2015 Workers Cup semifinals round up

2015 Workers Cup semifinals round up

Match #29: GCC 1(7) vs Midmac 1(8) penalties

In the previous round, GCC came into this match qualifying via penalties - beating Al Asmakh. Midmac beat Amana 1-0 to get through.

GCC were still the only team not to concede a goal from open play and were slight favorites for this match. However, Midmac were a solid team throughout the tournament and it would  therefore be no surprise if they made it to the final.

This highly anticipated semifinal match was played with 5000 spectators at the Abdualla bin Khalifa Stadium. The game started with GCC on the attack and Midmac on the defense. With all the pressure GCC were then awarded with a goal in the 12th minute.  The goal was scored by Kenneth Kwesi from a pinpoint cross.

GCC kept dominating the play until 8 minutes later when Midmacs number 8 Tengey went through on goal but his shot was handled deliberately by GCC's number 9 Amuzu. Amuzu was dismissed and Midmac scored their penalty to level the match. GCC had to play the remainder of the game with just ten men.

The second half started with more attacks from Midmac who were trying to take advantage of their extra man. They had a few chances to win the game but for the determined GCC keeper. 

Midmac`s Attah got his second yellow card three minutes from the end of the match, the game ended 1-1 and went straight to penalties.

GCC hit the bar twice in the penalty shootout, and Midmac had two saved. The tension around the stadium was palpable as both sides battled to get into the final.  The penalty shot out was finely poised with the score at 7-7 score. The GCC keeper stepped up but his shot was saved. Midmac`s keeper became the hero as  his side qualifed to face Outlook in the final at Al Gharafa Stadium this Friday April 10th,  GCC will play for the third or fourth position against Mowasalat.

Match #30 Outlook 1(4) - Mowasalat 1(2) penalties
Mowasalat, a physical and powerful team took on Outlook with their speedy, quick passing side, it was a highly anticipated match with both teams coming into this fixture undefeated.  --
Surprisingly the game started with Mowasalat playing in Outlooks half. Trying to defend against a very physical team wasn't going to be easy for Outlook.

Coming into this match with 6 goals to his tally, Mowasalat Yakubu`s nearly made it 7 when he received a cross from a corner but his shot hit the crossbar. Later on in the game Outlook started to have some good spells of their own and got more of the possession. The first half ended goalless.

In the second half both teams were more cautious, trying not to concede the goal that would relegate them to third and fourth. 13 minutes before the end with arguably the best goal scored in the tournament, Yakubu Al Hassan smashed in a 25 meters screamer from outside the box.

Then with 3 minutes to go, it looked like Mowasalat were heading to the final, until Outlook got a dangerous free kick just outside the box. The free kick was taken, the shot was parried away off the line, and Outlook's number 5 Magar tucked it in equalizing  in dramatic fashion to make the score 1-1.

The match then went to penalties. Outlook`s keeper was the hero of the shootout, saving two and Outlook scoring 4 to take them into their second successive final in a row. Last year they lost the final to Tanzifco on penalties.

Now they might just win that precious cup after all, Mowasalat will face GCC for the bronze medals & Outlook will face Midmac for the cup on Aril 10th at Al Gharafa Stadium.

Man of the match was Jiwan Magar Outlooks number 5 for his great defending and more importantly for scoring that precious equalizer in the final minutes of the match.