Nawettan Football: Champions and The-Pub F.C triumph in opener
The reigning league champions Reliance F.C and debutants The-Pub F.C enjoyed success in their opening matches of 2017/ 18 Gunjur "nawettan".
Reliance defeated Gamrock F.C in the 3pm kick-off, while The-Pub a side from Siffoe Village earned an emphatic victory over F.C Halifax in the 5pm game at Nyamina football field. Reliance were the better side against Gamrock in the 3pm game, even-though Gamrock kept their composure and possess the ball well but, quality was lacking in their attack. In contrast the champions had more quality, awareness, individual brilliance and were showing more intent in attack, thereby creating all the neat chances in the first period. The match was temporarily stopped halfway into the first half for "water break" due to the hot temperatures. After the short break, Reliance FC picked up from where they left upon resumption. Scoring defender Fabakary Touray rattled the Gamrock crossbar with a thunderous freekick, before the pacy forward Lamin Touray had a strong shout for a penalty turned down by the referee after he was brought down, and Fabakary Touray had another freekick that work to perfection before the interval. Reliance were awarded a freekick after a foul on the impressive Yakuba Manneh at their left wing position, a similar distance and position from where Fabakary initially hit the crossbar. The dead-ball specialist again stepped forward and perfectly slot into the near post of Biram's net to send their supporters into raptures. However, after the break Gamrock had a chance to level the score but forward Sanna Jammeh only hit wide with the goal at his mercy. He was almost nearly made to pay for that miss as Sanna Jallow forced a save off Biram at the opposite end.
Gamrock had a good midfield setup, but their attack was less threatening. Instead Reliance's Yankuba Manneh, Babucarr Janneh and Lamin Touray were the pick of the attackers on view and Yankuba Manneh gained his reward before his withdrawal. He outwits Gamrock defence and hit low into the bottom right hand corner from close range to make it 2 - 0 to Reliance. Even with all their five permitted substitutes used, Gamrock could only reduce the deficit by one as Sanna Jammeh smashed home a volly after Reliance failed to clear their line following a corner.
The Pub FC
Meanwhile in the second game between The-Pub and Halifax, the proceeding was not fascinating as expected in the initial half. Both sides could not manage a clear cut chance as composure was clearly seen lacking. However, there was life and light injected into the game after the restart. Halifax appeared to dominate the opening exchanges with the two talented youngsters Yankuba Suwaneh any Falagie Bojang both squandering. The-Pub were quick to notice the threat Halifax posed. They soon started to show more urgency and had a shot crash off the Halifax stand post.
The chance boosted the morale of The-Pub and Tairou Sambou rose unmarked to separate the two as he glance in a header after Halifax goalkeeper tracked and missed a corner kick. No further real chances were created as both side especially The-Pub stayed focus for the remainder of the minutes. Games will continue today with CommIT F.C taking on Red Star FC at 3pm, while Sibindinto F.C will clash with Blaness FC at 5pm.