West prove the best to win Gambia 7s

The West Side were the winners of the annual Gambia 7s football competition.
The West Side were the winners of the annual Gambia 7s football competition.
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THE West Side kept their cool in a dreaded penalty shootout to pip Back and win the Gambia Sevens for the first time since it’s inception.

It was infact the first time the trophy hasn’t gone back to the Creagan Dubh sideboard as Lochs FC had won it for all its first four years.

But Lochs went down to Back in the semi-final while West Side eased past Point in their own final four showdown.

The final proved to be a closely fought affair which finished goalless and when Murray Macleod curled home a cracker with his less favoured right foot in extra time it looked like Back would lift the trophy.

But in the last kick of extra-time Dan Macphail lashed the ball across goal into the corner to force spot-kicks.

During the shootout Murray Macleod and Euan Macleod both scored for Back before Iain Campbell missed.

For the West Martainn Shields and Ali Macleod netted before Innes Iain Morrison stroked home the winning penalty.

Tournament organisers would like to thank all the teams that turn out and supported the competition revealing it was very much appreciated by the Gambia Partnership.