Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Qadsia Take Full Advantage Of Kuwait SC Slip Up

Do Qadsia have one hand on the Kuwait Premier League? It seems so after they managed another convincing win over the weekend while champions Kuwait SC were held to a 1-1 draw by an Al Arabi side fallen on fallow times.

On Friday Kazma were made to work hard for the 90 minutes before they overcame a plucky Al Shabab. The home side had the advantage of an early lead on seven minutes when Alex Lima hit home from close range. Ali Ashkanani doubled the lead with 11 minutes to go to half time before Abu Kone pulled one back for the Students with a spectacular overhead kick from close range.

Al Shabab asked a lot of questions from Kazma but ultimately it was the hosts experience and quality that told with Saeed Morhjan and Mohamed Al Hadoud putting some distance between the two sides. Quick on the break and with Timor Leste international striker Patrick Fabiano up front Kazma are always likely to score goals and are on a nice little roll at the moment with 12 in their last three games seeing them climb to fourth above Al Arabi. Only leaders Qadsia have scored more goals this season than Kazma.

Winless in their last nine games, Al Yarmouk were always going to find it difficult against Al Sulaibikhat, going down 2-1 in Amadhi. All the action came in the last 15 minutes with Mishen Deyab giving the nominal home team the lead. Abdullah Coulibaly made it 2-0 with five minutes left before an own goal on 90 minutes set u the Kuwaiti equivalent of squeaky bum time.

In the big game on Friday night Kuwait SC were held 1-1 by a previously out of sorts Al Arabi. The champions appeared to be coasting after Yassine Salhi had given the lead from the spot early in the second half, pictured left, but Al Arabi, without a win since the controversial game against Al Sahel when they had three points deducted and the game awarded 3-0, fought back and thoroughly deserved the point after Fahad Al Rashidi had levelled the scores with three minutes left.

With heavy droplets of rain falling both sides went all out for the victory with both sets of fans yelling themselves hoarse but at the end a draw was probably the fairest score. The champions though have dropped points in their last two games having been held 1-1 by Al Salmiya a couple of weeks back forcing them to lose ground on the leaders Qadsia. The true extent of the damage was clear for all to see the next day.

The first games Saturday saw Al Jahra draw 2-2 with Al Sahel and Al Fahaheel edge Khaitan 2-1 thanks to Badr Badah late, late winner.

And so to Qadsia. At home to bottom side Al Nasr they took the lead in the first minute of the second half through Rashid Sumaila before a 12 minute hat trick by local hero Bader Al Motawaa boosted their goal difference and opened up a seven point gap ahead of Kuwait SC.

1 - Qadsia - 20 17 2 1 66-10 53
2 - Kuwait SC 19 14 4 1 42-12 46
3 - Al Salmiya 19 14 3 2 43-18 45

This weekend sees Emir Cup Semi Final action with all Premier League games postponed.

18/03 Al Arabi v Al Salmiya
19/03 Qadsia v Kuwait SC

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