25’ ❌ Hod HaSharon penalty saved by Gato Schwalb
‘37 ⚽️ 1-0, Misha Marianoff goal, Guile Meyer assist
‘68 ⚽️ 2-0, Didi Hovav goal, Daniel Geron asssit
‘73 ⚽️ 2-1, Hod HaSharon goal
Top row (from left to right): Sam Sank, Dan Lubelski, Gaston Schwalb, Daniel Geron, Matias Jurfest, Yusuke Miyake, Ehud Eblagon, Misha Marianoff, Uriel Benita, Alan Kaler, Tom Printact and Ran Sarusi.
Bottom row (from left to right): Nico Grinberg, Kevin Packer, Kevin Natanzon, David Hovav, Didi Hovav, Guile Meyer, Gabriel Bruck and Mati Yelen.
Formerly Inter B, our original amateur team started life as Inter Aliyah Blue with a win, defeating Hod HaSharon 2-1 at Beit Dani in the opening game of the International Football League of Israel Division 2.
Playing under new Belgian manager Dan Lubelski for the first time, Inter Blue were our first team to sport the new uniforms as they lined up against opponents who were playing in their first game in the IFLI.
It was Hod HaSharon who got off to the better start, threatening our goal on numerous occasions and their pressure paid off as they were awarded a penalty midway through the first half. However, Argentinian goalkeeper Gato Schwalb, on his debut for the club, made an important save to keep the scores goalless.
This prompted our side to gain momentum and a mazy run from Guile Meyer down the right-hand side allowed space for Misha Marianoff who precisely fired the ball in the bottom right-hand corner.
After the break, captain Nico Grinberg was shown his second yellow card, reducing Dan Lubelski's side to 10 men.
Yet, Inter Blue showed their resilience and doubled the lead through Didi Hovav, after good work in the build-up from Tom Printac and Daniel Geron.
Hod HaSharon did halve the deficit later on and had many chances to equalise but we held on, no thanks to Schwalb's heroics in goal, to give us all three points on the opening day of the season.