RECAP: WEEKEND ISRAELI ACTION
Bryan Gerzicich and Ironi Kiryat Shmona got a much needed win over Bnei Yehuda and Leonard Krupnik made his return to Netanya's lineup in their scoreless draw with Bnei Saknin.
Bnei Yehuda 0-2 Ironi Kiryat Shmona
Ironi Kiryat Shmona got only their second win in thirteen matches with Sunday's victory over Bnei Yehuda. With the win, the Blue Lions move up to seventh place in the Israeli League.
Ofir Mizrachi was plucked from the youth squad and made his debut for Ironi Kiryat Schmona memorable one, when he knocked a rebound past Yehuda keeper Bamidele Aiyenugba. The gamble paid off for new manager Barak Bakar, who was desperate for something to energize his team following their poor performance as of late.
The first half saw several solid saves by the Blue Lions netminder Daniel Amos, who received a yellow card for arguing with the referee in the 51st minute. The second half was a seesaw affair that saw chances missed by Yehuda as they tried to get the equalizer. Yehuda hit the crossbar when Argentine substitute Pedro Galvan beat Amos in the 67th minute, which was their best chance all night.
Gerzicich and Kiryat Shmona next face Athetico Club in Europa League action, which is a makeup from when regional violene postponed the game several weeks ago. Fourth place Yehuda's next match comes versus Hapoel Be'er Sheva.
Maccabi Netanya 0-0 Bnei Saknin
Leonard Krupnik returned to the lineup for Netanya and played the full 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with Bnei Saknin on Saturday. After two straight losses, Netanya were looking to rebound against Saknin but neither team took advantage of their chances and the game endless goalless.
Unfortunately, the most exciting event of the match was a halftime fight between the two teams, which eventually saw Netanya's Ali El-Khatib given a red card for his part in the scuffle. Despite being shorthanded, Netanya was able to defend and Yank Abroad Leonard Krupnik saved the draw as he cleared a certain goal off the line in the 79th minute
El-Khatib will miss at least one game with the red card and might receive an additional suspension by the Israeli League, pending the review of the incident. Krupnik and ninth place Netanya next face off with Maccabi Haifa, who are currently in 10th position.
Ryan Adeleye did not play in Hapoel Be'er Sheva's 4-1 drubbing to Hapoel Tel Aviv and has yet to see game action this season.