Neasden blame injury for poor cup performance

By Danny Caro, January 28, 2010

North West Neasden A boss Jamie Cole blamed poor fitness for a defeat which dashed their hopes of becoming the first Maccabi League team to win five cups in a season.

Last season’s double winners suffered their first defeat of the campaign as they were eliminated from the London Challenge Cup, losing 3-1 to Vista in the third round. Lee Cash scored for Neasden.

Cole said: “Even though we lacked in terms of fitness due to a lack of games, we still had the chances.


Liverpool: We won't sell Benayoun

By Danny Caro, January 27, 2010

Liverpool have today dismissed reports that Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun will join Dynamo Moscow.

The Russian club have made a £7 million offer for Benayoun and are understood to be offering him a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth year, on terms of about £40,000 a week.

And although Dynamo claim that they agreed personal terms Benayoun’s agent, a Liverpool spokesman confirmed: “The player is not for sale, it's as simple as that.”


Wingate & Finchley our of Ryman League Cup

By Danny Caro, January 27, 2010

A James Gershfield double could not prevent Wingate & Finchley from going out of the Championship Managers Ryman League Cup after they were beaten 3-2 by Canvey Island.

Travelling to the freezing Essex coast for this last 16 tie against Ryman Premier Division opposition, .manager Dave Norman made a number of changes with three tough league matches ahead rested Craig Ellis, among others. These changes allowed places for Gershfield up front.


FC Team victory over Kentish Town

By Danny Caro, January 25, 2010

Richard Salmon and Laurence Judah were among the scorers as FC Team claimed victory in their first outing of 2010 with a 3-1 success over Kentish Town in the Middlesex County League Division One.

Playing on an excellent surface at John Lyon School in Harrow, Team started the match brightly with Irvine Howson and Salmon going close.

Team piled on the pressure in the first half and Kentish Town were having difficulties dealing with some excellent set-pieces from Jon Breger and Neil Weyman. They should have forged ahead but somehow, Paul Kent headed over from underneath the cross bar.


Bourne out for five weeks

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2010

Southgate Harmen A’s title hopes have suffered a major blow after it was confirmed that striker Alex Bourne has been ruled out for five weeks with a cracked metatarsal.

Bourne, the league joint-top goal-scorer on 13 goals, has helped Harmen lead the JC MSFL Division One table from the beginning of the season with two hat-tricks to his tally. The husband of pop star Rachel Stevens has scored 18 goals in all competitions.


Hapoel Tel Aviv sign De Ridder from Wigan

By Danny Caro, January 22, 2010

Daniel De Ridder is expected to make his debut for Hapoel Tel Aviv on Monday in the top of the table clash at Maccabi Haifa after sealing a six-month loan deal from Wigan.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has moved to Israel until the end of the season in a deal worth £180,000.

Celta Vigo, his former club, were also interested but the winger was not keen about playing in the Spanish second division.


Phillips keeps Faith tuned in

By James Martin, January 21, 2010

Faithfola A 2-1 FC Team A

Faithfold A manager Zuriel Solomon believes that his team’s Premier Division quality and experience proved the difference after his team were given a scare before proceeding to the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

A late strike from Daryl Phillips helped the Superhoops come from a goal down to beat second division FC Team A in one of only four JC MSFL matches played.


Two-pronged attack does trick for Hendon

January 21, 2010

Hendon Interschools Hendon United tasted double delight after winning the Maccabi GB Primary Football League indoor five-a-side competition.

Having beaten Hendon Hawks 4-1 in the semi-finals, HISHU White overcame HMH Green A 2-0 to win the Under 11 trophy.

HISHU White won the Under 15 final after thumping Hendon Hawks A 5-0.

One hundred and 30 players competed in the event.

The Under 13 tournament takes place on Sunday.


Brady Maccabi reach for top spot

January 21, 2010

Brady Maccabi A moved to within two points of top spot with a 4-2 win over Faithfold in Maccabi Masters League Division One. Nick Collins, Gideon Barnett, Jonathan Cohen and Mark Wagman were the scorers. Faithfold’s goals came through Darren Gurner and Danny Goldman.

Temple Fortune went third in Division Two as goals from James Ryan (2), Robert Botkai and Steve Brower accounted for Ashlodge.

Resurgent London Maccabi Lions B mauled Glenthorne B 4-0 with goals from Mark Pollack, Marc Morris, Stuart Coutts and Howard Freeman.


Win for Lions Under 9

January 21, 2010

Goals from Joey Gold, Joe Leslie and Dylan Bull earned London Maccabi Lions Under Nine’s a 3-2 win over Harvesters in the Watford Friendly League.

Charlie Ezra (2) and Joel Walters struck as LML beat HMH Red in the Maccabi GB Primary League Under Nine Division.

Jack Naftalin (6), Jamie Delane, Alex Rose and Jacob Elmon eased HMH Red to a 9-1 victory over Alyth in the Under 10 Division. Dylan Goldstein (3), Marcus Foux (2), Shaun Levine and Saul Peleg were the marksmen as HMH Blue thumped Hendon Hawks B 7-1.