Al Hidaya Al Khalifia Secondary School for Boys and Shaikh Isa bin Ali Secondary School for Boys played out a dramatic 2-2 draw in their Group 3 match in the Nasser Bin Hamad Football Tournament for Secondary Schools, held at Al Ittihad club.
Both teams arrived at the match on six points and had already booked their place in the quarter-finals, but Shaikh Isa bin Ali School needed a victory to progress to the second round as group leaders, while Al Hidaya had to draw or win to finish on top of the group.
The match was marked by intense competition, excellent organisation on the field, tactical discipline, and a display of technical skills and individual brilliance from the players.
Mahdi Abdulla Hassan opened the scoring for Shaikh Isa bin Ali School with a penalty kick just before halftime. However, Al Hidaya mounted a strong comeback in the second half, scoring two goals within 14 minutes.
Ali Abdulridha and Saif Abdulla were the goal scorers, with the latter converting a penalty kick. But the determined Shaikh Isa bin Ali School team produced a strong performance to avoid defeat, and substitute Mohammed Masood equalised with a spectacular goal, dribbling past several players and placing the ball in the top corner.
Mahdi Abdullah Hassan was named the man of the match for his outstanding performance.
In another match at Al Ahli Club, the French School secured an impressive victory over the New Vision School with a commanding 10-0 scoreline.
The French School’s dominant performance earned them three points and secured them the third position in the group. Unfortunately, the New Vision School ended their tournament without earning any points, finishing in fourth place. Ahmed Shakir Slimi from the French School was named the man of the match for his exceptional contribution, including a remarkable super hat-trick.
The tournament is being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and organised by the Education Ministry. It is backed by platinum sponsor National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), while the gold sponsors are ELM Education Fund, GMI, Ahli United Bank (AUB) and First Motors.
The bronze sponsors are Sara Group, Engineer Transportation Company, Be Sport, the Palace Project, Bahrain Cinema (Cineco), Kuwait Finance House, Planera Holding, and Mena Company.