Dubai Wolves by CAFU beat UAE Polo 12-11 in the single match for the Bentley Emirates Silver Cup played on Tuesday January 25 at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The tournament sees seven teams, up to 18 goals, compete. The final is set to be played on Saturday, February 5.
Alfredo Cappella opened the scores for Dubai Wolves by CAFU, but UAE Polo replied quickly with three goals that secured them a narrow lead in the first chukka. Sheikha Maitha and her boys retained their advantage until the end of the second chukker thanks to goals produced by Tommy Beresford and Lukin Monteverde.
But the Wolves made a comeback in the third chukka, in order to earn a two goal advantage, until UAE managed to tie at 8-all halfway the fourth chukka, through the young Lukin Monteverde. Already a thrilling contest, the Wolves put pressure over their contenders, until Carlos Ulloa scored a goal in the last seconds within the chukka to re take the lead.
However, UAE Polo had another ideas in mind – in a nailbiting last chukka, they bounced back and managed to tie again (11-11). But in the last throw in, and with only ten seconds remaining in regulation tie, Habtoor Al Habtoor picked the ball to seal the deal – after a hard fought match and perhaps the best of the season up-to-date, Dubai Wolves by CAFU bounced back from their debut lost and claimed a 12-11 win.
BENTLEY EMIRATES SILVER CUP – TUESDAY JANUARY 25
DUBAI WOLVES by CAFU 12-11 UAE POLO
DUBAI WOLVES BY CAFU: Habtoor Al Habtoor 1, Alfredo Cappella 8, Toly Ulloa 6, Charles Cooney 3.
UAE POLO: Sheika Maitha 0, Lukin Monteverde 5, Tommy Beresford 6, Jacinto Crotto 7.
Score Dubai Wolves by CAFU: 2-3, 5-6, 8-6, 10-8, 12-11.
Top Scorer: Tommy Beresford, 6 goals.
Umpires: Peter Wright & Jason Dixon.
Third Man: Tim Brown.
The Bentley Emirates Silver Cup will resume on Thursday January 27 with the following order of play:
2pm: Zedan Polo vs. AM Polo
4pm: Bangash Dodson & Horrell Polo vs. Clinova-Scone Polo
THE BENTLEY EMIRATES SILVER CUP IS LIVE STREAMED ON POLOLINE TV HERE