The competition heated up last weekend on the pitches of the UAE FA Academy League, the only league enabling national club academies and private academies to compete across the nation.
The match of the week saw City FC of Dubai facing off against Regional Academy of Abu Dhabi in the U18 category. While City FC had home advantage, they were caught off guard as Regional started the stronger of the two teams. Regional dominated the match and created opportunities, the first skillfully converted by Ahmed Khaleel on six minutes.
City FC were transformed after the break, finding the net three minutes after the restart with a superb goal by Hamman Abdelrazig. Moments later, City FC’s team captain Alex Hupe headed in from a corner kick to take the lead. However, Regional kept the pressure on, challenging City FC at every step and a few minutes before the final whistle equalised through Abdulrahman Audi, the match at 2-2.
In the other U18 matches this week, over in Dubai, Season 1 UAE FAAL winners, the du LaLiga HPC, hosted LaLiga Academy in a high-energy match. An assist by Ahmed Salam from du LaLiga HPC was converted by Mohammed Sameer after 26 minutes. The final score was 4-1 to du LaLiga HPC. Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi, ZSC Academy hosted EFF and breezed through, playing a fast-paced match with crisp passes and creating opportunities that were converted into goal after goal, to take the match 4-0.
In the U16 category in Dubai, City FC Red met City FC White. Ahmed El Tounsy from City Red grabbed a hat trick to lead his team to a 4-1 win.
ZSC Academy hosted LaLiga Academy in a nail-biting match, which they ultimately won 3-2.
In the U14 category, du LaLiga HPC defeated LaLiga Academy 5-1.