(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat Storm started its season with a 3-2 win against Barka on Tuesday and a 2-2 draw against HMS Westminster on Thursday night.
In its first game of the season, Storm travelled to Barka to take on its old adversary, with manager Lee Ebbutt introducing some new players to the squad.
Storm looked comfortable from the start, trying to keep as much possession as possible. After a timely save in the 12th minute by debutant keeper Jamie Creighton, Storm responded by surging into the lead. A long and accurate pass from Ron Polson was taken on the volley by Ole Legend, leaving the Barka keeper standing.
Barka's search for an equaliser was rewarded in the 35th minute when the ball was not properly cleared by the Storm defence, leading to a melee during which Barka scored.
Adding to Storm's worries, keeper Creighton was injured in the melee and was carried off.
Polson took charge of goal and was immediately brought into action as Barka was awarded a penalty, but his mindgames resulted in the rival hitting the bar.
In the 55th minute, Mikey Henderson and Oli Myhill linked well to create a golden chance for Legend, who added his second. Barka again pushed forward and levelled by squeezing a cross in under the substitute keeper's body.
The game was heading for a draw, when a quick break down the right saw Johnny Murphy and Oliver Chilton link up. Murphy's cross was met by Hendson, who slotted home Storm's third and winning goal.
On Thursday, Storm welcomed HMS Westminster to its Wadi Kabir pitch, with Ebbutt forced into making five changes from the team that won in Barka.
From the first whistle, Westminster gave the Storm players no time to settle. In the 15th minute, a mishandled pass was latched onto by Westminster's Dave Allen, who slotted the ball into the corner giving Jamie Creighton no chance.
This setback spurred Storm to hunt for the equaliser. In the 20th minute, a quick exchange between Mikey Henderson and Ole Legend saw Kirk Hummell free on the left flank.
Hummell skipped inside a defender and drilled in a low cross in the back of the Westminster net.
Westminster was then awarded a free-kick. Lee Martin floated the ball in and Creighton let the ball go seemingly out, but it skipped under the bar and into the net.
With minutes to go in the first half, Storm again broke down the right and Sean Hennessey's cross to the back post was met by Alex Barcham who rose to head the ball in.
In the second half, a serious injury to one of the Westminster players delayed the game, which then lost its momentum as both teams played out the draw.