Betar Jerusalem players after win_370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Betar Jerusalem finally claimed its first win of the Premier League season on
Sunday night, defeating Bnei Yehuda 2-1 at Bloomfield Stadium.
began the match bottom of the standings after collecting just two points from
its first five games of the campaign, but it took all three points on Sunday
thanks to two superb finishes by Amit Ben-Shushan and Avi Rikan.
deserved to claim a win in our previous matches,” said Betar coach Eli
“We got the season off to a very bad start, but we always knew
that we are a better team than that.
“I believe that this difficult win
will help us embark on a new course.”
Jerusalem ‘keeper Ariel Harush had
to be at his elastic best to deny Nenad Marinkovic in the 11th minute and the
visitors took the lead 10 minutes later with their first chance of the
Eran Levy did all the hard work before Ben-Shushan collected the
ball on the edge of the area and blasted in the opener with a left-footed
Bnei Yehuda had its fair share of chances to equalize before the
break and was outraged when it wasn’t given a penalty on the brink of
The hosts were really fuming eight minutes into the second half
when Rikan doubled Betar’s lead with a sensational left-footed strike from the
edge of the box.
Bnei Yehuda was handed a lifeline eight minutes from
time when Pedro Galvan’s free-kick took a wicked deflection off Kobi Moyal, but
Jerusalem held on for a precious win.
“We played very poorly in the
second half,” said Bnei Yehuda coach Dror Kashtan.
“Betar had three shots
on goal and scored two while we didn’t convert our chances.”