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By Ori Lewis
PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Lowly Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Haifa claimed the first silverware of the season on Wednesday by beating fellow strugglers Hapoel Beersheba with a lone goal in extra time.
Both sides missed several chances before Haifa defender Touvarno Pinas scored the winner in the third minute of extra time with a 25-metre shot that deflected into the net.
Beersheba missed a chance to take the lead in the 87th minute when Haifa's Croatian goalkeeper Kale Dreshler saved Ido Eksbard's penalty by diving to his right just moments after he was shown a yellow card for bringing Eksbard down in the area.
The win provided Haifa with a major boost as they lie 13th in the 14-team Premier League with 17 points from 19 matches.
Haifa last won the Cup 12 years ago. (Writing by Ori Lewis, editing by Pritha Sarkar)