Danny Caro

JC Olim League week one round-up

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

The first JC Olim League, the league created by the Olim communities around Israel, comprises nine teams with Jewish footballers from all over the globe represented. This summer saw three new teams enter the league and the pre-season hype and uncertainty ended as the league kicked off on Saturday night in Tel Aviv and Ashdod.

Playing at the floodlit Tel Aviv University pitch, league veterans Jaffa FC hosted new boys Aviv City FC. This hard-fought season curtain-raiser was won comfortably (7-1) in the end by Jaffa.

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Five-star FC Team maintain title hopes

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

FC Team boosted their Middlesex County League Division One title hopes with a 5-0 demolition of FC Romania at Salisbury Hall.

Delayed by heavy traffic on the North Circular, Team manager Mitch Young was worried his team would be flustered after only arriving five minutes before kick off but this was never in danger of happening.

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South Manchester cage the Falcons

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

South Manchester took a point from Manchester Falcons, the league leaders who had previously swept all before them, scoring 18 goals in four games.

The first half was a rugged affair with the best chance falling to Simon Davies who headed over when unmarked from a corner.

South had caused themselves problems losing the ball from a couple of their own set pieces but the back four stood firm.

The second half saw more attacking from both teams and only a fantastic defensive header from man of the match Darren Brewer kept South level.

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Israel edged out by Croatia

By Danny Caro, October 11, 2010

Two first-half strikes from Spurs’ midfielder Niko Kranjčar helped Croatia move two points clear at the top of Euro 2012 qualifying Group F as they beat Israel 2-1 at the Ramat Gan National Stadium.

Israel went into the game without captain Yossi Benayoun and Celtic midfielder Biram Kayal as the absence was felt as the visitors took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first 45 minutes.

The hosts were given an early warning when Ivan Rakitić fired a shot against the base of the post inside seven minutes.

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Golden Graham looks like top serial striker

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

Defence is the best form of attack. That is the belief of Southgate Harmen A manager Dan Uzan who masterminded his team's 4-1 victory over defending champions North West Neasden A, Harmen's first-ever victory in the top-flight.

The Division One new boys were written off by many at the start of the season but they silenced their critics with midfielder Ben Graham blasting home a stunning hat-trick. Recent signing Kane Swerner completed the rout. Bradley Sharp grabbed a consolation for Neasden.

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Penalty drama

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

There was a bizarre incident in the match between Norstar B and Real Life. Norstar's Maurice Franks saw his penalty saved by Life keeper Will Martyn. Referee Rak Hudson ordered a retake after adjudging that the goalie had moved off his line.

Franks, a little shaken after his miss, handed the ball to Rafi Addlestone who made no mistake. However, there ensued a vociferous protest from the Real Life team, who badgered the ref, telling him that a team cannot change taker for a re-taken pen.

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Team of the week: 8th October 2010

By Danny Caro, October 7, 2010

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Huller hat-trick inspires South comeback

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

A hat-trick from debutant Leon Huller earned South Manchester Maccabi Sports Club 1st a 3-3 draw at Lawds in the Manchester Accountants League Premier Division.

Played in torrential conditions from first kick to last, South Manchester staged a remarkable comeback with Huller the hero.

South started on the back foot against a team clearly playing a number of quality players used to playing at a higher level.

The South midfield was overrun with their opponents quick passing which defied the boggy conditions and found themselves 3-0 down after just 20 minutes.

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Amor the merrier

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

Hendon Hawks Rovers continued their unbeaten start to the new season with an 11-2 win over HMH Eilat in the Maccabi National League Under 11 Division.

Rovers began the game with an early goal courtesy of David Amor, following a through ball by Akiva Restan. Amor doubled the lead after running through the HMH defence to strike the ball into the bottom corner.

HMH Eilat hit back with a shot from the edge of the area.

Avishai Marcus was making the central midfield role his own with some tough tackling and rightly added his name to the scoresheet with a great strike past the keeper.

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Hapoel crash again

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

A first-half double from Michel Bastos condemned Hapoel Tel Aviv to their second consecutive Champions League defeat as they went down 3-1 against Lyon at the Bloomfield Stadium on Wednesday night.

Having lost their Group B opener 2-0 against Benfica, Hapoel found themselves two goals down at the break with the Brazilian striker following up an early penalty with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box.

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FC Team maintain perfect start

By Danny Caro, October 4, 2010

FC Team maintained their 100 per cent start in the Middlesex County League Division One with a 5 -2 demolition of Regents Park.

Playing a 4-3-3 formation, Team gave a debut to Nigerian striker Eddie Obbinna. After coming close in the first minute, he opened the scoring in the 5th. Andy Croll won the ball in midfield and playing an exquisite through ball to Obinna who hammered the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

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MAL finish on a high

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

MAL finished their 2010 season in style with a win off the final ball against South Loughton CC at Old Camdenians on Sunday.

On a blustery rainy day, it was probably only due to the fact that it was the final day of the season that the game was completed at all.

South Loughton won the toss and chose to bat, and were quickly in trouble, as Anthony Cowan found some early swing to bowl Battle for 1 and Shearer for 0, leaving the score at 7-2.

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Red-hot Redbridge leave Lions in a spot of bother

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

Redbridge Jewish Care A remain the only team in the JC MSFL Premier Division with a 100 per cent record after they beat London Maccabi Lions A 2-1. Ben Sollosi and Lewis Walker were their scorers. Mike Pearson pulled one back for the Lions.

Two goals from Jacob Gold helped North London Raiders A end Faithfold A's perfect record in a 3-2 victory. Rob Sanford made it 3-0 before Paul Babai and substitute David Lederman set up a grandstand finish.

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Commonwealth sham brought memories flooding back

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

I'm sure I was not the only one who feared the worst when I heard the headlines 'Bridge collapse threatens Games'. Events surrounding the Commonwealth Games in India brought back terrible memories of two recent Maccabiah Games.

No-one wants reminding of the terrible events that surrounded the 1997 Jewish Olympics. Four Australian athletes lost their lives marching into the opening ceremony when a makeshift bridge collapsed into the highly-polluted waters of the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv.

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Depleted Lions make their point

By Danny Caro, September 28, 2010

London Lions took a valuable point against high flying Hoddesdon Town in the South Midlands League Division One.

Andy Glynne's second-half goal ensured Lions took a point after a poor first-half performance.

Both sides were devoid of regular first team players and the game and result reflected that. Among the absentees for the Lions were top-scorer James Gershfield, Adam Stolerman, Craig Ellis, Danny Berg and Ben Ellis. Blustery conditions in Broxbourne made it difficult for both teams to find any rhythm and resulted in a scrappy affair.

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Israel to face Poland in Davis Cup

By Danny Caro, September 27, 2010

Israel have been drawn at home to Poland in the second round of next year’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1.

Both teams received a bye in the first round but will play the tie on the date scheduled for the first round - the weekend of March 4, 2011.

The winners will move onto the promotion playoff for the World Group in September.

The tie is set to be held at the Ramat Hasharon Tennis Centre after disappointing attendances at the much larger Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv last week when Israel lost 3-2 to Austria and were relegated from the World Group after three years.

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Leeker sends Manchester Maccabi through

By Danny Caro, September 27, 2010

Manchester Maccabi 1st progressed into the next round of the County Manchester County Cup after beating Middleton Colts 3-2. Adam Lavin, Michael Sacks and Rafi Leeker were the marksmen.

A goal from Andy Glynne helped London Lions come from behind to draw against Hoddesdon Town in the South Midlands League Division One.

Manchester Maccabi 1st progressed into the next round of the County Manchester County Cup after beating Middleton Colts 3-2.

In a re-arranged tie, it was colts who settled first, but a couple of long range shots did not really trouble Dan Garman in the Maccabi goal

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FC Team reach round two

By Danny Caro, September 27, 2010

FC Team moved into the third round of the Middlesex County Senior Open Cup after despatching Brentham FC 2-0.

Mitch Young’s men arrived with a depleted squad with no substitutes and without a recognised keeper. Down to the bare bones, Young was forced to fill in between the sticks.

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Heath Banta vs Inter Borehamwood

By Danny Caro, September 26, 2010

Heath Banta came through a potentially tricky JC Cyril Anekstein Cup tie against league new boys Inter Borehamwood with goal-poacher Stefan Simons popping up with another hat-trick. Some of the key moments are captured here. Photos by Marc Morris.

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LMV 2nd well beaten by BA

By Danny Caro, September 22, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nds were beaten by 93 runs in a friendly against British Airways.

What at one time looked like being a close contest eventually turned into a non-event as BA’s Bangalore player hit a sparkling 91 off only 41 balls to put the match well out of reach of LMV.

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