Dhofar, Oman put one foot in semis

By Jaber al Ajmi — MUSCAT:  Dec. 18: Dhofar and Oman club put one foot in the semifinal of His Majesty’s Cup football as they recorded a convincing victory over Al Khabourah and Bausher respectively in the first leg of their quarterfinals. Dhofar scored three goals in first half over Al Khabourah, who scored a lone goal in last minute to keep their hopes alive until the second leg. Oman club thrashed first-division side Bausher 3-0 in Muscat Derby. In the other two matches, Saham also enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Jalan, who submitted an official protest to the Association of Professional Football against the referee who made some mistakes as they claimed. Al Suwaiq edged Al Salam 1-0 to take advantage before the second leg at home.
Defending champions Saham, made right move towards their second straight final after beating Jalan 2-0. Although, the two teams shared the missed chances in first 30 minutes, Abdul Aziz al Shemousi gave hosts Saham the lead in the 41st minute. In the second half, Jalan fought hard to equalise but Mohamad al Qasani netted the second for Saham. Jalan were very upset about the loss and they submitted an official protest to the Association of Professional Football against the referee for many decisions, especially the second goal.
Dhofar, who are one of the most prominent candidates in all championships this season, ended the first half with a score of 3-0 over Al Khabourah at Salalah Stadium.
The Romanian assistant Alex, who coached Dhofar as a manager in place of the sacked Hamza al jamal, said: “ It was a tough game against a strong OPL team but we were more confident in our day.”
In the second half Al Khabourah played better and reduced the score to 3-1.
“We were out of our concentration especially after the 30 minutes, when we let them to score three goals in 15 minutes. Sharif al Khashab, Al Khabourah manager, said.  Al Khashab added: “I made some substitutions and we played better in the second half and we scored one goal which kept our hopes until the second leg.”
In a thriller derby, the hopes of Bausher seemed to stop at this stage as they slumped to a heavy 3-0 loss against Oman club. Felix gave Oman
the lead just three minutes before the first half.
Buasher had made two shocks in the tournaments as they ousted Al Oruba and Muscat, but Al Munther al Alawi scored a fabulous goal for Oman in the 54th minute before Khalid al Hajri made it three in the 85th minute.
The other first-division side Al Salam were edged at home by Al Suwaiq 1-0. The experience and quality of the Al Suwaiq players made the difference in the match. Tche Tche scored the
match’s lone goal in the second half which will give his team Al Suwaiq an advantage when they host Al Salam in the second leg.