Mabouka scores winner for Haifa, Jerusalem takes 4th in a row, Maccabi in 1st place! Israel Football MD9 Highlights & Recaps

Maccabi Haifa FC

Maccabi Haifa needed a 92nd minute gaol by Ernest Mabouka to take all the points in a 2-1 over Hapoel Tel Aviv at the new Bloomfield Stadium. Omri Altman opened the scoring in the 37th minute but Dolev Haziza found the equalizer just five minutes into the second half. However, as the Greens pressed for the winner, Mabouka found the back of the goal to give Marko Balbul’s squad the dramatic win.

Beitar Jerusalem defeated Hapoel Kfar Saba 1-0 to win their first home game of the season. In fact, the victory was the capital city side’s fourth in a row as Roni Levy’s charges are clicking on all cylinders and have moved up to fourth place overall. After a quiet first half, Beitar pushed the play and finally broke the deadlock in the 86th minute as substitute Shalom Edri a true rags to riches story put home the winning strike to take the 3 points in front of a jubilant crowd.

Maccabi Tel Aviv dominated Hapoel Raanana in a 2-0 win away at the Moshava Stadium. Chico Ofoedu scored yet again for the yellow-and-blue as he sliced home a nice pass by midfielder Dan Glazer in the 10th minute. Yonatan Cohen who just signed a new 5-year deal this week scored in the 74th minute to give Vladimir Ivic’s squad the 2-0 victory and another clean sheet for ‘keeper Daniel Tanenbaum.

Hapoel Beer Sheva dropped struggling Maccabi Netanya 2-0 at Turner Stadium to keep pace with table leaders Maccabi Tel Aviv. Barak Bachar’s squad took an early lead as midfielder Naor Sabag stuck the ball into the left corner of Dani Amos’s goal finishing off a terrific through ball by Hanan Maman. The southern Reds doubled their advantage in the 55th minute on a Ben Sahar penalty which was awarded after the striker was pulled down in the box by Netanya’s Tim Heubach.

Hapoel Haifa got by Kiryat Shemona 2-1 at Sammy Ofer Stadium by the Carmel Mountain. Nes Zamir was the star of the show scoring two goals for the host’s to collect maximum points and the win for Haim Silvas’s squad. Almog Buzaglo fed Zamir a nice cross off a counter attack in the 9th minute to give Haifa the 1-0 lead, while Gidi Kanuk assisted on Zamir’s second goal 25 minutes later. Cillian Sheridan sent Omer Lakou a gorgeous through ball in the 45th minute to pull a goal back for visiting Kiryat Shemona, but the Haifa defense came up strong in the second half to pick up the win.

Ashdod and Nes Tziona played to a thrilling 2-2 draw at the port city. Nes Tziona had the first chance of the game but Sabien Lilaj missed a 15th minute penalty as Ashdod keeper Roie Mishpati made the key save. However, 20 minutes later Moussa Maazou headed home a Raz Stein cross to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Hamoudi Kna’an drew his side even as he put home a Shlomi Azulay corner five minutes into the second half, while the same Azulay scored in the 68th minute to give his squad the one goal advantage. But Maazou made sure that Nes Tziona would take home a point as the Nigerian striker who had played for CSKA Moscow and Monaco in the past completed a brace with his second goal of the contest.  

Hapoel Hadera hosted Bnei Yehuda to a goalless draw at the Netanya Stadium as the sides split the points.