—LPRC Oilers bounce back with 2-0 win over Invincible Eleven
Somalia Drive based Keitrace FC during the weekend nailed Liberia’s traditional side Mighty Barrolle 1-0 to maintain their 5th place position on the league table in the ongoing Liberia Football Association league at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Keitrace FC got the lone goal in the late minutes of the second half after striker Amadia Kawah slotted home his sixth league goal of the season from the penalty spot.
Keitrace, who though did not perform up to expectation, made few attempts on goal with Trokon Deweah striking from outside the 18-yard box in the 20th minute, but could not find the back of the net.
Mighty Barrolle, captained by Sam Johnson, on the other hand, could have gotten the first curtain raiser in the 44th minute after midfielder Alieu Kamara’s low shot traveled a few inches away from his opponents’ goalpost when skipper Johnson provided a low cross from down the right flank.
Tension mounted during the second half after Benjamin Smith was red carded less than five minutes after he was introduced.
The red card awarded by central referee George Rogers brought frustration among Barrolle players and supporters.
Barrolle’s frustration worsened after Keitrace earned a penalty due to a foul committed by the Rollers in their penalty area, a decision that the Rollers termed as controversial.
The match later came to a standstill after some substitute players of Barrolle protested the referee’s decision that saw substitute goalkeeper Tito Wesseh being red carded.
The result was a setback to the Kayan Pepper Boys’ hope of finishing the league in the top four at the end of the league season. Barrolle remain in the 10th position league with 10 points out of 12 matches, and 9 goals ahead of ELWA United, while Keitrace moved two points ahead of 6th placed Jubilee FC.
Both Barrolle and Keitrace will return to league action, with Barrolle going against ELWA United on Thursday, April 20 and Keitrace against 6th placed Jubilee FC on Friday, April 21 at the ATS.
Also during the weekend, Sensational LPRC Oilers bounced back from their pool of defeats with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Liberia’s darling club, Invincible Eleven.
Oilers, during the two-week break after the climax of Phase One, brought on board several new players and were able to secure their second win of the season after BYC’s on loan forward Varney Dukuly and John Labbie netted the side’s two goals that increased their points to eight out of 12 matches.
The defeat was IE’s 10th of the season, and they remain at the bottom of the league table with four points out of 12 matches.
IE will return to action on April 22 when they face champions BYC, while Oilers will be going against 3rd placed Monrovia Club Breweries.