It’s turning out to be memorable season for Al Mushrif U11s football team, who added another piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet after their latest cup triumph.
They beat Cambridge International School 5-0 in the Abu Dhabi International School Sports Association Division Two Cup final courtesy of a hat-trick from Abdulla Al Hanaei and strikes from Thani Al Romaithi and Abdulla Nuaimi.
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Their victory capped a remarkable two months after they were crowned league champions just before Christmas. The boys were impressive throughout that campaign, losing just once and they continued that form in the Cup.
Competition was always going to be tough with Al Muna, Cambridge International School, Canadian International School and Abu Dhabi Grammar all competing.
But Al Mushrif, who were hosting the event, showed no signs of buckling under the pressure in front of their home fans. Captain Al Romaithi and Mohammad Al Mansoori gave their team a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Canadian International School.
And they registered their second triumph of the day as a brace from Al Hanaei and one from Al Romaithi gave Al Mushrif a 3-1 win over Cambridge.
Al Muna provided a stern test for the home team but they hung on for a closely-fought 1-0 win thanks to Mohammed Al Seiari’s strike.
Although qualification was secured to the semi-finals, Al Mushrif, coached by Robert Kirkland, kept the momentum going, ending their group unbeaten with a comfortable 5-0 win over Abu Dhabi Grammar School.
Al Muna were their opponents in the semi-finals and just like in the group stage, the match proved to be a tight contest. But Al Romaithi’s goal took his team to the final, where he netted again in the 5-0 triumph against Cambridge.
Kirkland hailed his players, saying he was delighted with his team’s winning spirit.
Jaishankar leads ADIS to U12 title
Sailles Jaishankar and Arran Fernandes were the heroes as Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) emerged champions of the UAE Exchange Centre Abu Dhabi tournament following a nine-wicket win over The Model School.
The U12s team successfully chased the 121 target set by their opponents to lift the trophy. With a competitive total set at
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, the two openers were in clinical form with the bat. Jaishankar hit fours in his 56-run knock while Fernandes smashed an unbeaten 43 off 40 balls, finding the boundary four times.
With Jaishankar falling, Nathan D’Mello, wasted no time at the crease, smashing the first ball he faced to the mid-wicket fence for a six to complete the win. Earlier, D’Mello took two quick wickets and Rohin Bajaj provided another double blow as The Model were struggling at 28-4.
Opener Abdul Hannan (28) and Faheem Abdul Salam (25) added 45 for the fifth wicket. But as soon as the duo departed, their tail-enders failed with the bat and they were eventually all out for 120.
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