Goals galore for Gambians as Barrow, Steve, Sowe and Njie net

It was goals galore for Gambian footballers as a few found their scoring boots to guide their teams to victories at the weekend.

In England, Scorpions winger Modou Barrow turned provider before scoring for Reading FC whose fight for survival took a positive twist as they beat high-flying Preston North End 2-1 at Madejski Stadium.

The visitors had won their last six away matches on the spin but goals from Ivory Coast international Yakou Méïté and Modou Barrow ensured a crucial three points as Royals climbed to 19th in the Championship table.

Barrow raced down the left wing in the 30th minute before looking up and fizzing a cross into the box towards an unmarked Méïté who had a gaping goal to fire in to.

The 26-year-old Scorpions forward quickly transformed from provider to finisher just minutes later as he seized on a dreadfully under-hit back-pass before skipping beyond the helpless Preston keeper to double Reading’s lead and his fourth goal for the season.

The Royals made it three home wins out of four to kick-start a crucial relegation run-in on a positive note.

In Bulgaria, striker Ali Sowe continued his fine form for CSKA Sofia by guiding them to a fourth consecutive victory.

The 24-year-old scored the lone goal in a home win over PFC Cherno More Varna, netting a penalty in the 83rd minute to send Sofia to second on the table, three points behind leaders PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

The goal was the attacker’s tenth goal of the season after 19 outings.

Elsewhere in Portugal, it was an emotional night for Yusupha Njie who scored his first goal of the season for Boavista FC in their 2-0 win over Belenenses.

The 25-year-old, who was kept on the sidelines with an injury for nearly a year, found the back of the net after 53 minutes before they wrapped up the victory at the Estádio do Bessa in added time.

The forward was lined up to make a switch to French side Stade de Reims last summer but complications marred the deal leading to its collapse.

Finally in Saudi Arabia, Bubacarr Trawally continued his scoring spree for Al-Shabab Riyadh FC who edged Ohod 2-1 in Medina.

Steve as fondly called, gave Shabab all three points after rising high to nod in a cross from teammate Hassan Muath Fallatah.

The goal was his third consecutive for Al-Shabab, a side he only joined this February.