A brace from Andre Senghor help Baniyas recover from two heavy losses with a win over Al Wasl.
Baniyas 3 Al Wasl 1
It took only two minutes of brilliance for them to build a two-goal first-half lead, and although the visitors reduced the arrears midway through the second half, Baniyas had the final say with the final goal of the night to take their tally to 25 points, nine behind the runaway leaders Al Ain, who beat Al Nasr 2-0 on Sunday night.
Andre Senghor and Mohammed Fawzi scored in identical fashion and in quick succession for a 2-0 lead less than half-hour in.
Shikabala pulled one back on 61 minutes but Senghor regained the two-goal cushion three minutes later when he controlled a long ball from Nick Carle with his chest before neatly chipping it over Rashed Ali, the Wasl goalkeeper.
"We are very glad to finish the first half of the league with a good performance and more importantly winning the three points," Adnan Hussain, who set up the first two goals for Baniyas, said in a post-match interview.
"We had come to this game after two defeats and this win has certainly put us in a good position when the league resumes after a break.
"The two goals in quick succession was the turning point of the match. It gave us a solid platform and I am glad I had a hand on them. I think it was a superb team effort with everyone playing their part to win this game."
Baniyas had an inauspicious start as Mohamed Zidan, the Egypt international, was forced out with an injury after just seven minutes.
He was replace by Ahmed Ali on 15 minutes.
However, despite losing the former Mainz, Hamburg and Borussia Dortmund forward, Baniyas were the more creative and organised side on the night.
Senghor rose between Lucas Neill and Yaser Salem, the Wasl defenders, to meet Hussain's cross and guide his header into the far corner for his first goal.
Fawzi was bang on target with his effort, too, on 28 minutes, he also benefiting from neat wing play from Hussain.
Guy Lacombe, the Wasl coach, strengthened the attack in the second half by introducing Mariano Donda but Baniyas could have scored soon after the resumption except Carle's stinging low shot was instinctively blocked by Rashed Ali.
The presence of Donda, the Argentine midfielder, certainly had an impact on Wasl's attacking play.
He orchestrated a few moves, one of which Shikabala scored from with a low shot from the right side of the box just past the hour mark.
Ahmed Ali later missed a sitter.
He beat the offside trap and was one-on-one with the Wasl keeper, who did well to pluck the ball from the Baniyas forward's feet when he tried to dribble past him.
However, Senghor put the game beyond Wasl's reach with his superb lob over the advancing Rashed Ali for his 10th league goal of the campaign.
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