Oct 28, 2008, 6:13 AM
Despite gaining luxury of possession,
Amandio Felipe Dacosta converted the kick to lead putting the home side ahead at 13mins into the play.
The GPA shorter was eventually sent off for what the referee adjudged to be deliberate.
Defender Antou Badjan was brought in to strengthen the back while Modou Jallow moved to replace Modou Lamin Sawo in the upright centre just a little behind Hamza Barry.
Adriano spoiled for the second time two clear scoring chances one with a coiling header that aroused spectator applause.
As the clock ticked faster, the Palancas Negras continued to pose threats at Scorpions defence a lose effort for T-Boy when he sluggishly placed the ball to his opponent but Alhagie Jobe’s finger tip saved it and a corner lessened the Scorpions worries for an added goal.
Midfielder Hamza Barry ran through from the centre to upfront but for many a time. The lad was being easily stopped and lazily falling to the ground.
Quarter way into the second period, The Gambia found its true colours and time now for another GPA player Saloum Faal to equal the scoring when Christopher Allen sent a wider shot that drops in between two Angolan defenders and Saloum ran athletically to slot at the bottom left corner leaving goalkeeper Luis Mamona Joao desperate..
Nonetheless, as the roaring mounts from the stands,
The match finally ended one-all. Scorpions Head Coach Luciano Mancini at a post-match interview said the local team needs commendation as they have put up a brave fight against
He said the match was very important for both countries and that he was happy about the performance of the young lads.
Quizzed about the hand ball that resulted in the sending-off of his defender Foday Saidy and eventual penalty shot, the Italian born coach said ‘It’s part of football’.