FC Team A recorded result of the day after beating defending champions Hendon A 3-0, while North London Raiders earned a stunning win over Lions A at Rowley Lane and Glenthorne A won the top-of-the-table clash in Division One to extend their lead at the top. But it was a morning to forget for Temple Fortune A who had no less than three players sent off against Shirley Park. Danny Caro reflects on Matchday 8 of the JC MSFL season.
JC MSFL MATCHDAY 9 HEADLINES
Prem Div – FC Team A shock champions
Div 1 – Lassman leads Thornes past Camden
Div 2 – Three cheers for SPEC FC
Div 3 – Oakwood B finish in seventh heaven
JC HAT-TRICK HEROES
Prem Div - Brad Wine (Oakwood A)
Div 2 - Jake Gilbert (Athletic Bilbaum), Michael Woolf (Blizzard Storm)
Div 3 - Terry Jeffries, John Kemp (both Temple Fortune B), David James Cohen (FC Team C)
PHOTOGALLERY - JC GAME OF THE DAY
DANNY CARO'S MATCHDAY 8 OSCARS
JC SAVE OF THE WEEK
Elliott Gold (Woodford Wanderers) - crucial one-on-one block against Chigwell
JC SUPERSUB OF THE WEEK
David Kanter (Hendon B)
JC CELEBRATION OF THE WEEK
Dave Epstein (Oakwood B) - celebrated his first goal in eight years by running 50 yards to embrace his manager
JC REFEREE OF THE WEEK
Tony McEvoy (Glenthorne United B vs Athletic Bilbaum)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Ian Tussie (Oakwood B) - "Forget Hoy, forget Murray, forget The Ryder Cup. This was special" - Describing Dave Epstein's stunning goal
YOUR WEEKEND REVIEW STARTS HERE
LONDON FA SUNDAY INTERMEDIATE CUP ROUND TWO
HATCH LANE UNITED FC A FAITHFOLD A A (Match abandoned after 85 minutes with Faithfold leading 2-0)
Faithfold must wait to find out whether the result stands after the tie was abandoned after the Hatch Lane United manager lost his cool in the closing stages.
Zuriel Solomons' troops were leading 2-0 and the referee called the match to a halt as the irate boss went after the man in black.
Jonny Haik scored with a great header from a James Taylor cross and Daryl Phillips converted from a one-on-one.
Solomons told JC Sport: "We'll await the verdict but I'm confident we should be handed the game.
"We played really well against a very physical team and we dominated most of the game. It was thoroughly deserved, the boys were great today."
7 - Lorian Madanes, Mike Pearson (both LML A)
6 - Daryl Phillips (Faithfold A)
5 - Alon Hershkorn (Brixton A), Adam Stolerman, (Redbridge JC A), Brad Wine, (Oakwood)
RAMPANT REDBRIDGE TEACH BRADY A LESSON
BRADY MACCABI A 0 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 4
Redbridge ran riot at Rowley Lane with strikes from Adam Stolerman, Steve Summers, Danny Hakimi and an own goal easing them home.
Brady boss Joel Nathan told JC Sport: "I'm very disappointed about our second half performance which will not be repeated again this season. Redbridge were very good and played the ball about very nicely and fully deserved the win.
"Nothing is easy in this league and we have already started focusing on next week’s game against Hendon."
DC Prediction: Brady 1 Redbridge 2
VINTAGE WINE SINKS BRIXTON
BRIXTON OLD BOYS 0 OAKWOOD A 6
Four brilliant strikes from BRAD WINE helped Oakwood blow Brixton away as John Nitka's men experienced a morning to forget at Clowes.
There were also goals for Carl Peters and Toby Levy.
Oaks joint-manager Ric Blank told JC Sport: "We were too good today for Brixton. Some of the football in the first half was simply electric.
"John has called us efficient - we were more than efficient. We were excellent.
""We don't have a league game for a while now due to cup commitments so we're delighted to sign off with a win. We're not getting carried away - in this league you are only one sloppy performance away from a beating."
Nitka told JC Sport: "With eight first team regulars out injured we didn't have a chance against an efficient Oakwood.
"I do not like losing, however the players I had available today gave 100 per cent, but just weren't good enough. There is nothing more to say."
DC Prediction: Brixton 1 Oakwood 2
YOUNG KNOCKS CHAMPIONS OFF THEIR PERCH
FC TEAM A 3 HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB A 0
FC Team A claimed their best-ever result in JC MSFL football after claiming a stunning 3-0 victory over defending champions Hendon at Meadow Park.
A double from Declan Selbo plus one from Richard Salmon saw them record a famous victory.
Delighted FC Team manager Mitch Young told JC Sport: "I am delighted with the result. It was so important after the disappointment of last week to get three points this week.
"The Team put in a great deal of work for this victory - we won all our individual battles all over the pitch, the midfield worked tirelessly, we were strong at the back and they could not handle us up front.
"We throughly deserved the victory and we could of scored more. Hendon are a great side but today was all about us.
"We have now beaten Faithfold and Hendon and kept clean sheets against them both. We are not in this league to make up numbers we want to challenge."
Reflecting on the team's first league defeat, Hendon boss David Garbacz told JC Sport: "There are no excuses - we lost to the better team today. FC team were excellent from start to finish and gave us problems in the first half from their Rory Delap-style throw-ins and were marshalled by their big centre half and forwards.
DC Prediction: FC Team A 1 Hendon Utd SC A 1
FOUR-MIDABLE RAIDERS TEAR LIONS APART
LONDON MACCABI LIONS A 2 NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 4
Rob Richman's Raiders won for the second consecutive weekend, this time taking the scalp of the Lions at Rowley Lane.
Adam Joselyn, Oli Henry, Jamie Wolfson and an own goal set up a famous win for L'Orange.
Captain Yoav Lebens bagged a brace for the Lions.
Raiders manager Rob Richman told JC Sport: "Today was as good a win as I can remember in my time in charge of Raiders. The boys stuck to the task at hand and tactically were brilliant.
"For the second week in a row rather than one stand-out performance it was very much the effort of the entire 14.
"I know one Aussie reading this in NYC will be particularly happy with the result today."
Lions boss Josh Newman told JC Sport: "We played quite well in the first half but were unable to take the lead and conceded a sloppy first goal. In the second half we were very poor."
DC Prediction: LM Lions A 3 NL Raiders A 1
14 - Jamie Kent (Shirley Park)
10 - Yishai Last (Hendon B)
9 - Gideon Gold (Shirley Park)
8 - Chaim Gothold (Hendon B)
LASSMAN LEADS THORNES PAST CAMDEN
CAMDEN PARK 0 GLENTHORNE UNITED A 1
Daniel Lassman was the matchwinner as Glenthorne A won the top-of-the-table clash in to extend their lead at the top of Division One.
Thornes boss Sam Rosenthal told JC Sport: "It was a satisfying 1-0 away win.
"Camden are a good side but our quality came out on top in the end."
Camden's Nick Kagan told JC Sport: "Credit to Glenthorne - they're definitely the strongest side we've faced so far, but were confident in our ability to match them throughout the season and next time we meet. They'll be chuffed with three points.
DC Prediction: Camden Park 2 Glenthorne Utd A 2
SLATER WRITES OFF TITLE HOPES AFTER LATE EQUALISER
CHIGWELL ATHLETIC 1 WOODFORD WANDERERS 1
Chigwell and Woodford drew for the second consecutive week in a game of late goals.
Richard Baum broke the deadlock six minutes from time, but with Chigwell still celebrating, Woodford levelled straight from the restart through Harrison Midda.
Chigwell player-manager Richard Slater told JC Sport: "We didn't take our chances first half and we poor in the second.
"Even this early on, I think we are out of the title chase."
Woodford joint-manager Ben Rosenthal told JC Sport: "Chigwell dominated possession in first half, but we defended well and a number of saves from our deputising goalkeeper Elliott Gold prevented us from being two or three down at the break.
"Our results this season haven’t complemented our performances so far. Our international break to Spain did not help our rhythm, but I expect in the near future we will climb up the table."
DC Prediction: Chigwell Athletic 3 Woodford Wanderers 2
HENDON HIT FAITHFOLD FOR SIX
FAITHFOLD B 2 HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB B 6
Hendon B continue to go from strength to strength after they hit struggling Faithfold B for six at Chase Lodge.
There were braces for Yishai Last and joint-player-manager Chaim Gothold, plus one apiece from Avi Markiewitcz and marksman RA Noe.
Faithfold's goals came through Josh Murwis and Matty Kleinman.
Hendon joint-player-manager Chaim Gothold told JC Sport: "We started the game poorly and were lucky to go in half time 2-1 up. However, we turned it on in the second half and emerged comfortable winners."
"It was another good win for us."
DC Prediction: Faithfold B 1 Hendon B 3
POINTS SHARED AS FORTUNE FINISH WITH EIGHT MEN
SHIRLEY PARK 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE A 4
There was an incident-packed clash at Norseman FC where eight goals and red cards flowed.
Having beaten Shirley last weekend, Fortune stormed into a 3-1 lead and by all accounts, were absolutely dominant.
Then two stupid bookings in quick succession saw them go down to 10 men early in the second half and absolutely throw away what looked like a certain three points.
Shirley stormed back and went 4-3 up before Fortune scored a late equaliser.
Fortune's goals came through debutant Jack Schofield, Josh Gilbery and Michael Goldberg, who bagged a brace including a last-minute equaliser.
Saul Conway, Jamie Kent, Ilan Shaki and Dan Oade were the marksmen for Shirley.
However, there was to be another twist as Fortune were reduced to eight men after Kane Gilbery, Josh Gilbery and Josh Tiano were shown red cards.
Fortune chairman Nigel Kyte commented: "Three red cards have brought much discredit to this club and I am sick and tired of the antics of some players. The First Team's general behaviour is an utter disgrace and HAS to improve. Action will be taken because we cannot let this current trend of indiscipline continue.
"The general behaviour of this current First Team is making me think that several are simply unfit to wear TFFC's yellow and red colours. We have a proud history and reputation built up over many years which is second to none and those showing such disrespect for this Club will not be permitted to play. I am embarrassed for the newcomers – Avi Kon, Jack Schofield and David Droznika being the most recent – and apologise to them, the referee and the League."
Fortune's Michael Goldberg told JC Sport: "We fought well and managed to get a deserved point, although coming off the pitch everyone was bitterly disappointed as we threw away what should of been a comfortable win."
Shirley Park player-manager Dave Lusman told JC Sport: "There was a whole lot of nonsense thought-out the 90, with plenty of reds being flashed for Fortune for violent conduct and reckless challenges with our boys on the receiving end, and trust me the ref was lenient.
DC Prediction: Shirley Park 4 Temple Fortune A 2
BAD START FOR NEW UJIA BOSS
UJIA 1 LONDON MACCABI LIONS B 3
UJIA started life under new management with a 3-1 defeat against the Lions for whom Will Beresford, Max Kyte and super-sub Richard Gold were the marksmen.
James Press fired a consolation for UJIA.
Lions boss Jamie Kyte told JC Sport: "This week we got back towards playing our kind of football. I think we strung more consecutive passes together in the opening five minutes than the we did in the whole of the Harmen match last week."
DC Prediction: UJIA 0 LM Lions B 2
NORTH WEST NEASDEN A P SOUTHGATE HARMEN P
Match postponed - waterlogged pitch
9 - Adam Hersh (Los Blancos)
7 - Adam Goldman (Glenthorne Utd B)
6 - Jamie Sinai (Catford & Bromley), Dan Hildebrand (Brady B)
BLIZZARD GIVE THE CATS A COLD BLAST
BLIZZARD STORM 6 CATFORD & BROMLEY MACCABI 0
Blizzard Storm finally found their mojos, with MICHAEL WOOLF blasting home a hat-trick in the 6-0 drubbing of Catford.
Oli Simons, Andrey Grayson and Adam Speck put the icing on the cake.
Blizzard boss Simon Linden told JC Sport: "I wasn't around, but have been informed that we were brilliant. The scoreline says it all. Half our squad missing but what a result!"
Cats boss Lester Jacobs told JC Sport: "This was by far our worst performance of the season. We’ll have to put this one firmly behind us and get straight back on track next week."
DC Prediction: Blizzard Storm 3 Catford & Bromley 2
GLORIOUS GILBERT SINKS THORNES
GLENTHORNE UNITED B 0 ATHLETIC BILBAUM 3
A hat-trick from JAKE GILBERT inspired the Baums to a handsome victory in east London as they ended Glenthorne B's unbeaten run.
Baums boss Mark Pasha told JC Sport: "Overall a very well contest game throughout, with really 10 frenetic minutes in the first half, which saw the Baums score three and Glenthorne have a penalty saved, separating the teams.
"The treacherous journey to the east was well worth its perils, with Gilbert in imperious form once more, linking up well with Green who continues to improve on his way back from injury.
"Solid, professional and baumtastic ... like an ice cold pickled herring."
Thornes joint-player-manager Liam Stein told JC Sport: "We're very disappointed with 10 minutes during the first half, but credit to Bilbaum as they capitalised on our mistakes. We have to dust ourselves off and get back to winning ways in the Morrison next week."
DC Prediction: Glenthorne B 1 Athletic Bilbaum 1
LEVESON SAVES NEASDEN B
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 2 NORTH WEST NEASDEN B 2
Neasden B needed to come from two goals down to earn a point against improving Raiders B at Brunel.
Two goals from right-back Adam Leveson did the trick for Adam Levene men.
One of the Raiders goal came from Aussie wizard Daniel Garb who curled a corner kick straight into the top corner. He was later heard saying: "Oh course I meant it!"
A relieved Levene told JC Sport: "We created lots of chances but couldn't take enough unfortunately."
DC Prediction: Raiders B 2 Neasden B 3
BRADY B BACK IN BUSINESS
REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B 1 BRADY MACCABI B 5
Brady B were back in business after giving Redbridge B an almighty bashing at Fairlop.
Strikes from skipper James Joseph, Sam Frohlich, Reiss Mogilner, Josh Dagul and Dan Hildebrand put a smile back on the to face of manager Josh Dagul.
He told JC Sport: "We haven't been ourselves for the last few weeks. On Sunday, we got back to basics and enjoying our football. It was a tough away day against a Redbridge team with some talented youngsters so we were delighted to get back to winning ways."
Jimmy Castle snatched a consolation for RJC.
DC Prediction: Redbridge B 2 Brady B 2
THREE CHEERS FOR SPEC FC
SPEC FC 3 FC TEAM B 0
SPEC FC exacted revenge on an FC Team B side who beat them last week, with Laurence Conway's men running out 3-0 victors in Hatfield.
Strikes from Elliot Wallis, Ashley Burns and Daniel Henig clinched a fourth win of the season.
DC Prediction: SPEC FC 1 FC Team B 1
12 - Terry Jeffries (Temple Fortune B)
10 - Ben Zloof (AC Mill Hill)
9 - Jono Gaon (Tottenham Chutspah), Terry Jeffries (Temple Fortune B)
8 - Alex Elf (Hendon Utd SC C)
FANTASTIC FC TEAM C BLOW MILL HILL AWAY
FC TEAM C 5 AC MILL HILL 0
A hat-trick from DAVID James COHEN helped FC Team C condemn AC Mill Hill to their first defeat of the season with a stunning display.
Adam Aminoff and Matt Sheldon chipped in with the others goals to complete the rout.
AC Mill Hill player-manager Joe Levy told JC Sport: "We are extremely disappointed to lose our first league game of the season. We felt there were some atrocious refereeing decisions that did not help our cause.
The most frustrating aspect was not showing the desire that we have showed in previous games this season.
"However, credit must go to FC Team who were the better team on the day and deserved winners.
"We will brush ourselves down and move forward. There is a long way to go in the season and we know we are capable of much better. Don't write us off just yet!"
DC Prediction: FC Team C 1 AC Mill Hill 1
JEWVE SHOW HENDON WHAT FOUR
HENDON UNITED SPORTS CLUB C 1 JEWVENTUS 4
Jewventus completed back-to-back wins for as long as I can remember when they recorded an impressive 4-1 victory over Hendon C in west Hendon.
Two goals from James Alexander plus one apiece from player-manager Gabriel John (pen), with his fourth goal in three games, and Mark Martell sealed the win.
Saul Stern grabbed a consolation for Hendon.
DC Prediction: Hendon C 4 Jewventus 3
NORSTAR C WIN AT LAST
L’EQUIPE 0 NORSTAR C 2
Goals from Nick Haringman and Oli Nathan helped Norstar C finally put some points on the board with a backs to wall, gutsy performance at L'Equipe.
Norstar boss Zack Gothelf told JC Sport: "Not only our first win of the season, but a rare clean sheet too for Sunday league football has given us all a massive boost and we'll look to play with a similar mentality and workrate in the cup games over the next two weeks and then the very winnable return fixture against Loughton Orient in three weeks time.
"Everyone should be delighted with their individual performances today and that was comfortably the best 90 we've played this season as a team."
L'Equipe manager David Prager told JC Sport: "Sunday's game was one the most ridiculous results I have ever been involved in. Norstar scored from their only two chances and we failed to score from our 15+ attempts on goal. That’s football if you don’t score you can’t win the game, but I really can’t stress how one-sided the game was.
"Credit to Norstar - they never gave up and showed a lot of character, but I think that they’ve used a whole seasons luck up in one game. We have to take this result on the chin and bounce back asap. I’ve got a very talented bunch of lads but we are our own worst enemies at the moment."
DC Prediction: L’Equipe 3 Norstar C 1
MIGHTY OAKS IN SEVENTH HEAVEN
OAKWOOD B 7 BOCA JEWNIORS 1
As expected, Oakwood B returned to winning ways with an emphatic 7-1 win over Boca at Parmiters.
Goals from Matt Geey, Ben Polak (2), Charlie Cohen (2) and debutant Johnny Pressman among the goals.
The moment of the match and potentially of 2012 - forget Hoy, forget Murray, forget The Ryder Cup, this was special - saw Dave Epstein scor his first goal in 8 years in style. Linking up nicely with Geey, he went through and chipped the keeper from 12 yards - a goal that reaked of class. He celebrated by running 50 yards to embrace his manager
Alex Sherr snatched a consolation for Boca.
A delighted Epstein said: "Tus is the first guy what's believed in me. He's not only a great boss but he's a great bloke too. It's well documented that I fell out with Rick Blank who treated me like a piece of leftover matzah on seder night, but Tus has gave me the confidence to believe in myself again. That goal was for him and is two fingers up at Blank!"
Oaks boss Ian Tussie told JC Sport: "All in all it was a satisfying result and a good performance. I'm happy with the points and delighted for Eppy. He's had unfair criticism in the past from lots and lots of people, but he showed his quality today and hopefully it's a sign of more things to come."
DC Prediction: Oakwood B 5 Boca Jewniors 0
FORTUNE SHOW OFF THEIR SIX PACKS
TEMPLE FORTUNE B 6 LOUGHTON ORIENT 0
Player-manager TERRY JEFFRIES and JOHN KEMP fired hat-tricks as Temple Fortune B bounced back in style from last week's defeat.
A jubilant Jeffries told JC Sport: "Today's game showed that we have a squad capable of contending for the league.
"The way the squad bounced back from last week's defeat showed we have real fight this year.
"It was a great all-round team effort."
DC Prediction: Temple Fortune B 3 Loughton Orient 2