Ismaily open league campaign with win over El-Geish

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 3 Feb 2013

Ismaily and Dakhleya register wins in their first Egyptian Premier League games on Sunday

Ismaily won their first match in the Egyptian league (Photo: Ahram)

Ismaily opened their Egyptian Premier League campaign with a 1-0 victory over El-Geish on Sunday.

Midfielder Ahmed Khairy scored the winner four minutes after the restart when he raced clear on goal following a through pass from forward Omar Gama.

The coastal side, who won the last of three league titles in 2002, play in Group B as the league's format was changed due to shortage of time.
Earlier on Sunday, hosts Arab Contractors slumped to a 1-0 loss to Dakhleya in the same group, thanks to a late goal by Mohamed Sebaie.

In Group A, Alexandria-based club Smouha, who spent big to bolster their squad, needed late a goal from Malian defender Issiaka Eliassou to salvage a 1-1 draw with Bani Suez Telephone, who opened the scoring in the 57th minute via goal from winger Alaa Ali.

The league finally went ahead after a one-year stoppage in the wake of last year’s Port Said disaster, which left over 70 Ahly fans dead following the end of an ill-tempered match against Masry.

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