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    Adam Ellis of HMH Purple Under 13s was the star turn at the Maccabi GB Primary League finals at Wingate
    Adam Ellis of HMH Purple Under 13s was the star turn at the Maccabi GB Primary League finals at Wingate

    There were goals galore at the Maccabi GB Primary League finals at Wingate & Finchley on a day when the results all went the way of the form book.

    Seven teams lined up for the junior football showpiece that separated the men from the boys.

    The finals took place a year after the future of the Jewish youth game in London looked in doubt following the demise of the AJY League. Since then, a number of players joined the revamped Maccabi league with supporters treated to a real sporting spectacle at the Abrahams Stadium.

    HISHU White took a big step towards clinching the double when they beat Hendon Hawks 4-1 in the Bill Orkin Trophy. Lying top of the league and unbeaten in 11 games, goals from Jeremy Ullman, Simon Misrahi, Gavi Deutsch, Raphael Meyers eased them past their nearest rivals. Jamie Davila grabbed a consolation for the Hawks.

    HMH Purple Under 13s also completed part one of a possible double when they overcame HISHU to lift the Orion Challenge Cup. A hat-trick from Adam Ellis and one from Samuel Leader saw them run out emphatic winners. Rafi Terespolsky netted for HISHU.

    HISHU White ran out comfortable winners in the Under 11 final
    HISHU White ran out comfortable winners in the Under 11 final

    The Under 15 Challenge Cup was decided by a round robin. Consistency was the name of the game for league leaders HISHU who won all three games and did not concede. Victories over Alyth Belsize and Hendon Hawks were complemented by a 1-0 success over Alyth in the final. David Ullman fired the matchwinner.

    MPL chairman Laurence Thorne said: "The standard of football was excellent and bearing in mind the size of the pitch at the ground, the Under 11s did very well to cope with it. The experience is something all the players will remember forever. All the teams involved displayed tremendous spirit and fair play.

    "We hope to have many more years ahead of playing Jewish junior football, culminating with their cup finals being played at this great stadium."

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