RECAP: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
Leo Krupnik and Maccabi Netanya cruised to a comfortable 6-2 win while Ryan Adeleye and Hapoel Be'er Sheva only managed a draw at home against Maccabi Petah Tikva.
Maccabi Netanya 6-2 Hapoel Rishon Lezion
Maccabi Netanya fell behind in the first half but doinated in the second as they cruised to a blowout win over Rishon Lezion on Saturday at Sar Tov Stadium.
American Leo Krupnik started and played the full 90 in central defense for Netanya.
It was Netanya got on board first when Rishon midfielder Gal Sapir redirected the ball into his own net for an own goal to put the hosts up 1-0.
Rishon Lezion equalized in the29th minute when Elvis Mesic found the back of the net to make the score 1-1.
In the 34th minute, Enon Barda put Rishon up 2-1 when he found the net from close range.
Maccabi Netanya forward Ahmad Saba'a equalized deep into first half injury time to make the score 2-2 at halftime.
In the second half Maccabi Netanya took control of the game.
Hen Ezra gave Maccabi Netanya the lead for good in the 49th minute and Saba'a made the score 4-2 in the 53rd minute with his second goal of the game.
In the 57th minute Kobi Dajani extended the lead to 5-2 and Hen Ezra score his second goal of the game in the 66th minute to finish out the scoring at 6-2.
Rishon Lezion's long day was made worse in the 76th minute when Dor Halevi picked up his second yellow of the game and was sent off.
Maccabi Netanya return to action next Saturday when they visit seventh place Bnei Sakhnin
Hapoel Be'er Sheva 0-0 Maccabi Petah Tikva
Hapoel Be'er Sheva remained second from the bottom in the Israeli Premier League as they played to a listless 0-0 draw at home to Maccabi Petah Tikva.
New Jersey native Ryan Adeleye entered the game in the 14th minute for injured central defender Aviatar Illouz.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net nor there few scoring opportunities created throughout the 90 minutes.
Hapoel Be'er Sheva will next play on Saturday when they visit fifth place Ashdod.
Bryan Gerzicich pulled his thigh muscle and was missing for Kiryat Shmona when the defeated Bnei Yehuda on the road to move into second place in the Israeli Premier League. It was the first game the Los Angeles native has missed for Kiryat Shmona this season.