Following a two week break due to the continuation of the just ended National County Sports Meet, the Liberia Football Association’s Cellcom National League yesterday resumed at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with Nimba United thrashing LPRC Oilers 2-0.
The match, which was poorly attended, saw the “Mountaineers” taking the lead in the 14th minute after Oilers’ goalkeeper Saylee Swen and his four defenders failed to clear the ball away from their defense.
Oilers got an opportunity to level the score in the 16th minute after they were awarded a penalty; goalkeeper Swen with lots of confidence left his goalpost to take the penalty and ended up hitting the crossbar.
Although Oilers were down 1-0 they continued to mount pressure on Coach Emmanuel Kekay’s boys, but wasted chances that came their way.
Nimba United struggled to possess the ball but were able to hold their lead till the end of the first half.
With high expectation from the few supporters of both teams, they returned to a second session marked by misplaced passes up to 15 minutes in the half.
Coach Kaykay of Nimba United saw the gaps that were created and used break in time to talk to his team’s captain and made two substitutions that brought some changes in his team’s performance, and led to left-back Stanley Whitfield missing a shot from close range after receiving a cross from Edward Dean from the right flank.
The “Mountaineers” kept their new style of play that led to Whitfield doubling the team’s advantage in the 83rd minute from a perfect coordination between Whitfield and Mustapha Lomell in front of their opponent’s defense.
LPRC tried to get a consolation goal when Willington Seah took a left foot strike few yards away from the goal, but goalkeeper Emmanuel Deanneh brilliantly knocked the ball above the bar.
Abduraman Brima of Nimba United, who was introduced in the second half, could have increased the tally to three through a one-on-one opportunity in added time, but missed the chance when his shot rolled few inches away from the right post.
The three points collected by the “Mountaineers” pushed them up to fourth place with the same points as third place Keitrace FC, who will go against second place BYC today at the Blue Field.