Liberia: Orange 1st Division: Bea Mountain Held, Watanga, LISCR Share Spoils
The second phase of every league campaign is the tensest, and things are getting tense in the Orange division one.
When FC Bea Mountain faced Jubilee FC, who are making every effort to avoid falling into the relegation zone, they had the chance to increase their lead atop the league standings to five points.
Bea Mountain went into halftime with a one-goal lead after Prince Kollie gave them the lead in the 34th minute. The leaders continued to control the game and were only five minutes away from securing a perfect score.
Sadly, Jubilee ruined the leaders’ celebration with an 89th-minute goal from Ezekiel Koon.
The outcome was favorable for second-placed LISCR FC, who needed a victory to tie the leaders on points but were unable to do so following a goalless draw with Watanga FC.
When Benjamin Doe was sent off, LISCR was down to 10 men; Watanga should have used this opportunity to reduce the points gap to one between them and LISCR, but did not.
The results maintained the top four teams in the same positions.
With 36 points, Bea Mountain leads the pack, followed by LISCR with 34 points, Watanga with 30 points, and Nimba Kwado with 28 points.
Fourth-place Kwado also settled to a goalless draw with Cece United (8th place) on Friday at the ATS.
Heaven Eleven (7th), who have been playing better recently, and Mighty Barrolle (5th) played to a 3-3 draw in the opening game of the recently concluded round on the SKD practice pitch.
Heaven Eleven have now won two, drawn two, and lost one of their last five.
Following a 2-0 victory over Muscat FC (6th) at the ATS, Freeport FC (12th) emerged as the biggest winners at the bottom of the table.
The ‘Go Green’ boys, who are still fighting relegation, secured all three points thanks to an own goal by Muscat and a goal from Derrick Weah in the second half.
After defeating the struggling LPRC Oilers (9th) 2-1 on Sunday, traditional club Invincible Eleven, currently in second-to-last place, earned their third victory of the season.
The first goal was scored by Sidiki Kromah, who also assisted Jeremiah Johnson in doubling the SunShine Yellow Boys’ advantage. Oilers managed to pull one back in the 70th minute through Obediah Freeman.
Sandi FC are not giving up on their quest to stay in the top league for another season, thanks to a 1-0 victory against Nimba United at the Nancy Doe stadium in Kakata.
Nimba United are the least on the table with eleven points from 16 league games having lost eight, drawn eight, and won one.