ANDY SCHREUR - Monday, April 1, 2013
Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona remained as outsiders in the race for Europa League qualification while Leo Krupnik was not a part of a Netanya squad that took one step closer to relegation.
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 1 - 1 Ironi Kiryat Schmona
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Schmona were unable to hold their lead in a draw with Bnei Yehuda on Saturday.
The Blue Lions were in search of their first win of the 2012-13 Playoff's but came up just short and had to settle for a draw on the road at Yehuda.
Both teams struggled to convert chances through the first 75 minutes and both goalkeeper's played well to maintain the scoreless game. Gerzicich had a ball saved off the line early on in the match after a botched save allowed him some space in the box.
However, Kiryat Shmona found their breakthrough in the 77th minute through a Shir Tzedek goal, only his second of the year.
Kiryat Schmona's defense has been among the best in Israel this season but they were unable to sustain the pressure from Yehuda in the late minutes Saturday afternoon.
Serbian striker Nenad Marinković leveled the match in the 89th minute after some short passing carved up the Kiryat Schmona defense and Daniel Amos was left unprotected in goal.
Kiryat Schmona continue to push for European qualification on Wednesday when the host Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Leonard Krupnik did not play as Maccabi Netanya lost to Hapoel Acre 2-0.
Ryan Adeleye and Hapoel Ashkelon beat Sektzia Nes Tziona 3-0.