ANDY SCHREUR - Thursday, May 16, 2013
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona finish out their season with a trip to Ironi Ramat HaSharon on Saturday.
Ironi Kiryat Shmona - Ironi Ramat HaSharon
This is likely to be the last game for Gerzicich at Kiryat Shmona, where he spent three seasons and helped the young club to their first ever Liga Ligat Ha'al Championship last season. The American born midfielder's contract is up and he is not likely to be resigned.
Kiryat Shmona have had a disappointing season in defense of their championship a year ago. The Blue Lions have had trouble scoring goals and defensive lapses in the second half of matches all season.
They have struggled down the stretch and have lost three straight league matches and have fallen to fifth place in the league. The three loss streak cost them a shot at European qualification, which was clinched by Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Ramat HaSharon are in sixth place with 50 points and have struggled mightily in the Israeli League playoffs. They have only won two matches since February 9th.
In addition to Gerzicich's likely exit, this will probably be the last Kiryat Shmona match for striker Shimon Abuhatzira and goalkeeper Daniel Amos, who are both rumored to be leaving this summer.
Abuhatzira, their leading scorer, has been linked with French club Rennes while Amos, who also holds an English passport, has received interested in U.K.
Leonard Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya's season is complete.
Ryan Adeleye will miss Hapoel Ashkelon's match against Maccabi Yavne due to being sent off last week.