The Under-19 team faced Hapoel Nir Ramat Hasharon on Matchday 12 of the Israel Youth Premier League. Maccabi began the day in second place just a point off the top of table while the opposition sat in last place on the table.

Head Coach Guy Tzarfati’s Starting XI included Or Itzhak, Michael Chilaka, Amit Glezer, Alon Shtrozberg, Tomer Mahluf, Tamir Glezer, Eduardo Guerrero, Yoav Hofmayster, Gil Ben Shalosh, Bar Cohen, Tal Yagudaev.

First Half
The Yellow & Blue almost took a quick lead as Cohen controlled the ball and took a shot on goal but the rival keeper made the stop while Yagudaev’s rebound attempt hit off the post. Ramat Hasharon has a chance in the 8’ when a through ball made its way to Amberiya but Itzhak made the timely save by cutting off the threat.

In the 30’ the host’s had a penalty attempt after Shtrozberg’s reckless tackle in the box on Amberiya resulted in an 11 meter spot kick that David Dego scored to give Ramat Hasharon a 1:0 lead. Five minutes before the half Cohen’s free kick was caught by the host’s keeper and in the 42’ the Ramat Hasharon almost doubled their advantage but Dego’s attempt from outside of the box hit the post.

Second Half
Itzhak made a terrific save in the 50’ when he stopped Aviel Ben Hemo’s header and ten minutes later Maccabi drew even. Yagudaev received the ball on the left wing, sent it to Nadav Nidam who put it behind the Ramat Hasharon keeper, 1:1.

In the 62’ the Yellow & Blue threatened the Ramat Hasharon goal when Yagudaev’s corner kick made it to Rave Assayag but his header went over the goal. Six minutes later Assayag again was involved in the action as he took a Nidam cross but his attempt was saved by the keeper. As the match hit the 70’ the host’s almost took the lead but Yonatan Heizen’s shot hit the post and went out and ten minutes later Dego hit the bar as the match ended in a 1:1 draw.