The Future Falcons managed to get a draw against their opponents, Almeria, with one goal each in the group second match of Al Abtal Cup. The game got off to a great start with both teams playing some exciting football. In the 14th minute, the Future Falcons’ good performance resulted in a stunning goal from Thamer Almousa, who capitalised on a inch-perfect pass from Abdulrahman Aldossari, who skillfully beat the goalkeeper and gave the Future Falcons the lead. Almeria then struggled to get a foothold in the match or create dangerous scoring opportunities, with only a few half chances threatening Falah Alshammri’s goal, all meaning the first half came to an end with Future Falcons with their noses in front on the scoresheet.
Almeria went into the second half all guns blazing, aiming to equalise by pushing up and playing a higher line, pressing in the Future Falcons when they were out of possession, and creating overloads in attacking areas when they had the ball. However, goalkeeper Alshammri and the Saudi team’s defense was having a great day and proving resilient, thwarting all the opposition’s attacks and hanging on to their lead. Thamer Alzahrani then almost added a second goal in the 83rd minute after successfully dribbling the ball inside the oppositions’ penalty area, then squaring up Almeria goalkeeper Hugo, only for his shot to rebound off the post.
However, it wasn’t to be, the Future Falcons’ defense weren’t able to hold out until the end of the match, conceding an equaliser from José Ismael in the 86th minute. With the Almeria player pouncing on the ball inside the penalty area and drilling it into the back of the net. The referee added 10 minutes of stoppage time due to a series of interruptions over the course of the match, yet it wasn’t enough for either team to find a winning goal.
With the result as such, Almeria move up to 2 points, leading Group Two, while the Future Falcons secured their first point in the group, with more matches still to be played.