Inter Aliyah participated in its first ever Israeli cup game and emerged victorious on Tuesday, coming from behind to beat former top flight soccer side Hapoel Tzafririm Holon 3-2 in the State Cup.
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The all-immigrant, Jaffa-based team got its season off to the worst possible start with Holon breaking the deadlock inside the first minute. With the team and bench in total shock, it took a while for Inter Aliyah to get back into the game. But from then on there was only one team controlling proceedings.
Holon managed to somehow stay ahead throughout the first half, despite midfielder Ariel Peretz hitting the crossbar and Daniel Geron having a blatant penalty appeal waved away.
But Inter finally got what it deserved on the stroke of halftime as Yona Dorfzaun headed home, after Leo Fingerhut’s initial effort hit the bar, to send both sides into the break all square.
Revitalized by the goal, Inter came out strong for the second half and Geron’s hard work in offense saw a penalty awarded, which Fingerhut effortlessly converted.
The third goal came soon after, Gaston Hilman finishing off a wonderful move that involved both Sebastian Israel and Raz Hemo on the left. More goals should have come, but instead Inter made life hard for itself, allowing the visibly exhausted home Holon team to score again with just minutes remaining. It was not enough, though, and Inter progresses to the second round, where the team will host Bnei Yehud at its home pitch in Jaffa.
The squad’s starters include Geron, Henrique Caster, Beni Polnauer, Fingerhut, Peretz, David Plaks, Hemo, Dorfzaun, Sam Sank (captain), Motti Colman and goalkeeper Yevgeny Bourikovski.