Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) got their title defense off to a good start with a 4-2 victory over Keitrace FC in the Orange-sponsored Liberia Football Association (LFA) first division national league at the Blue Field on Wednesday.
Nicolas Blapoh silenced the home fans with a 25 minute opener but last season’s top scorer Trokon Myers equalized 10 minutes later.
Abdulai Bility made it 3-1 in the 44th minute and third captain Samir Kamara, who wore the armband, secured all three points with a goal in the 62nd minute.
Bility then completed his brace seven minutes from time before Christopher Jarboe pulled one back for Keitrace in the 93rd minute.
BYC coach Robert Lartey was without captain Teah Dennis, Ketu Jerbo and Jeremy Saygbe, due to injuries.
But Lartey, who has boasted about the depth of his squad, was never short of options as wingers Fallah Sherriff and William Freeman, who missed Sunday’s Super Cup victory over LISCR, returned to the squad.
At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), rejuvenated Watanga FC condemned Small Town FC to a 3-1 victory in the first game.
Elijah Clark gave Watanga a six minute lead and would have made it two but his 18-yard piledriver bounced off the woodwork.
Farsedu Logan made it 2-0 some 19 minutes later and 3-0 shortly before halftime, while Praise Tweh scored a consolation goal for Small Town three minutes from time.
Obediah Freeman scored in the 84th minute as NPA Anchors stunned LISCR FC 1-0 in game two at the ATS.
Nimba FC and Jubilee FC drew goalless in Ganta, Nimba County.
Sensational LPRC Oilers defeated nine-man FC Fassell 3-1 in Kakata, Margibi County.
Oilers were two goals up through Sampson Dweh and Emmanuel Francis in the third and 26th minutes before Yaya Randy Martins was sent-off in the 35th minute.
Fred Brooks made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute and Fred Mombo reduced the tally eight minutes later before Lawrence Sieh got his marching orders in the 88th minute.
Nimba United defeated Monrovia Club Breweries 2-1 at their North Star home ground in Mount Barclay.
Ben Benaiah got the curtain-raiser in the 26th minute and United were even happy when Michael Fahnbulleh turned the ball into his own net three minutes later before Prince Zawoh pulled one back in the 38th minute.