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JC MSFL Top-Scorers: January 22

By James Masters, January 23, 2012

22 - Craig Sandford (Glenthorne B)

20 - Saul Conway (Shirley Park), Dan Hildebrand (Brady B - includes 7 for Faithfold)

19 - Doron Weinstein (Redbridge Jewish Care C)

17 - Terry Jeffries (Temple Fortune B)

16 – Dan Orgel (Redbridge JC B), Ben Hart, (NL Raiders C)

15 - Jamie Kent (Brixton), Stefan Benfredj (Shirley Park)

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Northern team of the week nominations: January 22

By James Masters, January 23, 2012

Here are the nominees for Northern Team of the Week:

Goalkeepers:
Jody Marks (South Manchester SC 1st)
Josh Samberg (Manchester Maccabi 3rd)
Mark Miller (Leeds Maccabi 1st)

Defenders:
Mike Stratton (South Manchester SC 1st)
Mark Addis (South Manchester SC 1st)
Sheldon Lee (Manchester Maccabi 3rd)
Adam Boyars (Haroldeans)
Paul Harris (Haroldeans)

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Saunders salutes Crumpsall

By James Masters, January 23, 2012

Zevi Saunders hailed Crumpsall’s performance as their ‘best of the season’ following a shock 5-2 win over South Manchester SC 2nd in the Shonn Trophy.

Crumpsall are well known as the ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ of the MJSL, but they were always in control in a wind-affected clash with South.

Dan Rose scored twice, while Ben Silverman, Ben Kayser and Frenchie Freedman rounded off the win.

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Haroldeans boss Gee: Title is ours to lose

By James Masters, January 23, 2012

Haroldeans boss Ivan Gee says the MJSL title is his side’s to lose after they crushed title challengers Oakhill 4-0 to move nine points clear.

Jamie Harris scored twice, while Bobby Abrams and Cabral Christian were also on target as second place Oakhill were blown away.

And Gee says his side’s latest display shows they are determined to finish off the title race with a minimum of fuss.

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Leaders given scare by Leeds 2nd

By James Masters, January 23, 2012

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Leeds Maccabi 2nd gave league leaders West Leeds a real scare after producing a valiant performance.

West Leeds, unbeaten in the league all season and three points clear at the top, found it tough against a Maccabi side still searching for their first win of the campaign.

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MJSL round-up: January 22

By James Masters, January 23, 2012

Jamie Harris struck twice to kill off Oakhill’s faint title hopes and leave Haroldeans with one hand on the MJSL league trophy.

Ivan Gee’s men are now nine points clear of the Lions with eight games remaining as they inflicted a second defeat of the season in the Manchester students.

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JC MSFL Top-Scorers: January 15

By James Masters, January 16, 2012

Glenthorne United B joint-player-manager Craig Sandford has climbed to the top of the JC MSFL goal charts following his hat-trick in the 8-0 demolition of JLGB.

21 - Craig Sandford (Glenthorne B)

19 - Doron Weinstein (Redbridge Jewish Care C)

17 - Terry Jeffries (Temple Fortune B)

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Racketlon is the future, says GB ace Lazarus

By James Masters, January 12, 2012

David Lazarus is hoping his world domination of Racketlon will help the sport become the next big thing in Britain.

The 47-year-old is the current world champion for the over-45 age group after clinching the title in Vienna last November.

Racketlon, which combines table tennis, squash, tennis and badminton, is one of the fastest growing sports in Europe.

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Celtic's Kayal out for the season

By James Masters, January 10, 2012

Celtic star Beram Kayal has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

The Israel international was forced to leave the field on a stretcher during Celtic’s 1-0 win over Rangers on December 28 following a challenge with Lee McCulloch.

Kayal, who signed a new five-year deal with Celtic in October, will now hope to return to action in pre-season.

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JC MSFL Top-Scorers: January 8

By James Masters, January 10, 2012

19 - Doron Weinstein (Redbridge Jewish Care C)

18 - Craig Sandford (Glenthorne B)

17 - Terry Jeffries (Temple Fortune B)

16 – Dan Orgel (Redbridge JC B), Saul Conway (Shirley Park), Dan Hildebrand (Brady B - includes 7 for
Faithfold)

15 - Jamie Kent (Brixton)

14 - Stefan Benfredj (Shirley Park), Ben Simons (Faithfold C)

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North West Neasden A vs FC Team A

By James Masters, January 9, 2012

A Lee Cash treble took Neasden A to the top of the table as they beat FC Team A in an eight-goal thriller at Hadley FC.

Marc Lazare and Jonny Haik sealed the points as Neasden leapfrogged Hendon A, although they have played three games more.

FC Team's goals came through Shai Davidi (2) and Richard Salmon. Photos: Marc Morris

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Leeds on cloud nine

By James Masters, January 9, 2012

Sunday Alliance League Cup Round One
Leeds Maccabi 1st 9 Rodley Barge 3

Dave Woolman’s four-goal blast fired Leeds Maccabi 1st into the second round of the Sunday Alliance League Cup.

The in-form striker needed less than 45 minutes to destroy First Division side Rodley Barge as the visitors sunk to a humiliating defeat.

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Notts lads claim title

By James Masters, January 5, 2012

Nottingham JSOC sideSeely 17 claimed the Juefa Cup and a free trip to Israel after emerging triumphant from the 36-team tournament.

The Midlands team defeated Masa UK in the final with captain Jonny Shapiro scoring the only goal of the game.

In the Girls section, Sandy Tapnack's double fired Jewventus to a 2-0 final victory over Birmingham University side, Seven Girls One Cup.

Katie Meltz

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MJSL set for 2012

By James Masters, January 4, 2012

League leaders Haroldeans face reigning champions Manchester Maccabi 3rd in a mouthwatering clash in Liverpool as the MJSL returns to action.

The Merseysiders are six points clear at the top and have lost just once in the league this season, with that defeat coming against Steve Bentwood’s Maccabi side.

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Seely 17 seal Juefa Cup win

By James Masters, January 4, 2012

Nottingham JSOC side Seely 17 claimed the Juefa Cup and a free trip to Israel after emerging triumphant from the 36-team tournament.

The Midlands team defeated Masa UK in the final with captain Jonny Shapiro scoring the only goal of the game.

Roie Spitzer, Marc Harris, Sam Johnstone, Daniel Perkins, Jonny Lawrence and Simon Lawrence all featured for Seely 17 along with skipper Shapiro.

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MJSL a 'leading light'

By James Masters, December 29, 2011

The Manchester Jewish Soccer League has been hailed as a leading light of the Respect campaign by the Manchester Football Association.

Peter Roberts, the Referees Development Manager at the Manchester FA, recently attended a meeting with the MJSL council to discuss further innovations going into the scheme.

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We're taking it one step at a time, says Lustigman

By James Masters, December 29, 2011

Adam Lustigman believes his Maccabi Masters side are on target for glory at the 2013 Maccabiah Games following their Futsal title triumph.

Maccabi sealed the Middlesex FA Futsal Fives Division One Championship at the first attempt following their silver medal success at the European Maccabi Games in Vienna in July.

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Look, he's behind you!

By James Masters, December 22, 2011

Sam Waley-Cohen faces becoming the pantomime villain when he tries to deny the legendary Kauto Star a record fifth victory in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

Waley-Cohen, who won at Kempton onboard Long Run last year, is hoping to continue his remarkable run of success after landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup last March.

The much loved Kauto had been expected to retire after coming thir

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Klinger proud of Strikers

By James Masters, December 21, 2011

Michael Klinger hailed his Adelaide Strikers after they began their defence of the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League with an opening day victory.

Klinger led the South Australians to their first trophy in 15 years after last season’s stunning victory over New South Wales and is now targeting a repeat success.

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More misery for Leeds 2nd

By James Masters, December 20, 2011

Leeds Maccabi 2nd slumped to a tenth consecutive league defeat after suffering a 5-1 thrashing at Osmondthorpe.

Despite heading into the break level at 1-1 thanks to Steve Feldman’s strike, Maccabi failed to compete in a one-sided second half.

Feldman, 49, was the only Leeds player to take his chance as the visitors frittered away a whole host of opportunities.

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