BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, February 6, 2012
Bryan Gerzicich and Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona found a dramatic late winner against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday to open a commanding 12 point lead in the Israeli Premier League.
Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1-0 Maccabi Haifa
Kiryat Shmona are now the runaway leaders in the Israeli Premier League after they found a late winner against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday.
American Bryan Gerzicich started and went the distance for the hosts and is a major reason why Kiryat Shmona has only conceded 11 goals all year.
Kiryat Shmona played very well in the game's opening minutes as they hit the post twice and narrowly missed the target on another chance inside the first 25 minutes. It wasn't until the 86th minute when Kiryat Shmona would capitalize on their dominance throughout the game. On the play, Barak Badash took a pass inside the box and fired home a low shot for the eventual game winner.
With the win, Kiryat Shmona have continued their impressive 21 game unbeaten run that dates back to last August.
The win now puts Kiryat Shmona 12 points clear on top of the Israeli Premier League and their quest for their first ever league title will continue next Sunday when they host Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1-2 Maccabi Netanya
Maccabi Netanya put on a strong performance on Saturday as they defeated Hapoel Be'er Sheva on the road at Arthur Vasermil Stadium.
Leo Krupnik started and went the distance in central defense for Maccabi Netanya. Ryan Adeleye was not in the 18 for Be'er Sheva.
After a scoreless first half, Maccabi Netanya opened the scoring in the 62nd minute when Nir Nachum pounced on a loose ball following a corner kick to give Netanya a 1-0 lead.
In the 77th minute Ahmad Saba'a doubled the lead for Maccabi Netanya when he collected the ball on a pass from the right wing. With one dribble he moved past the defense and sent home a low shot for a 2-0 lead.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Hapoel Be'er Sheva pulled one back through Ido Exbard but it was too little, too late.
Maccabi Netanya are now in 9th place but are separated from 7th and 9th places by just goal differential. They return to league action next Saturday with a visit to Hapoel Petah Tikva.