The Under-19 squad came into Matchday 16 after falling to Kiryat Shemona 2:1 last week up north. Following that match, central defender Raani Hamza moved to Maccabi Shearayim of the Leumit League. Tomer Altman, Amit Rosenboim and Omer Kats were injured and unavailable for the contest, while Guy Shetach, Mahmoud Awesat and Netanel Peretz were included in Guy Tzarfati’s Starting XI.

First Half
Maccabi “Shachar” controlled the tempo of the match playing primarily in the midfield while looking for a way past the Tubruk defense. Netanel Peretz had a great chance in the 34th minute when he took the from ball 6 meters out, but his effort went over bar. Ron Zamir also took a stab at the Tubruk goal but missed the target. Near the end of the first half, Tubruk had a magnificent chance to take the lead as Sosa went in all alone on Hen Ozeri. However, the young Yellow & Blue keeper made a huge save as the ball went out for a corner.

Second Half
Tubruk had a number of counters at the start of the second half as Ozeri came up big again stoning Sosa from in close. In the 60th minute, Fadi Najar picked up a yellow card and four minutes later Guy Tzarfati made his first substitution as Eylon Almog replaced Or Dasa.

The insertion of Almog gave the Under-19’s new life as just two minutes after the striker came onto the pitch, he almost gave his side the lead, but the Tubruk keeper Ohayon made the stop sending the ball out for a corner. Almog again had a wonderful chance in the box but Ohayon made the save to keep the match goalless.

Amit Shapira was introduced in the 77th minute in favor of Awesat and Prince Thomas came on a bit later to try and find a winner which he almost did from 16-meters, but his chance went off of the left post as the match ended in a 0:0 draw. Next Saturday Maccabi “Shachar” will host Ironi Rishon Le’Zion Yehuda at the Ramle Stadium.