The third match-week in the ADNOC Pro League, which was held under the motto: ‘Our Paralympic Champions are made of gold’ produced a plethora of surprises and moments of brilliance.
Out of the 7 games played over the weekend there were 4 draws and 3 wins.
The action kicked-off on Friday with a goalless draw between Khorfakkan and Al Wahda, which was a bit of a surprise especially with Al Wahda having the in-form Joao Pedro and Khorfakkan having a number of good goal scorers in their team.
The other early kick-off was The Emirates Vs Al Dhafra a bottom of the table clash which again ended in the second draw of the evening. The result was a fair one considering that both teams had failed to score in their first two games and had no points either.
The game of the round was Sharjah against Al Wasl – billed as a mouth-watering local derby that did live up to expectations. This game was a game of two halves - Sharjah had a player sent off in the 10th minute of play and went 2 down in the 1st half. In the 2nd half Sharjah came out with a mission and scored 3 goals the last being in the 93rd minute to take home the spoils.
On Saturday the 2 early games were Al Orooba Vs Shabab Al Ahli and Bani Yas Vs Al Ain. Shabab the red-hot favourites to win the league went into this game with high expectations came up against an Al Orooba side that came with a game plan that work a treat. After going 1-0 down they rallied together and quickly leveled the game and held on to claim their first points of the season and a memorable win.
The local derby Bani Yas Vs Al Ain was the first real test for the new look Al Ain who had won their first 2 games of the season against BaniYas . Al Ain took the spoils with an important 1 nil win and their 3rd win of the season.
The other big game that was played later was Al Jazira against Al Nasr. Al Jazira came into the game a bit out of sorts but grabbed a confident win against dull Al Nasr.
The final game of game-week 3 was Ittihad Kalba Vs Ajman. This was an evenly matched game with Kalba having a slight advantage being at home. In the end as predict the game ended 1-1 with the points being shared.
Game-week 3 stats
This particular week was not a high scoring week with only 15 goals scored with an average of just over 2 goals a game.
Al Orooba have the weakest defence in the league conceding 10 goals in 3 games whereas Shabab Al Ahli have the most solid defence conceding only one goal in 3 games.
In the 21 games that have been played 44 goals have been scored and Kodjo Laba the top scorer on 4.
Two teams lead the scoring stats and they are Al Ain and Al Nasr with six goals each.
The team with the most shots on targe is Al Ain followed by Al Jazira and while Shabab Al Ahly come third.
Al Ain are top of the league along with Sharjah bit of whom are unbeaten and have won all their 3 games.
Surprisingly, six teams have yet to register a first win with Al Orooba suffering at the bottom of the standings.