Al Ahli down Al Rayyan to finish sixth

 17 Apr 2016 - 2:08

Al Ahli down Al Rayyan to finish sixth
Action from the Qatar Stars League match, between Al Arabi and Al Sailiya on the last day of the QSL season at Al Arabi Stadium yesterday. Al Sailiya won 2-1. RIGHT: Action from the Al Ahli and Al Rayyan clash. Al Ahli won 3-2.


Doha: Al Ahli edged Qatar Stars League (QSL) champions Al Rayyan 3-2 to finish sixth while Al Sailiya registerd a fighting 2-1 win over Al Arabi. 
Al Sailiya finished seventh and Al Arabi eight in the 14-team league. 
Al Sailiya rounded off their season in style with a 2-1 victory over ten-man Al Arabi.   The result moved the Peregrines on to 36 points and helped them leapfrog the Dream Team in the final standings.   Sailiya took the lead in the eighth minute at Grand Hamad Stadium through Abdurahman Al Harazi. The Qatari striker prodded home a clever cross from Carlos Preciado after the Colombian had latched on to a good through-ball.   Sailiya didn’t lead for long though. Yusef Ahmed capitalised on slack defending just eight minutes later to equalise with a fine finish from ten yards.
An action-packed opening was completed in the 25th minute when Majdi Siddiq put Sailiya back in front. Arabi goalkeeper Rajab Hamza could only parry his side-footed effort from 25 yards and the ball ballooned over the line with Preciado on hand to make sure it hit the back of the net. 
Gianfranco Zola’s men pressed for long periods of the second half but failed to find an equaliser – thanks in part to solid goalkeeping from Gregory Gomis. 
The Frenchman produced a string of good saves, including one from Alan Sousa’s well-struck free-kick.   Late on, Sailiya had a golden opportunity to make the game safe. Faouzi Aaish was brought down in the area by Abdullah Marafee but saw his spot kick hit the post and go wide. The incident also saw Marafee get his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card.   The Peninsula