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CHAMPIONS: Leeds Maccabi celebrate their title win

LEEDS Maccabi's title success in the Manchester Jewish Soccer League will inspire youngsters in the community, according to the club's chairman.

A 5-2 win over student side Oakhill Lions on Sunday sealed the title for the Yorkshiremen, taking the trophy over the Pennines for the first time since Leeds AJEX won it in 1988.

Robert Selwyn scored a hat-trick for Leeds, with their other goals coming from Richard Black and Tim Zoltie.

Unbeaten Leeds have won 12 of their 13 league matches - and scored 63 goals, while conceding just 12.

Chairman Elliot Landy told the Jewish Telegraph: "Not only does this bring success to the senior team, it also inspires our junior players to play more football and to be as successful as they can."

Proud manager Daniel Kristall says the target is to win the four cup competitions in which they are still involved . . . including the Peter Morrison National Trophy.

"I am extremely proud to be the first Leeds Maccabi manager to win the MJSL and to do it unbeaten is a great achievement," Daniel said.

"If we win our final league game, we will be known as the invincibles.

"The key to the success has been the consistency throughout the team.

"Our team ethic hasn't been about individuals, it's been about a strong team effort.

"We've scored goals throughout the side and defended superbly. It's now on to the cup competitions."

Maccabi have already secured a berth in the semi-final of the MJSL's Shonn Trophy with a game to spare.

They will also face Heaton Park Rovers on March 8 in the semi-final of the Feldman Trophy.

But it is in the Morrison where they are aiming to make history. The champions will host Maccabi London Lions Spartans on Sunday, March 29 in the quarter-finals of the competition often referred to as the Jewish FA Cup.

Even if Leeds had not won, they still would have claimed the title as closest challengers Heaton Park Rovers surprisingly lost 8-4 to Reich Insurance Rangers.

Alex Swift scored four for Heaton Park, but two own goals, plus two strikes from Simon Lachs and one each from Saya Halpern, Ben Burton, Andy Shaffer and Mike Gastwirth gave Reich the three points.

Reich could take fourth place from South Manchester Sports Club 2nd if they beat Liverpool Haroldeans in their final league game on April 19.

Oakhill have been awarded the points from this coming Sunday's league clash with Haroldeans. The Merseysiders cancelled the match due to player unavailability - probably due to the Premier League match that sees champions Manchester City travel to Anfield for an early kick-off.

Haroldeans still have a chance of silverware after beating Manchester Maccabi Yellow 5-0 in Group A of the Shonn Trophy.

Adam Boyars netted a hat-trick while Alistair Goldsmith grabbed a brace.

Haroldeans' tie against Reich Insurance Rangers next month will see who joins Leeds Maccabi in the semi-final. host Maccabi London Lions Spartans on Sunday, March 29 in the quarter-finals of the competition often referred to as the Jewish FA Cup.

Even if Leeds had not won, they still would have claimed the title as closest challengers Heaton Park Rovers surprisingly lost 8-4 to Reich Insurance Rangers.



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