BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, November 28, 2011
Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya played to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Bnei Sakhnin while Ryan Adeleye and Hapoel Be'er Sheva were defeated yet again in loss
Bnei Sakhnin 1-1 Maccabi Netanya
Maccabi Netanya was the better team on Saturday but the squandered two points after allowing a second half equalizer at Doha Stadium in Sakhnin.
Leo Krupnik started and went the distance for Maccabi Netanya in central defense.
Maccabi Netanya went on top in the first half when Hen Ezra was tripped up in the box and awarded a penalty. The spot kick was taken by forward Ahmad Saba'a who easily converted for the 1-0 lead.
In 68th minute, Bnei Sakhnin found an equalizer when Kostadin Hazurov beat Netanya keeper Amir Edri from 10 yards.
With the draw, Maccabi Netanya fall to fifth place in the Israeli Premier League with 22 points through 13 games.
Maccabi Netanya return to action next Saturday when they host Ironi Ramat Hasharon.
Ashdod 2-0 Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Hapoel Be'er Sheva disappointing season continued on Saturday as they fell to Ashdod on the road.
New Jersey native Ryan Adeleye got the start and went the distance in defense.
After a scoreless first half, Ashdod got on board in the 50th minute when Ben Butbul hit a terrific shot past Be'er Sheva keeper Ohad Levita for a 1-0 lead.
In the 67th minute Be'er Sheva was reduced to 10 men after Lotem Zino picked up his second yellow card and was sent off.
In the 82nd minute, Ashdod put the game out of reach when Nigerian Efe Ambrose scored from close range to make it 2-0.
With the loss, Be'er Sheva remained in 15th place in the 16 team league. They currently have just five points in 13 games.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva returns to action next Saturday when they host Bnei Yehuda.
Bryan Gerzicich was not in the 18 for Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in their 1-0 win over Bietar Jerusalem. The Los Angeles native is still recovering from pulled thigh muscle.