Head Coach Ziv Arie’s squad played their Israel State Cup Round of 16 match against Maccabi Herzliya at the Ramle Stadium just two hours prior to the start of the First Team’s match at Bloomfield Stadium. The young Yellow-and-Blue advanced to this round after defeating SC Julis on penalty kicks.

Maccabi “Shachar” opened the match with an attacking trio of Omri Haramati, Or Dasa and Mahmoud Awesat with a midfield of Gaby Kanichowsky, Eliel Peretz and Amit Shapira. Haviv Ohayon started in goal with Nadav Amran, Guy Aviv, Ran Vaturi and captain Idan Yogev rounding out the Starting XI.

It didn’t take very long to find the back of the goal as a terrific give and go between Haramati and Shapira ended with the latter placing the ball behind the Herzliya keeper for the 1:0 lead. The hosts continued to press and to find another marker but the score stayed as is into the break.

Arie’s club came out strong to begin the second half and were rewarded soon thereafter. Shapira teamed up with Peretz giving him a gorgeous chip pass to double the lead. Peretz who had just returned from playing with the First Team on Wednesday night against Kfar Saba picked up the goal in the 47th minute.

The Under-19 team continued to control the flow of the game as Haramati added a goal to his assist helping Maccabi “Shachar” finish off the match in style winning 3:0. The victory moves the young Yellow-and-Blue into the quarterfinals and will find out their opponent in an upcoming draw. Next week, the club visits Maccabi Haifa in a top of the table battle with Ziv Arie’s side just three points away from the Greens.