|BNEI YEHUDA’S Dino Ndlovo.(Photo by: Adi Avishai)|
Hap Beersheba closer to avoiding relegation
By ALLON SINAI
Win keeps Southerners six points up on pesky Maccabi Petah Tikva with three matches to go.
Hapoel Beersheba took a significant step towards another season of Premier
League soccer with a 1-0 win at Hapoel Rishon Lezion on Saturday, but Maccabi
Petah Tikva has still got some hope of survival after beating Hapoel Petah Tikva
by the same score-line to remain six points from safety with three matches to
Ryan Adeleye scored Beersheba’s winner in the 49th-minute in
Rishon, a goal which not only boosted his team’s hopes but also officially
relegated the hosts.
“We are not safe yet,” said Beersheba coach Guy
Levy. “We didn’t play well, but we took the points and that is all that
Hapoel Petah Tikva was already relegated two weeks ago, but it
entered Saturday’s derby with plenty to play for, hoping to defeat its
arch-rival and take it along to the National League.
Victor Merey scored the winner with a 60thminute header and kept his team six
points from Beersheba with nine points left to play for.
may have come too late,” admitted Maccabi Petah Tikva coach Moshe
“We haven’t got a very good chance to stay up, but as long as we
have any chance we will continue to fight. I still believe we can do
Hapoel Haifa is also still not safe, holding a six-point cushion on
the relegation zone after drawing 0-0 with Hapoel Acre on Saturday.
battle for European qualification remains far tighter, with Hapoel Tel Aviv
climbing to second place on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Bnei Sakhnin at
Goals from Maharan Lala (45) and Omer Damari (51) put
Hapoel in the driving seat, but Maharan Radi (66) brought Sakhnin back into the
game from the penalty spot, with Hapoel’s Walid Badier being sent off for his
foul on Ohad Kadusi, meaning he will miss the State Cup semifinals on
However, Sakhnin’s hopes would be short lived, with goalkeeper
Mahmud Kannadil being given his marching orders in the 71st before Shay Abutbul
secured the victory three minutes later with an expert free kick.
Yehuda moved up to third on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Maccabi
Pedro Galvan (21) and Dino Ndlovo (34) scored for the hosts at
Bloomfield, while Alon Turgeman (68) netted a meaningless consolation for Haifa,
which is counting the days until Reuven Atar takes the helm in place of current
coach Elisha Levy.
Bnei Yehuda announced on Saturday that Dror Kashtan
will be its coach next season, returning to the club a year after leaving for
Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The former Israel coach was sacked by Hapoel in early
January and will replace Yossi Abuksis at Bnei Yehuda, with the latter to become
Eli Gutman’s assistant in the national team at the end of the
Ironi Kiryat Shmona won its first match since being crowned as
champion on Saturday, defeating Ashdod SC 1-0 courtesy of Shimon Abu Hazeira’s
The match in Kiryat Shmona was officiated by Lilach Asulin,
marking the first time a female referee has taken charge of a top-flight
Betar Jerusalem hosts Hapoel Ramat Hasharon on Sunday, while
Maccabi Netanya can return to second place with a win over Maccabi Tel Aviv on