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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 15/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat Club's reign on the Ministry's Shield handball crown ended on Monday as Ahli-Sidab beat the two-time champion 27-25 in the final of the third edition at the Sultan Qaboos #Sports Complex to clinch the title.


Ahli-Sidab began strongly in the opening half and led 8-4 at its halfway mark. Soon after, Muscat rallied back through Nasser al Tamtami, who slammed in three goals in just two minutes to reduce the margin to 7-8.


Ahli-Sidab skipper Imad al Dughaishi then made a timely effort for his team to increase the lead, taking the score to 10-8. But Muscat was in no mood to give up, making it 10-10 in the 24th minute through a seven-metre throw from Saeed al Hassani. However, Ahli-Sidab went 14-11 up just as the first half ended.
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Action from the title decider between Ahli-Sidab and Muscat Club on Monday (Muscat Daily)

Ahli-Sidab began the second half well, maintaining a healthy lead. A gritty Muscat steadily clawed s way back into the contest, though, as Tamtami cut down Ahli-Sidab's lead and the scoreline read 22-21.


Soon after, Tamtami struck to draw level for Muscat, making it 23-23 and two minutes after that, Muscat took the lead for the first time at 24-23.


The match went into the dying minutes with both sides having a clear chance to win.


Crucially, Hani al Dughaishi gave Ahli-Sidab a match-shaping two-point lead in the 27th minute. In response, Muscat desperately tried to find a goal or two, but was repeatedly denied by Ahli-Sidab goalie Muneer al Balushi.


Muscat did close down Ahli-Sidab's lead to 26-25 at one stage, thanks to a seven-metre throw from Saeed al Hosni. But Hani scored the final goal of the night to help Ahli-Sidab complete the win.


Earlier, Seeb won the third-place playoff 23-14 against Dhofar at the same venue.


Khalil al Mashari, Ahli-Sidab coach, said after the title win, ''This win is the result of three years of hard work. I must say Muneer was the star of the match; without him this win wouldn't have been possible. Overall, it has been a good team effort.''


H E Sheikh Khalid bin Omar al Marhoon, the Minister of Civil Service, gave away the prizes in the presence of Sheikh Sultan al Hosni, the #Oman Handball Association chairman.


The national women's team that came third in a GCC meet in #Kuwait recently was also felicitated at the awards ceremony.


Other winners: Best goalkeeper: Muneer al Balushi (Ahli-Sidab), best player: Badar al Harthy (Ahli-Sidab), most promising team: Quriyat.

 
 


Muscat Daily




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