Ran Ben Shimon 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Ironi Kiryat Shmona extended its Premier League unbeaten streak to 23 matches on
Sunday night, but it dropped two important points in the title race after being
held to a 1-1 draw at home by Hapoel Beersheba.
Kiryat Shmona was hoping
to reestablish a 12-point gap over second-placed Hapoel Tel Aviv, but Siraj
Naser headed in Beersheba’s equalizer in the 79th minute, the first goal the
northerners have conceded at home in over three months.
Hazeira gave the hosts the lead five minutes from the break, but Kiryat Shmona
never really got out of second gear on Sunday and can have no complaints at
being pegged back by the struggling Beersheba.
“We didn’t show the right
energy tonight,” said Kiryat Shmona coach Ran Ben-Shimon, whose team had won its
previous seven home games without conceding a goal.
“We played a poor
match, but that happens. We will continue to work and we will bounce
In other Israeli soccer news, Betar Jerusalem’s search for a new
coach suffered a setback on Sunday after Moti Ivanir turned down chairman Itzik
Kornfein’s offer to guide the team.
Ivanir, who was sacked by Maccabi Tel
Aviv just over two months ago, met with Kornfein on Sunday, but eventually
decided against joining Betar.
The new favorite to take charge of
Jerusalem is Eli Cohen, who guided Betar to the championship in the 1996/97
season and saved it from relegation in 2002/03.
Cohen hasn’t coached in
almost three years since spending five months at Kiryat Shmona during the
2008/09 campaign at the end of which the club was eventually relegated to the
Maccabi Haifa hosts Maccabi Petah Tikva on Monday.On TV
: Maccabi Haifa vs Maccabi Petah Tikva (live on Sport 1 at 7:45 p.m.)