BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, September 22, 2011
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona played to yet another draw against Rishon Lezion while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya shared a similar fate when they drew Beitar Jerusalem.
Hapoel Rishon Lezion 1-1 Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
After falling behind a goal in the second half, Hapoel Kiryat Shmona rallied to draw Hapoel Rishon Lezion on the road at Haberfeld Stadium.
Bryan Gerzicich started and went the distance for Kiryat Shmona in central midfield.
After a scoreless first half, Justin Zulu gave Rishon Lezion a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute when he hit a spectacular half-volley from 22 yards into the top right corner of the goal and past Kiryat Shmona keeper Danny Amos.
The lead would only last four minutes when Shimon Abuhatzira equalized for Kiryat Shmona in the 59th minute.
On the play, Abuhatzira got behind the Rishon Lezion defense when he collected a beautiful long pass out of the midfield which moved him in all alone against Rishon Lezion keeper Ohad Cohen. Abuhatzira quickly fired the ball past Cohen from close range to even the score at 1-1.
The 1-1 final marked the third consecutive draw for Kiryat Shmona and they now only have six points through five games. On Saturday they return home to face Bnei Sakhnin.
Maccabi Netanya 1-1 Beitar Jerusalem
Following an impressive win over the weekend, Maccabi Netanya settled for one point on Wednesday when they played to a draw with a red hot Beitar Jerusalem at Netanya's Sar Tov Stadium.
American Leo Krupnik played a full 90 for Maccabi Netanya in central defense and picked up a yellow card in the first half.
While Maccabi Netanya controlled most of the early parts of the game, it was Beitar Jerusalem that struck first when Amit Ben Shoshan collected the ball in the middle of the box on a pass from Steven Cohen, spun past Netanya defender Omri Ben-Arush, and chipped a ball past goalkeeper Amir Edri for a 1-0 lead.
Maccabi Netanya found an equalizer in the 64th minute when Nir Nachum sent a perfect low driving pass into the box that Achmad Saba'a fired home with a powerful right-footed shot.
With the draw Maccabi Netanya now have seven points through five games. Next up is a visit to Hapoel Acre on Saturday
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2-0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
For the first 85 minutes, it appeared that Hapoel Be'er Sheva would earn its first point of the season against second place Hapoel Tel Aviv on the road but the game fell apart quickly at the end for the visitors.
Ryan Adeleye started and played a full 90 for Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
After a game that saw multiple opportunities for each team, it was Hapoel Tel Aviv that managed to pull ahead in the 85th minute when Bevan Fransman got his head on a 30 yard free kick and flicked it over Be'er Sheva keeper Marcin Cabaj for a 1-0 lead.
In the second minute of injury time, Hapoel Tel Aviv put the game out of reach when Salim Toama drove home a free kick that was taken on the right side of the box for a 2-0 lead.
With the loss, Hapoel Be'er Sheva are still looking for their first point on the season. The schedule does not get any easier this weekend when they host Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday at Arthur Vasermil Stadium.