One of the ADNOC Pro League’s early kick-off on Friday was the match between Al Orooba and Shabab Al Ahli at the Fujairah Stadium on game-week 3, where underdogs Al Orooba managed to get away with a point as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Shabab Al Ahli have had the majority of the possession throughout the game, but it wasn’t until the 21st minute that Shabab had their first real chance when a wonderful cross from Eduardo was floated into the box for Igor Jesus who headed the ball straight at the goalkeeper.
Not long after that Ahmed Noorollah the Iranian hit the crossbar with a powerful shot.
Finally, the goal Shabab Al Ahli deserved came in the 28th minute when Mohammed Juma hit a ferocious shot that hit the left-hand goal post and the rebound again fell to Eduardo who was in the right place at the right time to net his first goal of the season.
Al Orooba had their fair share of chances after conceding the goal but failed to put the ball into the back of the net. Nevertheless, their persistence finally paid off with their first goal of the season in the 39th minute with a wonderful bit of play on the right flank between the 3 strikers of the team. Ali Madan received the ball on the right-wing, ran into space and played a lovely ball to Kingsley who powerfully headed it towards the goal but it hit the defender and the rebound fell to Ahmed Moosa who and rifled the ball into the back of the net.
In the 2nd half, it was all Shabab Al Ahli who had the majority of possession and were constantly attacking the Al Orooba goal but failed score. Mehdi hit the crossbar; Igor shot over the crossbar; Shabab Al Ahli had 2 shouts for penalty but eventually they were forced to a 1-1 draw.
Al Orooba were rewarded for the solid defending with their first point of the season while Shabab Al Ahly reached their 7th point and currently lie in the third place of the table.