Adamu Yola Gombe South Unity Cup: Komta United, Highlanders, two others Secure Semifinal Berths

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Komta United and Highlanders FC Ture have completed the list of the semi finallists of the 7th Edition of the Adamu Yola Gombe South Unity Cup ongoing at the Olusegun Obasanjo Stadium, Kaltungo, Gombe.

The two concluding quarter final fixtures were played on Friday.

The first quarter final match of Friday saw Komta United beat Mai Rana Boys FC 8-7 on penalties after it ended 1-1 in regulations time.

It was an evenly contested affair between both sides as Mai Rana Boys dominated possession in the first half while Komta United also had a fair share of their possession in the second half.

Bala Costa opened the scores in the 34th minute after he fired in a sublime strike to gift Mai Rana Boys the lead which lasted for only two minutes as Danlami Baka scored on the 36th minute to restore parity for Komta United as they went into the halftime break level.

Nothing to separate the two sides after ninety minutes with penalties needed to decide who goes through to the semifinal.

The penalty shootout saw Komta United emerging victorious as they progressed to the semifinal having converted eight of their ten kicks to win 8-7.

In the second match Highlanders FC Ture piped Ayaba United 1-0 to book a semifinal tie with Komta United.

Highlanders FC Ture took the lead in the 31st minute thanks to Naboth Bala rebound after Dauda Haruna’s free-kick had rattled the cross bar and fell towards the path of Naboth Bala who tapped into the open net.

Highlanders FC took the lead into the second half and defended well to produce the win which confirmed their place in the semifinal of the ongoing 2022 Adamu Yola Unity Cup.

Earlier on Thursday, Kaltungo Boys and Dinge Flying Bees also booked their places in the semi finals of the 7th Edition of the Adamu Yola Gombe South Unity Cup.

Kaltungo Boys sent Kalorgu United FC packing 5-4 on penalties.

It was the victorious side that dominated the proceedings from the blast of the whistle, but their dominance could not yield any goal in the first half as they missed several scoring chances while Kalorgu United defended stoutly.

On resumption of the second half, a goalkeeping error by Kaltungo Boys goalkeeper, Yerima Jonah, gifted Abdullahi Umar a goal with an empty net at his mercy in the 58th minute.

Kaltungo Boys levelled scores from the spot when Ali Abubakar scored in the 74th minute after the Referee had judged that a defender had handled the ball in the box.

The penalty shootout saw the captain of Kalorgu United miss the kick that would have kept his team in the contest as the shootout ended 5-4 in favour of Kaltungo Boys.

In the other quarter final match Ramsey Reno’s 25 yard shot in the 12th minute slipped through the hands of goalkeeper Mohammed Madi’s hands to land at the back of the net.

The 1-0 lead was what Dinge Flying Bees took into the break and defended all through the second half to book their place in the semifinal.

With the defeat of the inaugural edition winner, Kalorgu United, the 7th edition of the competition will produce a new winner after other previous winners, All Stars, Kampandi United, Balanga United and Pokwangli United all fell by the way side in the earlier rounds.

Kaltungo Boys FC will now take on Dinge Flying Bees in the first Semifinal Next week Tuesday.

Highlanders FC will now take on Komta United in the second semifinal of the tourney on Tuesday also.

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