Terminators FC of APM Terminals, under the encouragement of former goal-hunter Jonathan Armah Baxter, yesterday defeated NPA Oldtimers 3-1 in a practice soccer match at the NPA sports pitch in Monrovia.
Enjoying a 5-2 first leg friendly victory over Terminators FC a couple of weeks ago, NPA Oldtimers went into the game unaware of the Terminators’ design for the match.
Reports indicated that NPA Oldtimers were yet to settle down to assess the game when their defense was overran early in the half with two beautiful goals that left their goalkeeper stranded.
And with 2-0 lead, APM Terminators kept the pressure on and dictated the pace of the game with hard-running Nicholas Sieh in the thick of events.
With good control of the ball from the midfield, APM Terminals had their opponents most of the time on the defensive but they were robbed of goals due to erratic shooting in front of their opponents’ goal area.
But was it against the run of play that NPA Oldtimers’ James Rennie converted a spot kick for his side’s consolation goal which was not enough to save their game.
In the final minutes, APM Terminals’ Sieh had NPA Oldtimers’ defense reeling, and as NPA Oldtimers’ defense called for back-up from their men upfront Sieh in possession of the ball outside their opponents’ 18, saw the NPA goalkeeper rushing out with the hope of putting the ball under control.
But he could not make it.
With proper timing, Sieh, as he later told NPA Oldtimers’ acting president Poka Williams, “I baptized your goalkeeper with the blood of Jesus,” he lifted the ball over the head of the advancing NPA Oldtimers’ goalkeeper and when the goalie turned around he saw the ball resting comfortably in the goal.
He almost wept.
Later, NPA Oldtimers’ acting president Williams told the Daily Observer that the games are part of series of preparatory matches toward the 2015-2016 Liberia Oldtimers National Association league.
“In the last two seasons of the LONA league,” Williams said, “we came at the 10th and 12th positions and we are hoping to do more in the coming league.” He commended former NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker for NPA’s consistent support during her administration.