South Manchester kept title hopes alive

By Danny Caro, February 1, 2011

South Manchester kept their slim title hopes alive with a pulsating win against Westdene’s second team.

Mark Collins struck twice, with Jake Feinstein, David Tuck and Jeremy Nivern scoring the other goals for the visitors, while Ben Blackston struck twice for the hosts and Mike Sheldon scored a penalty.

Collins latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area to put Manchester in front after 20 minutes, taking a touch before firing into the top corner from 20 yards.


Win for Pinner JFC Under 14s

By Danny Caro, January 31, 2011

Pinner JFC Under 14s claimed their first win of 2011 with a 3-1 success over VEP Knights.

After a series of postponements and cup games, the Sky Blues were looking to improve their record from the first half of the season that had seen Pinner win seven and lose three with defeats so far being by the odd goal including a previous 3-2 home defeat against the Knights who are current Watford Friendly League division leaders.

Pinner’s desire was obvious from the start where they dominated play for the first 20 minutes, forcing several fine saves from the talented Knights keeper.


Lions U14s maintain treble hopes

By Danny Caro, January 31, 2011

London Maccabi Lions Under 14s progressed into the fourth round of the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup with a 3-2 victory over Borehamwood Youth.

Having gone 0-1 down to a bit of sloppy defending, the Lions kept their composure and started to get their passing game together.

Things could have got worse 10 minutes into the second half as Borehamwood were awarded a penalty. However, Jake Krais, the Lions keeper, came to his side’s rescue, with a smart save.


Sollosi late show keeps RJC in charge

By Danny Caro, January 30, 2011

An 83rd minute strike from Ben Sollosi helped Redbridge nick a point against an impressive Faithfold team at the Hive.

The game started in a tepid fashion, save for a brilliant Ben Solossi run down the left which led to a vital save at his feet by Faithfold goalkeeper Ben Law.

It suddenly sprung to life, however, when centre back Adam Hakimi inexplicably stuck out a hand from a cross to give away a penalty. Veteran Daryl Phillips took two steps and then perfectly slotted home the spot kick into the top cornet to give his side a 17th minute lead.


Israel to host Under 21 European Championships

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2011

Israel will host the European Under 21 football championship finals in 2013.

Israel’s bid was awarded the tournament during the first round of voting by the Uefa Executive Committee in Switzerland on Thursday.

One of five candidates bidding to stage the tournament, Israel fought off the challenge of England, Wales, Bulgaria, Czech Republic.

The Israel bid received eight votes, the Czech Republic five votes while England, Wales and Bulgaria each received no votes.


AC late show

January 27, 2011

A last-ditch winner from David Clements saw AC Whetstone A win the annual Under 14 Dennis Shore Memorial tournament Indoor five-a-sides.

Clements' extra-time strike came with 11 seconds remaining of a tense final against HISHU White B.

In the region of 100 players representing 12 Maccabi Junior Football League teams took part in a keenly contested competition.

Whetstone A had beaten Alyth Belsize A in the last four with HISHU White B progressing with a penalty shoot-out victory over Redbridge Yellow A.


Lucky 13 for Lions

January 27, 2011

London Maccabi Lions Under 13s came from two goals down to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Herts County Cup after running out 6-3 winners against Echoes Youth.

With Jason Grundman and Saul Kurer inspiring a comeback, it was Grundman who hauled them back into the tie with an excellent strike into the top corner.

Danny Schindler, the Lions manager, then made three changes bringing on Sam Belchak, Dylan Kaye and Kurer, all of whom had an immediate effect as Lions finished the half on top.


Harmen ease into last 16

January 27, 2011

A four-goal salvo from Ben Graham steered Southgate Harmen A into the last 16 of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they thumped FC Team B 8-2. Elliot Wallis (2), Grant Taylor and Adam Velleman completed the rout.

North West Neasden A came from behind to beat a depleted Redbridge Jewish Care C 3-2 in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Lee Cash (2) and Rob Lerner saw them home.

Redbridge Jewish Care A remain three points clear at the top of the JC MSFL Premier Division following a 3-0 win over Neasden B. Steve Summers (2) and Lewis Walker registered.


Yossi Benayoun is on the mend

January 27, 2011

Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea boss, is confident that midfielder Yossi Benayoun will be back in action in March. The Israel captain is recovering from surgery on a torn Achilles.

Ancelotti said: "It's 14 weeks since Benayoun had surgery. I think he needs to have another six to eight weeks to fully recover. Everything is okay, he just needs more time."

Benayoun is looking to return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals, assuming Chelsea beats FC Copenhagen, and Israel's Euro 2012 qualifiers at the end of March.


David Pleat: I'm all for Spurs Olympic Stadium bid

By David Gold, January 27, 2011

David Pleat has backed Spurs in their bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

The former Tottenham boss commended the club for their "brave move" to challenge West Ham in the bidding process.

He believes the supporters are open to it, despite sporadic protests against the plans.

"If you did a straw poll of supporters you would be surprised. Most would not worry about going an extra five miles when they come from 20 to 30 miles away," he said.