Ran Ben Shimon 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Ironi Kiryat Shmona strengthened its position in the Premier League’s top-four
on Sunday night, beating Hapoel Ashkelon 1-0 on the road.
Hasarma scored the only goal of the match in the 27th minute, giving the
visitors all three points with a mediocre performance after last week’s humbling
home defeat to Hapoel Haifa.
Kiryat Shmona’s fourth win in its last six
matches takes it sixpoints clear of fifth-placed Hapoel Acre, but leaves it
still six-points back of third-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Ashkelon, on the
other hand, looks set to battle against relegation until the end of the season
after failing to score for a fifth straight match on Sunday, losing for the
fourth time in that stretch.
Ashkelon’s home form has been of particular
concern for coach Guy Azuri, with the team finding the back of the net just once
in its last nine home encounters, leaving it just two points clear of Bnei
Sakhnin and the relegation zone.
Kiryat Shmona was playing for the first
time since star midfielder Elroei Cohen moved to Hapoel Tel Aviv in the last day
of the transfer window last week.
Cohen is expected to be on the bench
for Hapoel’s match against Maccabi Petah Tikva at Bloomfield Stadium on Monday