Lamin beat Banjul to secure final spot
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Lamin defeated Banjul 2-1 in the first semi-final of the 2011 edition of the annual Super Nawettan competition to secure a place in this weekend’s final, where they will meet the winner of the Sukuta-Manjai tie. The two sides were locking horns at the Serekunda East mini-stadium by the time of going to press.
Lamin, who managed to squeeze into the last four of the competition by virtue of their superior goal difference over Brikama after the two sides goalless stalemate in the final group game at the Box Bar mini-stadium, were not fancied to get this far in the competition, but now have the opportunity to grab their first title in over half a decade.
Coming into the encounter, Banjul were the firm favorites to advance into the finals and tipped by many pundits win the competition having accumulated 10 points from their group, and also given the fact that defending champions Serekunda East have exited at the group stages. But they were taught a lesson by the less fancied Lamin who still play football at the sandy pitches of the Sanna Jatta Memorial ground in Lamin. Lamin opened the scores midway into the first half to take a 1-0 lead when Ebrima Badjie capitalised to tuck home from a corner kick after Banjul failed to clear their line much to the delight of the passionate travelling fans. They were made to wait until the second half though before they could put a firm grip on the game.
Lamin scored again with barely a quarter of an hour remaining on the game when star midfielder Hamang Conteh was brought down inside the area by the Banjul goalkeeper and captain Baboucarr Bah. Conteh stepped up to score from the ensuing spot-kick for a 2-0 lead. But just as Lamin thought they had a firm grip on the game, Banjul pressed hard and their constant pressure paid off when Buba Sama one of the leading scorers of this year’s tournament- scored to ensure a nervy finish. But in the end it proved to be a mere consolation.
Author: Baboucarr Camara