HAPOEL Hyde Park may have lost on penalties against Maccabi Selly Oak — but the match in Birmingham raised £3,000 for Israeli charity Shalva.
The match between the J-Socs of Birmingham and Leeds universities also acted as a launch pad for the Year of Student Sport project.
The game began with a minute’s applause in memory of former Leeds student Josh Carr, co-founder of Hapoel Hyde Park.
Although there had been strong defensive work from club captain Sam Clarfield and Sam Baker at the back, a first attempt on target from Selly Oak was sent over the bar.
Some minutes later, a clash in the midfield led to Joe Salomon receiving Hapoel’s first booking.
The home team took control of the game and had a goal ruled out for offside.
The disallowed goal gave Hapoel a wake-up call. After a booking for Joel Herman, Ben Gur opened the scoring after a great assist from strike partner Joel Walters.
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