Gambia’s national women Scorpions on Tuesday held the Glasgow Girls Football Club to a 1-1 stalemate in a football friendly played at the Serrekunda East Mini-Stadium.
The Girls got off to the best possible start and opened the scores after just nine minutes when Leigh Ferrol capitalised on the shambolic Gambian defence to stab home from close range. Isatou Jallow scored to ensure parity just past the half hour mark.
As part of the friendly, the organisers decided to proceed with a post-match penalty shoot-out where the women Scorpions triumphed 5-4.
The game was the final engagement of the Glasgow Girls in The Gambia and after a successful seven-day stay, the team returned to the United Kingdom yesterday.
Speaking in a post-match interview with reporters, Gambian Coach Mariama Bom Sowe expressed satisfaction about the performance of her team. She however admitted that Glasgow Girls played an excellent game and created more scoring chances than her side.
“We prepared both mentally and physically for the game and this victory is very important because Glasgow Girls FC is the champion of [the second division of] Scotland,” she said.
“My players have the capability to raise the country’s flag higher in the future. Therefore, I’m urging all the women that have the talent and belief to come join their counterparts to develop themselves.”
George Paterson, the Glasgow Girls coach said with the draw against the women Scorpions, an inference could be drawn that his team can stand up to any side in future competitions. He however expressed his frustration with the level of refereeing, especially in the second half.
“The Gambia has a very good team, talented and fast players who know how to control the ball but they have to improve their technical ability,” he said, while adding that with more training, they will get there.
“Glasgow FC is [also] a very strong team and when it comes to selection it’s very difficult to know the best players.”
Sang Mendy of Gilkock Football Academy, one of the pioneers in bringing the team to The Gambia said it had been a successful week as far as women’s football development is concerned.