Team gets upper hand to FA Cup final
A brace from Amadia Kawah and Titus Sukor’s 20th minute equalizer on Friday proved significant as Keitrace FC halted the unbeaten run of LISCR FC with a 3-2 victory over the Shipping Boys at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
The defeat was LISCR’s first out of 26 games in all competitions.
LISCR through striker Christopher Jackson took the lead in the 8th minute from a spot kick after a handball was committed in the penalty area.
Having conceded the goal, Keitrace replied by leveling the scores through striker Sukor whose right-foot strike gave goalkeeper Tommy Songo no chance.
In the 35th minute, Keitrace’s top goal scorer Kawah put his side in front with a breathtaking left-foot volley outside the goal area after he managed to control Eric Toe’s cross in LISCR defense.
The two first half goals seemed not to be enough for Keitrace after the break. With just six minutes into the second period, Kawah completed his brace to double his team’s lead after sending in Bulu Sherman’s cross from the right angle.
Thanks to a combination from midfielder Marie Zableh, striker Suku and forward Kawah led to the counter attack that produced the goal.
Under pressure to maintain their unbeaten run and to meet their main target to win the FA Cup, Coach Tapha Manneh’s side mounted more pressure on their opponents to get a consolation goal.
In the 75th minute, LISCR were awarded a penalty after striker Jackson was brought down in the penalty area. The opportunity to get a consolation goal from the spot was denied by goalkeeper Godfrey Gayflor after he used his leg to deny striker Jackson from getting his second goal.
Jackson, 20, has so far scored 11 goals in all competitions this season; scoring two from his first four international appearances.
Despite Keitrace taking total control of the midfield, LISCR kept making use of side volleys for striker Jackson due to his height advantage. Following the fourth official signal of three minutes added time, LISCR earned another penalty that was converted by goalkeeper Songo to get two goals ahead of the second leg.
Friday’s performance by Keitrace forward Kawah increased calls from supporters for national team head Coach James Debbah to include the young forward in his squad for the upcoming WAFU tournament slated for September.
Kawah was part of Coach Debbah’s provisional listing of players for the Mauritania match, but did not make it up to the final list.
The two goals from the forward on Friday summed up his total goals to 18 in all competitions.
LISCR still hopeful of qualifying
Despite Friday’s result, Coach Manneh is still hopeful of making a comeback in the second leg.
“Losing doesn’t mean it’s an end to our life. Nothing can stop us from qualifying. I’ll feel disappointed losing to Keitrace in the end, but losing is not an option for us. We are in the position to win all of the two competitions and we are going for all,” Coach Manneh said.
LISCR now need to secure a 2-0 win to secure their slot in the finals, but Keitrace stand to be the favorable for the final after scoring three away goals.