Bnei Sakhnin and Kiryat Shemona played to a 1-1 draw in the northern capital but the one point earned by Sakhnin was enough to punch their ticket to the Toto Cup Final against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Saturday night. Kiryat Shemona grabbed a 1-0 lead when Roie Kehat headed in the first goal of the match off an Ofir Mizrachi free kick in the 41st minute. However, Osama Khalaila sent a scorcher into the corner in the 71st minute for the visitors to send Eldad Shavit’s team to the title match.
Beitar Jerusalem blanked Ashdod 2-0 at the Port City as Roni Levy’s squad won their first game of their Toto Cup campaign. The yellow-and-black dominated play from the get go as captain Idan Vered found the back of the goal in the 16th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. New recruit Gleofilo Hasselbaink showed his abilities in the second half after coming on as a substitute as his perfect pass in the box to an oncoming Liran Rotman led to the insurance marker and the victory.
Bnei Yehuda steamrolled Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-0 at Bloomfield Stadium to take the 3 points. Niv Zrihen sent a masterful pass to Roie Ben Shimon who put the ball behind a helpless Roy Baranes for a 1-0 leads in the 5th minute. Baranes was the focal point again in the 49th minute when he yanked down a Bnei Yehuda player in the box which earned him a straight red card and was sent off while Matija Ljujić put home the ensuing penalty for a 2-0 advantage. Dor Jan finished the Reds off 25 minutes later with a massive strike to give Elisha Levy’s squad the victory.
Maccabi Haifa got by Hapoel Haifa 1-0 in a Derby match up at Sammy Ofer Stadium. After a goalless first half, Dolev Haziza sent a perfect ball to striker Nikita Rukavytsya who headed it past Jasmin Buric for the only goal of the game as the Greens took the points.
Hapoel Kfar Saba slammed Maccabi Petah Tikva 4-1 at the Moshava Stadium after Eitan Azulay was sent off in the 18th minute with a second yellow card leaving they hosts a man short. Luwagga Kizito scored his first of two strikes when he headed home the first goal in the 12th minute as Tal Makhlouf doubled the advantage 15 minutes later to give Amir Turgeman’s side a 2-0 lead. Guy Hadida pulled a goal back off a brilliant Or Inbrun corner kick before the break, but Sagi Dror and Kizito with his second marker gave the Greens the big win.
Maccabi Netanya slipped by Hapoel Hadera 1-0 at the Netanya Stadium thanks to a 78th minute goal by second half substitute Ron Ashkenazi. Kevaughn Frater who had just come on as a substitute himself, sent a beautiful through ball that the Hadera striker slotted by Adi Tabachnik to give Raymond Atteveld’s squad the lone goal of the contest. Hadera had a chance to take the lead a quarter hour earlier but Maxim Plakuschenko’s penalty was smartly parried by Netanya’s veteran shot stopper Dani Amos as Netanya took the 3 points.