Danny Caro

Let’s hope Montana and fair play come out on top

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

It’s fair to say that pretty much everyone outside of Redbridge will be rooting for Montana Boca United A on Sunday when the boys in red and black take on Chigwell Athletic A.

Redbridge Jewish Care’s decision to forfeit a recent match against North West Neasden A won them no fans as, pending a league decision, it looks set to save them from relegation and instead result in London Maccabi Lions B going down. Montana looked set to join them but last weekend’s heroic display against Neasden means that a draw against Hendon would keep them up.

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Brighton in Bloom

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

Brighton & Hove Albion have become the envy of football clubs across the country following an £80 million injection from internet gambling entrepreneur Tony Bloom.

Dividing his time between Sussex and Melbourne, the club’s new chairman marks a third generation to have a member on the board.

His uncle, Ray, is a club director and Harry, his grandfather, was vice-chairman when the club reached the old first division in 1979.

Almost all of the funds from the high stakes poker player will be absorbed by the club’s new Falmer Stadium.

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Henen keeps Boca alive

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

A late strike from Trevor Henen ensured that Montana Boca United As battle against the drop goes to the last game as they kept North West Neasden As title celebrations on ice with a hard earned point.

Gary Cohen gave Montana a shock lead in the JC MSFL Premier Division clash only for a goal in each half from Daniel Levenfiche and captain Lee Cash to put NWN within minutes of retaining the title.

But a cool finish from Henen into the roof of the net left NWN ruing a series of missed chances.

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Team of the week: 22nd May 2009

By Danny Caro, May 21, 2009

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Why MSFL should not have non-Jewish players

By Danny Caro, May 14, 2009

I don’t buy into the idea that the MSFL must introduce non-Jewish players and, judging by some of our letters, neither do others. And the view from Jewish football’s top brass at last weekend’s cup final is: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Peter Moss’ article last week aroused debate on our messageboard but the Maccabi League family has puffed out its chest in support of a much-loved institution. As expected, the football fraternity pulled closer, with only a ringing endorsement of the world’s biggest Jewish league ringing in my ears.

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Team of the week: 15th May 2009

By Danny Caro, May 14, 2009

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Lezak to fulfil Maccabiah dream

By Danny Caro, May 12, 2009

Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak says that he will be fulfilling a lifelong dream when he competes at the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai in July.

The seven-time American Olympic medalist has prioritised going to Israel ahead of competing in his fifth visit to the world championships as he represents Team USA at his debut Jewish Olympics.

"I now have the opportunity to go to the Maccabiah Games in Israel, fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine,” he said.

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Ellis helps Neasden retain Morrison

By Danny Caro, May 11, 2009

A 76th minute strike from defender Jonny Ellis helped NWN retain the Jewish FA Cup as they battled past Hendon in a war of attrition at Wingate & Finchley.

An uneventful first half saw Daniel Stanton come closest to breaking the deadlock but Hendon keeper Danny Berliner was equal to his volley.

Berliner was the hero again midway through the second half after Lee Cash's corner bounced up and hit the hand of Hendon's Dovid Korman. Ref Jon Smith, in his last match, pointed to the spot but Cash's low shot was brilliantly parried by the Maccabiah keeper.

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Clash of the titans

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

The best Jewish team in the country will be identified at Wingate & Finchley on Sunday as holders Neasden take on Hendon in a repeat of last season’s showpiece.

The meeting features the two most celebrated MSFL clubs in recent times with Neasden, who were in action in the JC League Cup on Thursday, hoping to clinch part one of a possible treble.

Hendon’s preparations for the final were also hampered by a fixture pile-up that forced them to play Oakwood EDRS on Wednesday.

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Free agents

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

Two players were left reeling this week after being released by their clubs as the season drew to a close.

Ran Kadoch was one of five released by Barnet. The Israeli keeper, 23, has made 12 appearances since signing last August.

He finished the season in style, saving a penalty in the 2-1 defeat against Port Vale and played a part in Barnet’s consolation after going up for a corner.

Wycombe Wanderers bid farewell to midfielder Scott Shulton, 19, one of nine to leave the newly promoted club.

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I was within touching distance of a lead role in cup final

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

The Jewish FA Cup final takes centre stage this weekend and it is hard to believe that I was just minutes away from playing a hands-on part. Having conceded 18 goals in my last three matches, I was not looking forward to the semi-final against North West Neasden A, one of my former clubs, and up against some of the leading lights of Jewish football, including two Maccabiah players, I was expecting the worst.

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Team of the week: 8th May 2009

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

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Avram’s still unique

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

Avram Grant. Remember him? Still the only man to take Chelsea to a Champions League final.

While referee Tom Ovrebo has been struck off the Christmas card list of every Chelsea supporter, the conduct of German captain Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba, who was off the pitch having been substituted, must be punished by Uefa.

Two of the most high-profile players in the Premier League lost their cool, chasing the match official to protest and vent their anger at several decisions they felt he had got wrong.

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Titans to clash once more

By Danny Caro, May 5, 2009

Treble-chasing North West Neasden A will meet Hendon United A in this season’s Jewish FA Cup final at Wingate & Finchley on Sunday afternoon in a repeat of last season’s showdown.

Neasden came through a titanic Peter Morrison Trophy semi-final against first division North London Raiders A. Matt Sofier put them ahead after 70 minutes only for Raiders left-back James Fattal to level with the last kick of normal time. His curling effort from 30 yards nestled into the top corner, sparking wild celebrations.

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JFS win Brent Schools Cup

By Danny Caro, May 1, 2009

JFS 1st XI won the Year 12-13 Brent Schools Football Cup after beating Copeland 5-2 in the final at Kingsbury Town. Braces from Oliver Henry and Aaron Salamon along with one from Ben Ellis earned the Sixth Formers silverware to cap off an excellent season.

JFS captain Sean Ladier said: "It was great day for us all to claim some silverware to end the season on a high over our opponents Copeland who were by no means push over’s.

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Rowley boys primed for the big time historic victory

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

Hats off to London Lions whose promotion confirmed that they will be playing the highest level the club has ever achieved next season.

Manager Tony Gold, together with his assistant Steve Grenfell, deserve much credit for keeping the team believing and imbedding a winning mentality. Striker Adam Stolerman has had another excellent season but it has been a magnificent team effort.

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Class tells as Hendon go through

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

First-half efforts from Ari Last, Paul Bentley and Saul Conway set up a quarter-final clash at Oakwood EDRS as Hendon United A beat FC Team A 3-1 in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup. Mitch Young replied.

North West Neasden A moved to within a point of retaining the JC MSFL Premier Division crown after sharing six goals against nearest challengers Faithfold A.

Daniel Levenfiche, Lee Cash and Jonny Ellis netted for Neasden who staged a dramatic late comeback from 3-1 down. David Lederman, Richard Baum and an Ellis own goal accounted for the Faithfold goals.

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A happy end

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

Wingate & Finchley caretaker manager Ben Winston has been asked to stay on at the club after steering them to their best ever finish in the Division One North.

In his eight games in charge, Winston claimed five wins, a draw and two defeats, culminating in a narrow loss at Ware. “I have really enjoyed my time as manager,” said Winston. “It has been fantastic to take on this challenge and to finish in the highest ever league position for the club is really positive.

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Big Macc puts Vale and MAL on the back foot

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

While the main focus of the Jewish cricket season is the Maccabiah squads travelling to Israel in July, a number of teams in London will be looking to show their quality.

Fielding two senior XIs and a thriving colts section, London Maccabi Vale (LMV) will be the hardest hit of any Jewish cricket team with players involved at the Games. Adam Brand, Jerome Colmans, Richard Black, Andrew Daniels and Ryan Kangisser, along with juniors Andrew Greenwall Cohen, Joseph Greenwall Cohen and Daniel Cohen are away for the first half of the season.

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Team of the week: 1st May 2009

By Danny Caro, April 30, 2009

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