Maccabi “Shachar” Tel Aviv got back onto the winning track after defeating Hapoel Rishon Le’Zion “Yehuda” 2:1 thanks to goals by Dor Galili and Eylon Almog. Following the contest, Head Coach Guy Tzarfati looked back at the match that was:

“I think that the first half was fantastic from my point of view. The pace, the two goals that we scored were fabulous, goals with great touch and footballer’s goals, we scored some great goals. I believe that we should have had a bigger lead in the first half. On the other hand, I wasn’t satisfied with our second half and we got sloppy. The players should have played simple football and we got ourselves into a bit of trouble as Rishon had some opportunities where they could have scored.”

Coming back from an early deficit and the defensive player’s efforts:

“I was very happy with Hen Ozeri’s penalty save as well as Ron Gabbay’s clearance, on one hand those are their jobs, but I very much appreciated it. I think that we played a real team match today and I really am happy about that. Other than attacking and football play itself, playing as a team is very important for us all and I’m happy that is what I saw during the match.”

This coming Saturday, the young Yellow & Blue will face Maccabi Herzliya from the Leumit League in a State Cup contest:

“I’ll be telling my players that in order to win the Cup, each match must be treated as a final and we must prepare that way as well. As one who won a Cup with the First Team, preparing properly is clear, to go into every match as a Final, don’t make any drastic changes and don’t do things that we aren’t used to. We’ll put in maximum effort when we get ready for Herzliya.”