Danny Caro

Derby day delight for Hendon A

By Danny Caro, March 12, 2009

Goals from Ari Last, Alex Gilbert and Avidan Last steered Hendon United A to a 3-0 victory over Hendon United B in the fourth round of the Peter Morrison Trophy.

Westdene 1st overcame Montana Boca United A in a penalty shootout. Westdene went ahead in the first minute but Gary Cohen’s strike saw the teams finish 1-1 after 90 minutes. With no further goals in extra time, Raymond Harrod and Cohen had their spot-kicks saved.

Leeds Maccabi eased past the Maccabi Masters 5-0 with Dave Wallman (2), Adam Gilman, Tim Zoltay and Mark Corn steering them home.

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Pearson treble sinks Bridge

By Danny Caro, March 12, 2009

London Maccabi Lions A moved clear of the danger zone as they beat Redbridge Jewish Care 4-1 in the JC Maccabi League Premier Division. Mike Pearson (3) and Ollie Leslie did the damage. Anthony Mendel replied.

Daryl Phillips (2) led the way as Faithfold A ensured a nervy end of season for London Maccabi Lions B following a 3-1 win. Hadley Silver, who also missed a penalty, netted for Lions.

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Team of the week: 6th March 2009

By Danny Caro, March 5, 2009

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Last four tests loom as Neasden go into unknown territory

By Danny Caro, March 5, 2009

Sunday will be a huge day for everyone connected to North West Neasden. The quadruple-chasing A team will look to get back to winning ways when they host Baldon Sports in the semi-finals of the London FA Sunday Challenge Cup at Bricket Wood.

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Time to put Jade in the shade

By Danny Caro, March 3, 2009

I don’t want to sound callous or cold-hearted but have had enough of the coverage of Jade Goody’s battle against cancer.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel for the poor girl but I know many people who have been affected by the illness.

The media coverage of her brave fight has been applauded for making the public aware, but at the end of the day, Jade is one of millions of women in this unfortunate position.

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Turks blown away by red-hot Curry

By Danny Caro, March 2, 2009

Middlesex Sunday Junior League Division One:
Assyria 0 - FC Team 4

FC Team claimed one of their best wins of the season to beat Assyria 4-0 away.

Another big test faced Mitch Young's men as travelled to fifth-placed Turkish side Assyria.

Coming off the back off a 1-1 draw with Wilberforce, Team wanted to get something from the game. They lined up in the usual 4-4-2 formation but Mitch Lassman moved back into right midfield to allow for the full debut of striker Andy Croll. Young moved out to the left and the same back four was intact for the fourth consecutive game.

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Team of the week: 27th February 2009

By Danny Caro, February 27, 2009

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Yoss is boss

By Danny Caro, February 27, 2009

After a turbulent week for Israeli sport, how refreshing was it to see Yossi Benayoun on the front and backpages of virtually every national newspaper after scoring a crucial Champions League winner for Liverpool in Madrid?

With all eyes on manager Rafa Benitez, whose future remains in doubt over a contract wrangle, injured captain Steve Gerrard, on the bench, and star striker Fernando Torres, hobbling around on one leg for an hour, the Israel captain found the perfect moment to grab the headlines with a rare headed goal.

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Progress the name of the game as Chigwell edge through

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

Goals from Steve Summers and Craig Johnstone moved Chigwell Athletic A into the third round of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they beat first division North West Neasden B 2-1. Rob Lerner replied.

Glenthorne United A climbed into the top five of the JC MSFL Premier Division for the first time this season after hammering London Maccabi Lions B 5-0. Jamie Shaw (2), Daniel Lassman, Daniel Davis and Lewis Walker were their marksmen.

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No Turkish delight as Maccabi fall flat

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

JC MSFL Rep Team 0
Turkish Federation League 2

Rep Team manager Jonathan Kestenbaum said his side came up against a “far superior team” as he saw them lose at Potters Bar FC.
Having lost the services of Lee Cash, Daniel Cole, Ricky Kennet and Aron Barnes on the eve of the game, the JC MSFL side were second best against a Turkish team featuring seven players from Ryman League Ware and Witham Forest. The visitors were simply too good, too sharp and too clever for Maccabi.

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Our boys were taught as lesson. Now there’s no room for error

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

I was shocked to see the gulf in class between the Maccabi League rep team and Turkish League this week. Having beaten the same opponents last season and won the competition the previous year, our boys looked technically inferior, slower and less hungry than opponents who at times they made look like Brazil.

I was expecting big things from the team this season but the Turks were a class apart. Some of their players had played two games the previous day but it appears that they were fed raw meat before the game as the MSFL team was left chasing shadows until the game was our of reach.

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It's win-win

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

In: Wingate name Arsenal hero Hayes as new boss.
Out: Stone leaves to take a step-up at Rushden & Diamonds.

Former Arsenal favourite Martin Hayes has replaced Michael Stone as manager of Wingate & Finchley after he joined ambitious Blue Square Premier outfit Rushden & Diamonds.

Hayes arrives with an impressive pedigree as a player, having won League Championships with both

Arsenal and Celtic and representing England at Under 21 level.

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Yossi is the Real deal

By Danny Caro, February 26, 2009

An 82nd minute header from Yossi Benayoun proved decisive as five-times Champions League winners Liverpool claimed a vital advantage from the Super 16 first leg tie against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Impressive throughout, the Israel captain found the perfect moment to open his account in Europe’s premier competition as the Reds gained the upper hand. He found space in a packed six-yard box to nod home Fabio Aurelio’s curling free-kick.

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Rep team lose opener

By Danny Caro, February 25, 2009

The JC Maccabi League team were well beaten by a superior Turkish Federation side in their London Inter-League Cup opener at Potters Bar Town FC on Tuesday half.

The visitors, who featured seven players from Ryman League sides Ware and Witham Forest were simply too good, too sharp and too clever for Maccabi.

Going into the game, Maccabi League rep team boss Jonathan Kestenbaum was forced to alter his squad with striker Lee Cash starting a six-week ban, Daniel Cole, Ricky Kennet and Aron Barnes pulling out injuries from the weekend.

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Ram granted UAE visa

By Danny Caro, February 19, 2009

Doubles specialist Andy Ram has been granted a visa by the United Arab Emirates to play in the Dubai Championships.

There were fears that he would be denied access after compatriot Shahar Peer was banned from this week's women's tournament as organisers were concerned for her safety in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

But her exclusion was immediately condemned by the Women’s Tennis Association and fellow players while one of the tournament sponsors, Wall Street Journal Europe, withdrew their backing.

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Lessons must be learned from Peer’s Dubai debacle

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2009

The Shahar Peer episode is a very sad state of affairs and I believe that organisers of the Dubai Tennis Championships should hang their heads in shame. Without wanting to go over the top, it’s not too dissimilar to the Nazi regime preventing a Jew from taking part because of their religion.

The event is meant to be one of the most prestigious on the circuit for the top players. Either it is or it isn’t and it is clearly not. It shouldn’t be able to pick and choose who can and cannot play.

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Cup kings Neasden sink The Ship

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2009

Strikes from Alex Bowman, Bruno Frankel and Ryan Sher put North West Neasden B into the semi-finals of the London FA Sunday Junior Cup after they beat The Ship 3-1.

Joint-manager Sammy Carr said: “This is a huge achievement. Let’s just hope we can take our cup form into the league and gain promotion to the Premier Division.”

Nick Collins, Ashley Davidson and an own goal earned Maccabi Masters a tie against Leeds Maccabi as they beat Montana Boca United B 3-1 in the Peter Morrison Trophy.

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Team of the week: 20th February 2009

By Danny Caro, February 18, 2009

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Organisation plans your next move

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

A new amateur football body has been set up that could help fast-track talented young Jewish players into the professional game.

The Non League Football Association enables players to take charge of their careers. Players register their details including a profile and playing history, before joining a website database accessible to prospective teams and managers.

Set up by Newport County manager Dean Holdsworth and directors Clive Pollard and Tony Marks, the NLFA also offers discounts on football boots, kit and merchandise.

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What next for Avram as it appears that nobody wants him

By Danny Caro, February 12, 2009

It’s amazing what a bit of player power can do, isn’t it? It appears that this is what stopped Avram Grant taking charge of Chelsea and presumably Portsmouth with Guus Hiddink and former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson the preferred choice of the senior players. I’m sure that Bill Shankly and Brian Clough will be turning in their graves.

I’m glad Grant did not go back to Chelsea, in any capacity. There is an old adage that suggests you should never go back, that returning to an old haunt is never a sustainable notion.

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