Faithfold ready to dethrone Neasden

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

Less than 24 hours after the FA Cup final, North West Neasden A will look to retain the Peter Morrison National Trophy against Premier Division rivals Faithfold A.

The teams came through tough semi-finals with Neasden beating their B team 3-1 with goals from Ben Ellis (2) and Tony Keterman. A brace from David Lederman steered Faithfold past Hendon United A.

Neasden joint-manager Jamie Cole said: "It's a fantastic achievement to be in the final for our third consecutive season, something which I don't believe any team has ever achieved.


MSFL chairman warns rebels

By Danny Caro, May 13, 2010

David Wolff, the MSFL chairman, has warned that there will be serious repercussions if dissenting players and managers continue personal attacks on the his committee and referees.

In his 40th year at the helm, Wolff, 65, said: "Personal attacks are totally unacceptable. If people sign up for the rules they must accept them. The rules don't extend to attacks on individuals and referees. These must stop immediately.


Hapoel Tel Aviv win Israeli FA Cup

May 12, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Bnei Yehuda 3-1 to win the Israel FA Cup on Tuesday night.

35,000 fans at Ramat Gan National Stadium saw Gili Vermouth put Hapoel ahead in the 25th minute with a Douglas Da Silva own goal equalising in the 38th minute.

The game was decided on the stroke of half time when Bnei Yehuda's Nigerian goalkeeper Dele Ayenogba was sent off for bringing down Itay Schechter. Hapoel's Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama put the spot kick beyond former Barnet keeper Ran Kadoch who had come on as a substitute.

Vermouth put the game beoynd 10-man Bnei Yehuda in the 73 minute.


Grant favourite for West Ham job

By Simon Griver, May 11, 2010

Avram Grant is the odds-on favourite with Sky Bet to become the next manager of West Ham after Gianfranco Zola was sacked this morning.

The Hammers narrowly avoided relegation this season by finishing fourth from bottom in the Premier League, five points above Burnley, and owners David Sullian and David Gold have decided a change in manager was needed.

Current Portsmouth chief Grant was 5/1 with the Harrogate-based firm yesterday but a run of interest forced his odds to be slashed to 1/4, prior to this morning's news of Zola's departure.


Haifa on verge of second successive title

By Simon Griver, May 11, 2010

Maccabi Haifa can clinch back-to-back Ligat Ha'al titles with an away victory against Bnei Yehuda tomorrow.

But failure to win could hand the title to Hapoel Tel Aviv who travel to Betar Jerusalem, trailing Maccabi by two points but with a better goal difference.

Hapoel surrendered their advantage over the long-time leaders after playing out a goalless draw against Maccabi Tel Aviv at the weekend. Haifa took advantage with an 86th minute winner from defender Dekel Keinan earning the Greens a 2-1 victory at Betar.


Lions close in on title dream

May 10, 2010

A goal from James Gershfield moved London Lions to within a point of the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title after they beat leaders Wormley Rovers at Rowley Lane.

In what was described as “arguably their biggest game in their history” by manager Tony Gold, the boys from Rowley Lane ran out worthy winners.

A tension filled afternoon saw Tony Gold’s men make a flying start. Top-scorer Adam Stolerman was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring with a smart far post finish.


Brady close in on league and cup double

May 10, 2010

Brady Maccabi A are just one game away from a title playoff with Glenthorne A after they demolished London Maccabi Lions A 8-0 in the Maccabi Masters League Division One. Mark Wagman (3), Scott Ansher (2), Jonny Cohen, Jon Feldman and David Rose were the marksmen.

Faithfold, who are also the opponents in the Henry Swerner Cup final at Wingate on Sunday evening, lie between Brady and a title decider.


Oakhill win Shonn Trophy

May 7, 2010

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

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

Maccabi went close with several corners and a couple of half chances in the opening exchanges, but it was Oakhill, who had perhaps played the better football, that looked most likely to get the breakthrough and they broke the deadlock on 38 minutes when Gilbert was left unmarked and volleyed home spectacularly from 10 yards.


MSFL manager calls for chairman to quit

By Danny Caro, May 6, 2010

The Maccabi League was plunged into turmoil after its longest-serving manager called for chairman David Wolff to resign after his team were fined and lost points over a match that was not played because of a double-booking.

Justin Rockberger, the manager of first division Camden Park, is set to appeal to the London FA over a £100 fine and demand that the team's match against Brady Maccabi be replayed.


Bull clinches it for London Maccabi Lions

May 6, 2010

An extra time strike from Dylan Bull helped London Maccabi Lions Under Nine's clinch the Watford Friendly League Cup after a thrilling 2-1 win over Panathinaikos.

Captain Joey Gold put the Lions ahead deep into the second half but Panathainakos, who had beaten the Lions twice this season, replied with virtually the last kick of normal time.

With keeper Hadley Shapps producing heroics at one end, it was left to Bull to convert a Joe Leslie cross at the far post to spark wild celebrations.