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The second week of the JC Olim League in Israel was a much tighter affair than
the goal-fest of the opening week.
Current champions England FC opened
their title defense against newly merged Modi’in- and-Bet Shemesh while an
enthralling north of center derby took place between Netanya and
England FC struggled to break down a resilient Modi'in defense
in the first half. Yarden Barness on his debut and John Rosenbaum both were put
through but could not beat the excellent Yanki Tajtelbaum in the Modi’in
In the second half England FC started to control the game from
midfield with Yaron Galinsky running proceedings.
eventually came for England FC in the 70th minute with debutant Tal Stern
finishing off an excellent move.
Modi’in continued battling to the end
and manager Aron Lazarus (formerly Oakwood C) was proud of his team’s
“A special mention must go to Toby Greene (formerly Pure
Orange) and Dan Hyman (formerly Real MAL) who ran their socks off in the middle
of the park. It’s frustrating to have come so close to a draw but the
performance bodes very well for the season ahead.”
The match between
Ra’anana and Netanya served up a seven-goal thriller. This family affair had two
sets of father-son combinations playing together with Neil (formerly Sunnybank
Celtic) and Hanani Corney for Netanya and Alan and Yair Aronson for
Netanya got off to the better start in this one with hattrick
hero Alex Sool putting them ahead in the first half.
Ra’anana got back
into the game and finally got the goal they needed just before half time through
Ra’anana dominated early in the second half and began
playing some flowing soccer.
Two quick goals from Rafi Kanichowsky saw
Ra’anana take a 3-1 lead.
To Netanya’s credit, its players did not put
their heads down and fought back to 3-3 with two more goals from
Ra’anana man-of-the-match goalkeeper Robin Burkeman had a fine game
making numerous athletic saves. His effort was rewarded with a winning goal
three minutes from the end after a great run by Ariel Langer to earn a deserved
4-3 victory for Ra’anana.
Victorious co-manager Avi Wiesenberg was
delighted with his team.
“We have a good blend of youth and experience
and I am pleased with the way the team is gelling, they gave it their all and
showed determination in continuing to fight after letting the lead
Next week sees Ashdod host Aviv City and Ra’anana host current
table-toppers Jaffa FC.