By Ahmad Jabr

KUWAIT: Kuwait SC beat Qadisiya SC 3-0 in a marquee matchup that highlighted the third week competitions of Kuwait Premier League. The win gives Kuwait nine points from three matches as the club currently sit alone on top of the standings. Meanwhile, Qadisiya suffered their first defeat of the season and failed to carry momentum of their emphatic win against title holders Al-Arabi last week.

Ahmad Al-Zanki put the hosts ahead early with a goal in the eighth minute during the match held Saturday at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kaifan, before scoring again 12 minutes later. Qadisiya gained some momentum after the break following a first half in which Kuwait controlled most of the pace, before Talal Al-Fadhel's goal in the 82nd minute sealed the deal for the hosts.

Kazma were held to a 1-1 draw against Al-Nasr earlier on Saturday, whereas Al-Arabi vs Salmiya ended in a 2-2 draw in the week's other key matches. Kazma sits second in the standings with seven points, followed by Qadisiya with six, Al-Nasr with five and Al-Arabi and Salmiya respectively with four points each.

Kuwait look to maintain their lead when they visit Salmiya on Friday, while Kazma have a chance to take over the lead temporarily when they host Al-Shabab. Qadisiya look to recover from their defeat when they host Al-Tadhamon, while Al-Nasr and Al-Arabi play against Al-Yarmouk and Al-Fahaheel respectively in other week 4 matches.