Even with a man-of-the-match performance their goalkeeper Iliyah Kovalov, Modi’in was unable to prevent a surging Jaffa FC side from recording a 2-1 victory in the latest round of the Olim Soccer League. In Jerusalem, meanwhile, Real Jerusalem dominated Aviv City 5-1.
Host Jaffa dominated the first half, of its match against Modi’in, but was left frustrated by an in-form Kovalov. The Modi’in goalkeeper singlehandedly kept his team in the game, making an amazing seven saves. However, in the dying moments of the first half, a well worked Jaffa move found the returning Stephen Caffrey free in the box, and the Irish midfielder made no mistake with his finish.
With the beginning of the second half, Modi’in asserted their strength in the middle of the pitch and began to dominate possession. With momentum on their side, Modi’in found most of their scoring opportunities through long-range shots from Omri Encauou. In the 73rd minute, Modi’in’s Itai Saidoff made the most of a mistake by Jaffa’s Benji Gilbert, sprinting from the half way line before finishing expertly past Gilad Becker. With both teams looking for the winner, it was Jaffa that got the late goal. A clever through ball by Alberto Elias in the 88th minute caused confusion in the Modi’in box between Kovalov and Ilan Shmueli and left Sam Silverberg with a simple tap in to get the three points for Jaffa.
Real Jerusalem 5, Aviv City 1
Real Jerusalem came into the game one point ahead of Aviv City in the league standing. A win was essential to both teams, so Real knew it had to control the midfield.
Aviv City failed to get into the game and Real striker Menny Duek took full advantage scoring 2 goals in the first half. Defensive pairing Amos Rachmani and Sanchez were both on top form for Real and kept their team out of danger.
Aviv City was given a lifeline in the second half when a defensive error allowed their forward Suma to beat goalkeeper Fran Salgado making the score 2-1. But it was all in vein as Real scored a further 3 goals with Yam, Amos and Mordechai adding their names to the score sheet. The game ended at 5-1 in an evening that Aviv will want to quickly forget.
Elsewhere Raanana and England played out a goalless draw 0-0 and Ashdod held pacesetters Bambi to a draw in a thrilling 3-3 game.