Haifa downs Kiryat Shemona in barnburner, Beer Sheva drubs Hapoel Jerusalem, Beitar sinks Ashdod, Ness Ziona stuns Hapoel Haifa

Oct 22, 2022 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Haifa defeated Kiryat Shemona 3-2 in a barnburner of a match up north to take the 3-points. Frandtzy Pierrot opened the scoring to give the Greens a lead in the 27th minute, but Itamar Shviro took care of his own rebound to draw even at 1-1 just ahead of the break. Tjaron Chery took care of an Omer Azilly ball just three minutes into the second half to give Barak Bachar’s squad a 2-1 lead but Shviro used this left foot to slot the ball home to knot the game up at 2-2 in the 53rd minute.

However, Dylan Batubinsika scored off of a short corner kick in the 81st minute to give Haifa the 3-2 lead for good as they bagged the 3-points ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match at Paris St. Germain.

“We made this game tough for ourselves as every time we started to feel good we gave up another goal,” Haifa coach Barak Bachar said. “Most important is that we knew how to win this type of matchup. When you win it’s much easier to fix the mistakes that we made. Now we are getting ready to fly to Paris for PSG in Champions League play.”

“I think we played a good game and had some quality chances,” assistant coach Ravid Gazal began. “But we made a number of mistakes and Maccabi Haifa took advantage of that. We haven’t won since the first round of games but if we continue to play well and the way we did in this game the results will come.”

Hapoel Beer Sheva dominated Hapoel Jerusalem 4-1 in a game that featured four different goal scorers to hand the southerners the 3-points and the win away from home at Teddy Stadium. Elyaniv Barda’s squad opened the scoring early as Rotem Hatuel stabbed home a free kick for a quick lead in the second minute while ten minutes later Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov took care of a Hatuel give and go to give Beer Sheva a 2-0 lead.

William Togui found the back of the goal for the capital city reds in the 18th minute but Eden Shamir headed home a Roie Gordana free kick before the end of the half as Beer Sheva reclaimed a 2-goal lead. The visitors added yet another goal in the 57th minute as Miguel Vitor volleyed home another marker to take the 4-1 victory.

“This was a very important win at a tough stadium against a very good opponent,” Beer Sheva coach Elyaniv Barda said. “I’m happy that we were able to take the 3 points after an excellent first half. This win gave us some relief after the last few results and I am content that this time the ball went into the goal after having an issue scoring over the last few weeks.”

“We got mixed up a bit in this game and I felt that way all week long,” Jerusalem bench boss Ziv Arie explained. “We were too happy after the Netanya game and I was unable to relay the proper message so I’ll take the blame. We were soft and we knew that Beer Sheva was going to come to play to win.”

At the port city, Beitar Jerusalem blanked Ashdod 2-0 as the yellow-and-black scored a goal in each half to take the points on the road. Ion Nicolaescu put home a perfect Danilo Asprilla cross from the right side to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute while the pair reversed roles early in the second as Asprilla scored the insurance marker for the visitors to give Yossi Abuksis’s team the win.

“You can say that we are a totally different team over the past two games,” Abuksis said. “We made a mental switch in our heads and we are seeing many players contributing on the pitch which has given us results. This was our best game of the season against a tough team at this home, now we can’t wait for our next match.”

“We lost in every parameter,” Ashdod coach Ran Ben Shimon said. “We didn’t deserve anything from this game and we all failed, but we will get up from this and we will get stronger. The moment the other team wanted to win more they found the way to do it and Beitar deserved the victory.”

Ness Ziona slipped by Hapoel Haifa 1-0 as late substitute Ari Moura headed home an Ori Magbo ball in the 82nd minute to give the visitors the 3-points at Sammy Ofer Stadium.

“I told the players in the lockerroom before the game that we should keep a clean sheet and win the game and that is what happened,” Ness Ziona coach Nir Berkovic said. “We come into every game with the goal to win, sometimes it happens and sometimes not. Ari Moura is a terrific player and I am happy that he was able to score the winning goal.”

“I am very disappointed,” a distraught Haifa head coach Nir Klinger said. “There’s not much to say. This was a game that we were in total control of and we couldn’t translate that to goals. Then they go on one counter attack and score. If we would have kept the proper plan in place we would have won the game.”

Bnei Reineh defeated Bnei Sakhnin 2-0 thanks to a Richard Boateng brace as the newly promoted side took the 3-points and the win. Osama Khalaila and Boateng played give and go as the latter opened the scoring in the 27th minute while he doubled the score ten minutes into the second half as Sharon Mimer’s squad continued to surprise.

“To defeat Sakhnin who have many terrific players is no less of an accomplishment than beating Maccabi Haifa,” Mimer said. “It was important for us to win at home and the fans were just fantastic. This was a very important win for the club but we have to remain modest as its our first season in the top league.”

“We controlled the game until we conceded,” Sakhnin coach Haim Silvas began. “We lost our heads and patience. We wanted to give the fans something to be happy about and I want to apologize for that. We’re disappointed but we will lift ourselves up as it’s a long season.”

Hapoel Hadera hosted Hapoel Tel Aviv to a goalless draw at the Netanya stadium as both sides took home a point.

“We wanted to try and put together a winning streak,” Tel Aviv coach Slobodan Drape said. “But we also have to understand that we are playing against a team that also wanted to take points. However, it was important that we didn’t give up a goal but I want to see us play better next week.”

“We have some great players who have grown up in our youth system playing with us,” Hadera bench boss Asaf Nimni explained. “They have a chance to prove themselves. I am not afraid of a relation battle and this isn’t something that we need to be afraid of.”

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