Nimba United was crowned “Football Champions” on Sunday when she defeated LISCR FC on penalties to win the 2014/2015 Championship after 120 minutes of action produced no goals.
Nimba United, formerly Adorence FC – won the top league title for the first time in five years as they edged LISCR FC 3-2 on lottery shot following a goalless draw after extra time in the finals at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
When the match tied 1-1, Nimba United’s goalkeeper Emmanuel Deanneh blocked a penalty attempt which psychologically scared LISCR players as they kicked two kicks away – causing their defeat.
It took a total of nine kicks to settle the outcome on Sunday after Nimba United had missed their first two attempts.
Victory for Nimba United also handed Coach Kollie Corvy, alias Coach Mission-the distinction of lifting his first championship title, unlike LISCR Coach Cooper Sarnor, who has never lifted the “Cup” at either at the County Meet or the national football league.
LISCR played excellently but failed to display their winning tactics as Nimba United controlled most of the match. The Mountaineers’ skipper Titus Cooper was the star of the game, delivering a fine performance that had fans chanting his name throughout the 90 minutes.
Referee Jerry Yekeh disallowed a goal from Nimba United in the 26th minute after claiming that striker Adetu fouled a LISCR defender before shooting the ball into the back of the net. The “Mountaineers” – as Nimba United is known – continued their dominance in the match. However, their lack of capitalization on goal chances saw them head into penalty kicks before becoming victorious.
Nimba United’s triumph earned them the amount of L$1.2 million (US$13,636) as the cash price. They will represent Liberia in the 2016 Confederation of African Football Champions League.
Fans of the un-favor champions described the “win” against LISCR FC as sweet victory, having struggled narrowly to top Group A with 19 points, putting Watanga FC behind with 18 points.
Flattened LISCR FC was the favorite team; having topped Group B with 25 points.
Sunday’s 4-3-3 plot was not only workable for Nimba United which caused the team satisfaction at the end of the encounter.
Their scheme lineup included goalie Emmanuel Deanneh; defenders Edward Dean, Anthony Buogbor, Joseph Dennis and Kermue Kamara.
Others were Wilton Ninneh, Sunnyboy Dolo and Barbue Kollie, Adetu Evanononye, Titus Cooper and Patrick Sengbeh.
Earlier, in the first game, Mighty Dragons clinched the 2nd division champions on a 3-2 aggregate against ELWA United, in spite of their 2-1 defeat. In the first leg, Mighty Dragons whipped ELWA United 2-0.
On Saturday, Barrolle escaped relegation with a 2-0 win over Joy Conquerors and BYC II was crowned champions of the Knockout (LFA Cup) after pinning Club Breweries, 2-1 in a lottery shot, after a goalless match.
This is the second time for BYC II to win the knockout title. In the 2012/2013 league, the Blue Boys whipped Watanga FC 2-1 to clinch the title.
In the 2013/2014 league season, BYC II grabbed the 2nd division championship.
Already, Aries FC, Jubilee and Club Monrovia Breweries have been sent down (relegated) to the 2nd division; while Nimba FC, Sesay FC and Joy Conquerors have been sent back to the 3rd division.