Like any other competition, the 2018/2019 National County Sports Meet continues to become more attractive as the preliminary stage draws to a close.
The second round of games on Wednesday, December 19, saw some teams edging closer to the quarterfinals, with just a single point needed in their final group match.
Nimba County is one of the teams that need a single point in their final game. The host county of Group I collected their first win in the competition on Wednesday after comfortably beating Gbarpolu 2-0 at the Sanniquellie sports stadium.
Kulah Gorloryorn was the hero for the Northeastern County scoring a brace-his third goal of the competition- to move one step away from qualification.
Defending champions Montserrado County bounced back after conceding defeat in their first game. The champions narrowly defeated Sinoe County 1-0 through Roosevelt Dennis lone goal.
In the group’s final fixtures for Saturday, December 22, Nimba will take on Montserrado County that will be fighting for a win to book their ticket to the quarterfinals. Anything less than a win for the defending football champions, their fate will be decided from Sinoe and Gbarpolu’s game result.
On the other hand, Sinoe and Gbarpolu will also be competing for a win and a favorable result from Nimba and Montserrado’s game to secure a spot in the last eight.
This group comprises three teams, Grand Gedeh, Maryland and Grand Bassa. Host county Grand Gedeh finds themselves in the waiting position after two consecutive draws in their two group games. The 1989 winners were unable to win in their second game after a 1-1 draw against Grand Bassa on Wednesday at the Albert T. White Sports Stadium in Zwedru.
The final group match is between Grand Bassa and Maryland with the winning side advancing to the quarterfinals along with Grand Gedeh, while a draw will see two of the group’s members with better goal difference or highest goals advancing to the last eight.
Grand Kru County went atop of the group with six points after pinning host county Margibi 1-0 at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata City. The four-time winners will now need a draw in their final match against Lofa on Saturday to make their way to the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
Lofa, on the other hand, collected their first three points after defeating Grand Cape Mount 2-0 and will need a win in their final match to qualify, as a draw or loss will have them keeping their fingers crossed for a favorable result from the Margibi verses Cape Mount’s match.
Margibi and Cape Mount will also be fighting for a win combined with more goals, as one side could qualify on goal difference.
The C.H. Deway sports pitch was also an area of excitement on Wednesday. After winning their first games, River Gee and Bong counties settled to a 1-1 draw to increase their points to four apiece and will now need just a draw in their final games to travel to Montserrado County for the quarterfinals.
Later in the second kickoff, host Bomi County could not afford to play another 90 minutes without putting smiles on the faces of their home supporters. Bomi fought hard and utilized the last 15 minutes to defeat River Cess 1-0. The Northeasterners are now third in Group IV and will need a win against River Gee to qualify.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 Fixtures:
Nimba vs. Montserrado
Gbarpolu vs. Sinoe
Maryland vs. Grand Bassa
Margibi vs. Grand Cape Mount
Grand Kru vs. Lofa
Bomi vs. River Gee
Rivercess vs. Bong