Soccer / Premier League / Hapoel Tel Aviv Leapfrogs Into First

Tamuz pounds Be'er Sheva.

Hapoel Tel Aviv looked as if it had arrived late in Netanya for its home game against Hapoel Be'er Sheva, which was moved because Bloomfield Stadium was being reseeded. The team didn't score until the second half, but once it got going Tel Aviv trampled the visitors en route to a 4-1 win.

The victory propelled Hapoel into first place over crosstown rival Maccabi Tel Aviv on goal difference. Both teams have 24 points from 10 matches.

Be'er Sheva fell into 12th place behind Maccabi Haifa, which beat Beitar Jerusalem 2-1 last night in Arik Benado's official debut as head coach.

The first half was characterized by inaccurate passes and shots on goal. The only highlight was a nice save by Hapoel Tel Aviv goalkeeper Boris Klaiman.

Tal Ben Haim got the scoring going in the 53rd minute with a weak shot that rolled into the goal, much to the embarrassment of goalkeeper Austin Ejide.

Tamuz then scored his first goal a few minutes later with another less-than-perfect shot.

Be'er Sheva got a goal back in the 58th minute as Tomer Swisa was able to break free from the Hapoel defense. But it was all Tamuz from there on out. Tamuz completed his hat trick with goals in the 65th and 74th minutes.

"We took control of the game in the second half," said Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Yossi Abuksis. "We still have room to improve, but I'm very satisfied with the result."

After an array of draws and one win this season, Be'er Sheva coach Elisha Levy took the defeat hard. "Every kick by Hapoel Tel Aviv went in, and you have games like this," said Levy.