Kennet strikes back to cage Lions

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BYDANNYCARO

London Mac­cabi Lions A’s hopes of win­ning this sea­son’s Premier Di­vi­sion are all but over af­ter their ex­cel­lent 10-match un­beaten run was ended by for­mer boss Eilon Kennet.

Goals from Steve Sum­mers and manof-the-match Sam Sol­losi earned Red­bridge Jewish Care A a 2-1 vic­tory and it ap­pears the east Lon­don­ers are now the most re­al­is­tic chal­lengers to favourites Hen­don United Sports Club A. Oli Craig net­ted for Lions.

Kennet said: “I couldn’t have asked for any­thing more from my makeshift team. The young­sters were in­spired.”

Hen­don reg­is­tered their 11th league win with goals from Yoav Kesten­baum and Avi­dan Last steer­ing them past North London Raiders B. They re­main a point off top spot with three games in hand.

David Gar­bacz, the Hen­don man­ager, said: “Once again, all 14 boys played a big role and ev­ery­one to­tally ap­pre­ci­ated the im­por­tance of three mas­sive points.

“We will all be giv­ing ev­ery last ounce in the real busi­ness end of this sea­son. Run­ners-up medals are not an op­tion.”

Daryl Phillips (2), Joe Co­hen and a long-range spe­cial from cap­tain Alex Le­vack helped Faithfold A beat North West Neasden A 4-1. Yoni Rae­burn net­ted for Neasden.

Hen­don B were con­firmed cham­pi­ons of Di­vi­sion Two de­spite los­ing 4-0 to Lions B. Top-scorer James Gold (3) and Jonny Cut­ter con­demned Hen­don to their fourth de­feat of the sea­son.

Two goals from de­fender Jor­dan Sapler helped Glen­thorne United A ce­ment­fourth­pla­ceina2-2drawa­gainst FC Team B. Emile Ben-atar and Daniel Al­freds replied.

A hat-trick from Saul Con­way helped Shirley Park se­cure pro­mo­tion from Di­vi­sion Three fol­low­ing a 5-1 de­mo­li­tion of Cat­ford & Brom­ley Mac­cabi. Ste­fan Ben­fredj and Lee Bushell fin­ished the job.

A penalty from Jake Gil­bert helped Ath­let­ic­bil­baum se­cure Di­vi­sion Three foot­ball next sea­son as they beat pro­mo­tion ri­vals SPEC FC 1-0 in a win­ner-take­sall con­test.

Bil­baum joint-player-man­ager Mark Pasha said: “Ev­ery­one was su­perb, just as they have been all sea­son long.”

SPEC FC’S Ricky Lawrence com­mented: “Bil­baum de­served the re­sult on the day and they de­serve to get pro­moted too. We did okay but they were the bet­ter side. Good luck to them. I hope we’re able to meet them in the league next sea­son.”

Josh Fine­man, Ash­ley David­son, Dar­ren Rus­sell, Joe New­ton and su­per-sub Daniel Garb eased Raiders C to a 5-1 suc­cess over Tem­ple For­tune B.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Eli Lew ( left) tus­sles for pos­ses­sion in the pro­mo­tion bat­tle with SPEC

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