20 years ago, Al Shorta and Al Quwa Al Jawiya played out one of the most memorable and exhilarating derby matches in the history of Iraqi football. It was the final game of Group B in the 1997 Iraqi Elite Cup, a group that had already pitted Al Shorta with fellow rivals Al Talaba with whom they played out a 3-3 draw, and Samarra who they smashed 4-0. The Harps managed to defeat Jawiya by an astonishing 7-4 scoreline, with Mahmoud Majeed netting a hat-trick and fellow club legends Saad Qais and Mufeed Assem also finding the net. The win helped Al Shorta top the group on goal difference before a penalty shootout win over Al Zawraa in the semi-final saw them make the Elite Cup final for the first time, where they lost to Al Najaf.
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