BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, December 4, 2011
In his return from injury, Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Kiryat Shmona took over first place in the Israeli Premier League while Hapoel Be'er Sheva also won despite an own goal from Ryan Adeleye
Hapoel Acre 1-2 Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona's dream season continued with a hard-fought road victory over Hapoel Acre and the smallest club in the Israeli Premier League now currently sits in first place.
Bryan Gerzicich returned from his injury and played all 90 minutes. The Los Angeles-born central midfielder also picked up a yellow card in the 66th minute.
Hapoel Acre got on the board first in the 8th minute when Alexander Davidov took a long pass from fellow Serbian Stefan Scepovic and beat Danny Amos from close range to give Acre a 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later Hapoel Kiryat Shmona found an equalizer when Shimon Abuhaztera's shot was blocked but Barak Badash was able to convert the rebound from 10 yards to even the score at 1-1.
In the 38th minute Kiryat Shmona would go ahead for good when Abuhaztera was ruled to have been brought down in the box. The referee awarded the penalty and Abuhaztera stepped up and converted to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
With the win, Kiryat Shmona have secured first place with a two point lead over Hapoel Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv, however, has played one fewer game.
Next week Kiryat Shmona will take part in what may be the game of the season so far in the Israeli Premier League when they host Hapoel Tel Aviv. The game will be a matchup of the two best teams in Israel.
Maccabi Netanya 0-2 Ironi Ramat Hasharon
Maccabi Netanya's rough stretch in the Israeli Premier League continued on Saturday as they were defeated at home by Ironi Ramat Hasharon.
American central defender Leo Krupnik earned the start for Netanya but was subbed out in the 84th minute.
After a scoreless first half, Ramat Hasharon moved ahead in the 64th minute when Elen Masudi scored from close range to give the visitors a 1-0 road.
In the 89th minute Ramat Hasharon put the game out of reach when Masudi scored his second with a chip over Maccabi Netanya keeper Amir Edri.
With the loss, Maccabi Netanya have fallen to seventh place with 22 points through 14 games.
Next week they hit the road and face Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 3-1 Bnei Yehuda
Hapoel Be'er Sheva won for just the second time this season as they cruised to a 3-1 surprise win over Beni Yehuda on Saturday at Be'er Sheva's Arthur Vasermil Stadium.
New Jersey native Ryan Adeleye started in midfield for Be'er Sheva and went the distance.
Adeleye was on the score sheet first in the 9th minute but in the wrong way. Bnei Yehuda sent a ball into the box by Adeleye accidentally sent it into his own net to give Bnei Yehuda a 1-0 lead.
Dovev Gabay equalized for Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the 16th minute with a low shot from close range to even the score at 1-1.
In the 34th minute Siraj Nasser gave Be'er Sheva a lead with a swerving shot from 20 yards past Bnei Yehuda's Nigerian keeper Dele Aiyenugba.
Yitzhak Vaknin gave Be'er Sheva a 3-1 advantage shortly after halftime in the 47th minute with another long distance shot from outside the box past Aiyenugba.
With the win, Be'er Sheva are now in 14th place in the 16 team league. They have eight points through 14 games.
Next weekend Hapoel Be'er Sheva visit Hapoel Rishon Lezion.