Ashdod was playing for the first time since veteran coach Yossi Mizrahi was brought in to replace Amir Turgeman.
Southerners blank Sakhnin at Turner • Hapoel Haifa moves even with Mac TA • Beitar visits Ra’anana
An own-goal and unenforced errors sink the Greens in the second match between the city rivals.
Hapoel Beersheba begins the weekend in first place on 50 points, one ahead of Beitar Jerusalem, two in front of Maccabi Tel Aviv and four above Hapoel Haifa.
Haifa remains in 4th place despite the win.
Beersheba will not only be aiming to win on Saturday, but will hope to do so in comfortable fashion and pick up some much-needed confidence.
Haifa back on top after triumph over Bnei Yehuda; Jerusalem edges Maccabi Petah Tikva
Bnei Sakhnin and Hapoel Ra’anana draw 1-1. Shlomi Azulay gave Sakhnin the lead on the swamped Netanya pitch in the 76th minute, but Shimon Abuhazira leveled the score for the visitors.
Haifa’s surprise start to the season is all the more remarkable when compared to last season’s results.
Beitar Jerusalem’s stoppage-time equalizer at Teddy Stadium last week snapped Beersheba’s winning streak, but the two-time reigning champion got right back on track.