Defending Super Cup champion Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) has retained the Cup in front of a recorded crowd, including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, narrowly defeating FC Fassell 2-1 in the season’s traditional opener.
Last Friday’s win at the Blue Field in the PHP Community, summed her titles to three, but yet to level with the former football giants, LISCR FC, who won the title four times.
BYC hit-man Van-Dave Harmon raised the curtain in the 20th minute through a herculean head-up but the tally was rotated 10 minutes later, with an easy kick from FC Fassell sturdy forwarder Elijah Clarke owing to a defensive slip-up which put goalie Winston Sayouh into trouble.
Some football pundits argued that Chief Referee Lamin Kamara implausibly ignored goalie Sayouh’s protection in his fight to grab the ball, but others said that the discretional decision of the referee is the best option in that jumbled play.
The Go Blues Boys’ midfield Jurnior Barshall drilled in from about 30 yards in the 80th minute and the ball trickily beat five FC Fassell’s players, including defenders to take goalie Jeremiah Sickey unawares.
The Liberia’s football giant, unbeaten in its last 12 matches on its Blue Field, determinedly overcame the threat by knockout champions FC Fassell who scored more goals than BYC in the CAF Competitions, though both teams exited in the preliminary rounds.
FC Fassell was impressive in the first half with both goalies making several smart saves. After the goal, the visiting side fought but was unable to trouble substitute goalie Nathaniel. The veteran goalkeeper reacted twice quickly to 2nd division highest scorer and MVP Vitalis Sieh’s drives at goal.
During the 4 minutes injury time, police officers nearly restrained some unhappy FC Fassell fans who attempted to invade the pitch.
The financier and the chairman of the Board of FC Fassell, Cassell A Kuoh said the defeat of his side was owing to alleged poor officiating from referee Kamara. Mr. Kouh, who is Vice President for Operations at the LFA– technically has supervision over the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) stated that “the game was like a gift to BYC with the presence of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.”
The head coach of FC Fassell, Matthew Jaluteh, LFA’s 2nd division coach-of-the-year divulged that the team didn’t go in camp and began practice late for the game.
“We only practiced three times before the game and didn’t go in camp, while BYC immediately after their return from the Gambia went straight in camp,” Coach Jaluteh said.
Coach Lartey said winning the game was because of adequate preparedness, discipline and execution of his strategy.
He hailed the management of BYC and players for the collaboration and said the Super Cup would serve as a motivator for the 2015/2016 LFA League.
Some fans thanked the Go Blue Boys for retaining the Championship and the Super Cup as well as maintaining her dominance on the field. Other fans expressed dissatisfaction over the venue, which is home to BYC and pointed out alleged bad calls from referee Kamara.
They argued that a final of all the LFA’s competitions must be decided on home-and-away matches.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General of SWAL, Kolubah Zayzay has revealed that the sporting group will complain to BYC officials about uncivilized treatment meted out against journalist on the Blue Field.
Prior to the game, the LFA medaled and certificated FC BYC, FC Fassell and Earth Angels as champions for the 1st, 2nd and female divisions for the 2013/2014 National league.
The LFA honored FC Fassell and Blanco FC as winners for the LFA Cup (Knockout) as well as Mighty Dragon and Sac FC as 1st and 2nd winners for the 3rd division.
For individual awards, Jame Soto Robert of LPRC won the Highest Goal Scorer medal, followed by Vitalis Sieh of FC Fassell.
Teah Dennis of BYC, Kemo Kawah of Nimba United and Vivian Sarnor of Senior Pro grasped Best Defenders awards.
The coach awards went to Robert Lartey of BYC; Matthew Jaluteh of FC Fassell and Jenkins Doe of Earth Angels.
The Best Goalie medals were to Sumo Giddings of Monrovia Club Breweries, Jeremiah Sackey of FC Fassell and Mamie Kamara of Earth Angels.
The Most Valuable Players (MVPs), awards went Sporo Somah of BYC, Vitalis Sieh and Angeline Keyah won the titles for the three divisions (1st, 2nd and female)