Round 31 Ligat Ha’AL Football Israel Playoffs

Bnei Yehuda 2-2 Maccabi Tel Aviv
The hosts Bnei Yehuda took a quick 2-0 lead on goals by Adam Hrepka and Gil Itzhak nailed his first senior team marker and looked to have Maccabi Tel Aviv on the ropes. However, the table leaders fought back on a brace by Eran Zehavi before half time to tie up the match. Maccabi ‘keeper Vincent Enyeama was outstanding in the second half as Maccabi maintained their stranglehold on 1st place.

Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-2 Maccabi Haifa
Hapoel kept Maccabi Haifa at bay and drew 2-2 in an entertaining match at Bloomfield Stadium Saturday afternoon. Shay Abutbul scored a pair of goals for the Reds and Dino Ndolvu & Shlomi Azoulay scored for the Greens. The draw means that Haifa is still 10 points out of 1st place as Hapoel maintained their 3rd place position.

Hapoel Akko 1-1 Bnei Sakhnin
The teams split the points and both remained above the Red Line and relegation zone in this lower playoff battle. Yero Bello scored for Sakhnin and Guy Dayan answered for Akko.

Hapoel Ramat Gan 0-0 Maccabi Netanya
Both clubs stay at the bottom of the league as neither side was able to find a winner drawing 0-0. The result helped Akko & Sakhnin as time is running out on Ramat Gan & Netanya to find points to stay up in the Ligat Ha’Al. Italian ‘keeper Luigi Cennamo was the star of the show and gave Netanya a chance to stay in the game.

Ashdod 1-0 Hapoel Haifa
Ashdod took the 3 points on a Haifa own goal recording their first victory in a month and all but assured that they will stay up to play in the top league yet another season.

Beitar Jerusalem 1-0 Hapoel Beer Sheva
Beitar finally has won a league match! It took almost 3 months since their last win at Bloomfield Stadium against Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-0. Avi Rikan scored a 65th minute goal as he continued his strong season and Ariel Harush pushed a way a 93rd minute chance from Beer Sheva that now puts Beitar 8 points away from the red zone with a only a few games remaining.

Kiryat Shemona 1-0 Hapoel Ramat HaSharon
Kiryat Shemona moved 4 points clear of 5th place and in good position to go into European competition next season on a goal by Osei Mawuli.

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