There’s been another goal… 7.7

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To The Promised Land

…in the 2023 Israeli Premier League Toto Cup final.

To be fair, no Hapoel Ashkelon player’s head went down after conceding a soft goal to Beitar Jerusalem in the second minute. In fact, they wouldn’t let Beitar near the ball.

After one move where we strung together literally dozens of passes — that work-ball-into-the-box instruction keeping them from hoofing it — I was just beginning to wonder if we were getting too LVG-ish when Haim Ben-Abu did what he had done twice with good effect in the semi: he played a dinky little pass into space in the area.

Only this time we didn’t have the poacher Elidiano to pounce on it.

All we had was the kid, Elmaliach:

Big on big-match temperament, short on skill.

Blow me down, he slots it inside the near post, first touch from six yards, like he was Jimmy Greaves circa ’60-61.

One-all, 12th minute: we’re back in this.

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