Inter Aliyah stayed in the hunt for a Liga Gimmel playoff spot after picking up a pair of victories, stretching its winning streak to five matches in Israeli amateur soccer play.
The all-olim team remains fifth in the table, seven points from the playoffs after the wins.
A week ago Friday, Inter Aliyah trounced Elitzur Yehud 6-1. The game was merely a formality, with Yehud barely threatening the home team. Inter broke the deadlock early on thanks to Oded Puzis, but with their first shot on target, Yehud leveled after some poor marking in the middle. However, from then on, Inter replied with five unanswered goals over the course of the 90 minutes.
Puzis grabbed a second, while Evyatar Erez, Vlad Kart, Roey Sartov and Sebastian Israel also got in on the act.
Inter Aliyah’s good form continued with another victory, this time 4-1 against Or Yehuda in an away contest under floodlights during a rare midweek evening game Wednesday. Against the league’s ninth-place team, the visitors rarely looked in trouble. They were ahead after just 30 seconds, as captain Sam Sank headed home a Yuval Levi corner. Or Yehuda showed some fighting spirit but never actually tested Tal Amar in the Inter goal during the first half and the lead was doubled toward the break, thanks to a Vlad Kart strike.
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In the second period, Inter looked in total control and the win was all but secured as Evyatar Erez was pulled down in the box. He converted the penalty and the hosts were reduced to 10 men. Or Yehuda did have something to cheer about following a long-range goal which took Tal Amar by surprise, but the last goal came courtesy of Inter again, with Kart sealing his brace.
Inter’s second team was very much humbled in the group stage of the IFLI Cup by the division champion, Estudiantes, which won 4-0. Although Estudiantes rarely looked in trouble, the Inter boys produced a valiant effort despite the clear imbalance in quality between the two sides on the night.
The home side’s best chance fell to Japanese midfielder Yusuke Miyake, but as he ran through on goal he was challenged by an Estudiantes defender.