Sunday, February 14, 2016


Al Salmiya Come From Behind To Share Top Spot

For a few minutes under the setting sun at Thamer Stadium yesterday evening it looked like Al Salmiya's title challenge was also fading as well. Last time out they had let slip a two goal lead at home to Al Sulaibikhet and now, against struggling Al Yarmouk they had conceded an early goal. They may be sitting 12th in the 13th team league, it is not only Singapore that has an odd number of clubs competing in the top flight, but they were pressing well as a unit and knocking the  ball around well, looking especially lively on the break.

They were also not averse to flying in with the challenges and for a spell there in the first 45 minutes Al Salmiya were looking uncertain and that anxiety spread to the fans in the stand who resorted to yelling abuse at the ref at the visitor's perceived rough house tactics.

However a scrambled goal at the end of the first half helped lift some of the home side's despair and second half Al Salmiya came out rejuvenated. They needed to. Results elsewhere meant they needed three points to keep pace at the top of the table after Qadsia had won Al Classico 2-0 at Al Arabi and Kuwait SC had defeated Al Jahra 3-0.

Two goals in two minutes, the second a sumptuous effort from the corner of the penalty area, ensured normal service was resumed and while Al Yarmouk still caused problems on the break it was the home side who were in the ascendancy and the fourth goal when it came was not a surprise. Al Salmiya finishing the game 4-1 victors and returning to the top of the Kuwait Premier League with Qadsia.

1 - Qadsia 16 13 2 1 50-9 41
2 - Al Salmiya 16 3 2 1 41-13 41
3 - Kuwait SC 15 12 2 1 36-9 38

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