ANDY SCHREUR - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona face Hapoel Ramat Gan in the Israeli State Cup Final on Wednesday in Netanya.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona - Hapoel Ramat Gan
Gerzicich and the defending champions come into the final after dramatically defeating Maccabi Haifa in extra time two weeks ago in the semi-final. Hapoel Ramat Gan beat upstart second division Hapoel Rishon LeZion to book their own place in the final.
Ramat Gan will likely be relegated into Liga Leumit, Israel's second division after struggling in league play all season despite their impressive Cup run. The Blue Lions missed out on a Europa League spot by losing their last two league matches, being shut out in both.
Gerzicich figures to start in Wednesday's final in central midfield and will look to find Shimon Abuhatzira, Kiryat Shmona's leading scorer, if they are to break their scoreless streak and lift the State Cup trophy for the first time in club history.
Ramat Gan come into Wednesday's final losing three straight league matches and are lead by Central Africa Republic striker David Manga, who has 10 goals this season.
Kiryat Shmona have said they expect about 5,000 traveling fans at the match, which was moved from Ramat Gan's home stadium to the brand new Netanya Stadium.