FA Cup Round-Two Review

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Captains of Monrovia Club Breweries and LPRC Oilers pose with match officials before the kickoff of the FA Cup first leg clash that ended 1-1.

The final first leg matches of round-two of the ongoing FA Cup over the weekend came to an end with two draws in the last three matches.

In the first encounter, the Sun Shine Yellow Boys, having lost to their 1st division counterparts Keitrace FC twice this season in the championship, came back stronger to avoid another defeat against Coach Gabriel Johns’ Keitrace FC.

The Yellow Boys had the best of chances, but failed to secure a win that could put the side in a better position ahead of the second leg.

Keitrace through its skipper Amadiah Kawah had an opportunity in the early minutes of the second half with his shot hitting the side curtain.

Since the introduction of new players to the roster of the Sun Shine Yellow Boys, the team has improved and put out better performances and managed to secure two wins and a draw out of their last five matches in all competitions.

In another tough FA Cup clash over the weekend, cup holders Monrovia Club Breweries and LPRC Oilers settled to a one-all draw after the home side, Oilers, came from behind to force a draw after Ebenezer Solo slotted home from the penalty spot.

Breweries took the lead in the 22nd minute after Amos Jonny slotted home a low ground shot in the lower right corner of his opponent’s goalpost.

Oilers got the penalty in the 28th minute after a foul was committed in Breweries’ penalty area that gave Oilers the opportunity to get the equalizer.

Some Breweries supporters criticized the team for not performing up to expectations as title holders.

The Bushrod Island based side advanced to the second round after a 2-1 win over 3rd division Magibi based Harbel Athletic – a match that could have entered a post-match penalty after the title holders struggled to defend their two-goal advantage in the second half.

The second leg will determine if the holders will advance to the next round against the Oilers.

In the final round two first leg match on Saturday, regulation threatened ELWA United secured a comprehensive 3-0 victory over 2nd division FC Bea Mountain that put them in a good position ahead of the second leg.

ELWA United are currently seated in the 11th position on the championship’s log – second from the bottom, but seemed to be targeting the FA Cup following their two wins in the competition.

The last three goals scored by ELWA United summed up the total goals in the competition to 72 out of 21 matches.

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