Danny Caro

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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Czechs eye Grant

By Danny Caro, April 24, 2009

Avram Grant has been approached with a view of becoming the next manager of the Czech Republic national team.

The former Chelsea manager, 53, has been out of work for almost a year and is reported to have been offered a four-year deal worth £900,000 a year.

The Czech FA have been in negotiations with Grant's agent Pini Zahavi, and vice-president Jaroslav Vacek confirmed: “We have spoken with a person who officially represents Mr Grant. We still hear how the team degenerated, but it does have its quality and the new coach, if he succeeds, can make a good name by that.”

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Swing king Kuber starts with a bang

By Danny Caro, April 23, 2009

Teenage prodigy Marc Kuber has enjoyed a successful period on the golf course.

Kuber, 17, finished runner-up in the Ashford Manor Junior Open, missing out by one shot. He said: “I played pretty averagely but nonetheless, that was a nice start to the season.”

Playing in the Johnson Better Ball tournament at Hendon Golf Club, together with his partner, Kuber beat Walker Cup player Luke Goddard 5 and 4, running out victors on the 14th to claim his second win in three years.

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Conspiracy theories are ruining the MSFL’s reputation

By Danny Caro, April 23, 2009

The spirit of the Maccabi League has been called into question after Redbridge Jewish Care pulled out of a Premier Division clash against champions-elect North West Neasden A.

Lions assistant-manager Danny Reuben cried foul after RJC forfeited, knowing that a defeat would consign them to relegation. Lying third from bottom, on the same points and goal difference, Reuben accused the East Londoners of under-hand tactics.

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Glorious Glenthorne reach the last eight

By Danny Caro, April 23, 2009

Goals from Lewis Walker and Ben Solossi took Glenthorne United A into the quarter-finals of the Peter Morrison Trophy after they beat Glasgow Maccabi 2-0 in Scotland.

Boss Ian Cohen said: “This was an immense performance. I was excited by the commitment of every player in what was a mature display that bodes well for the future.”

Goals from David Dinkin (2), Louis Basger and Dan Green saw holders London Maccabi Lions A reach the semi-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup after beating Montana Boca United A 4-2. Andy Binstock (2) replied.

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It’s official: refs are getting younger

By Danny Caro, April 23, 2009

Elliott Kaye has become the top Jewish official after accepting an invitation to officiate in the Football League next season. At just 23, he will also become one of the youngest on the circuit.

In his final year of a Business Studies degree at Leeds University, Kaye has been working his way up the refereeing ladder for the past nine years and he is confident that his ambition can be matched by performances on the field of play.

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Team of the week: 24th April 2009

By Danny Caro, April 23, 2009

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Gerrard hails brave Yossi

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2009

Steven Gerrard hailed the bravery of Israel captain Yossi Benayoun after his double kept Liverpool in the Premier League title race in Tuesday night’s 4-4 draw against Arsenal.

A thrilling contest saw Arsenal take a first-half lead before two goals in 11 minutes at the start of the second half from Fernando Torres and Benayoun, a diving header, put Liverpool ahead.

Andrei Arshavin scored twice in quick succession to put Arsenal 3-2 up before Torres levelled again. Arshavin looked to have sealed the points before Benayoun tapped home deep into stoppage time.

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Youngsters to gatecrash Maccabi open

By Danny Caro, April 21, 2009

This weekend sees the annual Maccabi GB Open Table Tennis Championships taking place at the new Harefield Sports Academy with up to 100 players competing for various categories of title.

This key event in the Jewish sporting calendar caters for all standards, ages and genders but ultimately on the day all eyes will be focused on the cornucopia of highly-rated and talented players in the men's open category of which many are nationally ranked and in some cases inside England's top 100.

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Ankier just the ticket

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Team Great Britain’s squad for July’s Maccabiah Games has been boosted by the addition of long-distance runner Jo Ankier.

Ankier, 27, was snubbed by the British Olympic Committee last year when she missed out on qualification for the 3,000 metres steeplechase at the Beijing Games by a matter of seconds. In the end, the runner who was chosen ahead of her did not compete due to a stress fracture.

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Pleat could treat Israel

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

David Pleat would be willing to help Israel find a new manager should they decide to part terms with current incumbent Dror Kashtan.

Having managed Spurs, Sheffield Wednesday, Leicester City and Luton Town, Pleat is well qualified to offer guidance in identifying a candidate who could help guide them to the finals of a major competition.

Now working as a commentator for ITV, Pleat said: “It is an intriguing situation. If I was asked to help in any way, or even in a consultant capacity, I would be fascinated and would love to help them identify a top coach.

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The Maccabi League should be the last place to play race card

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Lessons must be learnt from the unsavoury incident that took place in the Maccabi League match between Montana Boca United A and Glenthorne United A (see right).

What appeared to have started out as “football banter” escalated to an unacceptable level and although Glenthorne manager Ian Cohen dealt with the situation swiftly, the league must ensure that there is no repeat of something that could be picked up by the national press.

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Faithfold flying high after Taylor-made victory

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Goals from Alex Taylor (2) and Alex Levack lifted Faithfold A into second place in the Premier Division after they beat Redbridge JC 3-1.

Jamie Kent (3) and Adam Littess egded South Manx A a step closer to the Division One title after beating Brixton Old Boys 4-2. Paul Allen and Adam Kaye replied.

Southgate Harmen A clinched an immediate return to Division One after wrapping up the second division title. Russell Becker, Lloyd Becker and top-scorer Alex Bourne were on the mark in a 3-2 win over Holy Mount Zion. Guri Singer and Mickey Stirton replied.

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Neasden triumph after the late escape

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

North West Neasden A 3
Chigwell Athletic A 2

Joint-manager Jamie Cole admitted that treble-chasing Neasden got lucky after Chigwell were denied a last-minute penalty in a Peter Morrison Trophy tie that looked done and dusted after 80 minutes.

The holders charged into a three-goal lead thanks to a first-half penalty from captain Lee Cash followed by two close-range efforts from Maccabiah-bound Matt Stock.

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Footballer kicked out in race row

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

A Maccabi Premier Division footballer has been kicked out of his club and another player fined following a row over the alleged racial abuse of a player of South American origin.

Montana Boca striker Virgil Levy claims he was called “a Paki” in a row after his side had scored a late winner in their league fixture. He also says he was called “Asian” and was “told that I should not belong in the community or in the league”.

No action was taken by the referee, who has not responded to our requests for an interview.

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Team of the week: 17th April 2009

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

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Bridge debut for Winehouse

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2009

Michael Winehouse is no ordinary Maccabi League footballer. On May 19, he will line up alongside some footballing legends at Stamford Bridge, raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The cousin of R&B diva Amy has been suffering from the genetic illness since birth.

An Employment Advisor in Walthamstow, Winehouse will play in a charity match with Kenny Dalglish, Les Ferdinand, Graeme Le Saux, sprinter Darren Campbell and TV presenter Ben Shepherd.

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