BARUCH DEGO 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Maccabi Petah Tikva was knocked out of the State Cup on Monday night, but it has
far greater concerns.
Ashdod SC beat Petah Tikva 3-1 on the road to join
Hapoel Ramat Hasharon in the semifinals after Shiye Feigenbaum’s team defeated
Maccabi Herzliya 1-0 earlier in the day.
But for Petah Tikva, Monday’s
result pales in comparison to its date with the Israel Football Association’s
disciplinary court on Tuesday afternoon.
Petah Tikva will stand trial for
the fracas that followed its 2-1 Premier League victory over Hapoel Haifa on
In TV footage of the incident at the Moshava Stadium, Hapoel
Haifa’s Ali Khatib is clearly seen as throwing a punch at Maccabi’s Danny Preda
before being head butted by Petah Tikva goalkeeping coach Ami Genish and
allegedly being kicked while on the ground by Yigal Maman, a Petah Tikva fan
close to the club’s ownership.
Petah Tikva, which is currently only kept
out of the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference, could well be
deducted points, which is also a concern for Haifa which will face disciplinary
action for its part in the brawl.
“My biggest fear is that the judges
will make a populist decision, wanting to please the media,” Petah Tikva owner
Amos Luzon said on Monday.
Later in the day, Luzon was forced to suffer
another disappointing performance from his team.
Petah Tikva took the
lead in the 20th minute through Tal Ben-Haim, who made the most of Efe Ambrose’s
However, Ambrose made up for his mistake by heading in
the equalizer from a David Revivo corner just five minutes later and Ashdod
clinched the win in the second half thanks to goals from Nir Biton (48) and
Israel Rosh (84), both coming after Revivo corners.
Ramat Hasharon was
the first team to advance to the semis, beating Maccabi Herzliya of the National
League 1-0 thanks to Tomer Swisa’s 92nd-minute winner.
Herzliya, which is
battling for promotion to the Premier League, was the better team in the first
half and was unfortunate not to be in the lead at the break, with Ramat
Hasharon’s Baruch Dego clearing Regev Volk’s header from the goal-line as early
as the fourth minute.
The hosts only finally reached their first real
chance in the 57th minute, with Dego firing just wide after a nifty team
The largely eventless match seemed destined for extra time, but
Ramat Hasharon netted a dramatic winner in the second minute of stoppage
Dego did all the hark work on the left flank before squaring the
ball for Alain Masudi who subsequently laid it off for Swisa to slot in the
winner from close range.
“Herzliya played superbly,” said Feigenbaum. “We
had a tough time with them and this is our happiest moment of the
season. This is a great achievement.”
The two remaining
semifinalists will be determined on Tuesday when Maccabi Netanya welcomes Hapoel
Tel Aviv before Maccabi Haifa faces National League side Hapoel Upper Nazareth.