It was a day to forget for Shangri-la in the opening round of fixtures of the ADFL Amateur Men’s competition. The hoteliers might be wishing to have not checked out of Division 2 after conceding 14 without reply.
Shangri-la can at least rest easy knowing that they will not come up against many sides as strong as Tche Tche, who with a bit of consistency could be challenging for the title.
Sabri Khader got a hat-trick for Tche Tche Café as the goals were spread around the team like whipped butter on warm Ciabatta.
Another of the promoted sides, Man City, tasted defeat. Their experience wasn’t as bitter though as they lost to fellow promoted side Salim Saad 5-3 in a closely fought encounter. Ali Al Hammadi and Mousa Al Barout each bagging a brace.
It was business as usual for AL Fuad, who finished the first phase undefeated; they scraped past a resolute Smart Solutions, 1-0.
The two Falcon Academy teams also kept up their winning ways. The A team beat Al Noor Hospital 4-2. Last time the two teams met Al Noor were given a 12-0 hiding, so they will be happy with their progress.
The Falcons B side had a slightly closer encounter with relegation escape artists Abu Dhabi Thistle. Ahmed El Sheikh scored twice with Saeed Al Damarki netting the other for the victors.
It was the same old story for ADIB following their relegation to Division 2. They lost out 6-3 against new boys and modestly named The Legends.
Another new side to enter the competition is Allen & Overy. Their debut couldn’t have gone much worse as they were beaten 25-0 by relegated Daman. It will give renewed confidence to a side thatwere themselves beaten by a quarter century of goals back on 20th December.
Eagles FC are second in the league after a comfortable outing against Emal Co. Sami Kasem scored three and Osama Awatarni got 2 in a 7-2 win.
ADTA, who missed out on promotion, have started well beating EFF 5-2. Rawdhat A also claimed three points with a 4-3 win over AD Fund.
In the Corporate Men’s league MEDIAPRO ME got a big win that extends their goal difference lead over National Marine DC. The leaders beat Al Rowad 11-1 whilst their challengers won 6-3 against Two Four 54.
ADIB recorded a handsome 6-1 win over bottom team Bayer Neverlusen and White & Case ended their poor run of form with a 4-3 victory over Al Sagr.