Fassell, Keitrace in Semifinals
FC Fassell has crossed over to the semi finals of the President’s Cup, edging Watanga 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Goalkeeper Joshua Williams converted two decisive spot kicks to qualify the team to the third stage of the competition after an appalling spell in the Coca-Cola Tournament that was heavily fancied.
Fassell under-pressure coach Matthew Julutweh who was reemployed after being dismissed for poor performance in the Cocoa Cola Tournament, adopted a passing game, as players craved the ball at all times and worked it around to try and force an opportunity but lacked clinical finishers.
The trio, skipper Vitalie Sie, Varney Dukuly and Kesselly Kamara would not rattle the net and even the inclusion of Sussa Garrel, Frank Nagbe, Jr. and Elijah Clarke would make an impressive difference.
Unfortunately, Watanga hit men Ronaldo Dahn, Titus Suku, Grant Targbwe and Leon Power Quamie were unimposing in front of the net.
In the second semi final derby, Keitrace FC narrowly defeated Jubilee 1-0. A diagonal kick from potent striker Mohamed Diallu was enough to qualify the team.
In the hot post-mortem of Tuesday’s second game, it was found that the Mamie Kpoto side had just 48.33 per cent of possession. It means they saw less of the ball.
The two teams have joined IE, who is already in the semi finals, with a bye.
However, today’s game between the BYC II and Nimba United; and BYC against LISCR seem to be spectacular, as BYC President Sekou Konneh has declared today as “all blue day.”
Unconfirmed report said BYC Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sirleaf has promised an extra envelope for the boys to reach the semi finals to pacify them over the abrupt change of the President’s Cup from the BYC Blue Field to the ATS.
Howbeit, Nimba United is said to be rigid in continuing its respectable performance amidst the resignation of head coach Sam Chebli.
The Finnie Dolo’s mountainous outfit must prove supremacy as a topnotch club over 2nd division BYC II.
For LISCR and BYC, it’s a Liberian clásico.
Both sides over the last three years have become the current rivals, taking the unparalleled places, of traditional rivals, IE and Barrolle.