Newly-promoted Hapoel Ramat-Gan went in to this close clash in good spirits following a win and a draw from two games however an in-form Nicola Ninkovic was not enough to inspire The Urduns to a win as the sides had to be content after a nervy chess-like contest.
Hapoel Ramat-Gan (HRG) were favourites against The Blues due to home advantage however they set up to counter and the away side dominated the opening stages looking very dangerous close to goal.
Hapoel Petach-Tipva (HPT) employed a strange-looking 5-4-1 formation but started in a contrasting attacking style.
HRG’s Aviv Asulin took 16 minutes to register the game’s first shot on target – a long range punt which drifted tamely in to Gabi Levin’s gloves. The away side had had 60% of the ball up to this point but no shots.
Asulin hit a piledriver just wide on 29 minutes with The Blues’ attacks still impotent.
The Blues’ Ishay Malka had a great chance two minutes later when he benefited from a kind bounce and shot inside the area but Yoel Gola, who looked solid, blocked the attempt away to keep the game goalless.
On 33 minutes Malka drew another save from Gola however it was a simple catch from a freekick which was well-directed but lacked power.
By 80 minutes Hapoel Ramat-Gan had almost leveled the possession stat with 48% and even looked the most likely to create a goal.
HRG went with two up front for the final 10 minutes but it was not enough to break their opponent’s stubborn five-man defence and the game ended as a bore draw.