x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Team play sees Habtoor march on in the President of the UAE Polo Cup

ADCB have no answer as their opponents remain one of only two sides unbeaten in the competition.

Habtoor, in black, are still unbeaten in the President of the UAE Polo Cup.
Habtoor, in black, are still unbeaten in the President of the UAE Polo Cup.

Every player in the Habtoor team found the posts last night as the Dubai side beat ADCB 11-4 in the President of the UAE Polo Cup.

Habtoor, who are enjoying an excellent run of form after winning the recent Dubai Gold Cup tournament, now join Saudi Arabia's Zedan Polo as the two unbeaten sides in the competition.

Meanwhile Abu Dhabi Polo, led by Faris Al Yabhouni, beat Desert Palm 8-3 in the later game.

In the earlier match, ADCB took the lead in the first chukker, scoring first courtesy of Ramiro Cordero, the Argentine. Habtoor's Guillermo Cutinio soon responded but Cordero scored again to give ADCB a one-goal lead going into the second chukker.

Fran Elizalde and Cutino scored in the second period for Habtoor, but ADCB's Jorge Cordero levelled the scoreline and the two sides went into the third of four chukkers level pegging with everything to play for.

But then it all started to unravel for ADCB as Habtoor upped their performance.

Habtoor's two Argentines got a double each while Hamza Mawaz added his name to the scoresheet. But ADCB were unable to respond. Habtoor had built up a five-goal lead and ADCB was facing an uphill battle to come back in the final chukker.

Elizalde and Raja Abuljaben hit a goal each for Habtoor early on in the third and Cutino buried a penalty. By the time ADCB's Cernadas found the posts for his second goal of the match it was too late for his side to recover and the final claxon sounded.

"It was very disappointing to have lost this match," said ADCB's Cordero. "But we are putting it behind us now and focusing on our next match against Sumaya."

ADCB meet the Jordanian team tomorrow while Habtoor Polo face Bin Drai Polo on Wednesday.

In the second game of the evening the sides were evenly matched until the final chukker. Al Yabhouni, Ignacio Uriarte and Patricio Neves all scored in the first chukker for Abu Dhabi while Desert Palm's Ian Matthew Lodder hit one goal to bring the score to 3-1 to Abu Dhabi.

Lodder scored again in the second chukker while Desert Palm's Matias Manchado scored in the third.

Alfredo Cappella for Abu Dhabi also got a goal and Abu Dhabi went into the final chukker with just a one-goal lead.

But Neves and Cappella both scored twice more as Desert Palm had no comeback, giving Abu Dhabi the 8-3 victory.

Abu Dhabi are back in action on Wednesday when they clash with unbeaten Zedan in the last group games of the tournament.