Beitar Jerusalem is still searching for its first Premier League win since
January after drawing 2-2 at Ashdod SC on Monday night, its ninth straight match
without a win.
Beitar was hoping to give itself some breathing space from
the relegation zone with a victory on Monday, but remained just five points
above the bottom two teams in the table following the draw, as it was entering
the weekend’s action.
Nevertheless, Jerusalem can draw some encouragement
from coming back from two goals down on Monday to avoid what would have been a
third straight loss.
Eli Dasa’s own goal in the 11th minute and Bentzi
Moshel’s strike (34) gave the hosts a two-goal lead, but an Amit Ben-Shushan
brace (41, 64) ensured Beitar returned to the capital with a precious
“I’m pleased with the result considering our situation and the
fact we conceded the first two goals,” said Jerusalem coach Eli Cohen. “We began
the match very poorly. We showed our character by fighting back and I hope this
proves to be a turning point. I hope we can win our two upcoming home games and
secure our top-flight status.”
Also Monday, Bnei Sakhnin and Hapoel Haifa
drew 0-0, picking up a point that scarcely helps either side in the battle
Sakhnin climbed out of the relegation zone with the
draw, moving to 30 points, with Haifa on 32 points after extending its unbeaten
streak to seven matches.
The league’s top six teams will all be in action
on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Maccabi Tel Aviv aiming to continue its surge to
Tel Aviv could see its lead cut to seven points by the
time it visits reigning-champion Ironi Kiryat Shmona on Wednesday, with
secondplaced Maccabi Haifa hosting Hapoel Ramat Hasharon on Tuesday.
Tuesday, Hapoel Tel Aviv welcomes Bnei Yehuda.
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