Liberia Football Association 1st division championship contenders LISCR and FC Fassel yesterday secured advantages in the first leg of their second round matches in the ongoing FA Cup following their 3-0 wins respectively at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
LISCR, who secured their advantage in the day’s first encounter, continued their unbeaten run in both the championship and the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win over 3rd division side Muscat FC.
A brace from striker Trokon Myers in the second half and a right foot strike from skipper Saah Nyumah in the 14th minute from outside his opponents’ penalty area were enough to secure the advantage for Coach Tapha Manneh’s boys in their first leg encounter.
Striker Myers doubled his side’s advantage in the 59th minute after he netted an assist from team mate Christopher Jackson and later completed his brace after he slid in to finish forward Morris Vambo’s low ground cross form the right angle of the field.
However, Paynesville based Muscat FC who were good on ball possession, seemed to be unlucky to register a goal after missing out on several clear chances in both halves.
A close opportunity for 3rd division Muscat to get an equalizer 12 minutes after LISCR took the lead was missed after forward Benedict Newton’s shot from close range was denied by goalkeeper Tommy Songo.
Young Muscat’s Coach Obediah Gbeh who earlier said his side was prepared for their 1st division opponents, made several changes in during the second half, but did not get the needed result.
The defeat was Muscat’s first and biggest so far since the start of the season, while LISCR remain unbeaten.
In the day’s last encounter, 1st division leaders FC Fassel secured their chance with a 3-0 win against 3rd division Margibi based Morris Young Tigers.
A goal from center defender Alvin Marciniel through a header from a corner kick in the first half gave the Soccer Missionaries (Fassel) a one goal lead in the first half.
Morris Young Tigers, who are making their debut in the competition, made few attempts on the 1st division leaders, and could have conceded more goals, but kept their defensive posture to concede fewer goals in the first half.
Upon resumption Coach Sam Chebli made changes by introducing striker Elijah Clarke who was on the score sheet for the Missionaries in the previous FA Cup match against BYC and Abraham Barshell in search for additional goals.
The Missionaries later increased their lead after forward Farsedu Logan and striker Clarke registered their names on the score sheet to finally clinch the 3-0 victory.
Meanwhile, the competition will continue tomorrow with another 3rd division side Samira FC taking on the Church Boys of Jubilee FC in the first match, while Nimba United will go against 2nd division side Holder FC.