Matchweek 16 of the Arabian Gulf League U21 saw the King hold Al Ain to a 1-1 draw at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, yet the Boss maintained their position at the top on 38 points, six above second-placed Sharjah.
This marked Al Ain’s second winless game in a row after drawing with Shabab Al Ahli in matchweek 15. On the other hand, Sharjah failed to return to winning ways and close the gap on the league leaders. They, however, continue to hold the strongest offense in the league so far after netting 36 goals.
The King are tied on points with Al Wahda, who also played out a 1-1 draw with Shabab Al Ahli at Al Nahyan Stadium, which left the latter in fifth place on 28 points as they failed to get a win for the third consecutive game.
Al Jazira edged Ittihad Kalba 3-2 at Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium, as the Tigers remained fourth with 29 points and the Pride of Abu Dhabi raised their tally to 24 points in sixth place after collecting their fourth win in a row.
Al Wasl also have 24 points and trail Al Jazira on goal difference, after the former defeated Al Nasr 2-1 at Zabeel Stadium. The Blues remained in the penultimate position with 12 points, trailing 12th-placed Hatta, as the latter fell to a 3-2 defeat against Ajman at Rashid Bin Saeed Stadium.
Despite the win, the Oranges position remain unchanged, as they continue to occupy eighth place on 20 points.
Bani Yas cruised to a 5-1 comfortable win over Khorfakkan at home to move up to ninth place on 18 points, replacing Fujairah who dropped to 10th place after losing 2-1 to Al Dhafra at Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium. Al Dhafra, who linger at the bottom, have the worst offensive performance in the league after scoring 12 goals only in 16 matches.