Watanga FC made nonsense of pre-match predictions and kicked out Monrovia Club Breweries out of the 2014 FA Cup with a 4-1 thrashing in the first match of the tournament at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, yesterday.
In the second match, LPRC-Oilers came from a 1-0 down in the second half to find the equalizer and then moved on to eliminate the Liberian champions BYC, 5-4 on penalties.
Oilers will now face FC Fassell who drew a bye and moved to the semi-finals automatically.
Now with Oilers as their opponents, they will clash in the semi-finals on March 3, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Oilers yesterday had their game, putting lots of pressure on BYC who played their game with occasional counter attacks. Oilers’ Soto Roberts cancelled BYC’s goal that right winger Lamin Jabateh scored in the 43rd minute midway in the second half.
By all indications LPRC-Oilers deserved their victory since they played a much better and purposeful game.
Left winger Vincent Joseph, Myers Gallo and striker Adonis Peter fought bravery but their attempts at goal could not materialize because they were too hasty outside their opponents’ area that they could not initiate any effective tactic to beat the offside traps set by their opponents.
They would attack from the wings and push BYC into their own area but forgot that the officiating referee and his linesmen were keeping watch of the offside rules.
The players would simply rush, ignoring the offside rule and they were caught at each occasion. They earned several corner-kicks but they could not convert them into goals.
At least two of their players earned an unnecessary yellow card caution when they played rough against their opponents.
The game ended 1-1 and the five-five penalty kicks were applied and the Oilers managed to win 5-4.
The third match was in progress at press time between LISCR FC and NPA, in match that was expected to be more exciting.
There were side attractions worth mentioned here. Vuvuzelas blew across the stadium, along with two drummer groups who entertained the crowd and the teams as well as a brass band. The band played memorable tunes that delighted the fans who witnessed some of the best games of the year.
The winner of LISCR FC v NPA will meet Watanga in the second game on March 3 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.