North Lon­don to be hit by cup fever

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

WIN­GATE & FINCH­LEY will host a foot­ball ex­trav­a­ganza over the bank hol­i­day week­end with the Jewish FA Cup fi­nal, bet­ter know as the Peter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy, the show­piece match.

It’s hard to sep­a­rate North West Neas­den A and Hen­don United A and I’m ex­pect­ing a clas­sic with endto-end ac­tion and plenty of goals. It looks set to be a clas­sic with some of the lead­ing lights in Jewish foot­ball on show. On a som­bre note, the match, as will all league games, will be pre­ceded by a minute’s si­lence in me­mory of JC MSFL vice-chair­man Harry Shapiro.

While Hen­don boss Jonathan Kesten­baum en­joyed Pe­sach in Is­rael, Neas­den fin­ished their big match prepa­ra­tions with two games in the space of 24 hours. First, they beat Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons B 6-1 in a friendly with cap­tain Lee Cash and striker part­ner Ryan Sher bag­ging braces with Marc Greene and Jonny El­lis adding the oth­ers.

On Mon­day they put out a mixed team, fea­tur­ing A and B team play­ers, against the Team Eng­land squad that is cur­rently in­volved in the Euro­pean Mac­cabi Tro­phy in Madrid. Gavin Stol­lar’s Eng­land team ran out 3-1 win­ners at Win­gate & Finch­ley with a solid per­for­mance capped by goals from Adam Hakimi, David Dinkin and Neas­den’s very own Daniel Leven­fiche, who is cup-tied for the fi­nal. Speak­ing from the air­port, Eng­land head coach Gavin Stol­lar said: “This was the per­fect game, per­for­mance and re­sult for us be­fore we fly to Spain. Be­fore the trip we had a so­cial, a train­ing ses­sion and a friendly in which we looked a very solid, classy out­fit. I feel con­fi­dent in my team’s abil­ity to com­pete in the com­pe­ti­tion. The squad have set a stan­dard that I will ex­pect when we get there.”

Sun­day’s first match is the Martin Lane Un­der 11 fi­nal be­tween Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons and Manch­ester Mac­cabi. This will be fol­lowed by the Phil Span­jer Un­der 13 Cup fi­nal, an­other north against south clash in­volv­ing High­gate & Muswell Hill.

There are also five AJY fi­nals on Mon­day with Alyth Bel­size White tak­ing on Lon­don Mac­cabi Li­ons in the Un­der 10 Woody’s Cup. Then Hen­don In­ter Schools Blue plays Hen­don In­ter Schools White in the Un­der 10 Plate. This will be fol­lowed by the Un­der 12 Woody’s Cup tie in­volv­ing Red­bridge Jewish Care and Stone­grove Park. Hen­don In­ter Schools take on Scrab­ble in the Un­der 15 fi­nal with HMH up against the Un­der 16s of Red­bridge Jewish Care. In a bid to cover as many games as pos­si­ble, I would like to ask teams to email pho­tos and re­ports straight af­ter the fi­nals to get into next week’s pa­per.

Tem­ple For­tune, my first men’s team, are ex­pand­ing. The club, which turns 40 at the end of the year, will have three teams – one JC MSFL and two Mac­cabi Masters – for the first time since sea­son 2003/04 when the 2nd team was still in ex­is­tence in the Mac­cabi League.

Chair­man Nigel Kyte said: “The com­mit­tee re­alises that we can­not stand still by keep­ing things as they are for next sea­son, which would prob­a­bly have re­sulted in one of two groups of play­ers leav­ing the club.

“We recog­nise the im­por­tance of re­tain­ing the MSFL team, the sur­vival of which is paramount to­wards the fu­ture of the club. The 1sts have the back­bone of a young and com­pet­i­tive team and we need to build on that.” See Danny Caro’s week­end preview on Email dan­ny­

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