Hapoel win Israeli League title

By Simon Griver and James Martin, May 17, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv completed a league and cup double after they were crowned Israeli Premier Division champions after a stoppage time strike from Eran Zahavi earned them a 2-1 win over Betar Jerusalem.

In the most thrilling climax to an Israeli season, Hapoel’s 10 men seal the title on goal difference from Maccabi Haifa who were denied by heroics from Bnei Yehuda keeper Ran Kadoch, formerly of Barnet. Maccabi led the table by two points going into the final round of matches but the could only draw as Hapoel clinched the title for the 13 time.


Neasden complete Jewish FA Cup treble

By James Martin, May 17, 2010

North West Neasden A joint-manager Jamie Cole hailed his side as “the best Maccabi league team ever” after winning the Peter Morrision Cup for the third year in a row thanks to a 3-1 win over Faithfold A.

A Jake Gottlieb free-kick and a double from Ben Eliis had the game sewn up in an hour. Cole said: " Our boys have really grown up over the last three seasons. To win a league or cup once can be done by many teams, but year-on-year success proves you are a great team. All of our side are good enough be in next summer’s European Maccabi Games squad.”


Lord Triesman resigns as FA chairman

By Danny Caro, May 17, 2010

Lord Triesman has stood down as chairman of the Football Association as well as the England 2018 World Cup bid.

His hasty departure follows what he has described as "entrapment" by the Mail on Sunday.

Apprentice star and former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Alan Sugar has voiced interest in replacing Lord Triesman as head of the FA.

Just hours after he presented the FA Cup to Chelsea captain John Terry, the newspaper said that Lord Triesman had suggested Spain could drop its 2018 bid if rival bidder Russia helped bribe referees at this summer's World Cup.


MSFL victory in Inter-League Cup

By By Danny Caro at Brimsdown Rovers, May 14, 2010

Jamie Cole, manager of the JC MSFL Rep team, was a proud man after leading the Maccabi League to only their second ever victory in the London Inter-League Cup following a five-goal thriller against the London & Kent Borders League at Brimsdown Rovers FC on Thursday night.

Two goals from North West Neasden striker Lee Cash plus one from South Manx’s Paul Babai completed a hard fought 3-2 win against strong opponents for whom more than half of the team play in the Ryman League.


Ben Haim seeks Cup Final revenge

By Simon Griver, May 13, 2010

Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim expects to be fit to face Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday after recovering from a serious groin injury.

The Israeli came on as a substitute in the 1-0 away defeat at Everton last week after several months on the sidelines, and is determined to play even if he requires painkilling injections.


Oakhill Lions win Shonn Trophy

May 13, 2010

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

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

Oakhill broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Gilbert was left unmarked and volleyed home spectacularly from 10 yards.

The Oaks doubled the lead on the stroke of half time when a goalkeeping error allowed Ben Horn to fire home.


Dean Furman out of World Cup Squad

By James Martin, May 13, 2010

WORLD CUP Dean Furman's World Cup dreams appear to be over after he was left out of South Africa's 29-man training squad.

Furman, 21, who has played more than 70 matches for Rangers, Bradford City and Oldham Athletic, has been called up once by his country - as an unused substitute in a friendly against Australia in 2008.

He has not featured since Carlos Alberto-Parreira took over as coach.


Hendon Hawks win U10 title

May 13, 2010

Hendon Hawks A won the Maccabi GB Primary League Under 10 Division title after beating HMH Red 4-0 in a playoff.

The Hawks began the game strongly and forged ahead through Akiva Restan.

The goal served as a wake-up call to HMH and they came within inches of an equaliser when a superb strike from Alex Rose shaved the bar.

The Hawks became the dominant force in the second half. David Amor doubled the lead after a neat one-two with Joel Gottlieb. Restan sealed the victory with two long-range efforts.


Maccabi Haifa cling to title hopes

May 13, 2010

Maccabi Haifa can clinch back-to-back titles tomorrow if they win at Bnei Yehuda. But failure could hand the title to Hapoel Tel Aviv who travel to Betar Jerusalem, trailing Maccabi by two points but with a better goal difference. John Gregory’s Maccabi Ahi Nazareth were relegated.


Lions need one win to take the Championship

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

The seeds of success were sewn long before London Lions' victory over leaders Wormley Rovers, but James Gershfield's decisive strike made the celebrations that followed feel all the more real.

The win left Tony Gold's men needing one win from their last two games as they closed in on winning the Herts Senior County League Premier Division for the first time.

Adam Stolerman and Gershfield were on target as the Lions moved to within a point of Rovers after a nail-biting contest at Rowley Lane. It put the Lions within touching distance of reaching the South Midlands League Division One.