Mar 31, 2009, 7:11 AM
Former Scorpions goal machine Assan Jatta continued his impressive scoring record against Gunjur with yet another brilliant right footed strike as Bakau began the defence of the second edition of Baby Muhammed Jammeh's Perpetual Zonals Football Championship title with a hard-fought one-nil win that gave Bakau all the vital points at the Serekunda-East-Mini-Stadium on Saturday.
The experience Bakau side were with the services of three former Gambian Internationals in Denba Sanyang, Pa Amadou Gai and Captain Assan Jatta, who converted the only goal of the game after taking advantage of a clever left footed lay-off by strike-partner Pa Amadou Gai, alias Daddy to tap in the opener eight into the second period.
Despite being occasionally denied by some poor finishing in both intervals, Gunjur were the better side of the day in terms of some individual brilliance and some neat ball possessions but all their brilliant attacking options and dominance in the game were not good enough to earn them their second win over the defending champions, whom they defeated last year for the first time in their history, thanks to two magnificent strikes in the opening game of the first edition of Baby Muhammed Jammeh's Competition last year.
Yusupha Barrow had most of Gunjur's clear scoring opportunities but failed to capitalise on three golden opportunities in the 7th, 13th and 84th minutes, respectively to the frustration of the visiting fans that travl to the Serekunda-East-Mini-Stadium with an impressive suporting side.
Pa Amdou Gai who had his professional contract with Montreal FC in the US Major League soccer terminated recently was denied what looked like a clear penalty when he received a hefty tackle by Gunjur defender inside the penalty area, but the central referee refused to award the penalty to the frustration of Coach Abdoulie Bojang and his technical staff who all felt Bakau could have performed better, despite collecting the most important victory.
Samger Star Striker Haruna Jammeh had one of Bakau's best chances but his powerful close-range-header was denied by a stand bar in the 56th minute.
Elsewhere in the Zonals Championship, Serekunda West that has never won the title secured their 1st win of the campaign after enjoying a one-nil win over Sukuta at the West-Park, courtesy of a decisive goal by Edrissa Jarra in the 29th minute.