A tightly-fought affair in the Avi Cohen Stadium in Ramat Gan saw the host Maccabi Shikma Hen emerge as the 1-0 victor against Inter Aliyah, in what was a battle between two of the league’s best teams.
Inter came into the game full of confidence having taken 10 points from rivals in their opening 5 games, all of whom finished in the top 6 of the table last year. Against Shika, however, Inter never truly found its usual fluid style of play and spent most of the game on the back foot. Despite encountering ongoing pressure, the visitors’ back line held firm until half time and had a few half chances on the break.
Shikma’s persistence eventually paid off as David Revivo, former Israeli international and younger brother of Celta Vigo legend Haim Revivo, crafted a goal to give his side the lead. Inter looked likely to get an equalizer as the game neared its finale but the goal never came and the all-Olim side succumbed to defeat. The result sees Inter four points adrift off top spot, but the next two months features fixtures against teams far lower in the table.
Inter’s B team had more success, recording a resounding 6-2 win under new manager Matt Keston, convincingly defeating Moldova in the IFLI league. Uruguayan maestro Sebastian ‘’Ita’’ Israel opened the scoring with a cracker from outside the box but the Moldovans drew level after Inter’s defense fell asleep. However, Didi Hovav put the Olim side back in front crucially before half time with a curled finish.
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Keston urged his side to step up their efforts after the break and his side responded in that fashion. A brace each from debutant Nicolas Straub and Dani Mizrachi made sure there was only one winner. Inter B has a good chance of finishing in the top 3 of the IFLI, which would guarantee it a promotion to the top division.