Gambia international striker Momodou “Zico” Ceesay and his Slovakian side MŠK Žilina have won their first Slovakian Cup crown at the sixth attempt courtesy of a 3-2 extra-time victory against FK Senica.
Zico’s Žilina lost out to ŠK Slovan Bratislava on penalties in last year’s final and were also runners-up in 1977, 1980, 1986 and 1990. Tomáš Majtán headed them in front after just six minutes in Bardejov, only for Senica to equalise four minutes later through Tomáš Kóňa.
Miroslav Barčík re-established Žilina’s lead three minutes after the break but Kóňa struck again with 18 minutes remaining to force extra time. Substitute Jean Deza then made himself a hero with the Šošoni faithful after his deflected 102nd-minute strike clinched the club's first domestic cup and left them on course for the double.
Momodou Ceesay and his Žilina are two points clear of FC Spartak Trnava in the league with three games remaining. “I am so proud of my players,” said Žilina coach Frans Adelaar, who replaced Ľuboš Nosický last month.
“We had three chances in extra time and were the better team for sure. Now we have to concentrate on the end of our league campaign because we want to be winners again.”
FK Senica coach Stanislav Griga will join the Slovakian national team coaching staff from 1 June but took pride from his side’s display. “Now we are sad,” he said. “But when this feeling’s gone, the players will realise that they showed Bardejov a great football performance.”