Israel faces Italian test

By Simon Griver, September 19, 2008

Israel's Under 21 team will take on five-time winners Italy in the playoffs for the Euro 2009 Under 21 Championship finals in Sweden.

They travel to Rome on October 11 with the return leg at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium on October 15.
Fourteen teams have reached the playoffs with the seven winners joining the hosts in the finals next June.
"Italy is one of the most difficult draws," said the Under 21 manager Motti Iwanir. "But it is possible to beat them."


Brady carry on where they left off

September 19, 2008

Nick Collins (2) and Scott Ansher were on target as defending champions Brady Maccabi A got off to a winning start with a 3-1 win over South Manx in Division One. Mark Powell scored Manx's consolation.

London Maccabi Lions A beat Glenthorne United A 5-2 courtesy of strikes from Adam Lee (2), Paul Wise, Nathan Kosky and David Price. Eliot Mullish and David Michaels replied.


Chigwell pull through as Faithfold flag

By Craig Silver, September 19, 2008

Chigwell Athletic A made a winning start in the Premier Division in a five-goal thriller against Faithfold A. Greg Bookman, Dean Ben Yosef and new signing Aron Barnes struck for the East Londoners. Chigwell old boy Paul Lenchner, with his sixth different Premier Division club, bagged a brace on his competitive Faithfold debut.

Saul Conway (3) and Ari Last were on the mark as Hendon United A beat London Maccabi Lions B 4-2. James Stanley (2) replied for the Lions.


Blues secure crucial away point

By Paul Lerman, September 19, 2008

Wingate & Finchley picked up a valuable away point at Ilford in a game which was tough, mainly due to the horrendous bobbly playing surface. Chances were hard to come by in the first half as both sides defended resolutely, but Wingate who were looking the stronger team found it difficult to play their usual passing game as the ball bounced at erratic uncontrollable angles.


HMH edge past Brady bunch

September 17, 2008

Watford Friendly League: Challenge Cup Round One
HMH 4 Brady Maccabi 2 (AET)


"The beauty of Cup football is that Jack always has a chance of beating Goliath"
(Terry Butcher, rewriting the Bible)

It all came together at once; at last summer reappeared on the opening day of HMH's Cup campaign, against old rivals Brady Maccabi.


Cash rich Neasden bypass the Lions

By Andrew Pentol, September 15, 2008
JC MSFL Prem Div: NW Neasden A 4 LM Lions A 2


A hat-trick from last season's JC MSFL Player of Year Lee Cash helped defending champions North-West Neasden A to a comfortable victory over the Cyril Anekstein Cup holders in Arkley.

Cash gave his side a well-deserved lead on 55 minutes when he slotted home after being put through by Matt Stock and sealed the win in stoppage time with a powerful header from an Adam Levine cross.


Wingate keep alive FA Cup dream

By Paul Lerman, September 15, 2008
Wingate & Finchley waltzed through to the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round with a highly convincing 2-0 win over Witham Town.


In truth the scoreline flattered the visitors who, had it not been for the heroics of keeper Rhys Madden, could have been hugely embarrassed.

Wingate & Finchley hit the post twice in the same move in the first half, after Ahmet Rifat had walked through the defence, Tim Lees took over and sent the first effort onto the inside of the left post - and then Kieran Street struck the opposite post from the rebound.


Perfect 10 for rampant Lions

September 15, 2008
London Lions crushed a stunned Bovingdon side as they produced an outstanding footballing performance.


Scoring a perfect 10 in all departments, the football on show wouldn't have looked out of place in the Barclays Championship with reward for all the players' hard work so far this season beginning to bear fruits.


Two out of two for the Knights

September 15, 2008
JC MSFL Div 4: East London Knights 6 Pinner JFC 2


Another terrific display by the Knights crowned off a thumping victory at Wanstead Flats this morning.

Although things didn't start to brightly for the Knights after two minutes into Simon Marks's debut it was cut short by a hamstring strain when he over-stretched for a ball played in the air forcing the home side into a change.


Super Simons boosts Neasden C

September 15, 2008

JC MSFL Div 2 Holy Mount Zion 0 NW Neasden C 1

Back at the spiritual home of HMZ and under the shadow of the Wembley arch on a blistering day for football, both these teams slogged out 90 minutes of a hard fought game played in a very good spirit.

These teams both took three points off one another last season so this one was always going to be difficult to call. Especially with Neasden missing five key players including hot shot striker Stevie Bloom.