23 May 2010



Real De Banjul Football Club feeder team beat Gifts football academy 2-0 in a test match held at Serre Kunda West mini stadium on Saturday.
Both teams made a brilliant start to the game with ball possession split almost in half but Gifts academy had more goal scoring chances which they failed to put beyond the goal line.
Samsideen Jarju was passed the ball at the right hand corner of the penalty box in the 27th minute following an accurate pass from the flanks but his blast went across the face of goal.
The impasse was broken in the 65th minute when Pastor Jammeh was set up in the penalty box in substantial space to exploit and he made a low, stinging shot that whizzed past the left hand side of the goal keeper into the net.
The goal sent the Gifts academy coach Ebrima Mendy barking instructions from the technical bench to his players who started pouring forward as they looked to create a better score line. The forward surge by Gifts proved calamitous as they left themselves open at the back which Samsideen Jarju took advantage of in the 75th minute to drive a powerful shot into the net which left the goal keeper stranded. The advent of the second goal seemed to have all but killed the game as Gifts players merely kept running after their opponents whose dominance became more glaring and the game ended 2-0.
Real De Banjul instructor Dawda Soto Ceesay said that his players did well given the absence of some key members of his team due to problems beyond their control while adding that it was a successful revenge mission.
“We lost to them 1-0 in the final of Matarr Sarr Memorial tournament recently. So we have made a revenge on them for that and we are very happy” he said.
Dawda also added that the encounter was also a good preparation for them ahead of the West Africa U-17 Club championship to be held in the country in the month of July which will see them take on teams from Senegal, Mali, Mauritania and others in the sub region.
“Last time, we took part in the competition and won the final and we want to win it again. We have a very good team which I believe can play well against any team and I do have confidence in them” he declared.
He finally thanked the Real De Banjul Football Club administration for their support, both moral and financial, which has enabled him to nurture the young talents on his team for the future.

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