NBAD goalkeeper, Ibrahim Al Noumir, was the undisputed man of the match as he made numerous crucial saves for his team after team mate Abdullah Al-Attas was sent off for a making a two footed tackle. With one man down, the NBAD team remained determined to put up a good fight with Mahmoud Ismail and Abdulla Al Hajeri raising the hopes of the team as they put in one goal each after the send off to equalise 3 all with Reem Developers. The 2 goals rattled Reem slightly but they managed to calm their nerves and keep their game together scoring 2 more goals to win the match 5 to 3.
Despite his stellar performance, goalkeeper Ibrahim lamented that he could have done better but also commented that “we will be back in the next games stronger and will play hard to win the league!”
In the Amateur Men’s games, The Mediapro Hawks are on a spree and took over the league standings for the first time this season on goal difference after putting 19 goals past the Shangri la goalkeeper. With this win, The Spartans are now level on points but 6 goals behind the Hawks. NBAD and Elite have closed the gap to reach a qualification spot for the Nationals in May after winning close encounters against Daman and Al Noor Hospital respectively. Both teams are only 3 points behing 8th, the last direct qualification spot.
In another match, team Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering who also did not have a full squad for their game had an even more disappointing end to the day as Team Hyper Snails took full advantage of that to bag their first win of the season. It was an amazing win as they put an astounding 24 goals against their opponents. Hassan Karimi from Hyper Snails was on a goal scoring spree putting in 9 goals alone with team mate Mohamed Al Aoui following closely behind with 6 goals.
In the women’s division, Team Tigers a 3:1 winner over MPME and Team Abu Dhabi winning 3:0 against Strom remain on the heels of group leader Dubai Ladies Club, who has played already one additional match. Mariam Bartawi from Team Tigers is now topping the leaders board with 8 goals scored in just 5 games.
The top 8 mens teams and the top 4 womens teams of the Abu Dhabi Football League will qualify for the UAE National Amateur Football Championships. The UAE National Amateur Football Championships will be played at THE DOME in Abu Dhabi on 6, 7, 13 and 14 May 2011.