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Football: Red Scorpions Wins First Women’s FA Cup Title

Red Scorpions players and officials celebrate their FA Cup triumph

The Red Scorpions Saturday stunned Interior FC with a 2-1 victory to clinch their first ever women’s football FA Cup title.

The Queens came with their tails up, buoyed by their recent league cup triumph.

As the referee got the match underway at the Independence Stadium on a partly cloudy afternoon, Interiors’ Jabou Jorbateh came close to opening the scoring in the 8th minute. A dangerous corner was met by the head of Fatou Darboe at the near post, but defender Penda Colley reacted quickly to the danger and rushed off her line to smother the ball and clear.

Few minutes later, another clear opportunity went by for Interior as Mbassey Darboe headed wide at the back-post and both sides got into the locker room at goalless at half time.

Some minutes into the second half, the game started developing into an end to end encounter swung rapidly into the favor of Red Scorpions as striker Adama Tamba fired her side in front in the 63rd minute. Seven minutes later, a positive and direct run from Interior striker Fatou Darboe saw her surge into the Red Scorpions’ box and unleash a rasping shot to level the score.

Red Scorpions players and officials celebrate their FA Cup triumph

On the 88th minute, Kumba Kuyateh rounded off the victory for Red Scorpions after she latched on a low cross to slot home the winner.

Interior’s head coach Mariama Sowe blamed her goalkeeper for the team’s defeat. “My goalkeeper was at fault for the second goal. She could have gone down for the ball, but notwithstanding we will work on that next time.”

“I knew we would win the double,” says Red Scorpion’s Choro Mbenga. “Our victory was down to hard and commitment.”

Interior won the FA Cup nine times, the only team so far to reach this feat.

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