13 November 2012

Gambia: Samateh Wonder Strike Ensures Laar Comeback

A wonder strike from midfielder Bakary Samateh ensured a 2-1 win for Tallinding-based SV Laar over Maccassa, a win that sent them through to the semifinals of the Serekunda East Sports Development Committee's Nawettan.

Kebba Kujabi had given Maccassa a 20th minute lead but Ebrima Sowe beat the offside trap and got behind the Latrikunda Sabiji-based side's defence for a superb equaliser just before the break. The best was saved when Samateh scored the winner on the turn with a thunderbolt from 35 yards just moments after the restart.

SV Laar, who are also actively participating in the latter stages of the community's knockout competition, started the better side but failed to show any real scoring opportunities, and it took until the halfway point of the first half for the game to come to live.

Kebab Kujabi was put through on goal from the left side of the SV Laar defence and the forward showed great composure in front of goal as he drove the ball home from close range for the opener.

Ebrima Sowe scored to ensure parity after he too was put clean through on goal. The two sides went into the break tied at 1-1. Bakary Samateh, who is the younger sibling of Gambian international Lamin Sarjo Samateh scored a beauty of a goal from almost nothing to leave the entire Stadium wondering as to whether he meant to do that.

The younger Samateh made his way past several Maccassa players and on the turn hit an unstoppable effort that sailed into the top right corner of the opponents net with the keeper well beaten. Laar will meet the winner of the final quarterfinal tie between Rangers and Baboucarr Jallow Academy.

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