Match Reports

Al Kahrabaa 0-1 Al Shorta - 2017-18 Iraqi Premier League

AL SHORTA MISS OUT ON CONTINENTAL QUALIFICATION DESPITE WIN


A season of promise ends in disappointment as the Harps finish in fourth place despite a final day win over Al Kahrabaa.


18 year-old star Mohanad Ali got the only goal of the game, blasting the ball home in the 35th minute after some sloppy defending by the home side, taking the teenager's tally up to an impressive 17 for this season. Alaa Abdul-Zahra had the chance to double the Harps' lead in the second minute of second-half injury time but his penalty kick struck the post.


Al Quwa Al Jawiya and Al Naft both picked up 2-0 wins in their matches that were being played at the same time, meaning that Al Shorta have finished in fourth place, just one point off of continental qualification and five points off the title.


The season could have been so different, but administrative instability combined with the 'curse of the final five minutes' made it difficult for the Harps to keep up with the other three contenders. Al Shorta's record at the end of the season stands at 38 games, 24 wins, 11 draws and 3 defeats. The Police had the best attacking record in the league with 69 goals, as well as the best attacking duo with Alaa Abdul-Zahra and Mohanad Ali hitting the net a combined 39 times.


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