League Newbie Betters Beitar; Petah Tikva Derby Falls to Hapoel

Hapoel Be'er Sheva bested Beitar Jerusalem 2-1 in a friendly yesterday on two Ohad Kadousi goals, bolstering its credentials to play in soccer's top tier after being promoted at the end of last season. With a minute left in regular time, midfielder Evyatar Baruchyan (brother of captain Aviram Baruchyan) struck for Beitar, but the effort came too late to alter the State Cup holder's fortunes. Also yesterday, the Toto Cup second-round derby between Petah Tikva's Hapoel and Maccabi sides tilted early in the former's favor, as striker Elnatan Salami knocked in a missed shot from Croatian national Tomo Barlecaj past keeper Ohad Cohen to give Hapoel the 1-0 win.