Jul 20, 2011, 6:31 PM
Gamtel FC on Saturday hammered Watermann FC 6-nil in their quarterfinal encounter in the ongoing Gambia Football Association (GFA) FA Cup Competition played at the Serrekunda East Mini Stadium.
Both teams started the game brightly by knocking the ball around, but could only create a few half chances, until in the 38th minute of the game when Sarja Jarjusey opened the score line for Gamtel FC from a powerful shot.
Ali Sowe made it 2-0 for Gamtel FC in the 45th minute of the game from a fine shot that deflected on Mamgore Secka. Thus the first half ended 2-0 in favour of Gamtel FC.
As action resumed in the second period of the game, Assan Ceesay made it 3-0 for Gamtel FC in the 57th minute of the game from a sensible shot that passed between the legs of goalkeeper, Jespy Jarra.
Modou Sarr made things worse for Watermann FC in the 61st minute of the game, when he netted the fourth goal for Gamtel FC, a shot that slipped through the hands of the goalkeeper, passed between his legs and finally rolled into the net for a goal.
Substitute Ebrima Camara had a chance to pull a goal back for Watermann FC in the 67th minute of the match, but the shot was well-saved by goalkeeper, Baka Ceesay.
Substitute Sanusi Jabbi also had a brilliant shot saved by goalkeeper Jespy Jarra, from a corner kick in the 75th minute of the game.
Ebou Taal made it 5-0 for Gamtel FC in the 76th minute of the game, from a sensible chip, while Ali Sowe sealed the victory for Gamtel FC in the 86th minute of the game to register his name twice on the score sheet for Gamtel FC.
Gamtel FC will now face Real De Banjul FC in the semi final to be played on Wednesday 21st September 2011 at the Banjul Mini Stadium.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Mustapha Manneh, head coach of Gamtel FC, said their standard is not the same with that of Watermann FC, and that there must be a difference in the game.
“We are not taking anything lightly, as far as the FA Cup competition is concerned, as the defending champions”, he stated.
When asked about the introduction of Muhammed Jammeh and Nuha Barrow in the game against Watermann FC, and about their performance, he said, “they are part of the team, and they are adapting to the system very fast”, adding that, “in Gamtel FC you have to compete for your place in the team, because there is no permanent place for any player”.
When asked about the experience of taking part in the WAFU competition, he said the experience is a long gab because this was their first time registering and taking part in the competition, but that they would do their best to make sure they achieve something, at the end of the competition.
Musa Sanyang, head coach of Watermann FC, said their midfield did not function well, because one of their midfielders got injured, and that they have to take him out which resulted in their heavy defeat by Gamtel FC.
“One of our top defenders also got injured, and we had to also substitute him”, he said, adding that one of their strikers was also injured at the last minute before the game, but that they had to play him in the second period of the game.
“We can compete with the first division teams”, he stated, noting that it is just a matter of exposure, and that they prepared well for the game, but had some disappointments before and during the game.
“When we were coming to the game, we knew Gamtel FC were at the top, just coming from the WAFU Competition”, he stated, while urging their fans to accept the defeat.
He finally urged the players to forget about the defeat, and to concentrate on their forthcoming league.