Five-star Hasmo thump Menorah

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2010

Two goals from Jonti Arembad helped Hasmonean High beat Menorah Grammar 5-1 in Mill Hill.

In a match that was billed as a classic, the boys from Year 7 did not disappoint. Menorah came to play a proper game but in the end there was only one result with Hasmonean winning 5-1 at Barnet’s Copthall Sports Stadium.

Two goals from Jonti Arembad set Hasmonean on their way, Jamie Davila made it 3-0 at half time. Even with Hasmonean playing with the wind, Menorah could only muster one attack that Tomer Wieder dealt with effectively.


Gold says Grant’s job is safe “for years”

By Danny Caro, November 5, 2010

David Gold, co-owner at West Ham, has surprised supporters by telling them that manager Avram Grant will be in charge at Upton Park for “years”.

The Israeli took over from Gianfranco Zola in June but has struggled so far with the Hammers having claimed only one win in 10 matches.

But Gold has a vision of where the club will be, and Grant is in it.

"I'd be devastated if Avram Grant is not with us for three, four, five, six years," Gold said. ''We will remain absolutely resolute behind our manager.''


Elsa High claims Hong Kong crown

November 4, 2010

Elsa High School's Under 12s are the International School Sport Federation of Hong Kong (SSFHK) Division B champions.

One of 11 participating teams at the championship, Elsa High were the only school to remain undefeated, coming top of the table by winning nine and drawing one.

Players Michael Cohen and Ian Stern claimed 19 goals between them, with every other Elsa outfield player also scoring. Sam Khorsandy and Rubin Verebes also contributed to the goal tally.


All's Gold as Park boys dump Harmen out

By Danny Caro, November 4, 2010

Dan Oade, the Shirley Park manager, believes that his side's shock 2-1 win over Premier Division Southgate Harmen A was fully deserved.

Strikes from Nicky Plotnik and a late winner from Gideon Gold helped the Division Four minnows come following Lee Greenfield's opener for Harmen.

Oade said: "This was a solid performance across the pitch from Shirley and I'd like to thank all the lads for the contributing to our win. We knew that we were capable of causing an upset and that's what the cup is all about."

Stand-in Harmen boss Andy Okin said: "The best team won."


Ice-cool Arghebant gives Kennet breathing space

November 4, 2010

Eilon Kennet, the Lions manager, cut a relieved figure after a last-ditch goal from Sam Arghebant earned them a 3-2 victory over last season's champions and helped them leapfrog their illustrious rivals.
Both teams went into the game in unfamiliar territory, rooted towards the bottom of the table with just one win between them in eight games.


MJSL review

By James Masters, November 3, 2010

Basement battlers Sporting JLGB caused shock of the day in the latest round of MJSL matches after becoming the first team to beat title hopefuls Hyde Park Rovers this season.

Rovers, who dropped their first points of the season in last Wednesday’s draw with Oakhill, found themselves 4-1 down before David James and player-manager Phillip Braham drew them level at the death.

But with seconds remaining, Uri Steinberg scrambled home his second of the game to give Sporting an unlikely win to end Rovers’ unbeaten record.


Hapoel claims historic point

By Danny Caro, November 3, 2010

Eli Guttman, the manager of Hapoel Tel Aviv, was left with mixed emotions after his team claimed their first ever Champions League point against Schalke at the Bloomfield Stadium on Tuesday night.

Having lost their first three matches in Group B, the Israeli champions restored some pride in a goalless draw against team containing the likes of Raul, Klaus Jan Huntelaar and Jefferson Farfan.

Guttman said: “It is a great honour for an Israeli side to be able to stand up to a club as big as Schalke, yet I’m still leaving with a slight taste of disappointment.”


Liverpool give trial to Omri Altman

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team captain Omri Altman will arrive at Liverpool with a huge weight on his shoulders. Invited by manager Roy Hodgson for a week-long trial, he has been compared to Reds captain Steven Gerrard in his native Israel.

Altman's trial comes just as new Liverpool owner John Henry told Hodgson that he must develop young players rather than buy expensive new ones.


Avram Grant prepared for bidding war

By James Masters and Simon Griver, October 28, 2010

Avram Grant is ready to spark a capital bidding war by launching a raid for Israel star Itay Shechter.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv striker is being chased by a whole host of clubs including West Ham and London rivals Tottenham.

Shechter is keen to make the move to the Premier League in the New Year following a successful spell with Hapoel.


Israel hope to bloom

By Simon Griver, October 28, 2010

Israel manager Luis Fernandez has requested that his team play their next two home qualifiers at Bloomfield Stadium. The call came after the Frenchman watched the highly-charged Tel Aviv derby on Saturday night which Hapoel won. Fernandez feels the national stadium in Ramat Gan lacks atmosphere.

He also insists that Israel can still qualify for Euro finals. "I want to play our next home games against Georgia and Latvia at Bloomfield. We will take six points in those games and if we win away games we can still go through."