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Al Ahly ease past ENPPI, go four points clear
Al Ahly convincingly beat ENPPI 2-0 at the PetroSport stadium, as they widened the gap between them and Zamalek at the top of the league table.
Al Ahly dominated early possession but failed to create much, as the match got of to a slow start.
Talented youngster Ramadan Sobhy missed a sitter for Al Ahly early on, after a through ball by Abdallah El-Said found the former, who couldn’t find the net from close range.
Al Ahly were showing their confidence with quick slick passing in the final third, and great work by El-Said, Sobhy and Ghaly led to Fathy trying his luck but failing to hit the target.
ENPPI finally got a chance when a mis-kick from Ramy Rabia gifted Salah Soliman the ball in a dangerous area, but his shot went just wide of the post.
Former Zamalek goalkeeper Abdel-Monsef pulled off a brilliant triple save, first getting fingertips to El Said’s header before punching out Sobhy and parrying out Antwi’s header.
Al Ahly did go into the half with a lead, however; Abdel Monsif’s heroics soon turned to mistakes after he was beaten easily at his near post as Amr Gamal poked home from Sabry Rahil’s cross.
The second half was less dramatic than the entertaining first half, with Al Ahly trying to protect their hard earned first half lead and ENPPI not really attempting to take it to the Cairo giants.
Ramadan Sobhy – arguably Man of the Match – was giving the opposition defenders a massive headache, but El-Said indecision cost the 18-year-old a potential assist in the second period.
Substitute Salah Ashour showed intent as soon as he came on for the disappointing Wael Farrag; he cut inside nicely before shooting wide.
Al Ahly needed a second goal to seal the result, and they got exactly that after a Sabry Rahil cross was met by Momen, who found the bottom corner with a lovely header.
Former Zamalek midfielder Nour El-Sayed saw a curling shot go inches wide of Sherif Ekramy’s goal in the dying moments, as the match ended 0-2 to the Red Devils.
The win leaves Al Ahly with 35 points, our points clear at the top of the Egyptian Premier league table after arch-rivals Zamalek stumbled against Ismaily earlier today. ENPPI remain in tenth with 21 points from 15 matches.