Abu Dhabi: Bani Yas maintained third place in the Etisalat Pro-League after trouncing Ajman 5-0 at home on Saturday, while Al Jazira increased the woes of Kalba by beating them away 3-1.
It was a one-sided-encounter as Bani Yas dominated the match and attacked from all directions to end the first half 3-0 up thanks to Bawaf Mubarak’s 18th-minute free-kick, Andre Senghor and Mohammad Fawzi.
Bani Yas continued to attack after the break and the visiting defenders used all means, legal or not, to keep them at bay, which resulted in two penalties. Mohammad Zidan scored the first eight minutes after half-time and Yousuf Jaber added the second with a follow-up after Yousuf Al Za’abi, the visiting custodian, blocked his first attempt.
Bani Yas increased their tally to 19 points from nine games, while Ajman remained with eight.
In Kalba, Ricardo Oliveira put Al Jazira into the lead in the 13th minute with a long-range effort that deceived everyone, including keeper Mohammad Othman.
Nabeel Al Daoudi levelled the score two minutes after the break, but that gave the guests a cause to strengthen their attack and Ali Mabkhoot scored a brace, in the 63rd and 86th minutes, to seal the result for his team. His second goal was a real solo effort as he snatched the ball from a defender within his team’s half of the field and ran all the way to the other goal to score.
Al Jazira collected 17 points, while Kalba remained with three points at the bottom of the standings.