x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Pro League round-up: Kalba register first win

Al Wahda see off Dibba Al Fujairah and Dubai defeat Ajman.

Kalba 2 Al Dhafra 1

Kalba Daoudi 09', 90' Al Dhafra Bashir 24'

Nabil Daoudi scored twice for Kalba as they got their first Pro League points of the season with a 2-1 home win over Al Dhafra. The Moroccan forward struck in the ninth minute and later intercepted Hassan Zahran's back-pass towards the keeper Abdulbasit Mohammed for the winner in injury time. Daoudi's early strike was cancelled out by Fawzi Bashir.

Al Wahda 2 Dibba Al Fujairah 0

Al Wahda Al Kamali (pen) 34', Basulaiman 85'

Branko Ivankovic, the Al Wahda coach, said the three points was all that mattered after his team's unimpressive 2-0 home win over Dibba. Hamdan Al Kamali converted a penalty for the lead and Adel Basulaiman added the second five minutes from time to complete the victory. "Sometimes players feel they have already won the game when they play against teams like Dibba. It's better to have the three points than be sorry at the end," Ivankovic said.

Dubai1 Ajman 0

Dubai Porta 35'

Richard Porta's first-half goal was enough for Dubai to clinch a 1-0 win over Ajman at home. The Australian headed home a long ball for a 34th minute lead which they did well to hold on until the end for their third league victory and take their tally to 12 points. For Ajman, it was another disappointing result as they suffered their fourth defeat in seven games. They pushed hard for the equaliser but they were either off target or their moves broke down because of poor finishing.