UncategorisedBahrain bow to Pakistan in Asian Beach Games handball clash

September 11, 20195

?Bahrain yesterday (November 19) were handed their first defeat in the group stages of the handball competition at the Fourth Asian Beach Games, being held in Phuket.
A 6-8 penalty shoot-out defeat to Pakistan in the top-of-Group ‘B’ clash saw Bahrain settle for second place in the preliminary round.
Abdulla Salman and Jaafar Mohamed emerged joint top scorers for Bahrain in the game scoring six goals  apiece, including three goals each in the first half, and guiding Bahrain to a 21-18 advantage.
The second half was another well-contested period and saw Pakistan win by a narrow margin of 20-19, taking the game towards penalty shoot-outs, in which they eventually emerged victors. 
Others spearheading Bahrain yesterday were Bilal Askani (5 goals), Mahmood Mahdi (4), Mohammed Ahmed (3) and Sayed Shehabh Ahmed (1).
Being coached by national tactician Khalid Al Hiddi, Bahrain finished on 8 points from five matches. They defeated all their previous four opponents – Thailand, Kuwait, India and Bangladesh.
The semi-finals are scheduled for today (November 20) when Bahrain take on Group ‘A’ winners Qatar, while Group ‘B’ winners Pakistan meet Group ‘A’ runners-up Oman in elimination format matches.
The beach handball tournament features 11 teams in total. They were drawn into two groups, with each group winners and runners-up reaching the semi-finals.
Bahrain also sent seven other sports teams for the 10-day continental challenge. They are beach football, beach volleyball, athletics, sailing, swimming, triathlon and weightlifting.
On the fifth and concluding day of the beach volleyball championship group stages, being held at Karon Central Beach, Bahrain ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams look to sign off with morale boosting victories.
Ali Marhoon and Hasan Qarqoor of Bahrain ‘A’ will take on Afghanistan’s Mohammad Ali and Pardes Safi in the concluding Group ‘E’ match and eye their  second straight win to improve on their overall position.
They started their campaign with straight defeats to Thailand and Japan, before bouncing back into the competition with a 2-1 win over Iran.
Bahrain ‘B’ of Sadeq Al Mohsin and Mohamed Hammad, on the other hand, will face Maldives pair of Shiunaz Abdulwaahid and Ahmed Naseer in Group ‘D’.
The Bahraini tandem, whose best chance to finish third in the group after respective defeats to Qatar and Iran in their first matches, returned to the tournament after beating Turkmenistan 2-0.
The nationals had mixed fortune on the concluding day of sailing at Karon North. Abdulla Janahi and compatriot Ebrahim Al Doseri were fifth and sixth, respective in the sixth and last race of the series.
The results gave Janahi a fifth place finish with 32 net points, 18 points, while Al Doseri settled for ninth place with 46 points.
In other classes, Khaled Showaiter raced to claim eighth place to  finish the series in 11th position with 58 points, while the team of Muhanna Al Doseri and Mustafa Janahi came sixth in the fifth and concluding race in the Hobie 16 Open Series yesterday to finish sixth with 36 points.
The beach football team had a heartbreaking exit from their competition, despite winning the concluding game in Group ‘D’ against China, who reached the quarter-finals along with Uzbekistan.


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