VIDEO: Junior Ajayi scores as Al Ahly beat Entag El-Harby 2-1
The Red Devils entered the match at the top of the table with 66 points from 25 games after thrashing Al Nasr 5-0 five days ago. Meanwhile, Entag El-Harby came in at sixth place with 36 points from 25 games after drawing 1-1 with Arab Contractors.
In typical Al Ahly fashion, a fast pace to the start of the match saw Ahmed Hamoudi score in the first minute, but it was called off for offside. Al Ahly’s dominance was rewarded in the 11th minute as Hamoudi scored from Hossam Ashour’s pass. Hamoudi’s goal was his first this season, but his fourth goal contribution in two matches after his hat-trick of assists against Al Nasr.
However, Al Ahly’s joy was short-lived as the referee awarded Entag El-Harby a penalty after he determined that Ayman Ashraf handled the ball in the box. Zamalek loanee Khaled Kamar calmly scored from the spot to score his fifth goal in six games with Entag.
The Red Devils were dealt an injury blow in the 37th minute as goal scorer Hamoudi was replaced by Walid Soliman. Despite dominating possession in the closing stages of the first-half, Al Ahly failed to create any dangerous chances.
Three minutes into the second half, Al Ahly had a glorious chance to go ahead, but Soliman’s shot hit the post and west out for a goal kick. Minutes later, Ajayi had the best chance of the half to restore Al Ahly’s lead, but he strangely overhit his shot from within the six-yard box with an empty goal.
Walid Azarou was next to miss a great chance to go ahead for the Red Devils, as he found himself one-on-one with the keeper. His resulting shot, however, was aimed directly at the Entag El-Harby keeper. Finally, Ajayi was able to score Al Ahly’s second goal from a rebounded shot. Ajayi’s goal was his eighth of the league campaign.
The result keeps Al Ahly in first place – 21 points ahead of second-placed Zamalek, while Entag El-Harby remain in sixth place. Al Ahly will next visit El Dakhleya on February 28 in the 27th week of the Egyptian Premier League. Meanwhile, Entag will face Al Nasr on March 1.
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