Beitar Jerusalem 1:1 Hapoel Haifa
Jerusalem scored their first goal of the season and it was an important late header by captain Omer Atzili as his goal drew the hosts even against Haifa to split the points. Hapoel opened the scoring with former Jerusalem striker Tomer Suissa giving the visitors a 1:0 in the 41st minute. The goal was just 5 minutes after Beitar marksman Dovev Gabbay missed a penalty that would have given his side a shock lead as Haifa had controlled the vast majority of the play during the first 45 minutes of play. Beitar is now undefeated in three rounds of play, but have only picked up 3-points as they have drawn every game.
Maccabi Haifa 0:0 Bnei Sakhnin
The Green woes continued drawing at home 0:0 against Bnei Sakhnin in front of over 18K fans. Both Nikola Drincic and new recruit Glyno Plet were sent off near the end of the match with red cards and ex-Haifa striker Weam Amasha had a chance to win the game but just came up short. Yossi Benayoun came on in the second half but his introduction didn’t help matters as Haifa heads to Beer Sheva next week for the opening of Turner Stadium.
Hapoel Raanana 2:3 Hapoel Beer Sheva
Beer Sheva picked up their second win of the season under new coach Barak Bachar as Mahran Radi opened the scoring with a 23rd minute penalty goal. New signing Barak Badash helped Raanana even the score as his pass found Slovenian Rene Mihelic who slotted the ball home. Ovidiu Huban and Ben Sahar who both came on as substitutes scored to give the visitors a 3:1 lead with the help of another sub Maor Bozaglo who had a hand in both goals. Raanana cut the lead to 2:3 on a beauty of a goal by Arshied Karam but that’s where it would end.
Maccabi Petach Tikva 3:1 Bnei Yehuda
The guests took a shock lead as new signing Sari Falach scored off a corner kick but that was all she wrote for Bnei Yehuda as Petach Tikva scored three unanswered goals. Ran Ben Shimon’s side will remain in first place wth a perfect 3:0 record as goals by Joachim Mununga on a penalty, Idan Shemesh and Muhamed Calibat gave the Luzon family team the 3-points and the win.
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1:1 Maccabi Netanya
The Reds found the goal and picked up a point at Bloomfield Stadium as interim coach Walid Badir manned the sidelines for the draw. Romanian winger Liviu Antal was the goal scorer for Hapoel while Hamza Barry tied up the match to split the points in Tel Aviv.
Hapoel Akko 1:0 Hapoel Kfar Saba
Akko picked up the win and the 3-points as Elior Seidere’s give-and-go sealed the win late in the match for the hosts.