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The Sunday roundup: All the action from the Egyptian Premier League
Group B’s Matchday Two of the Egyptian Premier League has ended in thrilling fashion. Fifteen goals were scored in five games, an impressive ratio of three goals per game. Cairo giants Zamalek were a ‘bye’ this week, but this didn’t affect the quality of the games. Al Masry and Ittihad El Shorta shared the points, Tala’a El Gaish and Qanah drew as well, Petrojet handed Haras El Hodood their second defeat in a row, Wadi Degla battered Menya and Beni Suef Telephones fell to Ismaily.
Al Masry 1-1 Ittihad El Shorta
The Port Said giants drew with Ittihad El Shorta to take their tally to one point, while Shorta’s draw puts them on four points, in a game which saw Al Masry reduced to ten men.
Al Masry took the lead when a Mahmoud Shaker cross coming from the left was cleared poorly by the Shorta defence, and it fell perfectly to former ENPPI star Abdul-Aziz Tawfik who slammed home to make it 1-0. The goalscorer then recieved his marching orders in the 54th minute after receiving a second booking. Ittihad El Shorta then made it 1-1, who else would it be but Khaled Kamar. The striker has definitely cemented his place amongst the league’s top strikers. Hossam Abdel-Aal’s free-kick eight minutes from time fell to Kamar who finished into the back of the net, leaving Ahmed El-Shennawy with no chance.
Tala’a El Gaish 1-1 Qanah
El Gaish under Emad Soliman look different. They’ve been snatching draws and are brimming with confidence. Today, Soliman would’ve loved to get all three points against Qanah. But the team from the North-East, like last week, were very resilient, but very naive. Al Gaish’s trend of equalising late on continued.
Tala’a el Gaish were reduced to 10 men in the eighth minute when Saad Mohsen received his marching orders. Qanah then took the lead in the 46th minute when a free-kick was played into the box for Kabiro Musa who headed past Mohamed Khalaf. In the last minute of the game. Al Gaish’s equaliser came through that man in-form, Islam Gamal. Again. He scored a late equaliser five days ago, and scored one today. The defender this time headed home from a corner to give Al Gaish their second point into two games while Qanah’s tally increases to one point.
Wadi Degla 6-0 Menya
Last week Menya overcame Hodood at El Maks, today they get battered. Cup runners-up Wadi Degla taught Menya a lesson on how to play in the top flight. Hany Ramzy’s men have recovered from their defeat last week to Ittihad El Shorta in style taking their tally to three points while Menya remain on three.
Wadi Degla opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Walid Anwar put through his own net. Akwety Mensah then doubled the lead when a poorly cleared corner fell to the former Ahly and Al Masry man to finish with ease. Abdelfattah Al Agha made it three-nil towards the end of half-time with a header from close range. Mohab Said’s trickery contributed to the fourth after he went past several defenders and unleashed a shot from a tight angle, Sameh Aly poorly handled the shot before it fell to Mostafa Talaat who made it 4-0. Mostafa Talaat made it 5-0 after he finished off a great move from Degla, before Sayed Salem finished things off with a sumptuous free-kick.
Ismaily 3-1 Beni Suef Telephones
It’s now six points as John Antwi continued his dazzling form for the Darawish scoring a brace, while Beni Suef Telephones suffered a defeat in their first game of the season (didn’t play last week).
John Antwi opened the scoring in the sixth minute after going through on goal and finishing really well past Ahmed Massoud. Antwi doubled his scoring tally of the night from the penalty spot to make it 2-0 Ismaily. Ismaily soon made it 3-0 when Massoud’s save fell to Shawky El Said who finished past the Beni Suef goalkeeper. Ahmed Farrag got the consolation goal in the 88th minute when his wonderful volley beat Mohamed Sobhy in the Ismaily goal.
Haras El Hodood 0-1 Petrojet
The petrol side continued their fine start to the season with a win against Hodood at El Maks. The stadium that was once a fortress is slowly turning into a hunting ground.
Said Kamal scored the only goal of the game when a deflected shot fell to the Petrojet player whose shot beat veteran Mohamed Fathy in goal. This win takes Mokhtar Moktar’s men to four points, leaving Hodood in a terrible situation with no points at all from two games.