MACCABI HAIFA striker Dino Ndlovu 370.
(photo credit: Uzi Gal)
Maccabi Haifa lived up to its promise to fight for the Premier League title
until the final whistle to the season on Tuesday, thrashing Hapoel Ramat
Hasharon 6-0 at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium for its 16th victory in its past 19
A 0-0 draw at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Saturday meant that the Greens
remained 10 points behind the yellow-and-blue.
However, four goals from
Dino Ndlovu on Tuesday ensured Haifa cut the gap to seven points for at least 24
hours, with Tel Aviv not visiting reigning-champion Ironi Kiryat Shmona until
Haifa ran riot from the first whistle, with Ndlovu
scoring his first goal of the night after just six minutes following a clever
Yaniv Katan pass.
Taleb Tawatha continued his superb season by finding
the back of the net in the 21st minute and Ndlovu added three goals in the
second half (50, 66, 69) to double his tally for the season and become the first
player to score four times in one Premier League match since teammate Weeam
Amasha, who netted Haifa’s sixth goal (89) on Tuesday, accomplished the feat at
the start of last season.
“This is the best game of my professional
career,” said Ndlovu. “I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. It comes down
to what I do on the field and I scored four goals tonight.”
Tuesday, Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Bnei Yehuda 2-1 at Bloomfield Stadium to solidify
third place, stringing together three straight league wins for the first time in
Bnei Yehuda took the lead in the 15th minute through Nenad
Marinkovic, but Toto Tamuz equalized from the penalty spot 16 minutes later and
Hapoel clinched all three points after ’keeper Dele Aiyenugba turned Hanan
Maman’s pass into his own net in the 67th minute.