The preliminary round of the on-going County Meet has ended in four cities, with three of the four host counties qualifying for the quarterfinals.
Group I, II and III hosts Grand Bassa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties have qualified for the quarterfinals in both football and kickball.
Group III host Margibi County only dropped out of football.
In Group I, Bong County thrashed Sinoe County 3-1 and qualified as group leader, while defending football champions Grand Bassa narrowly qualified as runners-up when she whipped River Gee 1-0. Both Bassa and River Gee Counties have six points, but Bassa emerged owing to ‘Goal For.’
For kickball Group I, Bong County trounced Sinoe County 5-2 and qualified with nine points, followed by Grand Bassa with six points.
In Group II, Nimba succeeded as head of the pack with seven points when she flogged Grand Cape Mount 2-0 in a tension-packed match that almost ended in a boycott.
Mustapha Lomell’s slanting shot from the left wing caused an own goal and Nyahn Dahn’s header saw Nimba County moved to the next round.
The second half started about 15 minutes late owing to Bomi’s protest over poor officiating.
Bomi County missed several chances to level the score in the second stanza, and Coach Cooper, in a calm tone, claimed responsibility for Cape Mount’s loss.
Interestingly, Maryland bowed out 5-3 to Grand Cape Mount, but still qualified with four points. Strikers Adam Freeman and Sam Matadi got their consolation win after two defeats.
Earlier in kickball, Nimba whipped Bomi County 38-0 points to emerge second to Grand Cape Mount, who beat Maryland 14 – 5 points to top the table unbeaten.
In Group III, Lofa topped Group III with seven points after a narrow 1-0 win over Grand Kru and Grand Gedeh also qualified after 2-0 defeat over River Cess. In Kickball, Grand Kru, without a defeat, qualified with nine points when she pinned Lofa 5-2 points. Grand Gedeh beat River Cess 6-5 points to qualify.
In Group IV, Montserrado emerged as group leader with three points and a goal difference, followed by Gbarpolu with three points, while the host county also has three points but two goals against. In kickball, Montserrado and Margibi have qualified.
The quarterfinals will resume on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the ATS, in Monrovia.
Meanwhile, the preliminary rounds for the basketball and volleyball will kick off on Sunday, December 20 at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, Monrovia.
Grand Bassa will play Bong in the opener while Sinoe meets River Gee, and Nimba faces Maryland both in volleyball and basketball.