First ti­tle for Hapoel

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Hapoel Kiryat Sh­mona will rep­re­sent Is­rael in the Cham­pi­ons League next sea­son af­ter clinch­ing the Li­gat Ha’al ti­tle with a 0-0 draw against Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The re­sult left them 16 points clear of Hapoel Tel Aviv with only five games re­main­ing, and was the cul­mi­na­tion of an as­ton­ish­ing sea­son for the Galilee min­nows.

Five-thou­sand fans in­vaded the pitch af­ter the final whis­tle to mark the team’s first-ever top-flight suc­cess.

HPS man­ager Ran Ben Shi­mon said: “This is a great mo­ment for the club.”

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