‘10 ⚽️ 1-0 Naveh Golan
‘30 ⚽️ 1-1 Evyatar Erez, Ilan Flax assist
‘57 ⚽️ 2-1 Naveh Golan
Top row (from left to right): David Martane, Gaston Hilman, Eli Falkon, Andre Walker, Ron Sharifi, Azanao Aristo, Faris Abdulrasul, Ariel Peretz, Leo Gewertz, Ricky Horvath, Dandy Okougo and Gabo Terkieltaub.
Bottom row (from left to right): Roey Sartov, Jaime Kauffman, Evgeny Kart, Vlad Kart, Nico Perge, Sam Sank, Ilan Flax, Yuval Levi, Evyatar Erez and Tal Amar.
A day to forget for all those who follow Inter Aliyah, with Friday's 2-1 defeat to local rival Hapoel Naveh Golan a very bitter pill to swallow. It was our first loss since the opening day of the season but the manner of the performance was more concerning that the result itself.
Head Coach David Martane went for pretty much the same side that beat Shikma Hen two weeks ago, but he was forced into a substitution just 5 minutes in as an injured Sam Sank was replaced by Andy Gabay at the back. After just 14 minutes, a second yellow card to Naveh Golan's star striker left them with 10 men but the disadvantage seemed to spark them into life.
A cross into our area was not handled well by Tal Amar and they scored an open goal to go ahead in the game. From that moment on, the hosts maximised every opportunity to waste time and bring down the amount of actual football being played.
We did equalise before the half time break, as Ilan Flax broke free down the left-hand side after 30 minutes, crossing for Evyatar Erez who found the back of the net. With the scores level, David Martane encouraged his team to be patient against the 10 men of Naveh Golan for the remaining 45 minutes.
However, it was the hosts again who took the lead, somehow carving through the middle of our defence and scoring past Tal just before the hour mark. Shortly after, Naveh Golan had another man sent off as they continued to turn the afternoon into a brawl rather than a game of football.
Despite the two-man advantage we failed to score again, with many players guilty of not converting their chances. As the full-time whistle blew for this bad-tempered affair, we rued a missed opportunity to consolidate 2nd place in the league.
One game remains of the first round of matches and a win will keep us in the top 2.