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Match Day Four Review


The Cyril Anekstein Cup started in week four with some big results!

MGBSFL Results - Sunday 18th October 2020

Cyril Anekstein Cup Round 1:

NWL Azzurri vs Faithfold Green - Cyril Anekstein Cup Game Of The Week

Result: NWL Azzuri 4-0 Faithfold Green

NWL Azzurri continued their fantastic start to the season with a 4-0 win against Divsion One's Faithfold Green. Faithfold Green will be disappointed to go out of the Anekstein at the first hurdle, and will now want to focus on their league campaign.  

Azzurri's Manager Spencer Saffer said, "Terrific performance from the boys against tough opposition. Two first half goals from Mooney and Jackson gave us a lead at half time. We kept it tight after the half time break and knew our fitness levels would give us the advantage later on in the game. The 3rd and 4th came in quick succession on 60 and 62 minutes through Miracco and Sarna-Star. We defended magnificently throughout and the centre back pairing of Shimoni and Bookatz shone. The games can't come quick enough for us at the moment. Already looking forward to Sunday to watch the team grow in confidence and ability."

MGBSFL Prediction: NWL Azzuri 4-2 Faithfold Green

Ray Parlour's Prediction: Faithfold Win

Stoke Salmon vs Oakwood - Cyril Anekstein Cup Game Of The Week

Result: Stoke Salmon 1-2 Oakwood

Oakwood edged past Stoke Salmon in a tight affair, winning against the Division Two new boys by just one goal - a penalty in the last five minutes. It will be a tough one to take for Salmon, who felt if it wasn't for some lapses in discipline they might have come out on top. 

Stoke Salmon gave us their thoughts on the game, "Really disappointing on Sunday. Can’t fault the boys other than a couple lapses in discipline, the game plan was executed to perfection as we limited Oakwood to very few chances and it was a very close game after an amazing solo goal from star man Smaje.As a club we were incredibly disappointed with the referees performance on the day. We understand completely that these refs are human and will make mistakes, but the way this particular official carried himself on the day left a bad feeling amongst the group after a couple of comments that were made to our boys and some seemingly deliberate decisions against us, particularly the game defining penalty decision in the 85th minute - perhaps he was just eager to get home. Anyway enough about the referee, a really great performance with lots of positives to take and we look forward to getting back to league action and doing this business this Sunday."

Oakwood manager Lewis Blitz said,  "A really tough game against a very resolute and strong defensive side. I felt we were the dominant team and controlled most of the possession, but they were very well organised and disciplined making it difficult for us to carve out many clear chances in front of goal. I thought Brad Wine was phenomenal for us and I thought the attitude from the whole team was spot on, refusing to be beaten and battling back into the game after conceding an early goal. All in all, I think we more than deserved the win, but we know that we will need to keep improving in the final third if we want to win silverware this season."

MGBSFL Prediction: Stoke Salmon 4-3 Oakwood

Ray Parlour's Prediction: Oakwood Win

Fairlop vs Redbridge

Result: Fairlop 2-0 Redbridge

A morning to remember for Fairlop in the battle of Essex! Although this was Premier Division vs Division 2, we knew this would be a close game given the two teams history in the MGBSFL, however Fairlop were clinical in their finishing and continued their good form to put their name in the hat for round two in the Cyril Anekstein. We are also delighted on our part that our MGBSFL prediction was spot on here and Ray Parlour's prediction of a Fairlop win was also spot on. 

MGBSFL Prediction: Fairlop 2-0 Redbridge

Ray Parlour's Prediction: Fairlop Win

HMH vs West Hendon Wallabies

Result: HMH 38-0 West Hendon Wallabies

HMH Goalscorers: Oscar Wagner X7, Leo Ackerman X5, Dom Feldman X5, Alex Moss X4, Eli Wegrzyn X3, Ethan Krell X3, Daniel Hardoon X3, Natey Kashket X2, Jake Norton X2, Ben Winters, Sammy Kingston, Sam Monjack, Max Foster

An morning to forget for the Wallabies at The Hive! this result is believed to have broken a MGBSFL goal scoring record (To Be Confirmed) but it is fair to say HMH were ruthless in their defeat of West Hendon Wallabies. HMH in previous seasons have not always shown their full quality in games against lower league opposition but it seems as if there has been a mentality shift in the HMH camp this season as they maintain their 100% record so far this season. Wallabies on the other hand will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they play Straw Hat Pirates in 2 weeks and will be looking to quickly get this result out of their system. HMH have a tough home game coming up on Sunday against Oakwood where they will be looking to continue their winning form.

MOTM: Oscar Wagner

Maccabi London FC vs Scrabble

Result: Maccabi London FC 5-1 Scrabble

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Jewdinese vs Straw Hat Pirates

Result: Jewdinese 9-0 Straw Hat Pirates

Jewdinese Goalscorers: Reiss Mogilner X3, Zack Collins X2, Scott Oldstein X2, Brad Dryer & Grant Reingold

Fair to say this looked to be an easy ride for Jewdinese on Sunday. Premier Division vs Division 2 can always throw up some interesting games, but Jewdinese were ruthless in this game giving Straw Hat Pirates no chance whatsoever. We have spoken in previous weeks about Jewdinese's attacking strength with the likes of Reiss Mogilner, Zack Collins and Scott Oldstein and we are certain Darren Lawrence will be delighted to see all 3 on the scoresheet including a hat-trick for Mogilner. There was also a first ever Jewdinese goal for 'Club Hero' Grant Reingold. All in All a fantastic morning for the Zebras. 

MOTM: Reiss Mogilner

Borussia Barnet vs Faithfold White

Result: Borussia Barnet 3-1 Faithfold White

Barnet Goalscorers: Mitchell Gerber x2 and Ollie Hart

There may be a league separating the two sides, but it was the Division One side Borussia Barnet that came out on top on Sunday, continuing their 100% winning start to the season. Faithfold went ahead but a cheeky finish from Barnet’s Ollie Hart made things square, Mitchell Gerber was then able to bag a brace and secure Borussia’s passage into the next round.

MOTM: Mitchell Gerber

Club de Chigwell vs Brook Farm Rovers

Result: Club de Chigwell 1-4 Brook Farm Rovers

Chigwell Goal Scorers: Aaron Spalter

Rovers Goal Scorers: Dan Cohen x3 and Phillipe Auret 

In the first of a cup and league double header, Brook Farm Rovers were able to secure their first win of the season. Player-manager Dan Cohen is showing what he can do both on and off the pitch, with a second hat-trick in two games. “It was an overall great team performance,” said the hat-trick goal scorer after the game “We looked sharp from the first whistle and dominated the game from start to finish. Scored some excellent team goals and were solid at the back, just a shame we couldn’t keep a clean sheet. Pleased to progress in the cup but now it’s back to Essex this week for the second leg, this time in the league where we’ve only played once and need to get our season up and running with three points. They will be looking for revenge though so it won’t be easy but we’ll be ready.” Josh Dobias’ side are still on the hunt for their first win of the season but he believes his side will be more competitive in the return fixture “Credit where credit is due to brook farm, the better team won on the day, we were nowhere near our best but fortunately we play them again next week at home and we will give a better account for ourselves.”

Hertswood Vale vs London Bears

Result: Hertswood Vale 5-1 London Bears

Vale Goal Scorers: Robbie Metzger, Dan Reuben, James Millet, Harry Graham and Josh Gorb

Hertswood Vale picked up their first win of the season, with an impressive 5-1 victory over fellow Division One side London Bears. Vale started the game strongly and took the lead just 10 minutes in through Robbie Metzger who bagged his first goal for the club after some excellent work by Harry Graham to win the ball back and find Metzger with the simplest of finishes. Bears equalised shortly after following a scramble in the box from a corner. The Bears struggled with Vale’s high intensity press with Harry Graham catching James Harpin out in goal, allowing Dan Reuben to tap home with a real poachers finish. Vale gained control in the 2nd half, and got themselves a two goal cushion with an outstanding effort from Harry Graham just 4 minutes into the 2nd half. A brilliant through-ball from James Millet found Graham who cut inside and let fly into the top bins from the edge of the area.  Both teams had chances, with both keepers pulling off some decent saves, but the Bears chances were severely hampered when they found themselves down to ten men with 15 mins left go go. Vale took advantage and made it four after a delicious cross from Dan Reuben was tapped home by Josh Gorb for his first goal of the season. James Millet made it 5 late on after hitting a Josh Gorb corner on the volley into the back of the net. 

“I'm really pleased with our performance,” said Vale co-manager Jacob Emanuel after the game. “I thought the boys were superb and stuck to our tactics throughout. It was a good game with both keepers pulling off some decent saves, but on another day we could've got 7 or 8.  The quality of some of our goals were brilliant, with a definite early goal of the season contender from Harry Graham the pick of the bunch. It's nice to be through to the 2nd round of the Cyril Anekstein cup for the first time in our history - we're hoping to replicate our success in the Peter Morrison last season. It's back to the league, and 3 huge games ahead. We've got plenty more to show for ourselves this season so watch this space.”

MOTM: Harry Graham

East London Bees vs Temple Fortune

Result: East London Bees 2-3 Temple Fortune

Bees Goalscorers: Jason Goldstein and Sebastian Deal

Fortune Goalscorers: Simon Cohen, Shai Revivo and Jonny Kaye

Temple Fortune got themselves their first win of the season as their cup journey continues into the next round after a 3-2 victory over Division Two side East London Bees. The Division One side was given a real scare though as it looked like a cupset was on the cards with the Bees finding themselves 2-1 down with 20 minutes left to go. “Fine margins and a last second penalty kick won the tie,” said the victorious Fortune manager Simon Linden after the game, “It was a very even game, little in it between the 2 sides. Our keeper Bentley Levy pulled off the most remarkable double save at 2-1 down with around 20 mins to go” The Bees camp felt they were very unfortunate to not come away with a result, “We were disappointed to be knocked out of the cup in a game we felt we dominated against a side a league above us.” Sam Goldman and James Lewis were also very praiseworthy of the performance of Bentley Levy but disappointed with some of the decisions that went against them, “If it wasn’t for some outstanding goalkeeping on more than one occasion from Temple Fortune’s keeper we would’ve run out comfortable winners. The team was absolutely gutted to lose to a last minute penalty given because of the ridiculous handball laws, this was made even worse by the fact we were denied the most blatant penalty at 1-0 in the first half.”

MOTM: Bentley Levy

Hampstead Ducks vs FC Team

Result: Hampstead Ducks 1-5 FC Team

It was a five-star perfomance from FC Team against Hampstead Ducks.

MGBSFL Prediction: Hampstead Ducks 2-4 FC Team

SPEC vs North London Raiders

Result: SPEC 0-6 North London Raiders

North London Raiders put SPEC to the sword with a convincing 6-0 win in the first round of the Anekstein. 

We caught up with the Raiders manager after the game,  "We knew it would be a tricky fixture especially as it was on a grass pitch, something we aren’t too used to this year playing most our games on 3G. we fielded a strong side from the start as only 2 players from the starting XI vs Hendon weren’t available. Matt Warner and Jordan Nathan started in the midfield and it took them 15-20 minutes to settle down before both of them starting to pull the strings."

MGBSFL Prediction: SPEC 1-5 North London Raiders

Premier Division:

Faithfold Blue vs North London Galaxy

Result: Faithfold Blue 1-6 North London Galaxy

Galaxy Goalscorers: Joey Gold X4, James Belchack X2

A convincing morning in the Premier Division for North London Galaxy, Faithfold Blue would've been hurting from their previous 7-0 Loss to HMH a few weeks back, however Galaxy took full control of this game and as we said at the start of this season they will be a surprise package for some teams this season and they are really living up to that. From a Galaxy perspective it was fantastic to see their young striker Joey Gold get off the blocks scoring 4 goals in this game. 

Galaxy's Manager Luke Lewis post game "A dominant display which could’ve and should’ve probably been a wider margin win. We lost concentration for 1 moment of the game and unfortunately lost the clean sheet we desperately wanted, but I can’t be annoyed.. we were convincing from the offset. 

We knew it was important to start strong, as any game in the Prem can go two ways if teams don’t take their chances - so when we went in at the break 3-0 up we felt confident we could enjoy ourselves in the remaining 45 minutes"

Division 1:

Mill Hill Dons vs Paris Saint-Jewmain

Result: Mill Hill Dons 6-0 Paris Saint-Jewmain

Dons Goal Scorers: Harry Moss x3, Zach Cohen x2, Jonny May

The Dons took full advantage of other teams playing in the cup and moved up to 2nd place with an impressive 6-0 win over Paris Saint-Jewmain. PSJ started brightly with the Dons looking slow out the gates but as the half went on, the Dons started to gain more control of the game. They found themselves 1-0 after MOTM Marc Charles was fouled in the box after a superb run, Zach Cohen stepped up from the spot and put it away coolly to put the Dons ahead. It was 2-0 after 32 minutes and it was that same combination again after yet another superb run from Marc Charles, which ended with him putting the ball on a plate for Zach Cohen to finish for his second of the day. Early in the second half it was three after yet another beautiful run this time by Jonny May, ended with him slotting into Harry Moss who opened his account for the season. Relentless Dons pressure made it 4-0 shortly after, a superb ball from the Jewish Ryan Jack, Curtis Bennett found the feet of Harry Moss who finished for his second. Zach Cohen then became the provider putting a delicious ball through to Jonny May who slotted it away superbly. The Dons weren’t finished yet as Harry Moss completed his second half hat trick with just two minutes left go. 

“The boys were superb and I was really proud of how they played,” said Dons manager Brandon Hammé. “This was a real signal of intent and shows that we will be contenders this season if we continue with the progress we are making. I’m lucky to have such a talented squad to work with and there is so much strong competition for each position in the side. The boys are looking at it all as a team and not as individuals and as a result we are becoming a lot stronger as a unit. I’m really excited for what this team can achieve because I still believe there is a lot more to come. I do also believe there is a lot more to come from PSJ, despite the result I was really impressed with some individual performances in their side, they have good players it just hasn’t clicked yet but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until it does.”  

The PSJ manager Elio Elia spoke after Sunday’s game, “Disappointing defeat obviously. The scoreline suggests it was more one sided than I felt it actually was - we were a bit unlucky not to go ahead early in the game and then got punished soon after that by a couple of mistakes in the first half. At 2-0 down we tried to chase the game in the second half and push players forward, but didn't manage to get the all important next goal - as a result we left a lot of space open at the back and the Dons were ruthless. The good thing is to have another game on Sunday so we will take stock and regroup for the next one.” 

MOTM: Marc Charles