May 26, 2008, 5:50 AM
Old Jeshwang United on Wednesday defeated Ngoyan FC by 2-1 in the ongoing Serrekunda West Sports Organisation (SWESO) Nawetaan competition played at the
Baboucarr Marong opened the scoreline for Old Jeshwang United in the 6th minute of the game, but his goal was cancelled by Yankuba Darboe of Ngoyan FC two minutes later.
Old Jeshwang United were reduced to ten men in the 33rd minute of the game, as skipper Yusupha Ceesay was sent off after he was shown a yellow card for a second bookable offence for diving inside Ngoyan FC eighteen yards box.
Four minutes after his sending off, Baboucarr Marong made it 2-1 for Old Jeshwang United, from a spectacular free kick, to register his name twice for Old Jeshwang United.
Omar Jarju missed a golden opportunity for Old Jeshwang United in the 66th minute of the game, after blasting his ten yard shot wide.
A minute later Mustapha Susisu of Ngoyan FC had a shot saved for a corner kick by goalkeeper Bakary Sonko, thus the game ended 2-1 in favour of Old Jeshwang United.
Old Jeshwang United have now collected five points in three encounters, while Ngoyan FC only collected a single point in three games.
Speaking to Ansumana J. B. Bass, head coach of Old Jeshwang United, after the game, he expressed delight for collecting his first win of the competition, adding that after drawing their two games of the competition, they started working on their scoring knowing that was their problem.
“It is all about technicality, receiving a red card in the first period of the game and being able to hold on in the rest of the game to win”, he said, adding that he was not happy with the referee’s decision of sending off his skipper.
He added that the game was difficult because Ngoyan FC came into the game with only a single point, adding that they (Ngoyan FC) are not a bad team.
“Our problem is our attacking tag, but we will work harder before our next game to make sure we collect the maximum points”, he said, while thanking the fans for their support, noting that the fans have been supporting them since they were participating in the Banjul Nawetaan.
He also had special thanks for their councillor Saihou Sarr, who helped the team both with finance and materials.
Tamsir Boye, head coach of Ngoyan FC, began by expressing his disappointment with the score line, adding that he did all he could during the game, to make sure they carry the day, but it could not happen.
“We are very sad, and are in a very hard situation; but as a coach I cannot blame anyone”, he stated, adding, “when you win, it is the players that are given the credit, but when you lose it is the coach that is blamed”.
“Our approach in our next match would be to score goals and win”, he noted, adding that it was unfortunate against Old Jeshwang United that they scored a single goal, and conceded two goals.
“I’m very optimistic that we will qualify for the round of sixteen, because we have a good and young team”, he said, adding that the only thing lacking in the team for now is the players winning spirit.
“We can still make it to the round of sixteen if we can win our remaining two games of the group stage”, he noted, adding that drawing or losing will not do them any favour.
“Let the fans come out and cheer up the team; this is football, and they know that we have a young team”, he concluded.