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Poole boss Killick salutes Southern Premier debutant Dibba
Goals from new signing Carl Pettefer and Steve Devlin saw Dolphins battle back following Greg Ngoyi’s opener to see off St Albans 2-1 in their first game at this level since 1992.
Dibba also became one of the oldest players to debut in the top flight of the Southern League – with the 36-year-old even surprising his own manager.
Killick told the Daily Echo: “He has been one of my favourite players to work with in terms of his personality and I feared over the summer he would end up being a bit of a peripheral figure for us.
“But I have never before seen him apply himself in the way he did, both in training and in games during pre-season. He has never really been one for training and trying too hard but he put in a lot of effort and deserved to start the first game.
“It shows how much he has come to the fore because, when he went off injured, it was a real worry for us. He took a whack to the knee and I hope he is going to be okay.
“Lamin is an absolute gem of a guy. He doesn’t open up too much until you know him well and is very laid back.
“There is no doubt in my mind he should have played professionally but he didn’t really have any inclination when he was younger to better himself even though he had countless offers to play higher.
“He never really wanted to push himself and that is just how he is. He likes to enjoy his life, play his football and not put him self out too much. Everyone who has played with him loves him, both as a player and as a person because he is that sort of character.”
Poole, last season’s runaway Division One South & West champions, saw Pettefer cancel out Ngoyi’s opener before Devlin popped up with the winner in the second half.
Killick added: “I was pleased. We knew we were up against one of the stronger teams in the division and we thoroughly deserved to win because we genuinely looked the better side.”
Discussing former Cherries star Warren Cummings, who made his debut for Poole after joining in midweek, Killick added: “He has great knowhow and was talking and organising. It is great to have him around and he certainly played his part in a very good performance.”
Dolphins: Hutchings, Clarke, Cummings, Dibba (Rowe, 65), Whisken, Pettefer, Ekow (Gillespie, 70), Devlin, Davies, Preston, Cann. Unused subs: Byerley, Oliver, Thomas (g/k).
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