FA Cup Knockout Draw: Four 1st Division Teams Paired

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Watanga FC

-BYC vs. FC Fassel, LISCR FC vs. Watanga FC, as holders MC Breweries battle Harbel Athletic

 

Four 1st division sides were on Tuesday paired in the 2017 FA Cup knockout rounds following random selection draws at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.

The draws which included 30 teams: 12 first division clubs, 12 second division clubs, four clubs from the Montserrado Sub-Association and two from the Margibi Sub- Association, witnessed 1st division champions BYC paired against current league leaders, FC Fassel, while the ‘Shipping Boys’ (LISCR FC) paired against their 1st division counterparts, Watanga FC.

FC Fassel were the victors when they last met BYC at the Blue Field. Two goals from Christian Doe in each halve were enough to secure a win for the ‘Soccer Missionaries’ after BYC took the lead in the early minutes of the match through Van-Dave Harmon.

The draw also witnessed LISCR FC paired against fellow 1st division club, Watanga FC. The encounter between the two teams this season ended in a goalless draw at the ATS.

LISCR FC players

Other 1st division sides are Nimba United versus JAI FC; Jubilee FC versus Gardnersville FC; Invincible Eleven versus Mighty Blue Angles; and Keitrace FC versus Mighty Kakata.

Others include ELWA United verses 3rd division championship side Freeport FC and Samira FC going against the Rollers of Mighty Barrolle.

In other fixtures, former first division side, NPA Anchors, will go against Bea Mountain FC; Harbel Athletic against cup holders Monrovia Club Breweries; and LPRC Oilers against 2nd division side Small Town FC.

Others include, Nimba FC against Morris Young Tigers FC; Holders FC versus Tony FC; and Nimba Kwadoe versus 2nd division side BYC-II; while two 3rd division championship sides, Muscat FC and Gardnesville based Grassfield Athletic Club will be going against each other.

The two sides in their first match of the championship drew 2-2 after Muscat came from a goal down and changed the score to 2-1; it was later forced to a draw.

The competition committee is yet to announce the dates for the kickoff of the FA Cup knockout rounds, but has disclosed that the venue for the competition remains the ATS.

The draw was held in the presence of several club presidents and representatives, which the competition committee termed as transparent.

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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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