FC BYC has moved to the top of the 1st division table, routing arch-rival LISCR FC 1-0 at the Blue Field on Wednesday, while FC Fassell is tightly closed with goal difference, winning 1-0 over Mighty Dragon at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
FC BYC and Fassell have 10 points each, and five-point lead, while defending football champions Nimba United is 3rd with five points, followed by LPRC Oilers, LISCR FC and ELWA United.
FC BYC 2015 Most Valuable Player and central midfielder Junior Barshall scored his regular but ludicrous goal – flicking the ball over a hapless defender and into the net in the 59th minute beyond the 18-yard box. It marked his fourth goal in four matches.
Midfielder Barshall told journalists that his skill, shots and goals are meant to put pressure on strikers.
“I don’t only like to pass the ball, I also like to score, and it is that kind of pressure I want to put on our strikers,” he said, smiling.
In the early minutes LISCR’s lanky midfielder Stephen Seameh blew away an opportunity which could have begun the pressure on BYC.
BYC wonder boy’s older brother, Abraham Barshall and Sam Jadoe as well as Malachi Coker and Dominic Jarteh sent some of their balls wide while others were stopped by goalie Mulbah Urey.
Winger James Richardson and skipper Julius Nah were the “men of the match” for LISCR, and it could have been better if Coach Robert Lartey had used some of the younger players, including Sanney Carlos and Fred Brooks.
LISCR goalie Prince Wlame is part of the cause for Barshall’s ridiculous goal but his magnificent performance could be considered as “covering his share of the wrong.”
FC BYC would not have succeeded if it was the quartet midfielders – attacking midfielder Prince Saydee, central midfielders Junior Barshall and Benjamin Gbamy and defensive midfielder Gideon Williams.
Also, goalie Mulbah Urey would not be excluded.
LISCR Coach Robert Lartey expressed disappointment on the defeat to his former team – BYC, and especially on two consecutive times.
“I am disappointed, but that’s the game and I hope to make a comeback,” Coach Lartey, alias Coach Pello said.
For his part, Coach Cooper Sarnoh said the victory meant that his players are “understanding the pattern” and reiterated his conviction of clinching the 2015/2016 LFA Championship.
“I’m happy….very happy and optimistic of winning the title….,” Coach Sarnoh smiled.
Elsewhere at the ATS, Fassell potent striker Eddie Wulue’s 26th minute goal was enough to axed ELWA United to bond with BYC at 10 points. Also at the ATS on Wednesday, Holder whipped Mighty Dragon 3-1.
On Tuesday, Watanga and Oilers drew 1-1; as well as Nimba United and Keitrace 1-1. The 2015/2016 LFA League will resume next week.