A 3-0 win over Modi’in saw Inter Tel Aviv return to its winning ways this week, following the close defeat to league leader Ra’anana last Saturday.
The previous fixture between these two saw Inter come from 2-1 down to beat Modi’in 3-2, in what was its first-ever win in the Olim League. This time around it was a much more straightforward affair. Despite missing a few players, Inter set out with a strong side and started the game well in what were horrendous conditions throughout. The wet weather affected Inter’s usual slick passing style of soccer but the team still dominated from the start.
Inter’s first goal came on the half-hour mark, with top scorer Manu Schultz beating the offside trap before firing home.
The home side’s lead was doubled just 10 minutes later when, once again, Modi’in’s backline was broken through, this time by David Schumann, who squared the ball to the returning Airton Manuel who slotted into the open net.
Modi’in had previously come from 3-0 down to draw with Ra’anana so it didn’t lack belief as the second half got under way. But a third Inter goal killed the game, with Gav Hill slotting into the bottom corner.
To Modi’in’s credit the team kept going until the end, but Inter’s defense was on top form all night, with makeshift left back Craig Smitheram in particular solid throughout. Inter’s keeper Sam Friedman characteristically make difficult saves look simple to earn himself and the defense a clean sheet.
The win gives Inter faint title ambitions, but if it is to end its first season in the Olim League on top it must wait for other results to go its way.