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Thursday Roundup: Egyptian Premier League Matchday Four
All the action from Matchday Four of the 2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League season on Thursday.
Another great day of Egyptian Premier League football. Ittihad of Alexandria dispatched Entag El-Harby, Ghazl El-Mahalla humiliated newcomers Al-Ragaa, Petrojet claimed their tenth point to lead the way in Group B by beating Wadi Degla, and in the late kick-off, Al Ahly youngsters beat ENPPI.
Ghazl El-Mahalla 4-1 Al-Ragaa
“El Falaheen” were under severe criticism. Farouk Gaafar’s men were playing some great football at times but failed to win, but today they humiliated newcomers Al-Ragaa in a great game of football.
In-form Hossam Arafat put El Falaheen ahead when he received the ball on the edge of the six-yard box, and finished past Ahmed El-Shahat. Arafat then made it 2-0 with a right-footed drive from the edge of the penalty area to score his second goal of the game. The Matruh side suddenly found themselves in the game when Tamer Moheb’s cross was met by Mahmoud Farag who headed past El-Mahdi Soliman. Mahalla were then awarded a penalty which Mahmoud Bazied took well to make it 3-1. El Falaheen finished the game off through Mohamed Rizk who went through on goal and finished past Shahat.
Ittihad of Alexandria 3-1 Entag El-Harby
Another goals galore but this time at the Alexandria Stadium. Similar to Menya in Group B, Entag look very weak on all fronts. Even a man with Ismail Youssef’s quality and experience, the team lack in depth is there to see. Entag are struggling and could be in for a very tough season. On the other hand, Denis Lavagne got a win in his first game in charge of Ittihad.
Despite losing the game, Entag got off to a great start when Tarek Taha’s long-range free-kick fell to Bassem Morsi who finished past Ali Farag, a typical poacher’s goal. Entag defenders’ inexperience was displayed perfectly when Ahmed El-Sisi brought down Fathi Mabrouk in the area, Kamal Ali stepped up and equalized from the spot. Ittihad made it 2-1 fifteen minutes from time when Amer Sabry finished off some great team play, much to the dismay of veteran keeper Essam Mahmoud. Seed El-Balad got their third when Mohamed El-Morsi’s cross found Ahmed Sherwida who finished with a tap-in.
Petrojet 2-0 Wadi Degla
The only Group B game of the day saw Petrojet defeat Wadi Degla 2-0. In a game which saw Essam El-Hadary sent off, the petroleum side from Suez managed to beat the cup runners-up with two goals from Nigerian striker James Owoboskini.
Owoboskini put Petrojet ahead when Osama Mohamed’s cross went across the face of goal, before the Nigerian headed it past Hadary. The second goal, however was an absolute peach. Owoboskini’s left-footed volley made it 2-0 to Mokhtar Mokhtar’s men. Towards the end of the game, altercations occurred between both both sets of players, which resulted in Hadary receiving two bookings in one minute.
Al Ahly 1-0 ENPPI
Just two hours before the ceremony where Al Ahly were crowned African Club of the Year, the Red Devils had beaten ENPPI with a young side. Despite winning against Entag and Smouha, there were doubts. Fans were asking the question of whether the youngsters could do it again. They did.
ENPPI’s 17-year-old Abdallah Gomaa, who is set for a trial with FC Union Berlin, tested Sherif Ekramy with a left-footed strike from outside the box after just ten minutes. The only goal of the game came when a good pass and move from Al Ahly left spaces in the ENPPI defence. Abdullah El-Said’s backheel fell to Saad Samir whose cross hit veteran Mozambican defender Mano before it went past Mohamed Abdel-Monsef in the ENPPI goal.