47f5e24a90458210VgnVCM200000e66411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2009-Q4Derby delight for Abu Dhabi37f5e24a90458210VgnVCM200000e66411ac____Derby delight for Abu DhabiThe first competitive ice hockey Abu Dhabi derby to be contested at Zayed Sports City went marginally the way of the hosts as the outfit from the capital city repelled a spirited challenge from visitors Al Ain.<p>ABU DHABI // The first competitive ice hockey Abu Dhabi derby to be contested at Zayed Sports City went marginally the way of the hosts as the outfit from the capital city repelled a spirited challenge from visitors Al Ain.
Despite being made a man short on several occasions due to their players spending a total of nine two-minute spells in the sin bin for various degrees of indiscipline, Abu Dhabi Ice Hockey Club held on to secure a morale-boosting 3-2 victory in the newly-formed Emirates Hockey League.
Juma al Dhaheri was the stand-out player in the first of the three 15-minute sessions. Wearing the No 7 shirt associated with dribbling experts like Cristiano Ronaldo, the world's most expensive footballer, he skipped across the ice to score twice and give Abu Dhabi a comfortable advantage to take into the first interval.
After Al Ain Ice Hockey Club goal minder Ahmad Ateeq al-Daheri had frustrated the home side with a series of instinctive blocks, al Dhaheri made the breakthrough with 3min 27sec remaining in the opening session. Then with 1min 50sec left on the clock he was on the spot again to sweep in his team's second goal.
Al Ain had the better of the second session and threatened to get back on terms when Obaid Ali al Muharammi pounced on a loose puck to push it past goal minder Khalid al Suwaidi.
Muftah al Dhaheri restored Abu Dhabi's two-goal advantage in the early exchanges of the final period after the otherwise excellent al-Daheri had dropped the puck but a response by Al Ain's Fasal Mohammed al-Blushi with more than six minutes remaining made for a tense finale.</p>