Football

Lion cubs tamed by Harvesters

May 2, 2008

London Maccabi Lions 1-3 Harvesters North

LML Under 18s missed out on a place in the final of the Watford Friendly League Challenge Cup after going down 3-1 against Harvesters North.

The Lions went into the semi-final on the back of a dreadful run which has resulted in just one win in the past five matches in all competitions.

Harvesters, who have just retained the league title, broke the deadlock five minutes before half time with a penalty following an infringement from Richard Kanolik.

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North London to be hit by cup fever

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Wingate & Finchley will host a football extravaganza over the bank holiday weekend with the Jewish FA Cup final, better know as the Peter Morrison Trophy, the showpiece match.

It’s hard to separate North West Neasden A and Hendon United A and I’m expecting a classic with end-to-end action and plenty of goals. It looks set to be a classic with some of the leading lights in Jewish football on show. On a sombre note, the match, as will all league games, will be preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of JC MSFL vice-chairman Harry Shapiro.

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Stepping stone for Wingate

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Wingate & Finchley manager Michael Stone reflected on the campaign as “a tricky season” after the blues finished fifth from bottom in the Division One North following a 1-0 defeat against champions Dartford on Saturday. The 29-year-old, who took over from Adam Lee last September, was delighted with his team’s performance in front of more than 2,500 spectators.

“The boys didn’t shrink,” said Stone. “They more than held their own and came away from the game with plenty of credit.”

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Sloma aids Daggers' revival

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Sam Sloma played the supersub role as he came off the bench to help Dagenham & Redbridge maintain League 2 status after coming from two goals down to win at Darlington. The 25-year-old midfielder started the comeback with a close-range finish seven minutes after joining the action.

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Brady bunch deliver

By Jeremy Silverstone, May 2, 2008

Two goals from Marc Herman and one from Scott Ansher kept alive Brady Maccabi’s double when they beat holders EDRS Stonegrove 3-0 in the Henry Swerner Cup final at Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night.

Brady boss Danny Collins said: “Great credit is due to EDRS, who made it very difficult for us, but in the end, our younger legs made the difference, as I knew they would.” EDRS player manager Ian Leader was typically philosophical: “We gave them an aggregate of 165 years, so I don’t thing we did too badly.”

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Rep team out of luck

May 2, 2008

The JC MSFL rep team bowed out of the London Inter-League Cup in cruel fashion when they were denied a place in the final due to a one-goal inferior goal difference.

Jonathan Kestenbaum’s troops were unbeaten in the competition after claiming a win and two draws, but having finishing their group they were eliminated after the Woolwich & Eltham League pipped them to the post after finishing 2-2 against the London & Kent Border League.

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Hammers ready to burst double bubble

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Newly crowned JC MSFL champions North West Neasden A will look to complete the league and cup double when they take on last season’s league winners Hendon United A in the final of the Peter Morrison Trophy on Sunday afternoon.

Neasden, whose chairman is Sammy Carr, are no strangers to Wingate & Finchley and they are sure to bring a healthy following in their pursuit of more silverware. Having beaten the Hammers home and away in the league this season, manager Jamie Cole believes they have the psychological edge going into the game.

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Powerless Peer put in check

By Simon Griver, May 2, 2008

Shahar Peer suffered a remarkable loss of form as Israel’s women lost 3-2 against the Czech Republic at Ramat Hasharon.

Israel’s number one lost both her singles matches and despite a heroic effort from 35-year-old Tzipi Obziler, who won both her matches, they were relegated from the World Group to Tier II, comprising the nations ranked 9-16.

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Our man Avram deserves respect

By Danny Caro, April 25, 2008

I think it’s about time that someone stood up for Chelsea boss Avram Grant and as there doesn’t appear to be a lengthy queue, I will do it for him. I am not suggesting setting up an Appreciation Society, especially being a Liverpool fan in the midst of a Champions League semi-final against the Stamford Bridge club, but I believe it’s time for the British press to show him some respect. When he took over from Jose Mourinho last September, I remember the looks of amazement from some of the country’s top sport writers.

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Furman’s flying for Smith and McCoist

By Craig Silver, April 25, 2008

It is rare for an Englishman to cut it in Scotland at the beginning of his career, but Dean Furman looks set to break the mould after becoming a regular in Rangers’ first-team squad, just as their treble charge gathers momentum.

Yet to make his first-team debut, the 19-year-old has been an unused substitute in two Old Firm derbies but is confident his time will come.

Born in Cape Town, Furman grew up in Edgware, Middlesex, and was a JFS schoolfriend of Maccabi Herzliya starlet Josh Kennet.

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