Inter Aliyah showed a statement of intent last Friday by thrashing Maccabi Or Yehuda 9-1 in a matchup of two Liga Gimmel clubs with the same amount of points in the league table.
The visitors had taken four points off the all-Olim team last season but it was a very different story this time around, with Inter controlling the proceedings from the get-go, going into halftime 3-0 up thanks to two goals from Azanao Aristo and another one by Evyatar Erez.
The home side showed no signs of letting up after the break and added six more goals by the time the game was done, courtesy of Vlad Kart and Yuval Levi, who each scored a brace, Jaime Kauffman and an own goal.
The clean sheet was spoiled by a shocking penalty decision but it could not take the delight away from an emphatic win, which puts Inter into fourth place in the league standings, four points adrift of the leaders.
Meanwhile, Inter B head coach Matt Keston was nothing but proud of his players, despite his side losing 3-0 to Los Gringos in an International Football League of Israel match. The league’s second-placed side had beaten Inter 6-0 in the previous game, and although they went ahead early in last weekend’s match, they realized from the start that it was a different match than the previous one.
Down 1-0, Inter had a number of chances to level but neither Nico Straub nor Ran Sarusi could find the net. Against the run of play, Los Gringos added two quick-fire goals just before halftime, to give them a generous lead at the halfway point.
In the second half, Inter continued to search for the goal and the likes of Tal Zraya, Sebastian Israel and David Schumann all were denied by the goalkeeper. In the end, it was not to be but the Inter players can only look back on what was a fine performance despite the result.