Maccabi “Shachar” Tel Aviv hosted Hapoel Beer Sheva at the Ramle Stadium on Matchday 24 of Youth Ligat Ha’Al. Guy Tzarfati started the contest with Amit Shapira alongside Eylon Almog and Dor Galili up front while Amit Rosenboim and Fadi Najar opened up on defense. Maccabi began the day with 40 points in 3rd place while Beer Sheva started the match in 10th place with 30 points.
Maccabi started the game well and in the 5th minute Shapira had a chance to give the hosts the quick lead but the keeper sent the ball out for a corner. The Under-19’s continued to press and found the back of the goal in the 17th minute as Eylon Almog unleashed a scorcher of a shot from 20 meters out that went to the far corner to give Maccabi “Shachar” the 1:0 lead.
In the 31st minute Shapira gave Tomer Altman a nice ball but his attempt from 13 meters went out, however, six minutes later his double pass with Netanel Peretz from 17 meters out found the goal to double Maccabi’s advantage to 2:0 prior to the break.
Omer Kats was sharp early on as his 54th minute save off of a Benny Natan fast break kept the score as is. Six minutes later Eden Kartzev stole the ball and handed it off to Almog but his chance hit a defender. As Maccabi continued to press for a 3rd goal they did exactly that in the 66th minute as the Under-19’s found the Beer Sheva goal yet again. This time Galili and Peretz exchanged passes that ended in the latter scoring on a one on one effort against the visiting keeper.
Over the course of the second half, Tzarfati made a number of substitutions as Noam Cohen, Mahmoud Awesat, Ron Zamir, Prince Thomas and Neal Goldberg all came into the contest. As the match entered injury time, Beer Sheva scored a penalty to cut the lead to 3:1 as Maccabi came away with the 3-points and the victory.