Weekend Review: IE Secure First Point

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Flashback: Morris Janteh celebrates with teammates after scoring against traditional rivals Barrolle

–Barrolle Ends First Phase with Defeat

 

The LFA national league over the weekend continued with several fixtures that saw Invincible Eleven securing their first point in the league, while their traditional rivals, Mighty Barrolle lost their second consecutive match.

After losing nine consecutive matches, the “Sunshine Yellow Boys” (IE) on Friday drew 1-1 against Sensational LPRC Oilers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

The match which was Coach Samuel Sumo’s second after signing a six month contract with the IE Majestic Sports Association saw his boys taking an early lead in the 5th minute after Robert Jackson headed home Rufus Sackie’s cross from the right flank.

IE continued their attacks on their opponents but midway through the first half they broke down, with players showing exhaustion and unable to enter their opponent’s half.

Oilers acting head coach Frank Friday tried to avoid defeat in his first match by pushing his boys forward, but his side kept missing goal scoring opportunities.

Having lost six consecutive matches, Coach Sackie’s Oilers bounced back in the second half keeping IE on their back-foot and dominated the last 45 minutes of the match.

Their dominance yielded a result after Andrew Doley got the equalizer in the 56th minute.

Despite the result, both teams maintained their respective positions on the league table.

IE remain at the bottom of the table with one point out of ten matches, while Oilers are number 11 on the table – second from bottom – with five points out of nine matches.

In Sunday’s fixtures, the “Kayan Pepper Boys” (Barrolle) ended their first phase of the season with a defeat after conceding their second consecutive defeat against league leaders FC Fassel at the ATS.

The defeat, which was their second following their 2-1 victory over traditional rivals IE on February 19, saw Coach Tyrance Dixon’s boys losing to the “Soccer Missionaries” (FC Fassel) 5-1.

The result extended FC Fassel’s lead on top of the league table to seven points ahead of 2nd place LISCR FC. Both teams have a game on hand to end their first phase, while 3rd place BYC who were defeated 2-0 in the first leg of their CAF Champions League match, are six points behind the league leaders, with two remaining games to end the first phase.

Barrolle are two points above relegation zone with 10 points out of 11 matches and may end the first phase of the season in the relegation if ELWA United secure a win in their match against IE on next Monday at the ATS.

Earlier on Sunday, Nimba United bounced back by thrashing ELWA United 4-0, having lost two consecutive matches against FC Fassel and Jubilee FC.

The Mountaineers are now positioned in the 5th place of the league with 15 points out of 10 matches.

The league will return to action on Thursday, March 16, with Nimba United taking on BYC at the North Star sports pitch in Mount Barclay, LPRC Oilers will take on Watanga FC in the first encounter while Keitrace FC will host MC Breweries in the last match at the ATS.

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Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). Anthony has written several sports articles. He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes analysis on Liberian Football.

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