By Sports Reporter/Doha
AALCO and Galfar shared the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw at the fourth annual Workers’ Cup in Doha.
The Workers Cup, which is organised by the Qatar Stars League, consists of 24 teams of blue-collar workers who are involved in building 2022 World Cup stadiums and different infrastructure projects around the country.
In a Group A match, AALCO’s speedy forward Soe Wai Lin struck 2 goals in the 15th and 25th minute of the first half to gives his team a comfortable 2-0 lead.
However, Galfar found their way back into the tie, and leveled the tie at 2-2 in the second half. Six minutes from time AALCO took the lead through Captain Muhammad Sharif, only to be pegged back by Galfar striker Hom Bahadur to give his side a share of the spoils.
In the other Group A tie, Larsen & Toubro scored two late goals to confirm their victory over Nakheel Landscapes. L&T opened the scoring on the 52nd minute from Ali Bashiru, and a brace from Arafat Youssef eight minutes from time gave his side the win.
Outlook Trading edged out 2015 Champions Midmac 1-0 in what was a re-match of the 2015 Workers Cup Final. The overjoyed and ecstatic Outlook Trading continue their winning streak with the dangerous Amir Shretta scoring the only goal of the match in the 34th minute.
MedGulf Construction won comprehensively, beating Dico-Tech Qatar 15-0. Striker Peter and Idrissu scored 9 goals between themselves as MedGulf eased to victory against the minnows.
The opening clash in Group C saw Dulsco Qatar and Aamal played out a tense 0-0 draw on Friday afternoon. Both sides battled for dominance in the tie, however both lacked that killer instinct in the final third. The game also saw plenty of yellow cards, in what proved to be a feisty encounter. Both sides will be hoping for better things in their final group C clashes.
In other group C match, Mowasalat picked up a 4-0 win over BOTC. Braces in the first half from midfielder Abderrehmane and striker Alexander, ensured an easy days work for the Mowasalat team. The result means that Mowasalat now top Group C with two wins from two.
Shapoorji Pallonji Qatar defeated Consolidated Contractors International Co (CCC) 4-0 in the opening match of group D. Shapoorji Forward Kwadwo Akulley’s first half brace along with second half strikes from Mamuda and Abdul gave Shapoorji Pallonji their first victory in the 2015 Workers Cup.
The second game of the day in Group D saw table topping Delta Doha Corporation run out as 3-1 winners against vs TRAGS Engineering & Contracting. Delta Doha raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half, before being pegged back by TRAGS at the start of the second half following a fine top corner finish from Benup. Despite being pushed back for most of the second half, Delta Doha confirmed all three points, four minutes before time with a fine lobbed effort to confirm all three points.
Taleb Group shared the points with Al Asmakh Facilities Management in a 1-1 draw. Al Asmakh scored their first goal of the 2015 Workers Cup courtesy of Uchenna with a tidy finish. Taleb pushed hard for an equalizer and where duly rewarded in the second half, when Franklin Antwi of Taleb slotted it past the keeper on the second attempt, levelling the tie on the 67th minute. Despite frantic final minutes of the game, no team could gain the upper hand, with the game ending 1-1.
G4S ran out as comprehensive winners defeating Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) 3-0 in the second tie in Group E. Three goals in the first half, including a brace from striker Raju ensured that G4S secured all three points.
QIEI downed Byrne Equipment Rental 3-0 in an entertaining Workers Cup tie. It was QIEI who came out with full intent and took the lead on the 34th minute from ace striker Mohammed Salman. QIEI doubled their advantage at the start of the second half, midfielder Rifkas with a fine finish. The win was complete on the 85th minute when Wasim Akil scored an own goal for Byrne.
A large crowd was in attendance to see Gulf Contracting Co beat Carillion Qatar 2-0 in the second match of group E. At the stroke of half time Denis Kingara found the back of the net for his side.
In the second half, GCC came out with renewed vigour and doubled their lead on the 49th minute from defender Subash, after a fine through ball from Keshav Thapa, GCC held out to grab all three points.
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