Bani Yas started the new year with a 3-1 victory over Al Dhafra at Bani Yas Stadium in matchweek 12 of the Arabian Gulf League on Friday.
Bani Yas were more effective in the first half and created a number of goalscoring chances.
Sultan Saeed Alshamsi opened the scoring for Bani Yas only one minute after kick off, scoring the quickest goal in the league so far. Suhail Alnoobi then doubled the lead in the 21st minute to end the first half with a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, Joao Pedro scored the third goal in the 61st minute, before Saeed Salem Alkatheeri reduced the deficit for Al Dhafra after finding the back of the net in the 65th minute, as Bani Yas earned a 3-1 win.
Bani Yas raised their tally to 23 points, while Al Dhafra remained with 15 points.