Al Suwaiq go down to Malkiya

Manama: Malkiya produced an impressive 4-1 home victory in their AFC Cup debut against Oman’s Al Suwaiq in a Group A tie on Monday. The hosts broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Gege Soriola’s shot found its way to Sayed Hashem who side-footed into the back of the net for his team’s first ever AFC Cup goal. Syrian midfielder Israa Hamwiah advanced into Al Suwaiq’s half down the right flank and squared for Hashim Isa to double the Bahraini side’s lead at the half-hour mark.
Abdulaziz al Muqbali pulled one back for the Omanis in the final minute of the first half, before Hamwiah and Isa combined again for Malkiya’s third of the evening, with the Syrian delivering the cross for Isa to finish from inside the box in the 71st minute. Malkiya capped their perfect night when substitute Sayed Ali Isa met Sayed Issa’s cross from a tight angle first-time past Omani goalkeeper Fayez al Rushaidi to make it 4-1 nine minutes from time.