Phase Two of the Orange National League First Division kickoff over the weekend match results-producing up and downwards movements on the league table.
Here is a roundup.
A goal each from Julius Nyanamah and Sunnyboy Dolo helped league leaders Nimba Kwado extend their lead to three points atop of the league table with a 2-1 win against Watanga FC at the Blue Field on Saturday.
Nyanamah put Kwado in front when Otis Yogiee provided an assist in the opening quarter and hour before Sunnyboy Dolo made in 2-0 for the Nimba-based team. Striker Augustine Otu got the one goal consolation for Watanga.
The defeat was Watanga’s fourth at home out of the six defeats conceded so far in the 2020/2021 league campaign. Coach Matthew Julutweh and his boys are now seated in the eighth position with 14 points-three points above the relegation zone.
LPRC Oilers 2-2 Bea Mountain
Second place Oilers could not maintain the one-point gap that existed at the top of the table when they dropped two points in a tight 2-2 draw against Bea Mountain at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata, Margibi County.
Oilers, who had finished phase one of the league with the most goals scored (21), came from two goals down when defender Mehmpaine Dolo reduced the goals deficit in the 80th minute to make it two one.
Bea Mountain had earlier taken a comfortable 2-0 after Abdula Bility and Mark Paye recorded their fourth and fifth league goals in the 28th and 48th minutes respectively.
Bea Mountain thought they had already collected all three points with the score at 2-1 after the full 90 minutes, but Titus Cooper swiftly rescued Oilers when he scored the game’s final goal in the last minute of the five minutes added time.
Mighty Barrolle 0-1 LISCR FC
It was a tough fight for the third position on the table between traditional club Mighty Barrolle and 2016 champions LISCR FC, but it was LISCR that collected all three points at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
Coach Tapha Manneh made the right decision when he introduced Marlon Harrison for Fredrick Jarbah in the second half. Harrison’s introduction made the biggest impact of the game when he collected a loose ball in Mighty Barrolle’s penalty area and wasted no time to fire home the match-winner.
LISCR remain at 3rd place, but their victory means they are now four points above fourth-place Barrolle.
Nimba FC 0-1 Freeport FC
Not a surprising result from Ganta, as Nimba FC continues to perform dismally since the start of the season and could be relegated if they continue on the same path.
Jonathan Eke returned to Freeport FC squad with a goal when he scored the opener in the 19th minute. The score was changed to 2-0 five minutes later when newly signed forward Frank Allison announced himself in the top tire league with a goal.
Allison was signed from Great Anita FC (3rd Division-Maryland) on a three-and-a-half-year deal before the opening of the mid-season transfer window.
Despite the result, Freeport are in their same 6th position but are now two points above NPA Anchors that moved to 7th place following their 2-1 against Monrovia Club Breweries, thanks to goals from Christian Gbala and Melvin Clarke. Breweries, who are rocked with an injury crisis, tried to come back, but only managed to get a goal through Benjamin Sarkoh who had returned to the squad.
At the North Star Stadium in Mount Barclay, Nimba United were awarded all three points when bottom side Small Town FC forfeited due to late arrival at the game venue. Both Nimba United and Small Town are in the relegation zone, with 11 and four points respectively.