Hapoel Kfar Saba humbles Maccabi Tel Aviv

By SHARON SOLOMON
September 10, 2006 02:06

The greens produced another solid performance to win 2-0 at Bloomfield Stadium, enjoying an inspired performance by playmaker Ben Luz.

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Eli Ohana's Hapoel Kfar Saba is producing attacking and attractive soccer, making life difficult for its Premier League opponents. After thrashing Hapoel Petah Tikva in Matchday 1, the greens produced another solid performance to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv, 2-0, at Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday, enjoying an inspired effort by playmaker Ben Luz. "A great game and a very sound performance," Ohana complimented his players after the win. "The way is still long and we know that there will be many more tough matches this season. All I want to do now is to concentrate on our next match against Betar Jerusalem." Defending champion Maccabi Haifa bounced back from its defeat at "The Box" for a narrow 1-0 victory over Ashdod SC to collect all three points, thanks to Adoram Keisi's 32nd career goal. Maccabi Petah Tikva and newcomer Hakoach Amidar Ramat Gan registered their first wins of the season, while Hapoel Petah Tikva forced a goalless draw on Maccabi Netanya. Matchday 2 will be concluded on Sunday night, as Ossie Ardiles's Betar Jerusalem hosts arch rival Hapoel Tel Aviv. Maccabi Tel Aviv 0, Hapoel Kfar Saba 2 Following a lackluster and inaccurate first half, Kfar Saba came out strong in the second period and struck gold in the 62nd minute. Ben Luz performed an impressive solo dribble in midfield and found Yeboah lurking at the edge of the box. Yeboah slipped past his marker and fired a fierce shot into the goal, giving Eli Ohana's side the lead. The yellow-and-blue tried to draw level with the help of Avi Nimni and new signing Yossi Shivkhon, but Kfar Saba's defense was perfect and the visitors even managed to double their lead in the final stages of the game. Ben Luz dictated the greens' attack yet again and used his pace to advance on the right flank. The former Bnei Yehuda player crossed the ball into the box and found forward Abubakari Yahuza, who provided a sound finish to make it 2-0 in the 83rd minute. Maccabi Haifa 1, Ashdod SC 0 Roni Levy's side, missing suspended forward Alain Masudi, found the breakthrough in the second half thanks to a blunder by Ashdod goalkeeper Sammy Adjei. The Ghanaian 'keeper mishandled a relatively harmless cross from the left flank. The Ashdod defense failed to clear the ball and veteran Adoram Keisi headed in the winner in the 70th minute. Maccabi Herzliya 0, Maccabi Petah Tikva 3 Maccabi Petah Tikva entered the game as the clear favorite and wasted little time in translating its advantage on the field. The "Luzons" struck three times in the first half, virtually closing out the game before the halftime whistle. Blesing Kaku (17), Andre Caldeira (36) and Rubil Sarsour (44) scored. Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan 3, Bnei Yehuda 2 Uri Malmilian's Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan built a promising 3-0 lead following a goalless first half. Dudi Liberman (57), Avi Tikva (64) and Mor Golan (77) scored off quick and well executed raids. Eli Biton and Imoro Lukman scored what turned out to be no less than consolation goals for the oranges in stoppage time. Hapoel Petah Tikva 0, Maccabi Netanya 0 Daniel Jammer's Maccabi Netanya looked to build upon the surprise win over Maccabi Haifa in the season opener, but fell prey to Eyal Lachman's defensive team which forced a draw after another physical and rough game. "The game was unimpressive," Jammer said, while showing his frustration with the match officials. "It really was a one-man show. But I'm happy that there were no broken legs in the end."


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