Israel Soccer: Inter Aliyah Plays Well but Loses to Fourth-tier Exile

Visitors shut out 1-0 by Beitar Ramat Gan in Liga Gimel (fourth tier) action

The Inter Aliyah soccer team, October 2017.
Sam Sank

Inter Aliyah played impressively against a team that played in the fourth tier of Israeli soccer – Liga Bet – last season and is strongly tipped to finish top of the table this year, but ultimately came up empty-handed, as host Beitar Ramat Gan prevailed 1-0 last weekend.

In an away game, Inter was cautious not to concede early on and defended well as Ramat Gan tried to assert its dominance of the game. However, the home side found it difficult to break Inter down, as debutant goalkeeper Sergei Wolfson was barely tested in the opening 45 minutes.

After the break it was more of the same, with Ramat Gan clearly getting frustrated as its players’ efforts produced no reward against the resilient Inter defense. Yet, a double save from Wolfson was not enough to prevent the game’s only goal. Ramat Gan ended up scoring from a corner with just a quarter of an hour to go in the match.

Inter captain Sam Sank had a similar chance to equalize but the Ramat Gan defense stood firm and increased its perfect record since the start of the season.