Liberia’s football giant BYC I yesterday lost to LISCR in the quarterfinals of the President’s Cup 5-4 in penalties with the decisive spot kick by goalkeeper Tommy Songo.
The loss marked the first defeat to BYC I since the scourged of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in March 2014.
The debut Coca-Cola pre-season tournament was remarkably clinched by Coach Robert Larteh’s boys but their second dream ended embarrassingly yesterday.
The game was characterized by tension between fans of both teams with BYC’s fans drumming, yelling and shouting, while LISCR fans sang after a mini-band.
In the 55th minute an inarguably foul was called by central referee Christopher Nanakar which caused an indirect kick in the penalty box and provoked heated debate and near fight amongst the fans.
One of LISCR’s fans jumped on the field and almost slapped referee Nanakar.
In yesterday’s first derby, BYC II convincingly beat Nimba United 2-0. Strikers Eratus Wee and Terry Sackor were on target.
On Wednesday, former Liberian football Most Valuable Player (MVP) Trokon Myers struck the opening goal from 21 yards.
LISCR’s skipper and hit man rotated the score before the break.
BYC I’s co-MVP Van Dave Harmon headed in the equalizer in the 64th minute, but nine minutes later Fallah leveled the score through an impressive pass from skipper Varney.
Meanwhile, according to the semifinals fixture, which is scheduled for Friday, May 29, IE hosts LISCR FC at 2:00pm, while Keitrace FC meets BYC II at 4:00pm.
FC Fassell has taken a bye to the ‘best-out-of-three’ finals.