Ironi Kiryat Shmona's David Solari 390.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
In case it hadn’t done so already, Ironi Kiryat Shmona can begin to cool the
David Solari’s stunning strike in the 93rd minute gave the
northerners a 1-0 home victory over Bnei Yehuda on Saturday, increasing their
lead at the top of the Premier League standings to 14 points after Hapoel Tel
Aviv only managed a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Ramat Hasharon.
rarely threatened in a poor first half and surely thought it wasn’t its day
after Shimon Abu Hazeira’s thunderous effort in the 84th minute was denied by
Bnei Yehuda goalkeeper Dele Aiyenugba with one of the saves of the
However, with the final whistle only seconds away and his mother
just entering the stadium after a long trip from Argentina, Solari released an
unstoppable effort from the edge of the area after cutting in from the left
flank, sparking delirium on the Kiryat Shmona bench. "This was the championship-
clinching goal,” said beaming Kiryat Shmona owner Izzy Sheratzky after seeing
his side keep its 18th clean sheet of the season on its way to its 13th win in
its past 16 matches, extending its unbeaten streak to 25 games.
really scared of this match,” said Kiryat Shmona coach Ran Ben-Shimon, doing his
best to maintain his composure among his celebrating players.
this would be a very tricky match as Bnei Yehuda is a good team and we had a
complicated week after the callup of five of our players to the Israel
"I didn’t like a lot of the things I saw on the pitch tonight, but
you need to know how to win these types of matches and we did so in the end
thanks to a great goal by a great player.” Hapoel Tel Aviv lost further ground
on Kiryat Shmona after another poor performance on Saturday.
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slotted in the opener for Ramat Hasharon at National Stadium in Ramat Gan three
minutes from the break, but Mirko Oremus at least ensured that Tel Aviv didn’t
drop to its sixth defeat of the season with a 94th-minute
Hapoel will have to show a significant improvement to get the
better of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the derby next week, with the yellow-and-blue
winning for the first time in six matches on Saturday, beating Hapoel Acre 2-0
at Bloomfield Stadium.
Eliran Atar tucked in the opener in the 62nd
minute and set-up the second goal of the night for Roei Kehet in the
While the title race is all but over, the battle against relegation
is white hot.
Hapoel Beersheba climbed out of the relegation zone at the
expense of Betar Jerusalem on Saturday, beating Maccabi Petah Tikva 2-1 on the
Tal Ben-Haim gave the hosts the lead (26) with a splendid solo
effort, but Ido Eksbard equalized 13 minutes later before netting the winner
five minutes from time.
Beersheba improved to 26 points, moving up to
12th place, one point above both Betar, which visits Maccabi Haifa on Sunday,
and Hapoel Haifa, which goes to Bnei Sakhnin on Monday.
victory also seriously complicated Petah Tikva’s situation, with Moshe Sinai’s
team only three points above the relegation zone after losing three straight
The bottom two have also yet to lose hope of survival, with
Maccabi Rishon Lezion picking up a point with a 0-0 draw against Maccabi Netanya
on Saturday and Hapoel Petah Tikva drawing 1-1 at Ashdod SC.
(26) put Ashdod in front, but Uri Cohen equalized in the 55th minute for
rock-bottom Petah Tikva, which is unbeaten in its past four matches.
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