Maccabi “Shachar” fall 4:0 to Kiryat Shemona

The final Matchday of the Youth Ligat Ha’Al season saw Maccabi “Shachar” Tel Aviv face Kiryat Shemona at the Ramle Stadium. The Under-19’s came into the contest looking to extend their wining streak to 3 games and finish off the canpiagn on a high note. Guy Tzarfati made a number of changes to his Starting XI as Sharon Gabai played at left back while Ron Zamir, Neil Goldberg, Dor Galili, Eylon Almog rounded out the starters. With a win, Maccabi would finish in 2nd place as the northern club will end their season in 4th place.

First Half
The visitors looked to break the ice in the first minute but the ball went off of the Yellow & Blue defense and out for a corner. In the 12th minute, Kiryat Shemona came close again but Rosenboim cleared the ball from danger.

A minute later, Goldberg had a chance from the left side as he gave the ball off to Eylon but his attempt went over the goal. In the 16th minute, Galili took the ball from the right and made his way into the area but his opportunity also flew over the bar. Kiryat Shemona went back the other way but their chance also went over the Maccabi keeper Omer Kats.

In the 35th minute, the Northern squad almost took the lead but Kats was in place to make the stop while three minutes from the break Altman took a long shot that the keeper blocked. However, Eylon got to the rebound but his attempt went over the goal as the sides went into halftime goalless.

Second Half
Kiryat Shemona opened the second half possessed and took the quick advantage just after the break as their striker found the back of the goal for the 1:0 lead. In the 54th minute the Northern side almost doubled their advantage as their striker took a gorgeous cross from the right to slam the ball home but was called back due to a foul in the box.

Just 3 minutes later, the young Yellow & Blue were left with ten men as Amit Rosenboim received a red card for a tackle in the middle of the pitch after getting tied up with an opposing player. In the 62nd minute, Maccabi “Shachar” almost evened up the match when Goldberg’s give and go with Almog resulted in the former taking a good shot that was caught by the keeper.

However, just after some pressure from the hosts, Kiryat Shemona doubled their lead in the 64th minute as the midfielder took a deep pass to score an uncontested goal. Just minutes later the visitors had another quality chance but skied the ball over the goal, however, in the 82nd minute they made no mistake as the midfielder took the ball from the left side and found the corner of the goal for a 3:0 advantage.

In the 89th minute Kiryat Shemona took a long attempt that hit off of the Maccabi defense and went into the goal for a 4:0 victory.