Beer Sheva thumps Hapoel P-T, Netanya downs Hapoel TLV

Jan 6, 2024 | Football

Hapoel Beer Sheva thumped Maccabi Bnei Reinah 4-2 as Eden Shamir scored an early pair of goals to set the tone. Shamir scored his first goal off a beautiful Yoni Stayonov pass in the 15th minute while he completed his brace a quarter hour later as he headed home the second goal of the game to give the southern reds a 2-0 lead.

Loei Halaf pulled back a goal a few minutes later, but Helder Lopes nodded in a goal of his own in the 53rd minute and two minutes later Roie Gordana scored to give Beer Sheva a 4-1 advantage. Shlomi Azoulay scored a late marker but that would be as close as the visitors would get as Elyaniv Barda’s team took the 3-points and the win.

“We had one of our best first halves of the season and we still went into the break only with a one-goal lead,” Barda said. “I’m happy that we began the second half really well and that we scored two goals. We had some tough games not to long ago but we have been able to work hard and really turn it around. I’m really happy that we are playing much better of late.”

“I tried to make the players understand that they can get back into this game but unfortunately it just didn’t happen,” Bnei Reineh coach Sharon Mimer said. “We were very successful at the start of the season and that maybe gave us all certain expectations. But if you would have told anyone that after 15 matches we would have 20 points and that would be 11-12 over the relegation zone we would have taken it.”

Maccabi Netanya slipped by Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-1 as Maxim Plakuschenko’s first half brace handed head coach Guy Tzarfati his fourth win in as many games in charge of the squad. The Reds grabbed an early lead when Mavis Tchibota jumped all over a defensive lapse by Netanya to give Hapoel a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute. However, within twenty minutes Plakuschenko found the back of the goal to give the diamond city side the 3-points and the victory.

“We’ve gotten off to a good start since I have been here and I hope that the guys will continue to play as I want them to,” Tzarfati said. “My style is attacking play and I am happy that Maccabi Netanya is allowing me to play that style. I am giving the players a lot of freedom as long as they are going to be responsible defensively and press for the ball.”

“I believe that the game got off to a good start,” Hapoel coach Borja Lema began. “We scored the opening goal and we could have even scored another one but then we just lost control and allowed them to come right back into the game. Netanya is a strong team and they took advantage of their chances.”

Bnei Sakhnin and Hapoel Petach Tikva played to a listless goalless draw as the two sides split the points for their efforts up in the Galilee.

“I didn’t enjoy this match whatsoever,” Sakhnin coach Slobodan Drapic began. We tried to play but we are missing some talent up front as we had to deal with Petach Tikva who were looking to play on the counter attack. The guys gave it their all but it just wasn’t enough.”

“Of course I am not content with just a point,” Petach Tikva coach Ofer Tesselpepe said. “We wanted to win this game and we had some chances in the second half that should have done just that for us I am disappointed because we should have won this game and could have as well.”

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