Dubai: Al Nasr were made to fight for three points in a close 2-1 win at home to Ajman on match day 11 of the Arabian Gulf League on Thursday.
First half goals from Brett Holman and Ebrahima Toure gave the impression of a comfortable lead for the home side, but Ajman came back through Simon Feindouno in the last quarter to set up a nerve-wracking finish.
Holman fired Al Nasr in front after just four minutes with a shot from the edge of the area. Ajman keeper Jaber Jassim should have saved it but had defenders obscuring his view and ended up palming it into his own net.
Ajman’s Waleed Hassan attempted a fight back when he followed up a deflection from Boris Kabi’s long shot, which was punched clear by keeper Yousuf Abdullah on the quarter of an hour mark. But his effort was struck straight back at the keeper. Kabi then had a header from a corner saved before the half hour.
Al Nasr then added a second before the interval from Ebrahima Toure who struck Eder Luis’ cross into the top right.
As Ajman’s urgency increased, Hassan hit the crossbar and had a close range free kick tipped wide on either side of the hour. But their persistence finally paid off 15 minutes from time after Simon Feindouno’s shot took a heavy deflection off a defender to creep in under the bar.
Al Nasr had a third ruled offside five minutes before the end as Habib Al Fardan’s shot from a mazy run into the area came off Luis, who was fractionally beyond the last defender when the ball left Fardan’s foot.
That denial flummoxed Al Nasr and heaped confidence and momentum firmly in Ajman’s favour to set up a nail-biting final few minutes, but The Blue Wave had enough in the tank to see out the victory.