London Lions suffer first defeat

By Danny Caro, October 5, 2009

Former leaders London Lions slipped down to third after suffering their first defeat of the season, going down 3-1 to fellow high-flyers Baldock Town in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

In a performance described as “Jekyl & Hyde” by manager Tony Gold, the Lions forged ahead in the first-half before a lacklustre second period saw them go down at Clarence Park, home of St. Albans City.


Football: Israel name World Cup squad

By Danny Caro, October 5, 2009

Premiership stars Tamir Cohen, Yossi Benayoun and Tal Ben Haim head a 22-man squad named by manager Dror Kashtan for Israel’s last two World Cup qualifiers.

The Blues host Moldova in Ramat Gan on Saturday before finishing in Switzerland, knowing that only two victories will keep them in contention of reaching the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Israel currently lie fourth in Group C, behind Switzerland, Greece and Lativa.

Israel squad

Goalkeepers: Dudu Awat (RCD Mallorca), Nir Davidovich (Maccabi Haifa), Liran Strauber (Maccabi Tel Aviv).


Wingate earn cup replay

By Paul Lerman, October 5, 2009

Wingate & Finchley forced yet another cup replay, this time in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round, as they drew in a tough game at Sittingbourne.

The first half was scrappy as both sides were restricted to playing long ball football, with a strong wind behind Sittingbourne causing problems to both teams who struggled to string passes together and create chances.


Europa League: Hamburg too hot for Hapoel Tel Aviv

By Danny Caro, October 2, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv suffered their first Europa League defeat on Thursday night, going down 4-2 to Hamburg in Germany.

Having beaten Celtic in their first match, the Israelis found themselves two goals down inside the opening 12 minutes of the Group C contest.

Hamburg, beaten 3-1 by Rapid Vienna in their opening fixture, flew out of the blocks with Swedish striker Marcus Berg bagging a brace.

Minutes after coming off the bench, Hapoel substitue Etai Shechter halved the deficit, turning in Bibras Natcho's pinpoint cross with his head.


Dirk Kuyt impressed by Liverpool's Benayoun

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

Ahead of the Premier League clash against title rivals Chelsea, Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt has hailed the form of Liverpool teammate Yossi Benayoun.

Kuyt believes that the Israeli captain’s quality and commitment will help the Merseysiders mount another sustained silverware challenge.

“Yossi is an intelligent player with lots of quality,” said Kuyt. “His biggest quality is to beat players. The way he passes them sometimes is unbelievable. He's got great skill and can do something for us in games to change things.


'Abused' footballer attacks FA inaction

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

A Maccabi Premier Division footballer who claims he was called “a Paki” by an opponent in April is outraged that the London FA has yet to hold a hearing into the incident.

Virgil Levy, who is of South American origin, also alleges that he was called “Asian” and told that he “should not belong in the community or in the league” during the game between his team, Montana Boca, and Glenthorne in April.


South beaten

October 1, 2009

League leaders South Manchester Maccabi 2nd surrendered their 100 per cent record when they went down 2-1 to Haroldeans in the Manchester Jewish League. Bobby Abrams and Simon Gould netted for the Liverpudlians. Paul Bentley replied.

A Rob Jacobs double and one from Darren Massel helped maintained Republic of Mancunia’s solid start with a 3-3 draw at Oakhill Lions. Daniel Cohen, Gilad Kestenbaum and Alex Bloch replied.

Five goals from Oliver Grant helped Leeds JNF J-Uni make a winning start as they thumped Westdene 2nd 7-0. Dan Pletan (2) completed the rout.


Maccabi boys take the rough with the smooth

October 1, 2009

London Maccabi Lions experienced mixed fortunes in the latest round of Watford Friendly League matches. Goals from Nick Landsberg and Jordan Marks could not prevent LML Under 16s losing 5-2 against Muswell Hill. There was better news for the Under 15s who thumped Hemel Celtic 9-0 courtesy of strikes from Michael Kenley (3), Jamie Nagioff, Jamie Kutner, Danny Berschader, Zac Skry and Adam Arnold.


Shaw-footed Glenthorne

October 1, 2009

Goals from Sid Shaw (2) and Paul Shamplina helped maintain Glenthorne United A’s unbeaten start in Division One as they accounted for South Mancunians 3-0.

Defending champions Brady Maccabi A got back to winning ways with a 5-0 mauling of title rivals North London Raiders. Scott Ansher (2), Marc Herman, Gideon Barnett and Jason Harris found the net. Brady manager Daniel Collins said: “We’re not giving up our title without a fight.”


Bridge boys leave it late

By Danny Caro, October 1, 2009

An extra-time strike from Steve Summers booked Redbridge Jewish Care A’s place in the second round of the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup at the expense of Turkish team Turmenjoy Aydin Spor Kulubu. Craig Johnstone had opened the scoring for the East Londoners.

Chaim Gothold (2) and Gav Noe were on the mark as Hendon United B overcame Caribb FC 3-1.

A hat-trick from Josh Lewis plus one from Daniel Cordell helped L’Equipe thump Team JLGB 4-1 in the preliminary round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. They will meet UJIA in round one. Ian Levy scored JLGB’s consolation.