BYC Coach Lartey: ‘I Am Not Under Pressure’

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BYC Coach Lartey (L) addresses sports journalist Michael Solomon after his team's defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries (Image Courtesy: Anthony Kokoi)

Following BYC FC’s 1-0 defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries over the weekend at the Blue Field, BYC’s head coach Robert Lartey has said he is not under pressure to deliver despite losing his first three points in the 2018 Liberia Football Association First Division league.

A lone goal from Breweries’ striker Mitis Mulbah in the 24th minute saw the Bushrod Island-based club bagging home all three points as they moved top of Group B. BYC are seated in the third position after collecting three points in their 2-0 win against Watanga FC in the opening fixture.

In the weekend’s encounter, BYC lost control of the midfield after Kertu Jebro was substituted, followed by striker Mustapha Lomell sending off, but the ‘Go Blue Boys’ later regained control of the midfield. Thanks to after forward, Fallah Sheriff, for moving down to the middle.

Coch Lartey later introduced striker Robert Taylor who came close to slotting home an equalizer in the 90th minute. Though Taylor was in a better position to head in right-back Darlington Segbe’s cross from the right flank, Breweries goalkeeper Sampson Giddings was in the best position to deny home side from getting a point.

“I don’t think I am under pressure, because I spent several years with this club and won lots of trophies, so I am not under pressure. I am a relaxed coach, I know what I am capable of doing,” Coach Lartey said.

Lartey, who is a former LISCR coach, said his team played their normal football, but were unfortunate to lose the match because of goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh’s mistake.

“That’s the game of football, one team has to win. We played our best today, but Breweries became the better side after they capitalized on our goalkeeper’s mistake to win,” he said.

Coach Lartey returned to BYC in May, 2017, replacing former coach Cooper Sannah who was sacked by the club due to what the club termed as ‘poor performance’ during the 2016/2017 national league.

During Lartey’s previous spell at BYC, he won triple titles, First division, FA cup and Super Cup in the 2012/2013 league season.  He also won the FA Cup with the junior team (BYC II) as head coach, and progressed to the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup during the club’s debut appearance.

BYC will be looking to bounce back when they face newly promoted side, Small Town FC, tomorrow at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

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