Maccabi Tel Aviv “Shahar,” the club’s under-19 team, notched a vital 2-1 win over league leaders Maccabi Haifa on Saturday, a first defeat for the team from the north who have won their last eight games and drawn the other.

Maccabi, who lay third in the standings at the start of play, having won their last four matches, continued their good momentum as Rave Asayag and Shaked Navon scored the goals. Eliezer Ben Aharon’s charges remain third in the standings but have closed the gap behind the leaders to three points.

Hapoel Ra’anana 2, Maccabi Tel Aviv “Oded” 0:  The U17 went down to Ra’anana away in the ninth round of action and are in fourth place in the standings with the gap from the top at five points. The boys will look to get back on track on Saturday against Ironi Nesher in a State Cup fixture.

Maccabi Tel Aviv ” Eli Fuchs” 4, Bnei Yehuda 0: Assi Haber’s charges continued their positive momentum and notched a seventh consecutive win to maintain their position at the top of the standings for another week. Bar Lin with two goals, Oscar Gloch and Ravi Nawi scored the goals.

Maccabi Tel Aviv “Eldad” 9, Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem 0: The U15 stormed into the match after managing only to draw last week to thrash the visitors. They are fourth in their division. Goals were scored by Ron Rabinovitch (two), Nikita Alexienko, Omer Diner, Osher Bruchim (hat trick), Yosef Lior and Michael Merenstein.