Levy leaves Beer­sheba with em­phatic win over Beitar

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Elisha Levy’s three-year ten­ure as Hapoel Beer­sheba coach ended on a sweet note on Satur­day night. Beer­sheba beat Beitar Jerusalem 4-0 at Vaser­mil Sta­dium to en­sure Levy left the club with a smile on his face af­ter a rough cou­ple of weeks.

The an­nounce­ment that his con­tract would not be re­newed was fol­lowed by a 4-0 league de­feat to Mac­cabi Haifa, a 6-2 hum­bling at the hands of Mac­cabi Tel Aviv in the State Cup fi­nal and a 3-1 loss to Ironi Kiryat Sh­mona last week, which en­sured Beer­sheba would end the cam­paign in third place re­gard­less of the re­sult against Beitar.

How­ever, Levy will at least have fond mem­o­ries from his fi­nal match at the helm of the team, with Wil­liam Soares (32), Dovev Gabay (41), Maor Me­lik­son (56) and Roei Gor­dana (64) find­ing the back of the net for the hosts, who might have played their fi­nal match at Vaser­mil ahead of the open­ing of their new sta­dium next sea­son.

“It was very im­por­tant to fin­ish on a pos­i­tive note,” said Levy. “It was very nice to see the fans ap­pre­ci­ated my work. I’m leav­ing the club with my head held high. I made Beer­sheba a top club once again and the team is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

Mac­cabi Haifa ended its dis­ap­point­ing sea­son with a 4-1 win over Ironi Kiryat Sh­mona at Sammy Ofer Sta­dium. Dekel Keinan’s opener (40) was can­celed out by Kiryat Sh­mona’s Adrian Ro­chet (45), but Eli­ran Atar (58), Ruben Rayos (61) and Itay Shechter (83) gave Haifa all three points.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed I’m not con­tin­u­ing, but it was out of my con­trol,” said out­go­ing

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