(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Maccabi Netanya climbed out of the relegation zone with its first Premier League
victory in 10 matches on Saturday, beating Ashdod SC 2-1.
the weekend rock bottom of the standings after going winless over its past nine
contests, including the previous three under new coach Reuven
However, it leapfrogged Hapoel Ramat Gan and Bnei Sakhnin with
Saturday’s win, resurrecting its hopes of remaining in the top
The match between Bnei Sakhnin and Ramat Gan in Nazareth was
stopped in the 38th minute on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch and is set to
resume on Tuesday.
Yossi Shivhon gave Netanya the lead after less than
two minutes, but Murad Abu Anza silenced the local crowd with an equalizer in
the 61st minute.
However, Kobi Dajani’s header in the 75th minute gave
Netanya all three points and finally brought a smile to Atar’s face.
played well throughout the match and we have taken a step in the right
direction,” said Atar. “However, we need to continue in this
Hapoel Haifa effectively secured itself another season in the
Premier League, defeating Beitar Jerusalem 3-1 at Kiryat Eliezer
Vladimir Gluscevic made the most of Beitar’s dismal defending to
give Haifa an 11th-minute lead, before an embarrassing mistake by Jerusalem’s
substitute ’keeper Ohad Saidof gifted the hosts the second goal of the night,
which was credited to Gal Arel (30).
Amit Ben-Shushan gave Beitar a
lifeline with a goal five minutes later, but Haifa held on and Ran Abukarat
completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Haifa moved ahead of Beitar on
goal difference with the win, but with a sixpoint gap from the relegation zone
and just two more matches to play, Jerusalem has no reason to worry about its
top flight status.
Hapoel Beersheba and Hapoel Acre, on the other hand,
look set to battle against relegation until the final minutes of the season
after their showdown in Beersheba on Saturday ended in a 0-0
Acre (33), which has lost just one of its last 11 matches, is
currently just one point ahead of the relegation zone, with Beersheba a further
two points in front.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona thrashed Hapoel Tel Aviv 4-1 at
Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday, with Shimon Abu Hazeira scoring all four of
Kiryat Shmona’s goals (47, 64, 78, 80).
Ramzi Sfuri equalized for Hapoel
(54), but Abu Hazeria terrorized the red defense and Kiryat Shmona closed to
within only two points of Tel Aviv in the battle for third place.
Haifa visits Bnei Yehuda on Sunday, and should it lose, Maccabi Tel Aviv will be
able to officially clinch the championship with a win over Hapoel Ramat Hasharon
at National Stadium in Ramat Gan on Monday.