Matchday One Roundup (Part 2) – Egyptian Premier League opening round concludes in dramatic fashion
Matchday One of the 2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League season concludes in dramatic fashion.
Another day of thrilling Egyptian Premier League action. On top of yesterday’s 13 goals, nine were scored in Group A action on Thursday to put a fantastic end to Matchday One. Ghazl El-Mahalla drew with Dakhleya in a fantastic game of football, El-Ragaa and Ittihad of Alexandria drew at the El-Maks stadium, Misr El-Maqassa overcame El-Gouna at the Tersana Stadium, and in the 5 pm kick-off reigning African Champions Al Ahly defeated Entag El-Harby at the El-Salam Stadium.
Dakhleya 2-2 Ghazl El Mahalla
El Falaheen managed to draw with Dakhleya at the Ministry of Interior Stadium in what proved to be a game of fantastic finishing and exceptional individual skill.
Goals – Hossam Arafat opened the scoring for El Falaheen after only 13 minutes when a defensive blunder fell to the former Zamalek youth product who finished emphatically past Ahmed Fawzi. Egyptian international Ahmed Temsah then scored a likely contender for goal of the season when he rounded past several Mahalla players and calmly finished past El-Mahdi Soliman. Saad Abdel-aaty, commonly known as ‘Mando’ then scored a wonder goal of his own when he tricked all of the Dakhleya defenders with a small feint, with Ahmed Fawzi lying on the ground Mando finished in the roof of the net to make it 2-1 Mahalla. Dakhleya then got their equaliser when Samo Youssef got on the end of ball that was whipped into the box and with a calm header he made it 2-2.
Al-Ragaa 1-1 Ittihad of Alexandria
A battle between two governorates that relate to one another, the two governorates are known for the beauty of their Mediterranean beaches: Alexandria and Marsa Matruh. Za’eem El Thaghr (who are celebrating their centennial in 2014) were never going to find things easy against Al-Ragaa, who are the first team from Marsa Matruh to play in the top flight.
Goals – Seed El Balad got off to a great start when Mohamed Hamdy unleashed a shot from distance which beat Ahmed El-Shahat in the Ragaa goal to make it 1-0 in El Maks. The referee then awarded a penalty to Al-Ragaa, Mohamed Said stepped up and converted his penalty to make it 1-1.
Misr El-Maqassa 1-0 El-Gouna
This game was originally supposed to be in Maqassa’s home city Fayoum, but because the stadium was not ready to host the game. The FA moved the game to El-Gouna, and again, the stadium was not ready to host the game. So, the game was played at the Tersana Stadium, a neutral ground.
Goals – The only goal of the game was scored by former Entag frontman Sameh Adrous, who headed home after was left unmarked by the El Gouna defenders to make it 1-0 Maqassa, and secure all three points.
Entag El-Harby 0-2 Al Ahly
The African Champions got off to a flying start to their campaign at the El-Salam stadium. What makes this win special is that the Al Ahly youth system did all the work. Ahmed Nabil Manga, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, Saad Samir, Amr Gamal and Sayed El-Shabrawy all featured in the game against Ismail Youssef’s men.
Goals – Manga won a spot-kick in the second half when he was brought down in the area, and Abdallah El-Said stepped up to make it 1-0 to the Red Devils. Amr Gamal soon made it 2-0 when he notched onto a ball played by Manga from the right-hand side, and took a touch on it to double the Red Castle’s lead. The youngster was also helped by Nader Saad, Entag’s goalkeeper, who bizarrely missed the ball. Saad couldn’t repeat his first half heroics.