‘75 ⚽️ 1-0 Ron Sharifi goal, Gianni Conti assist
‘90 ⚽️ 2-0 Vlad Kart goal, Samuel Hazins assist
Top row (from left to right): Pablo Zayat, Mono Bechini, Gaston Hilman, Ori Hatuka, Thomy Alfie, Vlad Kart, Oded Puzis, Ron Sharifi, Mati Yelen, Tomi Kehana, Yuri Nucenovich, Aron Soloducho and Gianni Conti.
Bottom row (from left to right): Jeremy Tenenbaum, Gaston Fratesi, Samuel Hazins, Sam Sank, Ilan Flax, Max Mzhen and Andy Gabay.
Last Friday saw us take on our biggest test of the second round of matches so far, hosting Maccabi Givat Shmuel, who had beaten us 5-2 earlier in the season, one of only two defeats this year.
We were determined to prevent a similar outcome this time round and we showed how much we've grown as a team between the two games against this Liga Gimmel opposition.
Sam Sank, Ilan Flax, Mono Bechini, Andy Gabay and Oded Puzis all returned to the starling XI having sat out of the big win at home to Maccabi Or Yehuda last weekend.
From the get-go, we looked in total control and started attacking Givat Shmuel at will. Gaston Fratesi missed our biggest chance of the half after a good move down the left, while Vlad Kart's long-ranged efforts didn't trouble their keeper too much.
At half time, Borja Lema encouraged the team stay patient and remain on the ascendancy and his prophetic words came true 15 minutes before the end with one of the most memorable goals of the season so far.
Gianni Conti's quick thinking saw him send a long ball down the field following a Givat Shmuel corner and Ron Sharifi timed his run perfectly, before deftly lobbing the keeper with his left foot.
The goal sparked the wildest celebrations of the season so far as victory seemed close and the points were wrapped up by goal-machine Vlad Kart, after debutant Yuri Nucenovich had release Samuel Hazins down the right.
A fourth clean sheet in our last 5 games but the win even sweeter, with the three points giving us breathing space from 4th place and keeps us close to the top two, who we still need to play at home.
On Monday, we travel to Yehud to take on Maccabi Mosenzon as we attempt to defend a 13-game unbeaten run.