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VIDEO: Al Ahly maintain perfect league start with 2-0 win over Dakhleya
Al Ahly claimed a 2-0 victory over Dakhleya on Saturday to continue their perfect start to the Egyptian Premier League.
Hossam El-Badry’s men secured their fourth consecutive league win courtesy of goals from John Antwi and Momen Zakaria.
Dakhleya XI: Mohamed Fathi, Gehad Geneidy, Mahmoud Mansour, Mohamed Agougo, Hesham Abou Khalil, Abdel-Rahman Ramadan, Ehab Rayan, Karim El-Dawo, Ahmed Abdel-Raouf, Benjamin Acheampong, Saïdou Simporé.
Al Ahly XI: Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Ali Maaloul; Hossam Ghaly, Amr El-Sulaya, Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria; John Antwi.
The first half of the game was relatively dull, ending in a goalless draw after both sides failed to create clear-cut chances.
Momen Zakaria and John Antwi were unable to capitalise on crosses from Ahmed Fathi and Ali Maaloul, while Dakhleya’s most dangerous chance came in the 12th minute, as Mohamed Naguib failed to clear the ball, only for Mahmoud Agougo to send it over the bar.
Following an uneventful first half, the second came to life with John Antwi scoring only one minute after the break. The Ghanaian striker got his name on the scoresheet as he tapped the ball into Dakhleya’s net following a cross from Maaloul.
At the one-hour mark, Al Ahly made it 2-0 after a through ball from Hossam Ghaly found Momen Zakaria, who beat his marker, and sent his low shot into the back of the net.
Dakhleya pushed for an equaliser but were denied by Sherif Ekramy who managed to keep a clean sheet after pulling off two saves in the interval of six minutes.
Five minutes to full time, Saleh Gomaa came on to replace Abdallah El-Said and could have added his side’s third goal had his effort been more precise.
The Red Castle, who will face Aswan on Thursday, are level on 12 points with Smouha at the top of the league table, while Dakhleya remain 17th with only one point.