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A round-up of ADNOC Pro League fourth match-week’

There were some exciting matches that took place and to start the proceedings we had a local derby between Al Dhafra Vs Bani Yas in the capital, on Friday.



A top of the table clash with the bottom of the table; Al Jazira Vs Emirates and the match of the round on Saturday was Shabab Al Ahli Vs Sharjah, which did not disappoint.



From the 7 games played over three days, there were 5 wins and 2 draws with a total of 27 goals scored.



The action kicked-off at 18:45 on Thursday with a local derby in the capital Abu Dhabi between Al Dhafra and Bani Yas at the Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium, which, ended with a 1-2 win to Bani Yas.


Obviously, this was a big win for Bani Yas who were still looking for their first win of the season going into this game and it finally came in the 96-minute.


Al Dhafra have only won once this season and will be disappointed they did not get something out of this game especially in front of their home fans.


Bani Yas moved up to 9th place followed by Al Dhafra who are in 10th.



The late kick-off on Thursday was Al Nasr Vs Khorfakkan


Al Nasr came off victorious in the match 3-0 against Khorfakkan team that are still looking for their first win of the season.


Al Nasr were ruthless in front of goal with a man of the match display from Diaa Sabi’a who scored a brace and provided an assist. Khorfakkan had plenty of possession but were struggling to score, as they only 2 goals in 4 games and have conceded 7.


Al Nasr moved up to 5th in the standing and Khorfakkan are suffering in 12th.



The early kick-off on Friday was again in the capital where Al Jazira hosted Emirates, this was the top versus the bottom.


Al Jazira claimed a seemingly-comfortable 3-2 win; however, Emirates gave them a run for their money towards the end scoring 2 late goals, which was last achieved by the Emirates in 2010.


Nevertheless, The Pride of Abu Dhabi held on in the end for an expected win against the Hawks who now sit at the bottom of the standings with no points.



Al Jazira were at the top of the table for a few hours but moved into 2nd in the table with 10 points after Al Ain won later on that evening.



The other early kick-off taking place on Friday was Ajman Vs Al Orooba which, ended in the first draw of the weekend 1-1.


Ajman at home would have expected to win this game especially with an early goal (4 min) that made things looked promising.


Surprisingly, Ajman couldn’t put the game to bed and ended up scoring an own goal in the 52nd minute to share the spoils; Al Orooba could have won the game when they received a late penalty but the Ajman goalkeeper pulled off a fantastic save to save Ajman’s blushes.


Al Orooba with their 2nd draw of the campaign finally moved off the bottom of the table for the first time this season to 13th on 2 points, whereas Ajman are in 7th on 5 points.



The late evening game Ain Vs Ittihad Kalba was a game that showed clearly to everyone why Al Ain are a team to watch this season.


The Boss have now won 4 out of 4 games this season and this was their most convincing win with an impressive 4-0 triumph at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.


Al Ain dominated the game and made a good team like Kalba look ordinary and a lot of that was due to the ‘August’s best player of the month’ Kodjo Laba, who netted twice to bring his goal tally to 5 goals in 4 games.


In the 2nd half, Kalba managed to keep Al Ain at bay allowing them to score just one more time and could score a consolation goal through Mlapa.


Al Ain moved back to the top of the table with 12 points whereas Kalba are in 11th with 2 points.



The early match on Saturday between Al Wasl and Al Wahda ended in the 2nd 1-1 draw this week.


Both goals were scored in the 1st period with the home team Al Wasl taking the lead as early as the 6th minute and could have gone 2-0 up if Hassan Ibrahim hadn’t missed an open goal chance.


Al Wahda netted an equalizer at the end of the 1st half through their talisman Joao Pedro who has now scored 4 goals in 4 games.


Al Wasl are in 8th place on 5 points and Al Wahda are in 6th place with 6 points.



Top of the table clash - the much-anticipated game of the round Shabab Al Ahli against Sharjah and what a wonderful advert for the ADNOC Pro Leage this game turned out to be! Shabab Al Ahli were the eventual winners 4-3 but Sharjah took them all the way and will be disappointed they did not get anything out of this game.


It was a pulsating game from end to end especially the second half and the star player for Shabab was Mehdi Ghayedi.


The young Iranian scored an incredible brace including the winner in the 93rd minute. After this win Shabab replaced Sharjah in 3rd on 10 points and Sharjah replaced Shabab in 4th position on 9 points.

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