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Cup Holder Jerusalem Storms Into Semifinal

Favorite romps local upstart Real Jerusalem 9-1.

The quarterfinal draw of the Olim League Cup set up a match between defending cup holder Jerusalem and Real Jerusalem, second in the table. The two sides last met in the opening league fixture over four months ago, with Real Jerusalem getting the better of its more illustrious neighbor, but last weekend Jerusalem was virtually unstoppable, romping home to a 9-1 victory.

Real, the only team to defeat Bambi, which has already clinched the league title, held on for the first quarter of the game. Despite missing a couple of influential players, the holders dominated the first quarter of an hour doing everything but score, with no fewer than six good chances on goal, yet it was Real that almost took the lead if not for a fine save from in-form keeper Daniel Boerstra in the 17th minute.

Jerusalem got its break in the 23rd minute when a Real defender was adjudged to have handled in the area. Moishe Lewis stepped up to dispatch the penalty. Two minutes later, it was 2-0, with Daniel Cohen finishing superbly from outside the area.

In the 59th minute, with Jerusalem getting back on top of the game, Lewis burst through to net his second of the night. The fourth goal came a minute later, as Calev Ben Dor released the ball to Akiva Zneimer, who set up Zack Lewis for a one-on-one from which he made no mistake.

A couple of minutes after that, a rampant Jerusalem made it 5-0. Another flowing move released Ben Dor, whose perfect cross found Lewis for a simple finish.

Minutes 66 and 69 brought goals six and seven. First Cohen crossed for Lewis to complete his hat-trick, before Amit Dinowitz was released down the left, before cutting in and slotting the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

In the 71st minute, Real got its consolation goal when Yigal Grayeff was penalized for what appeared to be a perfectly legitimate challenge in the box. Jacky Duek expertly dispatched the penalty, 7-1.

Dinowitz and Lewis then completed the rout for the final score.

Jerusalem’s manager, Danny Newman was understandably delighted by the performance. “We plan on defending the cup as injuries have blighted our league campaign, but we still dream of winning a trophy for an unprecedented third year in a row,” he said. “Real are a quality side and the table doesn’t lie, but they were unlucky to face us on a day were every player performed to the top of his game.”

Reuters