The fifth week of Olim League action included a ten-goal thriller between Athletico and Jaffa, while there was a five-star performance from Modiin…
Athletico Jerusalem 1 Ashdod 6
Ashdod arrived once again in the Holy city of Jerusalem to play on the leagues smallest pitch, with the firm intention to come back home this time with three points. The game started at 20:15 as planned. Ashdod wore is new kit it: Blue Shirt / White short / Red socks : the France colors for the French team of the League! The game started with a good rhythm and Athletico were in control of the early stages, pressuring the visiting Ashdod
Athletico almost opened the scoring but were denied by the post. Ashdod gradually worked their way into the game and took the lead 1-0 just before the half-time whistle
Ashdod started the second half as they ended the first and put in two more goals, making it 3-0. Athletico began to fight back desperately to get a goal and pull their way back into the game and they were rewarded when a deflection of an Ashdod defender made it 3-1.
But as is so often the case with this Athletico team they lose their heads in the second half and Ashdod were able to score and another 3 goals on counter attacks to make it 6-1
After the game Ashdod manager David Ahayon said: “We, Ashdod team, would like to wish to this new team in the League (ATHLETICO) welcome and good luck for the rest of the league games. They have young and nice players, but of course it is not easy the first year. No doubt that they will become a more competitive team in the future!!”
Athletico Co Manager David Bernstein commented: “The way that we are losing these games is completely unacceptable. How many more times are we going to concede five second half goals?!!”
Modiin 4 Real Jerusalem 2
The game was a closely matched encounter with both teams playing good football throughout. However, Real started with more purpose, as they capitalized on a from a long ball over the top. Nati Hason latched onto to the through ball and finished well to put Real 1-0. Modiin began to play their passing game, but Real were having none of it and were pressing Modiin all over the pitch. After twenty mintues, Real scored again with another Hason strike to take a deserved 2-0 lead.
The Modiin management knew they had to change their strategy and made some first half substitutions. With ten minutes to go of the first half, Itai Saidoff went on a run and was bought down in the area. Captain Omri Encaoua cooly slotted home the resulting penalty to bring Modiin back into the game.
In the second half, Modiin knew they had to up their game if they were to get anything positive from it, but this was proving difficult as Real parked the proverbial bus, reverting to a 7-0-3 formation. Modiin threw on striker Lanre Adeyinka to mix things about and within five minutes, Adeyinka had drawn Modiin level with a purposeful strike from ten yards. Five minutes later, Adeyinka was fouled in the area in an off the ball incident which resulted in a red card for the Real defender. Encaoua having already scored from the spot, sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 3-2 to Modiin.
Modiin continued to press and were catching Real on the counter-attack. Real keeper Francisco Enrique Salgado Jara was in fine form making some acrobatic saves and doing his best to keep Real in the game. But with five minutes to go, a mix up in the Real defence allowed Beni Sragi to nip in and score into an empty net.
Modiin co-managers Jamie Lazarus and David Bruce were delighted for their teams efforts. He said: “Tonight was a massive result for the lads. They showed great character to come back from 2-0 down. Real were a very difficult team to break down, but in the end our quality shone through.”
Raanana 4 Jerusalem 4
Both teams wanted the three points – both teams wanted to consolidate their position and Jerusalem came flying out the blocks…within the first 2 minutes of the game Jerusalem went one up, with a mixture of some very sloppy defending and some slick passing from Jerusalem, Amit Dinowitz put Jerusalem ahead.
The game settled down after that but Jerusalem put another one in the net. At around the 20 minute mark a shot came in, the Rannana keeper parried the ball and there was Zack Lewis to finish neatly into the corner. This seemed to give the wake up call that Raanana needed and they hit back straight away. Danny Rebuk finished off a great “one-two” with a shot in the bottom left corner, that was followed by another Raanana goal from Ronen Goldsmith and a lovely little backheel from Eyal Slasky to make it 3-2.
Jerusalem fought back to make it 3-3 with a cool finish from Daniel Cohen and then went ahead 4-3 after Jerusalem were awarded a very harsh penalty for a handball in the area. As the game was coming into the final 10 minutes Raanana’s Eyal Slaski headed into the top right of the Jerusalem goal for his second goal of the game after a beautiful cross by Nathan Ben Ari from the right hand side of the pitch. All in all it was probably a fair result.
England 2 MS Bambi 6
The game started with goal scoring opportunities for both teams. There were a few heated moments but the ref was doing very well to control the game and keep things competitive. Bambi took the lead through an Ori Cabir through ball to Aviv Zemer who scored from inside the box.
Bambi kept pressing and another peach of a pass from Ori Cabir, to Aviv Halperin led to them scoring, 2-0. Within a matter of minutes Bambi made it 3-0 as this time scorer turned provider as Aviv Halperin found Bar Blumberg who turned around inside the box and found the net.
Both teams then had good opportunities to score but Bambi ended up maintaining their three-goal lead till half-time.
Last season’s top goal scorer Adam Jaffe showed his worth scoring a quick brace at the start of the second half to take the score to Bambi 3 England 2 and had it not have been for a top-class save from Eyal Younger in between the sticks England would have levelled the game.
But it was not to be England’s day, Aviv Zemer scored an amazing free-kick 20 meters out from and minutes later played a killer ball to Aviv Halperin who finished first time, 5-2 Bambi
And Bambi still weren’t done for the day as , Yoni Caduri played a defence splitting pass to Ido Sacajiu who finished with ease. Final Score 6-2.
After the game Bambi Manager Yoni Sarig said: “It was a very fast and ggressive game filled with opportunities. It wasn’t too difficult for us to beat England but to win by a four goal margin was hard work! Very happy to maintain our position in the table. Next week we face a Modiin side in top form, it will be a great game.”
Elsewhere, Jaffa and Aviv City played out a 3-3 draw.
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