Danny Caro

North West Neasden through to quarter-finals

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

North West Neasden A stormed into the quarter-finals of the Sunday FA Cup after beating Bungay Town 3-1.

TJ Keterman, Andy Glynne and an own goal moved them to within three games of the final at Anfield.

Neasden joint-manager Jamie Cole said: “I’m very proud the way in which we competed and handled themselves through the game.

Redbridge Jewish Care A won the all-MSFL tie in the London FA Sunday Intermediate Cup after beating UJS Norstar A 6-2. Daran Bern (2), Lewis Walker (2), Steve Summers and Sam McCarthy were their marksmen.

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Warm reception for Avram Grant at Chelsea

By Danny Caro, December 17, 2009

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant was given a warm reception upon returning to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday night's top against bottom clash in the Premiership.

He responded by applauding the crowd and mouthing 'thank you'.

But the former Chelsea boss was able to mastermind a result as a 79th penalty from Frank Lampard helped the leaders restore their three-point advantage at the top.

"It was nice [to return to Chelsea], the supporters have been very good to me since I left, and I will always have a bond with this club.

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FC Team reach London Cup quarters

By Danny Caro, December 15, 2009

FC Team reached the quarter-finals of the London FA Cup for the first time after thumping Brampton Park 7-1.

They put the Essex Housing League champions to the sword in Harrow courtesy of goals from Laurence Judah, Jonny Breger and Richard Salmon were among the scorers. Irvine Howson (3) and supersub Kieran Curry Allen completed the rout.

Going into the tie, Team manager Mitch Young kept the same starting 11 as the previous week with Kieran Allen Curry returning to the bench.

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Team of the week: 10th December 2009

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

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True Blues under 11s reach football final

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

HMH Blue Under 11s reached the final of the National Cup after squeezing past HISHU White on penalties. The tie finished 2-2 with Zac Garbacz and Angus Taylor on target for the Highgate side.

Adam Ellis (2), Eli Wegryzn and Aaron Benjamin struck as HMH beat AC Whetstone 4-2 after extra time in round two of the Maccabi GB National Cup. David Goodman earned Highgate & Muswell Hill a 1-1 draw against St Albans in the Watford Friendly League Under 16 Yellow Division.

Jack Naftalin hit the winner as HMH Red beat HISHU White in the Maccabi GB Primary Football League Under 10 Division.

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Hero Hershkorn ends Raiders’ cup dream

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Premier Division South Manx edged into the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy after beating JC MSFL Division Two leaders North London Raiders B 5-3. Rob Hershkorn (3), Darren Harris and Jonny Haik netted for the Manx. James Foley-Comer, Lewis Blitz and Elliot Espinoza replied.

Manx manager John Nitka commented: “We didn’t play well, especially on the 3G surface at Brunel. Credit to NLR B for not allowing us to play.”

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Bigots must find another stage to vent their anger

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

And here are the results: Football 1, antisemitism 0. Boxing 0, antisemitism 1. That has been the outcome of two major sporting events in the UK over the past two weeks.

It’s clear from this that sport and politics do not mix. Sport has been used as a platform by organisations and countries to protest and vent their anger towards political situations, but this reached new heights on Saturday night when Dmitriy Salita experience race hate walking into the ring.

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Salita: Gone in 76 seconds

By Danny Caro, December 10, 2009

Dmitriy Salita has vowed to bounce back from Saturday’s WBA light-welterweight title humbling against holder Amir Khan.

The Brooklyn-based fighter was blown away by a devastating flurry of punches from Khan who knocked him down three times in the first round. The first was a lightning left-right combination within 15 seconds of the opening bell. The fight, at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, was stopped after just 76 seconds.

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Haifa go out of Champions League with a whimper

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2009

Maccabi Haifa’s Champions League campaign ended in humiliation as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bordeaux on Tuesday. The defeat means that the Israeli champions lost all six matches and failed to score a single goal in Group A.

As per the corresponding fixture in France, Bordeaux won by a single goal with Jussie’s 13th minute proving decisive. The match was a dead rubber for the visitors who had already won the group.

The French side were so depleted that they were only able to name four players on the bench, compared to Haifa’s seven.

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John Gregory takes over at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

John Gregory is the new manager of Israeli Premier Division side Maccabi Ahi Nazareth.

Gregory, the former boss of Aston Villa, QPR and Derby County, has not managed since leaving Loftus Road in 2007.

He takes over a Nazareth team who lie bottom of Ligat Ha’al, replacing Eli Mahfoud under whom Nazareth lost 9 out of 12 matches.

Gregory, 55 will be assisted by former Villa defender Najwan Grayeb. He has signed a deal until the end of the season.

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Maccabi champions MAL join Middlesex League

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

Maccabi champions MAL have pulled out of the Sunday League to join the Middlesex Sunday League.

They join London Maccabi Vale and Belmont & Edgware in the non-Jewish competition.

MAL's Mark Landau said: "The decision to leave the Maccabi League was not taken lightly, but was done with the intention of providing our members with the most competitive cricket that we can in order to continue our development.

Like LMV and BECC, they have agreed to keep supporting the Jewish game and will enter teams in the Maccabi T20, revamped Stuart Neils Cup and Indoor six-a-side tournament.

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Avram Grant saviours first Portsmouth win

By Danny Caro, December 7, 2009

Avram Grant breathed a sigh of relief after leading Portsmouth to their first victory since he took over as manager following the 2-0 Premier League home win over Burnley.

Beaten 4-0 by defending champions Manchester United last weekend and 4-2 by Aston Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-finals in midweek, the Israeli steered Portsmouth home in a relegation six-pointer with goals from Hermann Hreidarsson and Aruna Dindane temporarily lifting them off the foot of the table.

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Salita 'determined' for victory over Amir Khan

By Danny Caro, December 5, 2009

A “lifetime achievement” is how Dmitriy Salita described what being crowned IBF light-welterweight champion would mean to him ahead of tomorrow’s night title fight against Amir Khan.

Scheduled to walk into the ring to the tones of Matisyahu, Salita, 27, has handled a media frenzy in his usual calm and assured style since after touching down in England from his Brooklyn home at the end of last week. One of his first assignments was to visit the Kosher Deli in north west London. Then it was off to Tyneside.

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Hendon into the third round of cup

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Benji Gilbert, Chaim Gothold, Gav Noe and Amit Dinowitz booked Hendon United B a place in the third round of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup as they breezed past second division London Maccabi Lions B.

Hendon joint-manager Ari Birnbaum said: “We were not at our best even though the score suggests otherwise. Credit to the Lions who kept battling but our experience told in the end.”

Lions’ Frank Steinberg said: “The score flattered Hendon on the amount of possession we enjoyed, but they had goalscorers and we didn’t, and their goalie had a great game.”

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Barnet's top brass were impressed, but the leggy lady wasn't

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Barnet made three loan signings on deadline day. But I wasn’t one of them, much to my disappointment. Playing alongside Director of Football Paul Fairclough at their spanking new £4 million training complex in Edgware, Bees chairman Tony Kleanthous and manager Ian Hendon were among keen on-lookers watching a Maccabi Masters Select XI take on Maccabi Moscow in conditions that suited the visitors.

As an avid Barnet fan, it would have been a dream move, but there was no fairytale, despite a decent performance in goal in front of England C national team boss Fairclough.

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Team of the week: 3rd December 2009

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

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Salita 'determined' for victory over Amir Khan

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

A “lifetime achievement” is how Dmitriy Salita described what being crowned IBF light-welterweight champion would mean to him ahead of tomorrow’s night title fight against Amir Khan.

Scheduled to walk into the ring to the tones of Matisyahu, Salita, 27, has handled a media frenzy in his usual calm and assured style since after touching down in England from his Brooklyn home at the end of last week. One of his first assignments was to visit the Kosher Deli in north west London. Then it was off to Tyneside.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv coach: Win in Israel was key

By Danny Caro, December 3, 2009

Eli Guttman, coach of Hapoel Tel Aviv, believes that the key to his team reaching the last 32 of the Europa League was beating Celtic in Israel.

Beaten 2-0 by the Scots at Celtic Park last night, Hapoel’s progress to the knockout stages was confirmed after Hamburg beat Rapid Vienna by the same score.

Guttman believes that a strong second half showing at the corresponding fixture at the Bloomfield made it possible.

"The second 45 minutes in Tel Aviv was the main point," said Guttman, whose side qualify along with Hamburg.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv through despite Celtic defeat

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

Hapoel Tel Aviv progressed into the last 32 of the Europa League despite going down 2-0 to Celtic in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

The Israelis went into the game needing a point to secure their place in the knockout stages but with Hamburg beating Rapid Vienna 2-0, their passage was secured.

Celtic avenged the 2-1 defeat against Hapoel in Israel with goals from Georgios Samaras and Barry Robson

Following a result that saw Celtic eliminated from Europe, Hapoel conclude the Group C campaign at home to Hamburg is a game that will decide which team finishes top.

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Lions reach the last eight

By Danny Caro, December 2, 2009

London Lions breezed into the quarter-finals of the Anagrams Records Trophy after beating MK Wanderers 4-1.

Up against opponents from the South Midlands League, the Lions came out on top in a game where they had 10 first team players unavailable mainly due to injury.

Goals from Guy Morris, Ben Joseph, Adam Stolerman and Aron Barnes saw them home.

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