Nov 4, 2014, 9:47 AM
Gambian professional Pa Sulay Njie and his Nuneaton outfit lost 1-0 to Mustapha Carayol's team, Lincoln City, in the FA cup 1st round on Saturday, barely four days after they secured an emphatic 3-1 win over Heath Hayes.
A hat-trick by Pa Sulay Njie helped Nuneaton to advance to the FA cup round one at the Sincil Bank Stadium.
The 16-year-old Gambian star, who was invited by the Gambia Football Association to be part of the Gambia national U-20 squad for the African U-20 qualifiers for Libya 2011, was left disappointed after struggling to impress head coach Lamin Sarr in his first involvement with the U-20 squad.
Njie could not feature for the U-20 team and has therefore returned to the United Kingdom to join his Nuneaton side.
But he has vowed to put that disappointing moment behind him as he prepares to fight for a place in the U20 team that made a sensational return to the continental football after the darling Scorpions eliminated the much-fancied Ivory Coast team to advance to the championship that runs from 18 March to 1 April 2011 in Libya.
According to Njie, who was speaking to this reporter in an online interview prior to Saturday's game, Nuneaton got off to a promising start to the game with some collective display, as they came from behind to enjoy a deserved 3-1 win at the expense of Heath Hayes prior to the FA cup match at the weekend.
A rather interesting first half ended in a 1-1 score line but it was completely a different scenario upon resumption when Pa Sulay Njie put Nuneaton 2-1 up after controlling a high ball on his chest and in the twinkle of an eye slotted home his second goal of the game beyond the reach of goalkeeper Ryan Bills.
Heath Hayes responded with a great curling shot from Luke Farley, whose brilliant effort went quickly pass Nuneaton goalkeeper James Higgs for their only goal of a titanic encounter.
Hayes remained a threat for their opponents with some scraggy firing but the player's efforts went wide on two crucial occasions.
Pa Sulay, who dedicated his goals to Gambian fans and his family back home, completed his hat-trick when he dribbled pass three Hayes defenders with his beautiful dribbling skills few minutes to stoppage time, which was followed by a heroic celebration by the supporters of Nuneaton team.
But disappointingly for the Gambian youngster and his Nuneaton outfit, they were beaten 1-nil in the FA Cup first round by Lincoln City, who also have another Gambian player in their squad.