Flashback: FA Cup holders Monrovia Club Breweries players celebrate after one of their crucial victories

Nimba United vs Keitrace, FC Fassel vs. LISCR FC, Monrovia Club Breweries vs. Samira FC

The 2017/2018 Liberia Football Association FA Cup has reached the quarter-finals stage with ELWA United getting a “Bye” after seven teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

A “Bye” in a tournament refers to the position of one who draws no opponent for a round and advances to the next round.

Six of the teams, ELWA United, Nimba United, Keitrace FC, FC Fassel, LISCR FC, and Monrovia Club Breweries are in the 1st division and Samira FC, the seventh, are from the 3rd Division.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Mountaineers of Nimba United advanced to the quarter-finals following their 3-2 aggregate win over 2nd division Holders FC.

After a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg, Coach Abraham Sese’s United did not perform up to expectation in the second leg, conceding a 2-1 defeat against their 2nd division opponent, but advanced to the next round with a 3-2 aggregate.

Also on Tuesday in the day’s last encounter, it was another frustrating moment for the Sunshine Yellow Boys, Invincible Eleven, after they were booted out of the FA Cup by Keitrace FC on a 3-1 aggregate after a goalless first leg.

IE took the lead in the 40th minute after Augustus Tanyoun managed to slot home a dispossessed ball in Keitrace’s defense.

The Yellow Boys failed to defend their one goal and in the second half witnessed Keitrace scoring three goals in 30 minutes.

Keitrace pulled one back in the 57th minute through midfielder Jocee Yamba’s right-foot strike before Darlington Lynch doubled the score in the 82nd minute.

Keitrace later finished things up in the 87th minute after striker Amadia Kawah closed the goal with a right foot volley.

On Wednesday, FC Fassel and LISCR FC booked their spots in the quarter-finals after winning 6-0 and 7-4 respectively.

After a 3-0 win the first leg, the Soccer Missionaries (FC Fassel) repeated the same scoreline in the second leg against 3rd division Margibi based Morris Young Tiggers.

Sunnyboy Dolo, Christian Doe, and Sidiki Kromah got the three goals for the score sheet for the Soccer Missionaries.

LISCR, on the other hand, advanced to the quarter-finals on a 7-4 aggregate against Montserrado 3rd division championship side Muscat FC after a 3-0 score in the first leg and a 4-4 draw in the second leg.

LISCR went down to two goals in the first half after Muscat scored two goals in the 25th and 26th minutes, but overturned the score in the second half by scoring four goals in the 33 minutes, but Muscat repeated their first-half goal scoring skills after they scored two goals in the last two minutes of the full 90 minutes.

After yesterday’s matches, the last three teams including Samira FC, ELWA United and FA Cup holders Monrovia Club Breweries joined the rest of their counterparts.

The Scoring Scorpions of Samira who were defeated 1-0 by Jubilee moved to the quarter-finals after a 2-1 aggregate against the Church Boys of Jubilee FC due to their first leg 2-0 win over the Church Boys.

ELWA United having won the first leg with a 3-0 score line, the Paynesville based side was awarded the three points after their opponents FC Bea Mountain failed to turnout for the match.

Title holders Monrovia Club Breweries continue to defend their title after a 2-1 aggregate win over first division counterparts LPRC Oilers.

Following a one-all draw in the first leg, the holders advanced to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over the Oilers in the second leg through Miti Mulbah’s 66th-minute goal.

Quarter Finals Draw

Following the qualification of the remaining seven teams, the draw for the quarter-final was held at the VIP stands at the ATS that saw ELWA United getting a “Bye” that placed them in the semi-final of the tournament.

FULL Draw

Nimba United vs. Keitrace FC

FC Fassel vs. LISCR FC

Monrovia Club Breweries vs. Samira FC

ELWA United – Semi Final

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Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). Anthony has written several sports articles. He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes analysis on Liberian Football.

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