PETER MORRISON TROPHY SEMI-FINALS DRAW
North London Raiders A vs Manchester Maccabi 1st or Maccabi London Lions White
Manchester Maccabi 2nd vs Haroldeans or Redbridge Jewish Care A
BARRY GOLDSTEIN TROPHY DRAW
Faithfold B vs NL Raiders C
Temple Fortune vsFC Team (Fortune won on penalties)
- Semi-finals to be played April 15, Final - April 29 at Rowley Lane at 7.30pm
MGBSFL ROLL OF HONOUR
PREMIER DIVISION: Champions - TBC, Runners-up - TBC
DIVISION ONE: Champions - Faithfold A, Runners-up - North London Raiders B
DIVISION TWO: Champions - TBC, Runners-up - TBC
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FINAL
Oakwood A vs Hendon Utd - April 29 at Rowley Lane
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PETER MORRISON TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL
HAROLDEANS vs REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A
Haroldeans – the pride of Merseyside in Jewish footballing terms – hope home advantage is key when they host Redbridge Jewish Care in an afternoon kick-off.
The original tie was postponed due to the snow, but with a trip to Manchester Maccabi 2nd awaiting the winners in the last four, it’s a case of he who dares wins.
Haroldeans are enjoying a strong season in the MJSL, currently sitting in second place and talisman Adam Shiffman is in top form on the goal front.
Zack Goldsmith joined Shiffman on the scoresheet in the thrilling 3-3 draw against South Manchester – their 11th consecutive Maccabi match without defeat.
Maxim Green was their match-winner against Los Blancos in the previous round, but Mike Bloomberg and co know this is likely to be their biggest test of the season.
Steve Summers produced another master-class in RJC’s 2-2 draw against Lions White. He is one of the top ‘back-to-goal’ strikers in Jewish football, and his experience and big-match temperament will be key as the east Londoners attempt to reach the last four, in what is their last remaining chance of silverware this season.
Goalkeeper Dan Lee, captain Danny Berg and the Hakimi brothers are other important figures, while home fans won’t need long to see the quality of the Sollosi brothers. On their day they are simply unstoppable.
Redbridge will be wary of heavy legs playing a part in the latter stages, especially after the long schlep up north.
I can see this tie being evenly balanced, with a moment of magic from one of the Sollosi boys taking the Essex giants through.
HAROLDEANS (from): Jordan Brookes, Adam Boyars, Max Benmayer, Stephen Rubin, Eden Harris, Bobby Fishel, Adam Cross, Jack Bookey, Benjamin Kersh, Taylor Moss, Max Barnett, Paul Harris, Maxim Green, Adam Shiffman, Zack Goldsmith
REDBRIDGE (from): Dan Lee, Jay Jaffa, Ross Weintraub, Danny Berg, Sam McCarthy, Adam Hakimi, Danny Hakimi, Craig Sandford, Richie Caplin, Brad Frankel, Adam Shafron, Ben Sollosi, Sam Sollosi, Nathan Sollosi, Scott Oldstein, James Berkley, Nate Kashket, Russell Goldstein, Steve Summers, Aaron Goldberg, Elliot Black, Calvin Dickson
JC star man: Ben Sollosi
DC prediction: Haroldeans 1 RJC 2
MGBSFL PREMIER DIVISION
HENDON UNITED SPORTS vs CAMDEN PARK
The maths are simple from here. Win their last three games and Hendon United will be crowned champions.
Greg Corin’s troops were made to sweat against Camden last time out, but they showed great powers of recovery to earn a 3-1 triumph, with Zac Lewis and Rocky Spitzer finding the net. Captain marvel Ari Last recovered from a rare blip to lead the Hendon ship to their ninth victory in 11 matches.
Hendon have responded well since the 3-0 defeat against Raiders. Four victories have put them within touching distance of the title, with league games at home to Redbridge and title rivals Oakwood to follow, before the big Anekstein Cup final.
Camden will be looking to do what no team have done to Hendon this season – claim an away win. Hadley FC is a fortress – the dimensions suit the red men perfectly and Corin usually has a Plan B on the bench.
Corin spoke highly of Camden after the last game but I expect Hendon to put them away with minimal fuss second time around.
HENDON (from): Russ Corin, Ari Nevies, Rafi Kon, Mordi Weiler, Larry Cohen, Josh Bentley, Alex Rosenthal, Avi Korman, Dudi Edreyi, Dan Howard, Ari Last (capt), Ben Lauffer, Simon Peterman, Josh Harris, Zac Lewis, Yishai Last, Moses Seitler, Rocky Spitzer, Dovi Fehler, Yoav Kestenbaum, Jonty Aremband, Chaim Korman
CAMDEN (from): Steve Murad, Ben Harris, Josh Tiano, Theo Azouz, Greg Meller, Max Gordon, Kane Gilbery, Rick Harris, Johann Jordi, David Kanzen, Mike Khalatschi, Josh Marks, Max Saunders, Matt Pearlman, Ricardo Ercoli, Dan Orgel, Danny Sherman
Venue – Hadley FC, Ref – Daniel Fox, KO – 10am
JC star man: Simon Peterman (Hendon)
DC prediction: Hendon 4 Camden 0
OAKWOOD A vs MACCABI LONDON LIONS BLUE
Oakwood are staying calm ahead of the potential title-decider against Hendon on April 22 – a week before the eagerly awaited League Cup final.
Dan Kristall told me the 5-0 demolition of Brady was “arguably their finest performance of the season”. The mighty Oaks really turned on the style, with striker Leor Sidle back amongst the goals. David Woolman and Kyle Bentwood also chipped in and with a couple of key figures returning for the run-in, the signs look good.
That they haven’t conceded for more than 270 minutes tells me they are peaking at just the right time – and Kristall loves it when a plan comes together ;)
But there’s no doubt that Lions Blue will give them a game. Edged out of the Morrison in Manchester, Sam Marchant’s boys gave Oakwood a great game in January – losing 3-2 – and they will be determined to prove a point and show they are a top three team, just as the table is currently showing.
The Lions have nothing to lose in their last game of the season, and although they will huff and puff and ask some questions, I think Oakwood will edge it on the day.
OAKWOOD: Joe Botchin, David Cohen, Dale Bradman, Alex Lee, Tom Cantor, Lee Warner, Kyle Bentwood, Simon Davies, Brad Wine, Toby Levy, Sam Cantor, Leor Sidle, Josh Cuby, George Goldberg, Ben Peppi, David Woolman, Luke Brookner, Jonny Quinn, Daniel McEnaney, George Goldberg, Zach Collins
LIONS (from): James Harpin, Sammy Kingston, Daniel Fattal, Daniel Behar, Ben Winters, Nathan Anders, Jordan Aspis, Nick Barnett, Charlie Cohen, Adam Abadi, Ed Brafman (capt), Benji Weinberger, Jono Gaon, Josh Bloom, Michael Kenley, Zac Linden, Zach Perez, Liron Mannie, Adam Hassanali, Jordan Aspis
Venue – Nicholas Breakspear, Ref – Marc Jacob, KO – 10am
JC star man: Tom Cantor (Oakwood)
DC prediction: Oakwood 1 Lions 0
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B vs OAKWOOD B
With a top two finish a distant memory, Oakwood’s powers of recovery will be put to the test when they make the long journey east to take on Redbridge.
Despite Jason Stein’s best-laid plans, Oakwood had no answer to a merciless Faithfold team who were determined to ensure nothing dampened the mood at their title party.
Third place is now the very least Stein expects, although they will need to be on their guard against a Redbridge team that have lost five out of six at home.
Redbridge were hit for six by Raiders, but it wasn’t until the second half they were picked apart. It was certainly a far cry from their brilliant 5-0 rampage of the champion the previous match.
A big crowd is expected ahead of what is Redbridge’s last home game of the season. Dan Gordon has scored in his last two outings and he fired a hat-trick against Oakwood when the teams drew 3-3 in November.
Much depends on Oakwood’s attitude. Stein won’t allow them to feel sorry for themselves and they must focus only on the next 90 minutes.
RJC (from): Elliot Coulton, Dan Adelman, Dan Lassman, Scott McKenzie, Adam Noble, Richard Stern, James Law, Dan Andrews, Paul Biller, Jacob Kaye, Anthony Cope, Dan Lipman, Josh Hambling, Jamie Bernstein, Ben Chernoff, Dan Gordon, Carl Dobrin, Richard Rosenthal, Sam Rank
OAKWOOD: Dean Caplin, Jordan Sherne, Ben Annis, Ben Feingold, Danni Derrison, Jake Frener, Dan King, Dan Ash, Raffi Bloom, Louie Hibbert, Sam Modlin, Thomas Prais, Daniel Seligman, Jordan Sherne, Haydon Davidson, Henry Richmond, Max Clynes, Jacob Richler-Kleiman, Dan Linton, Mark Charles, Dan Selwyn
Venue - Fairlop, Ref – Marc Rister, KO – 10am
JC star man: Ben Feingold (Oakwood)
DC prediction: RJC 1 Oakwood 1
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C vs LOS BLANCOS
Blancos still have four matches remaining and a top three finish is the target.
Their form has been inconsistent since the turn of the year and I believe half of the squad are playing for places next season.
Redbridge are still battling to climb the table. Meeting Blancos for the first time this season, they know their home form hasn’t been good enough and that has to be the message before kick-off.
Looking through the squads, there’s plenty of talent to guarantee an open and entertaining affair. And the tussle between Jerome Marks and Oli Sade will be worth the admission fee alone.
REDBRIDGE (from): Ben Rosenthal, Martin Sales, Martin Zartz, Sam Zartz, Dave Green, Jamie Danan, Jason Patmore, Adam Kemper, Jerome Marks, Darryl Green, Alex Aviram, Lee Cutler, Harrison Midda, Lewis Rackham, Ryan Silkman, Seth Warner, Mitch Hahn
BLANCOS (from): Gideon Rabstein, Josh Aziz, Joel Barnett, Marc Woolfe, Jake Doffman, Svi Freedman, Tim Heynes, Gav Krieger, James Kutner, Avishai Kestenbaum, Elliott Maslawy, Joe Davis, Daniel Sinclair, Josh Mizrahi, Alex Lewis, Josh Laurier, Simon Moses, Oliver Sade, Luke Strauss, James Kutner, Joe Zender
Venue – Fairlop, Ref – David Lazarus, KO – 10am
JC star man: Martin Sales (RJC)
DC prediction: RJC 2 Blancos 2
FC TEAM vs STRAW HAT PIRATES
FC Team are odds-on completing a league double over a Pirates side they beat 5-3 in January.
Mitch Young has earned most of the plaudits in the goals department this season, but it was Jon Breger and Richard Sternberg who tormented the Pirates’ defence that day.
They go into the game on the back of two excellent performances, culminating in the place in the last four of the Barry Goldstein Trophy. And with a draw against Temple Fortune, it wouldn’t surprise me if Young has booked an appointment at the tailor to get fitted up for cup final suits.
The Pirates can’t buy a win at the moment. Five consecutive defeats have seen them go into freefall … and this game is arguably the last thing they need right now.
TEAM (from): David Gordon, Jamie Breslaw, Eitan Ben-Zion, Jon Breger, Dan Breger, Danny Moss, James Milman, Adam Rones, David Grossman, Jamie Breslaw, Mitch Young, Dylan Young, Richard Salmon, Ryan Kangisser, Ashley Burns
PIRATES (from): David Wolinsky, Jake Yudelowitz, Sam Assil, Matt Cohen, Sim Cohen, Jono Nesbitt, Aron Gale, Gideon Gale, Solly Ishack, Ben Mandell, Joel Newman, Saul Tiano, Matt Cohen, Adam Hilsenrath, Barney Rhodes
Venue - Hertswood, Ref – Nigel Burns, KO – 10am
JC star man: Eitan Ben-Zion (FC Team)
DC prediction: Team 5 SHP 0
MILL HILL DONS vs HERTSWOOD VALE
Mill Hill Dons have three cup finals remaining. Simply as that. They were left deflated by a late goal in the 3-3 draw against Vale – having come from 0-2 down.
I expect the Dons to come out of the traps like wounded animals. They will be looking to start fast and go for the jugular from the very first whistle. Will Vale be ready for them? That’s the million dollar question.
Dons boss Brandon Hamme was irked by his team’s defending for all three goals and admitted they had “shot themselves in the foot”. But he also identified a number of positives, and that’s got to be the slant of his pre-match teamtalk.
Hamme told JC Sport: “Promotion will now be a very difficult task, but we will continue to give it our all and fight till the very end.”
Can lightning strike twice. That’s what Vale managers Jacob Emanuel and Danny Hirschberger will be hoping. Josh Cohen played like a man possessed, while I’ve heard rumours Jack Shulman is still claiming the equalising goal.
Any other week, that performance would’ve seen messus Emanuel and Hirschberger win JC Manager of the Week. But if they do the business again, they’ll be hard to ignore.
DONS (from): Oli Burchell, Richard Reback, Adam Ben-Harosh, Josh Cinna, Sam Demby, Harry Moss, Jamie Nagioff, Nick Phillips, Adam Isaacs, Adam Morrow, Ryan Kramer, Zach Cohen, Harry Kalms, Brandon Hamme, Josh Moses, Adam Diamond, Richard Hayim
HERTSWOOD (from): Josh Cohen, Simon Englander, Yehuda Fink, Theo Gluckstein, Josh Gorb, Harry Graham, Ashley Hirschburger, Sammy Huberman, Adrian Leibovitch, Jonty Schogger, Ben Chiltern, Danny Feuer, Jack Shulman, Josh Cohen, Simon Englander, Jordan Harris, Michael Elia, Isaac Segalov, Edan Dodi, Bradley Lobetta, Elio Elia, Harry Marlow, Ollie Brill, James Neidle, Jordan Harris, Andy Gilbert, James Millet
Venue – Aycliffe Park, Ref – Robert Benardout, KO – 10am
JC star man: Adam Morrow (Dons)
DC prediction: Dons 3 Hertswood 1
REAL HENDON vs FAITHFOLD B
Finishing in the top five has to be the priority for a Real Hendon team in decent form.
The Barry Goldstein Trophy was their one and only hope of silverware this season, but that horse bolted after they tumbled out against Temple Fortune on penalties.
Scoring goals will never be an issue for this Real team, who adopt a refreshing approach, week in, week out. And having put five past the Superhoops earlier in the season, they will be confident of coming away with maximum points.
The BGT has given Faithfold the lift they needed. They can now look forward to the forthcoming semi-final against Raiders C and it’s important they maintain their good habits.
Faithfold have been decent on the road this season, but I can see the next 90 minutes being tough for them.
REAL (from): Raffy Zysblatt, Ben Cohen, Ben Goldberg, Martin Smulovitch, Doron Shooter, Gilad Kestenbaum, Lolu Hibbert, Joe Goldberg, Zvi Noe, Hezzie Raymond, Motty Korman, Chaim Gothold, Adam Hersh, Lloyd Kafton, Gali Kolt, Chaim Strom, Gav Noe, Harley Patoffs, Jono Marks-Bluth, RA Noe
FAITHFOLD: David Garson, Richard Alexander, Yosef Brownson, Stuart Haring, Jon Kay, Yitze Hill, Nick Stern, Mark Singer, Ben Kfir, Josh Lewis, Jonathan Marrache, Josh Martin, Naftali Dove, Daniel Yoss, Yidi Gertner, Jay Rosenblatt, Chaim Bordon, Avi Markiewicz
Venue - , Ref – Darryl Colmans, KO – 10am
JC star man: Lolu Hibbert (Real)
DC prediction: Real 4 Faithfold 1
TEMPLE FORTUNE B vs FAIRLOP FC
Fairlop are one of the league’s form teams – with eight consecutive victories under their belts. It’s no surprise Bayern Mincha, Mill Hill Dons and FC Team are looking over their shoulders.
Aaron Dias’s men have been blowing their rivals away in merciless fashion – and with all three of the aforementioned coming up, they will be looking to blow Fortune away with minimal fuss.
Now is the time I can see Daniel Garfinkle going into overdrive. I fancy him to score a hat-trick, and captain Brad Gayer and Daniel Bean to pull the strings. James Jaconelli should also have a profitable morning.
But spare a thought for Fortune. Crushed 7-0 by the east Londoners last Chanukah, they have won just once in front of their fans all season. And the next 90 minutes could feel very long indeed. Damage limitation is their best bet.
FORTUNE (from): Lee Fegan, Anthony Beilin, Jacob Kalms, Josh Klepper, Adam Lenz, Eric Lewis, Gab Saul, Oli Segal, Gideon Wetrin, Darren Zitren, Sam Barth, Adam Jacobs, Josh Taylor, Zach Goodman, James Phillips, Jon Pressman, Dan Krieger, Simon Cohen
FAIRLOP (from): Jordan Kara, Pierce Prince, Adam Goldman, Kane Wise, Max Freedman, Ryan Cole, Daryl Rubin, Matt Berkley, Daniel Bean, Kai Vale, Daniel Rosen, Brad Gayer (capt), James Jaconelli, Brad Porter, Jacob Sanders, Pierce Prince, Daniel Garfinkle, Joel Russell, Mitch Gold, David Farkash, Guy Weisselberg, Aaron Dias
Venue – Roger Bannister, Ref – Laurence Thorne, KO – 10am
JC star man: Daniel Bean (Fairlop)
DC prediction: Fortune 0 Fairlop 4