DAY 1 | The Road to the States
An exciting opening day of the third edition of the 2015 Road to the States tournament came to an end with a mixture of skills, world class goals, funny incidents and more.
Participating in the tournament are a crop of Egypt’s finest U-18 talents from schools across Cairo, with its main aim in breaking the barrier of studying abroad by providing educational scholarships in the United States and Canada through a football tournament, with the likes of Portuguese club C.D Feirense’s Egyptian football player Amr Mokhtar coming through it, as well as former Lierse SK player Aly Adeeb.
Boys and girls have come to Gouna to take part of this competition from Alsson, Hayah International Academy, Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule “DEO”, Global Paradigm School “GPS”, Green Heights, Manor House, Misr Language School French “MLS”, Misr American College “MAC”, Maadi Narmer School and finally The British School.
Global Paradigm 2:4 Hayah International Academy:
The tournament promised us excitement from the start with a thrilling six-goal match. Two goals from GPS’ Al-Houssein Amr were not enough, as Hayah made their point to the rest of the teams in the tournament by scoring four through Youssef Akram, Yassin Akram, Leithy and Abou Ward.
Manor House 2:1 Maadi Narmer School
Although the tournament’s second match had less goals, it was not any short in entertainment than the first, providing us superb goals from both sides. Mohamed Debes scored first for Manor House, before Karim ‘Kiko’ Amr struck in a well taken hit from outside of the box. Mahmoud ‘Hoss’ Hossam pulled one back for Narmer through one of the best goals in this day from a free-kick but it was not enough for his side.
MLS 2:1 MAC
Another good match for the viewers this one proved to be. Omar Tomoum scored first for MAC from a free-kick but that wasn’t enough as Ismail Hosny leveled the score later. Arguably the best, and funniest goal of the tournament later came from the MLS goalkeeper Omar Shahin [voted MOTM] when he managed to get himself amongst the goals after scoring from his own box after an error from MAC’s keeper.
Alsson 1:1 TBS
It was the day of goalkeeping errors as midway through the first half, TBS’ goalkeeper committed a howler, coming off his line with a failed clearance which Karim El-Khowly scored from. A superb run from the left by Gahry ended fruitful as he literally made his way through three players, dribbled past two others and salvaged a point for TBS.
Green Heights 2:2 GPS
GPS played their second match of the day after their first heavy loss against Hayah. Hassan Khaled scored first for GPS, before setting up Al-Hussein Amr for his third in two matches. Green Heights came back through two set pieces as Adam Khaled pulled one back from the spot while Saad Roushdi scored directly from a corner-kick.
DEO 2:1 Maadi Narmer School
Two goals in succession from Ahmed Hilal were too much for Narmer, who managed to pull one back from the spot in the dying minutes of the match through Youssef Shanan but it wasn’t enough, leaving Narmer bottom of their group after two straight losses.
The girls part of the tournament started with a slow 0-0 draw between Alsson and DEO. Malak Faheem was voted Man-of-the-Match by the voting panel. Goals came in the second match as Hayah beat TBS by two clean goals from MOTM Alia Kattan.
The goals dried up again in the third match as MHS and GPS fought out another goalless draw, before they came heavy in the fourth with Hayah winning their second match in a row, dealing Alsson a heavy 3-0 defeat, with two goals coming through MOTM Farida Soliman and another from Farah Korayem, establishing their side’s mark as clear favourites for the title.
DEO managed to with their second match of the day through a solo effort from Nazly against GPS with Hania being voted MOTM.
All the girls’ goals
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