going whether it's Manchester City, West Ham, Spurs or Newcastle."


Lions beat a premier Neasden side

November 3, 2008

JC Cyril Anekstein Cup Round One: LM Lions B 3 NWN C 2 AET

Premier Division Lions B needed extra time as they overcame Division Two high-flyers Neasden C.

This was a terrific display from the Neasden 'C' team who for long periods of the game had Lions second string rocked and on another day, could easily have won this tie.


Wingate move into round three

November 3, 2008

FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
Wingate & Finchley 1 Worthing 0

Wingate & Finchley won through to the third Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy with a fantastic and deserved win over a tough Worthing side.


Blatter visit

October 30, 2008

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was in Israel this week to lay the foundation stone for the Israel FA's new National Football Centre at Shefayim near Tel Aviv.

The world football chief was complimentary about Israeli football and believes that the centre, which features training pitches and coaching facilities, will help it develop further.

"Dror Kashtan has done great work with your national team," Blatter said, "and it would be a marvellous achievement if you can reach the World Cup finals in South Africa."