‘16 ⚽️ 1-0 Alex Branum goal, Guile Meyer assist
‘72 ⚽️ 1-1 Hod HaSharon goal
‘80 ⚽️ 1-2 Hod HaSharon goal
‘83 ⚽️ 1-3 Hod HaSharon goal
‘87 ⚽️ 1-4 Hod HaSharon goal
‘92 ⚽️ 1-5 Hod HaSharon goal
Top row (from left to right): Roman Shapiro, Nate Sadoun, Joey Spijer, Eliran Pinto, Alex Branum, Ben Mordukhovich, Noam Konyn, Borja Lema and Matt Keston.
Bottom row (from left to right): Didi Hovav, Shai Revivo, Beni Polnauer, Illay Cohen, Guile Meyer and Ary Erdman.
In a much changed team because of missing people, we were also without a recognised goalkeeper too. Nonetheless, the first half was a quite brilliant performance against one of the sides challenging for the league title; we stopped them from playing, broke down the play, were aggressive in the challenge and were passing nicely.
We were rewarded for our good play as a beautiful ball by Guile Meyer through to Alex Branum was finished superbly to put us 1-0 up on the 25th minute. Hod Hasharon left the field very deflated and frustrated as we stopped them at every turn.
In the 70th minute, Beni Polnauer, who was most definitely our man of the match, came off injured and we then only had 11 players. Just minutes later, one of their better players took the ball in our half beat 3 people down our right hand side and got a bit lucky with a deflection near to the goal and equalised to make it 1-1, a disappointing moment after so much hard work.
Hod Hasharon smelt blood and with us tiring with no subs available to make, they went after the lead and we collapsed in 10 minutes letting in another 4 goals. We suddenly could not keep the ball at all, missed tackles, made all sorts of mistakes and had no petrol left in the tank. We were punished.