County Meet defending champions Montserrado County have qualified for the final in two consecutive years and will face Bong County in Sunday’s final at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
Montserrado’s opponents in the final, Bong, earlier secured their slot after eliminating rivals Nimba 4-1 in penalties after they settled to a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes and extra time.
Similar to Bong, Coach Samuel Sumo’s side booked their final ticket through an 8-7 post-match penalty win against Margibi County after both teams settled to a 1-1 at the end of the full 90 minutes and extra time.
With lots of skillful and creative players in both teams’ lineup, the match was an intriguing one from the start. Moreover, this was the second meeting between the two teams after they earlier drew during the group stage and eventually qualified as group winners. Both sides began to show off their brilliance on the pitch and made attempts to get the opening goal, but it was Margibi that got the opener in the 6th minute through striker Daniel Tuazama after Mark Yalah provided a heel pass assist to settle his teammate.
However, Montserrado could not allow the score to remain the same for next 10 minutes, and they replied four minutes later when striker Mark Karlay who scored a brace in their 5-0 thrashing of River Gee, leveled things up in the 10th minute.
About 20 minutes into the game, a heavy down pour of rain could not allow the match to continue and also led to several supporters leaving the stadium. Not many expected the match to continue because of the weather condition. Nonetheless, things later returned to normal for the match to continue.
Eventually, the match resumed for the remaining minutes, but both teams failed to score which resulted in a penalty shootout.
Montserrado kicked off the competition slowly in Group B. They drew their first match against Margibi before collecting their first win against River Cess and eventually drew with Grand Bassa.
This was the second time Montserrado has edged out Margibi in the semifinals through a penalty shootout to reach the final. Sunday’s final will mark their fifth final since the inauguration of the competition in 1956.
Meanwhile, in kickball, Nimba will be hoping to become triple champions when they face Grand Bassa in the final. Nimba narrowly defeated Grand Cape Mount 3-2 after five innings while finalists Grand Bassa comfortably defeated Margibi 3-1 in the second semifinal to qualify for the final.