One down, two to go for Harold­eans

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY DARREN WITCOOP

FOOTBALL HAROLD­EANS en­joyed a ti­tle party after be­ing crowned MJSL cham­pi­ons.

And boss Mike Bloomberg im­me­di­ately set his sights on com­plet­ing a dream tre­ble in the dug-out.

The Merseysiders sealed the first leg after Adam Shiff­man’s hat-trick ac­counted for Prest­field in a 3-1 win.

Only a point was re­quired but all three were achieved.

And Bloomberg are now tar­get­ing a clean sweep by win­ning the Harold Feld­man Cup and the Shonn Tro­phy.

Harold­eans face Leeds Mac­cabi in the Feld­man fi­nal and need to edge past Mac­cabi Manch­ester Blue in the Shonn semi-fi­nal to progress.

Bloomberg said: “To win the league is a great achieve­ment. I don’t think any­one could say we haven’t de­served it. We have been the best side. But as soon as the cel­e­bra­tions fin­ished, we talked about the re­main­ing two cup com­pe­ti­tions we are in.

“We would love to win them as well. That would top off an amaz­ing sea­son. We have a lot still to do to achieve that. Leeds will be a tough game in the Feld­man while Mac­cabi Blue will fancy them­selves in the Shonn. Teams have been rais­ing their game against us.

“Prest­field gave us a real scare. They have im­proved mas­sively and that’s the chal­lenge we are fac­ing.”

Harold­eans were in danger of fold­ing as they strug­gled for num­bers last sea­son.

But Bloomberg’s ar­rival in the hot seat be­gan the trans­for­ma­tion.

He added: “We were strug­gling num­bers-wise. But we were helped by a few play­ers, such as Paul Har­ris, re­turn­ing. The key has been be­ing able to man­age 19 play­ers to per­form at the max­i­mum.

“When play­ers have been forced to sit out, they have not moaned or groaned. It’s been a real col­lec­tive ef­fort. Even on Sun­day, we had around 50 peo­ple watch­ing in wet weather. It sums it up. Ev­ery­one pulling in the same di­rec­tion.”

Re­ich In­sur­ance White swept past man­ager­less Re­ich Blue 6-1. Yoni Shadmi (2), Moshe Co­hen, Ben Bur­ton, Si­mon Kaye and Gary Free­man were all on tar­get. Daniel War­wick bagged a con­so­la­tion for the home side.

Leeds Mac­cabi, who have as­pi­ra­tions of fin­ish­ing third, had to set­tle for a share of the spoils at Mac­cabi Manch­ester Yel­low.

Rafi Dines can­celled out Theo To­bias’s strike for the York­shire­men in the 1-1 draw.

Teams have been rais­ing their game against us’

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