Jun 3, 2008, 4:56 AM
Old Jeshwang United on Saturday defeated New Jeshwang United by 4-1 on post-match penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 on regulation time, to advance to the quarterfinal stage in the ongoing Serrekunda West Sports Organisation (SWESO) Nawetan competition played at
Muhammed Gassama opened the score for New Jeshwang United in the 14th minute of the game from a re-bounce.
Muhammed Ceesay had a golden opportunity to level the score for Old Jeshwang United in the 57th minute of the game when he came one-on-one with goalkeeper Foday Badjie but his effort was denied by Foday Badjie.
Substitute Baboucarr Marong levelled the score for Old Jeshwang United in the dying minutes of the game from a sensible bicycle kick, thus the game ended 1-1 resulting to penalty kicks, which ended 4-1 in favour of Old Jeshwang United.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Abdoulie Sarkies, head coach of Old Jeshwang United, said he was full of joy over the win against their neighbours, adding that their aim was to stay in the Nawetan, even though he accepted that this was luck for them.
He said their substitutes changed the game in their favour, noting that the second half was dominated by his side, who were eager to grab an equalizer.
“We are unfortunate that they scored against us an early goal but the game was dominated by us because they were out of the game the moment they scored that goal,” he said, adding that he believes in his players because they always play full time.
He also said he saw the goal coming because he knew the substitutes he brought in. “The rope will continue going until we grab the trophy then it will cut,” he said.
He finally thanked the fans of the team, adding that they were behind the team since they were a goal down to the end of the penalty kicks.
Lamin Jammeh, assistant coach of New Jeshwang United, said he felt too bad about the result, noting that the referee spoilt their game because their goalkeeper was fouled in the course of the goal they conceded.
He added that they would go and prepare for their knockout trophy game against Kaw Talli FC, noting that they lost to Kaw Talli FC by a goal to nil in the group stage of the Nawetan competition but that this time they would prepare well for them.
“Old Jeshwang United played well and I think the victory could have gone either way but the referee destroyed their game,” he claimed.