AHMIBAH GRABS TRIPLE CROWN

31 08 2008

AHMIBAH Having won both the Bronze and the Silver Cups at Sotogrande, Bahar Jefri’s team also took the Gold Cup home in one of the tournament’s most exciting matches against Ayala, last year’s Gold Cup winners, yesterday at Los Pinos.  In front of a milling crowd of several hundreds, Patron Prince Bahar, Valerio Zubiaurre, Iñaki Laprida and Pablo MacDonough worked together consistently as a team, though Pablito well deserved the Best Tournament Player award he received at the prize-giving ceremony afterwards. David ‘Pelón’ Stirling, excellently though he played with Santiago Laborde, Íñigo Zóbel and Gastón Urturi, was simply outplayed by their rivals. The final result was a really close 11 – 10 for Bahar’s men.  For a chukker-by-chukker look at the match and some more photos

1st Chukker: Ahmibah gets ahead with two goals by MacDonough, but talented Pelón Stirling and Ayala patron Íñigo Zóbel put the scoreboard at 2-2.

2nd: Ahmibah surges forward with goals by MacDonough and Laprida, though Stirling again puts in another goal. Score: Ahmibah 5 – Ayala 3.

3rd: Pablito with a superb goal and Iñaki with another one put Bahar’s team well in front, until a magnificently played goal by Pelón and Laborde’s 30-yard penalty shot sets the score at 8-5 at half time.

4th: Now Pablo MacDonough is at his best, putting the score at 10-5 against an Ayala that simply couldn’t match him despite their very best efforts.

5th: Thanks to Pelón Stirling, Ayala gets closer on the scoreboard, but once again Pablo MacDonough shoves his men ahead. Ahmibah 10 – Ayala 7.

6th: Ayala struggles to equal the score with two goals, but MacDonough puts in yet another one one from a 30-yard penalty. And the match, tournament and Gold Cup go to Ahmibah for a final 11 to 10 goals. What a match!

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AYALA AHMIBAH V AYALA Final Gold2 AHMIBAH V AYALA Final Gold ambiente PABLO MACDONOUGH

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