Nigeria holding midfielder, Luqman Gilmore was brilliant in his side’s narrow 3-2 victory over Locomotive Tbilisi earlier today, April 7, in the Matchday 7 fixture of the ongoing Georgia National League.
Samgurali Coach, Ucha Sosiashvili, named the 24-year-old Nigerian in his starting eleven following his impressive performance in Matchday 6 slight loss to Samtredia.
Gilmore was pivotal while operating from the middle of the park. He was directly involved in his side’s first goal in the 9th minutes all thanks to a lovely header goal from prolific forward, Sergo Kukhianidze, and a brilliant assist from 38-year-old veteran midfielder, Dolidze Grigol.
Samgurali would go on to score the second goal just six minutes after getting the opener and this time it came from teenage prospect, Shalva Bujanadze, 22, and assisted by Sergo Kukhianidze.
Fives minutes after Samgurali got the second, Locomotive Tbilisi pulled one back from unusual goalscorer, Guram Kashia, a 33-year-old experienced defender, who connected well with Omar Oulad Imran’s brilliant assist, in what looked like a goal rush encounter.
Samgurali got their third goal just seven minutes later from playmaker, Popuna Poliava with the host side now left to chase shadows and wait until the 45+2 minutes when Tornike Kirktitadze reduced the margin to a 3-2 in what appeared to be a goal-bless first half.
It was a result which would go on to be the final score with FC Samgurali securing all three points to move to 7th position with six points from seven games so far this season.
Matchday 7 performance was just another show of masterclasses from the Nigerian midfield maestro, Gilmore. What else was missing from a midfielder? He got involved in the build-up to the first goal, he completed 91% of his passes, he made nine interceptions, won 7/7 of his aeriel duels, made four blocks, clean tackles and also settled perfectly in front of Samgurali’s back three.
Gilmore came off in the 80th minutes and was replaced by Tedo Kikabidze.