By: Omar Jarju
Monday 10th October 2011 marked a dazzling game in the ongoing Serrekunda east Nawettan between Leeds United of Tallinding and Culture FC of Bundung. Despite drawing their last encounter to the only 2011 relegated Tallinding team Zurich FC, Culture FC found it difficult to control the ball in the first half of the game due to the heavy pressure put to them by Leeds United.
However, an inspirational performance from Captain Abdoulie Jallow alias “saw”, the Bundung boys scored in the 12 minutes of the first half following a long powerful free kick leaving the Leeds goalie at bay. The Bundung boys however struggled very hard to double the scores in the first half of the game and thanks to a superb tab by Papis Colley in 20 minutes to give Culture 2.
Chances then emerged from both sides but credit goes to Abdoulie Bah alias “Beck” of Leeds United who capitalized on his first clear cut chance to give his side a hope in the 36th minutes of the game. Meanwhile, in the tail end of the first half Serign Mbacke of Leeds United sent a strong header which went straight in the net to level the scores.
Determined performances from both sides in the second half of the game as both teams made numerous changes in order to poke home with the maximum points. The introduction of Foday Trawally in the 55th minutes brought light into the Bundung boy’s game plan as the young skillful introduced midfielder helped compound the midfield.
In the 67th minutes of the game, Abdoulie Bah of Leeds slammed- in another goal to give his side three. Culture FC fought very hard to net in an equalizer but to no avail as they squandered many goal chances. Captain Abdoulie Jallow could have level the scores for Culture FC following his 18 yard shot but his efforts could only go over the cross bar. The game ended 3-2 in favor of Leeds and helped them bagged 8 points with a game in hand and culture FC with 5 points.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the game, Nyanga Sallah, the head coach of Leeds United hailed his players’ commitment, saying we deserve the victory. Sallah later encouraged his players to keep up the hard work.
Ebrima Jaiteh, the assistant coach of Culture FC blamed his players for the defeat saying they failed to play up to expectations. Jaiteh further told reporters that his team will surely appear with difference in their next encounter.