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Gamtel FC lift first ever FA cup trophy

Jan 25, 2011, 12:32 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Gamtel FC on Sunday defeated Hawks FC 3-0 in the final of the FA Cup competition played at the Serrekunda East mini-Stadium to claim their first ever FA Cup trophy.

Hawks FC, who failed to capitalise on their scoring opportunities, dominated the first half of the game.

Their first chance fell to Bakary Sambou, who had a clear scoring chance in the 39th minute of the game but chipped wide for a goal-kick to Gamtel.

The turning moment came for Gamtel following the introduction of striker Nabi Darboe, who set up for strike-partner Modou Njie Sarr to complete a brace in the 54th and 60th minute.

Gamtel continue their impressive scoring record in the night when substitute Nabi Darboe sealed the victory in the 87th minute from a brilliant finish as he capitalised on Assan Ceesay's wonderful pass to nod home Gamtel's third goal.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Mustapha Manneh, the head coach of Gamtel FC, said he was happy and proud to lead Gamtel to their first ever FA Cup crown barely a month after his appointment as the head coach of the team.

Manneh said his team had improved because that was the second time they were reaching the final and for the first time lifting the trophy.

Gamtel did extremely well by reaching the final of the FA Cup competition last year but lost in the final to Young Africans after a post-match penalty shootout.

Sang Ndong, head coach of Hawks FC, said he was disappointed on one hand but delighted on the other.

"I feel disappointed that we have one of our easiest games of the FA Cup competition but I am satisfied in the sense that we have reached this level of the competition," he said.

Sang Ndong further stated that his team had the better of the first half as they created numerous scoring opportunities but could not capitalise on them due to "bad luck".

The former head coach of the Gambia senior national team added that Hawks are using the FA Cup competition as a screening process to select their final squad that will take part in this year's GFA league.