GAMBIA BEAT TUNISIA ON 1ST LEG OF FINAL ROUND
The Gambia Female Under-17 football team secured a last gasp 1-0 win over Tunisia in a first leg qualifying game played at the Box Bar mini-stadium in Brikama on Saturday.
Fatou Darboe, scored the game's only goal four minutes into injury time to ensure that Buba Jallow's side will head into the second and final leg of qualifiers on March the 31st in Tunis with one foot into the World Under 17 championship in Azerbaijan in September and October of 2012.
The Gambian side that defeated Sierra Leone 4-3 on aggregate in the first round dominated this latest encounter from start to finish and even missed a second half penalty just past the hour mark.
Such was the girl Scorpions dominance that, they could have scored within the first minute of the encounter. They continued to create and miss chance after chance until the final whistle. Striker Awa Demba was the first to lift the Stadium on its feet when she shoot straight at the Tunisian keeper Ami Soumaya just a minute into the game.
The Gambian girls continued to miss several opportunities but had their goalkeeper to thank when she dived full length to deny what looked like a certain Tunisian goal 10 minutes into the game. The Gambian technicians introduced Fatou Darboe into the game on the half hour mark in order to boost the attack. It nearly paid off when she missed from close range.
The two teams went into the break goalless but the home side picked from where they left creating a host of good opportunities but failed to take any of them even though the visitors were always threatening on the break anytime they had the chance. Just past the hour mark, The Gambians were awarded a crucial penalty when Awa Demba was brought down by a Tunisian defender inside the box. But second half substitute Adama Tamba shot wide to the dismay of the fans.
In the final minute of injury time, Darboending was released on the left side of the Tunisian defence and forced herself into the box before releasing a cracking effort that went through the legs of the keeper to give her side a deserved victory.