Football

Grant is game for holy day

By Simon Griver, April 18, 2008

Avram Grant’s father has defended his son over the clash between Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second leg coinciding with Holocaust Day.

The Israeli manager looks set to come in for fierce criticism back home as he is expected to be in the dugout for the Stamford Bridge’s club most important match of the season on April 30.

The game will not be televised live in Israel as the date is considered inappropriate to engage in leisure and entertainment activities.

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Brady eye the double

April 18, 2008

Three goals from Scott Ansher kept alive Brady Maccabi A’s double hopes as they beat Glenthorne United A 4-2 in the semi-finals of the Henry Swerner Cup. Mark Herman sealed the win from the penalty spot.

Brady will meet holders EDRS Stonegrove in the final after Mark Kingston’s five-goal blitz steered them to a 5-3 success over South Mancunians. Nick Roman (2) and Gavin Jacobs netted for Mancs.

A hat-trick from Marc Morris helped London Maccabi Lions B wrap up the Division Two title after they overcame Pel City 4-2.

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Faithfold's minor miracle

By Richard Jaye, April 18, 2008

Faithfold C 1-1 Southgate Harmen B AET (Faithfold won on penalties)

Third division Faithfold C upset JC Barry Goldstein Trophy favourites Southgate Harmen B by winning the cup after a nail-biting penalty shooutout at Wingate & Finchley on Sunday afternoon. Player-manager David Garson praised the heroics of man-of-the-match, goalkeeper Richard Kirby, to bring home the former Minor Cup.

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Netanya gamble on Mattheus

By Simon Griver, April 18, 2008

World Cup winner Lothar Mattheus has signed a two-year deal to manage Maccabi Netanya. But while the former Bayern Munich libero had a legendary playing career — winning 150 caps and captaining Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning team — his managerial track record suggests Netanya’s German owner Daniel Jammer may be making a mistake.

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Chigwell on a high

By Craig Silver, April 18, 2008

Two goals from top-scorer Steve Summers helped Chigwell Athletic A claim one of their best result of the campaign as they tore apart Faithfold A 4-1. Player-chairman Richard Slater and Sam Rosenthal completed the Premier Division rout.

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Ossack puts Glenthorne back in the big time

By Andrew Pentol, April 18, 2008

Glenthorne United 1-0 Montana Boca United A

Glenthorne United boss Ian Cohen saluted his players after a solitary effort from David Ossack helped to clinch a return to the JC Maccabi League Premier Division elite at the first time of asking.

The East Londoners now require just two points from their remaining two matches to secure the title.

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Hendon reach a final at last, and in some style

By Craig Silver, April 18, 2008

Hendon United A 7-1 Redbridge Jewish Care A

Hendon United A reached their first major final after outclassing Premier Division rivals Redbridge at Rowley Lane.

A delighted Hendon manager Jonathan Kestenbaum commented: “There was so much determination on show, having been beaten in three semi-finals in the past 12 months. I just got the sense throughout the whole squad that they knew this was a must-win game, and as they proved, they played some really good football.”

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What a good sport

By Danny Caro, April 11, 2008

Joe of the Rovers completes dream season by being named the Personality of the Year

Joe Jacobson was this week recognised as the community’s top sportsperson by winning the Maccabi GB Sports Personality of the Year.

The Wales Under 21 and Bristol Rovers left-back won the Pentland senior award, seeing off the challenge off Dagenham & Redbridge star Sam Sloma, Maccabi Herzliya’s Josh Kennet, blind England cricketer Daniel Field, handball player Daniel Grant and karate prospect Jenna Shilston.

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Ben Haim cut up over Cech mate

By Craig Silver, April 11, 2008

While Avram Grant celebrated steering Chelsea into the semi-finals of the Champions League, his hopes of European and Premier League glory were dealt a blow after fellow Israeli Tal Ben Haim sidelined keeper Petr Cech in a training ground accident.

Since taking over from Jose Mourinho last September, Grant has done well to keep the West London team fighting for honours as he has rarely been able to name his strongest line-up due to a series of injuries.

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It’s snow joke as MSFL season reaches meltdown

By Danny Caro, April 11, 2008

David Wolff, chairman of the JC Maccabi (Southern) Football League, has warned that teams will be responsible for ensuring the league programme is completed after heavy snow threw the season into turmoil.

The entire programme was cancelled last Sunday after freezing temperatures left pitches in the capital unplayable. The last two weeks have seen only a handful of games beat the weather and with only two divisions decided, Wolff’s committee met on Monday to discuss the rest of the campaign.

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