After four successive draws in the quarter-finals of the ongoing National County Sports Meet, Montserrado and Maryland Countries finally secured wins in the second phase of the tournament.
Montserrado County got the first win after Joseph Zayzay, who was introduced in the second half, slotted home a bicycle kick in the 74th minute against Cape Mount County.
In the second encounter between Maryland and River Gee, the two sides struggled to get ahead but it was in the 24th minute that Alvin Allison of Maryland was brought down in the 18 yard box, which led to River Gee conceding a penalty. Goalkeeper Swen Brown proved his ability to save Victor Allison’s kick.
The struggle for a goal from both sides continued with River Gee keeping their opponents on their feet with three successive corners. However, the first half ended goalless.
Both teams returned to the second session with lots of tension, with Maryland creating more chances.
Lassana Swaray who replaced Philip Dubayou following an injury to the head, missed a one-on-one opportunity in the 80th minute with inches away from goal.
Goalkeeper Brown’s hope of keeping a clean sheet after making several saves was dashed after the Harper Boys finally found the back of the net in the 85th minute through Alfah Allison.
Musa Kamara of River Gee tried to slot home an equalizer when he drove through the defense of Maryland, but didn’t succeed due to his opponents’ strong defense.
A clinical finish from Doe Dennis in the 90th minute was sufficient for the Harper Boys to secure all three points.
Defender Francis Williams of Maryland was awarded a football and reading books by the Ministry of Youth and Sports as Man of the Match.
Montserrado and Maryland counties now have four points in Group “A” while Grand Cape Mount and River Gee remain on the table with one point each.
The tournament will continue today with Margibi going against Lofa County and Nimba County going against Grand Bassa County.