FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: Hamang's Brace Gives Gamtel Edge

A Hamang Conteh's second-half brace had ASC HLM put to the sword after a 2-1 score as Gamtel puts a foot into the next round of the Caf Confederation Cup.

Although they will need to consolidate the slender advantage when they return visit in Senegal, Tapha Manneh is quarterly assured of victory, for now, after a stunning second-half display to send the Senegalese second division side packing at the Boxbar mini-stadium on Sunday.

While fans make a cacophony of noise in the ferocious scotching afternoon at the other end of the pitch at the pavilion, Gamtel got off to a drab goalless first-half with Hamang Conteh paired Hatab Badjie in attack spurning early chances.

Capain Matarr Nyang met Hamang's cross with a diving header that flew past the crossbar as the host impatiently attempted for an early in the opening minutes. ASC responded but Seydina Mohamed Boye failed to connect to a team-mate in the Gambian box as goalkeeper Musa Camara timely wandered out to intercept the speeding ball.

Gamtel were denied an opening goal in the 30th minute as ASC goalie Pape Wande Peque who later proved a standout, had Nuha Barrow's effort blocked with his outstretched left leg at the edge of the penalty area.

Gamtel created couple of begging chances but they were not to score until in the second-half as Hamang rifled in an improbable screamer that scampered past mass of defenders but disappointingly went wide and over.

The deadlock was unlocked only four minutes into re-start as Hamang wasn't to be denied this time, cheekily slotting the ball between the legs of the advancing ASC goalkeeper Pape Wande to the back of the net for a 1-0 score in the 71st minute.

ASC who were largely forced into defending had reprieve breathing space when they evened the score via Alim Faal's effort. The equaliser inspired the visitors and goalie Musa Camara had to stand his ground to ward off imminent threats on goal from ASC.

Determined and becoming increasingly restless, Gamtel had the stakes bundled in a pack as Hamang Conteh -star of the evening -safe face for his side again converting in a penalty for a 2-1 final score. The goal followed after a Senegalese player appeared to block a goal-bound shot with his hand. Hamang stepped up forcing the keeper to a full body stretch.

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