Walker gives Lions the runaround

By Richard Jaye, September 12, 2008

London Maccabi Lions A  2-3  Glenthorne United A


A magnificent display from Glenthorne's Lewis Walker was the difference between these two sides in a fantastic game at Rowley Lane to start the new Maccabi League campaign.

Walker scored twice and set up the third after a magnificent solo run for teammate Daniel Lassman to score late on to send the visitors home with maximum points.


Reuben rules the roost as Montana wilt

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2008

Two stunning free kicks in the last six minutes from Danny Reuben gave London Maccabi Lions B a 2-1 victory over newly promoted Montana Boca United A. Gary Cohen had put Montana ahead in the Premier Division contest.

Defending champions North West Neasden A were given a scare before coming through 4-3 against Bafana Bafana. Daniel Stanton (2), Jake Gottlieb and Daniel Levenfiche saw Jamie Cole's men home. Aaron Lawee, Jonny Kaye and Dave Ossack netted for Bafana.


Thornes stun Lions

September 12, 2008

Two goals from Lewis Walker helped Premier Division new boys Glenthorne United A shock JC Cyril Anekstein Cup holders London Maccabi Lions A 3-2 in the opening week of the programme.

League champions North West Neasden A won a seven-goal thriller against Bafana Bafana.


MSFL ref Mark dies

By Danny Caro, September 12, 2008

Tributes have been coming in for Maccabi League referee Michael "Mickey" Mark, who passed away last week.

A lower league official, Mark, 71, was scheduled to officiate at a friendly last weekend but died three days earlier after collapsing on his way to Regent's Park.

He was involved with the league for more than 40 years after initially joining Brixton. He refereed for more than seven years.


Israel’s supersub Saban helps roll over Moldova

By Simon Griver, September 11, 2008

World Cup qualifying bid off to an unbeaten start with a draw and a victory

Israel have made a solid start to their World Cup qualifying campaign with four points out of six from their opening games in Group Two.

A gutsy 2-1 success in Moldova on Wednesday night followed Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Switzerland. They are second in the group behind Greece, who have a maximum six points.


Sahar salvages Israel's World Cup dream

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2008

Ben Sahar swept home an injury time equaliser as Israel clawed back a two goal deficit against Switzerland to cling on to its World Cup qualification dreams.

Two late goals thanks to Premier League stars Yossi Benayoun and Sahar meant that Israel's 2-2 draw against Switzerland in its opening World Cup qualifier at Ramat Gan on Saturday night seemed like a point gained rather than two thrown away.


Le Saux: ‘Avram should be given another go’

By Andrew Pentol, September 4, 2008

Former Chelsea and England defender Graeme Le Saux believes Avram Grant would be right to consider a return to the Premiership after leading Chelsea to the brink of Premiership and Champions League glory during his one season in charge.

Le Saux, who made 140 appearances for the West London club and represented his country 36 times, sympathised with Grant but feels he will benefit from the experience of coping with the harsh treatment of the English media.


Shum fired

September 4, 2008

Israeli champions Betar Jerusalem have fired their manager Yitzhak Shum and appointed Reuven Atar in his place.

Betar owner Alexander Gaydamak reportedly consulted Avram Grant over the decision and the former Chelsea boss recommended Atar. The new man led Maccabi Netanya to the runners-up spot in the past two seasons, only to be replaced by Lothar Matthaus.


Furman goes south for action

By Danny Caro, September 4, 2008

Midfielder Dean Furman made his Bradford City debut two days after signing a five-month loan deal from Scottish giants Rangers.

The former Chelsea academy player has joined the League 2 title hopefuls in a bid to gain more first team action after spending the early part of the season on the bench at Ibrox.

Furman, 20, was unable to help the Bantams avoid defeat at Aldershot Town after coming on as a sub.


Israel expects as 2010 bid gets under way

By Simon Griver, September 4, 2008

Israel's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign kicks off tomorrow with a home tie against Switzerland
followed by a trip to Moldova on Wednesday.

They start with high expectations as Dror Kashtan's team are confident of reaching the finals for the first time in 40 years. But after the euphoria of the draw which placed Israel in a relatively easy group alongside Greece, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia and Luxembourg, now comes the realisation that reaching the finals in South Africa will be no simple matter.