RECAP: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
Bryan Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona played to a disappointing draw against Hapoel Petah Tikva while Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya fell at home to Maccabi Petah Tikva
Hapoel Petah Tikva 1-1 Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona played to a disappointing draw against Hapoel Petah Tikva on Saturday despite being up a man for most of the second half and having most of the scoring chances.
Bryan Gerzicich started the game for Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and played a full 90 in central midfield.
In the 20th minute Kiryat Shmona took the lead on a play that began with Gerzicich collecting the ball in the midfield off a turnover. He then swung the ball wide to right back El'ad Gabai who sent in a cross on an overlapping run.
Gabai's cross found Adi Elisha who hit the ball into the top left corner of the net with his first touch to give Kiryat Shmona a 1-0 lead.
In the 62nd minute Petah Tikva midfielder Daniel Addo would be given a red card following a late tackle in the middle of the field.
In the 73rd minute, Petah Tikva would equalize when Yaniv Luzon scored a counterattack. Following a turnover in the midfield Luzon received a pass on the left side of the box. He moved a few yards in and fired a shot that beat Kiryat Shmona keeper Danny Amos to the near post to even the score at 1-1.
While Kiryat Shmona picked up a point on the road, the game will certainly feel like two points squandered. After three games, the club have only earned four points.
Next Saturday, Kiryat Shmona returns home to face Ashdod.
Maccabi Netanya 0-1 Maccabi Petah Tikva
Maccabi Netanya's slow start to the season continued on Saturday as they fell at home to Maccabi Petah Tikva.
Leo Krupnik started and played a full 90 for Netanya in central defense.
The game's only goal came in the 35th minute when Maccabi Petah Tikva forward Tal Ben Haim collected the ball in the middle of the field on a counter attack. He quickly cut around his defender and beat Maccabi Netanya keeper Alex Martinovic to the far post with a low driving shot.
Maccabi Netanya have just three points in their first three games to start the season. They return to action next weekend when they visit Bnei Yehuda.
Ryan Adeleye did not play for Hapoel Be'er Sheva in their 3-0 loss to Hapoel Acre on Monday. Be'er Sheva is still searching for its first point of the young season.