Israel Soccer: Inter Aliyah A Back to Its Winning Ways With Holon Shutout

Having suffered two defeats on the trot against the league’s top two teams, Inter’s players knew they needed to bounce back quickly and they made easy work of Holon, scoring on either side of halftime

Inter Aliyah
Sam Sank

Inter Aliyah’s team in the fifth tier of Israeli soccer returned to its winning ways last weekend, defeating Tzafririm Holon 2-0 in an away game on a rainy Friday morning. Having suffered two defeats on the trot against the league’s top two teams, Inter’s players knew they needed to bounce back quickly and they made easy work of Holon, scoring on either side of halftime. The first goal came courtesy of the in-form Azano Aristo, who bundled home the rebound after Evyatar Erez’s shot was parried.

The three points were made safe by stand-in center-back Dandy Okogo who headed home Sebastian Israel’s free kick 20 minutes from time. Holon rarely threatened but any attempt at a goal was saved comfortably by Evgeni Bourkovski. The win sees the all-olim side move back into the top eight as the halfway point of the season approaches.

Meanwhile, Inter Aliyah B recorded two consecutive wins in the International Football League of Israel for the first time since the opening fortnight of the season, tearing apart Ganei Tikvah in South Tel Aviv, 7-3. Three quick-fire goals in the opening 20 minutes, two from Ran Sarusi and a David Plaks screamer, set the way for the rest of the game. But manager David Kanoff still had some strong words to say after a needless penalty was conceded just before halftime.

After the break, an own restored the three-goal lead, but another penalty put Ganei Tikvah back in striking distance. It was Inter’s night, though; additional goals from Niv Gur, Robert Gingiashvili and Ran Sarusi (who completed his hat trick) guaranteed an emphatic victory for Inter, which moves back up the table.