Beitar Jerusalem climbed up to third place in the Premier League standings on Monday night, beating Hapoel Ra’anana 1-0 at the Moshava Stadium in Petah Tikva for its fourth victory in the past five matches.
After failing to win any of its first four games of the campaign, Beitar has hit its stride over the past month and is just four points back of league-leaders Hapoel Beersheba and Maccabi Tel Aviv after Lidor Cohen scored the only goal of Monday’s match in the 11th minute.
Beitar wasn’t especially impressive at the Moshava where it was hosting the contest due to the resurfacing of the pitch at Teddy Stadium, but it did enough to claim all three points, with goalkeeper Boris Klayman coming up with a crucial save in the 90th minute.
“We are aiming for the top,” said Beitar coach Slobodan Drapic. “Beitar is a new team and the players don’t know each other yet. But we will improve with time.”
Haim Silvas may have been coaching Ra’anana for the last time after Hapoel Tel Aviv inquired regarding his services earlier Monday. Ra’anana finished in 10th place under Silvas last season, after he was fired and rehired over four tumultuous days in January.