Orange First Division Weekend Roundup: Oilers Move Top, Watanga Pin LISCR FC

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The title race continues to get tense as no team can be pointed out as clear favorites with six games left to play

LPRC Oilers on Sunday moved top of the Orange National League First Division table since February following their 3-1 win against Mighty Barrolle at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata, Margibi.

Striker Terry Sackor scored a brace to increase his total league goals to 11. Sackor got the first in the 11th minute to put Oilers in front before Mighty Barrolle got the equalizer in the 25th minute through Ralph George to end the first half 1-1.

It took eight minutes for the Oilers to reclaim the lead when Sackor got his second goal of the match. Barrolle, who are in the 6th position, could not make a comeback in the second 45 and James Richardson closed things up in the 63rd minute to seal the Oilers’ 3-1 win.

Former league leaders, Nimba Kwado, could not maintain the one-point gap atop of the table after a goalless draw against bottom side Nimba FC in Ganta, Nimba County. The result means Kwado are now one point behind Oilers, while Nimba FC remain in the 11th position with eight points from 16 games.

Elsewhere, Watanga FC continued their winning run as striker Augustine Otu scored twice to help his team come from a goal down to pin 3rd place LISCR FC 2-1 at the George Weah Technical Center in Careysburg.

Mark Karlay gave LISCR the lead in the 13th minute, but Otu replied in the 34th minute to end the first half one-all. After several minutes of a goal drought in the second half, Otu finally netted the winning goal in the 79th minute. It was Watanga’s fourth consecutive win in their last five games. The win maintained Watanga to their 5th position, level on points with Bea Mountain, and are now three points above Barrolle who they were previously leveled on points.

Freeport and Monrovia Club Breweries played to a 1-1 draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia. Freeport remained in their 7th position with 20 points from 16 games, while Breweries dropped to 9th due to NPA Anchors’ 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Small Town FC at the SKD Sports Stadium.

Three additional defeats for Small Town in their remaining six games will confirm their relegation before the end of the season.

In Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County, Bea Mountain failed to collect all three points at home after they settled to a goalless draw against Nimba United at the Kinjor Sports Stadium.

The title race continues to get tense as no team can be pointed out as clear favorites with six games left to play.

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