Ibrahim Kamara’s brace earned Ports Authority three points
Ports Authority came from behind to secure vital three points against Old Edwardians in the ongoing Sierra Leone Premier League at the Academy grounds in Kingtom.
Old Edwardians’ early intensity in the first half match yeilded dividend though Aliyah Fofanah who gave them the lead with a perfect right foot finish after latching onto a through pass from Abu bakarr Kamara’s in the 13th minute. They had several chances to bury the game later on in the first half, but they failed to convert any of them.
There was an ugly incident in the 36th minutes between Aliyah Fofanah and Alhassan Sesay of Ports Authority which resulted to them being sent off by centre referee Thomas Kangoma. Ports came close to getting an equaliser at the dying embers of the first half, but they were denied by two magnificent saves from Edwards’s goalie Mohamed Koroma.
The second half saw good moves from Ports but the stellar defence of old Edwardians, cancelled out their attacks. Ibrahim Kamara came in for Alieu Kargbo to play as a lone striker in the 65th minutes. Ports change of formation gave them the chance to spread the ball freely, making good and decent passes which ignited their midfield to life as opposed to the lack lustre performance they had in the first half.
In the 80th minute Nathaniel Tongvulla was left free from a counter attack and he dispatched an across ball to Ibrahim B. Kamara who took a low drive with his right foot from eleven yards to bring his side level.
Sensing imminent victory, Ken Tabi the head coach of Ports Authority replaced Nathaniel with Abu Bakarr Kanu. Nine minutes the substitution paid off for ports as Abu Bakarr Kanu combined with Ibrahim B. Kamara on the right and from an awkward to blast home from the far left corner to secure his brace and give his side the lead 2-1.
Old Edwardians would have levelled if Abu Bakarr Mansaray’s header was precise enough in the 90th minute from a corner.
Ports Authority Coach Ken Tabi after the match said “the size of the pitch prevented my boys from playing freely and after the red card they had the chance to play and utilize the pitch but it wasn’t to be. However, they responded well to the tactics and got the winning goal.
The Old Edwardians head coach Sheku Kamara blamed his players’ lack of discipline and focus.
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