–BYC and LISCR settle to a draw; LPRC Oilers get another defeat
LFA first division league leaders FC Fassel yesterday ended the first phase of the ongoing LFA league with a 2-0 victory over Watanga FC that extended their lead to seven points clear of second place Monrovia Club Breweries.
The win was the Soccer Missionaries’ ninth out of their eleven first phase matches after they drew one and lost one.
The Soccer Missionaries got the two goals in the second half after three of Watanga players were red carded. James Walatee slotted home the opener in the 72nd minute from the penalty spot, while Seleke Kamara doubled the league leaders’ advantage in added time to finally clinch victory for Coach Sam Chebli’s side.
The Soccer Missionaries will remain at the top after the final two first phase matches on Sunday, but their seven points lead might be reduced to four points if second place MC Breweries secure a win in their last match.
The match was also Watanga FC’s last match of the first phase that left them in 6th place on the league table with 17 points out of 11 matches after securing five wins, two draws and losing four matches.
Watanga were among teams that conceded less goals midway through the first phase but could not maintain their clean records after conceding four goals in their last two matches.
Early at the ATS, a lone goal from goalkeeper Abdulai Kouilibaly; his fourth in two matches, saw the Bushrod Island based side defeating struggling LPRC Oilers 1-0.
The win pushed the Islanders second on the table with 21 points out of 11 matches, while LPRC remain second from bottom with five points out of ten matches.
In another entertaining midweek encounter, the Go Blue Boys, Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) and the Shipping Boys of LISCR FC settled to a goalless draw at the Blue Field in Monrovia.
BYC’s Coach Cooper Sannah made five changes in the team that faced the Mozambicans (Ferroviario de Beira) in the 2nd leg of the CAF Championship first round at the ATS.
Prince Kennedy, Hilton Varney, Abraham Dougbeh, David Tweh and striker Mark Paye who were part of Coach Sannah’s previous lineup, started from the bench.
Both teams in hunt for all three points displayed splendid performances from the start of the match that their supporters cheered from the stands.
The match was tough and had lots of tension that witnessed center referee Isaac Montgomery awarding five yellow cards-three against BYC-in the first 45 minutes.
An early opportunity to send the Go Blue Boys in front was wasted after forward Prince Saydee blew the ball over the crossbar.
LISCR created chances to get the curtain raiser through striker Christopher Jackson, Fallah Sheriff and Varney Sando, but the Shipping Boys’ attempts could not pass goalkeeper Allenton Sembeh.
Upon the start of the second half, both teams mounted pressure on each other with LISCR’s goalkeeper Tommy Songo making two crucial saves.
LISCR were reduced to 10 men after Brigman Howard received his second yellow card for handing the ball in the 49th minute.
Despite their numeral disadvantage, the Shipping Boys continued their attacks that saw striker Jackson missing an open goal after goalkeeper Sembeh miss-punched a cross from the right flank.
BYC were later in the second half reduced to nine men after left-back James Kpoto and center defender Kemoh Kamara were red carded in the 75th and 86th minutes respectively.
The red cards created little space for LISCR down the right wing as forward Sheriff continued to receive free ball that he did not utilize to take hold of the three points.
The draw was LISCR’s seventh of the league; drawing more games than any other side in the first phase of the league.
They are now seated 3rd on the table with 19 points out of 11 matches; wining four and drawing seven and remaining undefeated.
On the other hand, BYC are fourth on the table with 18 points out of 10 matches and will be going against Nimba United on Sunday at the North Star Sports pitch.
A win for the Go Blue Boys will see them move to second place to level on points with Club Breweries.