Israel Soccer

Jerusalem Surprises Ra’anana With Decisive Olim League Win

Jerusalem devastates Ra’anana 4-0, Modi’in blanks England FC 2-0.

Jerusalem earned its first points of the young Olim League season with a resounding 4-0 victory over Ra’anana on Saturday night.

The final margin was surprising considering that Jerusalem came into this traditionally tight fixture yet to win a point this season. However, the team made a mockery of the form book.

Following a tight opening, Jerusalem took the lead with a smart strike from Daniel Levy. The capital side doubled its advantage before the break when Daniel Cohen’s physical presence and persistence saw him head home. It could have been very different had Ra’anana striker Aviad Ben Meir not seen his shot saved by Jerusalem goalkeeper Daniel Boestra.

After the break, Ra’anana pushed hard to get a goal back, but Jerusalem held firm. The players crowned a solid display with two late goals to put the match out of reach. The first was an unstoppable strike from outside the box by Chaim Bordon, which Chaim Korman followed with a crisp finish into the bottom corner.

Also Saturday night, Modi’in blanked England FC 2-0. Itay Saidoff and Beni Sragoff scored for the winners.

“It was a fantastic game of football and in the end I think my boys got the result they deserved,” Modi’in manager Jamie Lazarus told Haaretz. “We are now at the top of the table and although it will be difficult to stay there, we intend to do our best finish top.”

Elsewhere in the league, Ashdod routed Netanya 13-1 and Ganei Tikva drubbed Homenetmen 5-1.