LFA 1st Division: Match Day 17 Review

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FC Fassel players (Yellow jersey) celebrate in phase two

– FC Fassel extends lead, LISCR FC remains unbeaten, BYC, Watanga, and MC Breweries secure wins

With five matches remaining in the ongoing Liberia Football Association first division league, some teams continue to switch positions on the log while others remain static in their positions based on their results.

Under pressure yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, league leaders FC Fassel extended their lead on top of the table to four points after a lone goal from Sidiki Kromah in the 67th minute.

Fassel came under pressure after the weekend results that saw them leading the table with just a point above LISCR FC and two above Monrovia Club Breweries.

But the 1-0 win for the Soccer Missionaries has reduced the pressure a little with a four-point lead on the log with five matches to go.

Over the weekend in round-17 matches, Coach Tapha Manneh’s LISCR FC continued their unbeaten run since the start of the season with after a 3-0 victory over Mighty Barrolle.

A goal each from Varney Sando Jr., Trokon Myers, and Sheku (Ballpasser) Sheriff was sufficient to close the gap on the league leaders, FC Fassel.

Since the start of phase two, the Shipping Boys have so far collected five wins out of six matches and are now seated in the second position on the league table with 33 points.
Based on the team’s performance in both championship and the FA Cup, Gambian Coach Manneh seems to be on the verge of winning his first trophy in the Liberian league.
Coach Manneh, a “B” license coach, has led the team to 20 competitive matches in both championship and FA Cup without conceding a defeat (won 10, drew 10).

The result for Mighty Barrolle, on the other hand, was disappointing as it marked their 11th defeat of the season. The Kanyan Pepper Boys remained in the 10th position with 14 points from 17 matches and only a point above the relegation zone.
BYC 2-0 Keitrace

The Go Blue Boys during the weekend also collected victory following their 2-0 win over Coach Gabriel Johns’ Keitrace FC in their 17th league match.
Forward Prince Saydee and skipper Van-Dave Harmon netted their second goals apiece in the second half to seal the victory.

Both forward Saydee and skipper Harmon got the two goals for BYC against Keitrace in the first leg at the Blue Field in a 2-1 encounter.

The goal was forward Saydee’s second in all competitions since January when he last scored against Keitrace, while the second goal scored by skipper Harmon was his 11th in the championship.

The victory for the Go Blue Boys was their second under newly appointed coach Robert Lartey since his return to the club.
Keitrace, having qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, are yet to secure a win since their last win against Invincible Eleven. The defeat marked their second consecutive defeat in the second phase of the league after they lost to LPRC Oilers in their previous league match.
Nimba United 0-0 LPRC Oilers
The Mountaineers of Nimba United failed to collect a win after they settled to a goalless draw against LPRC Oilers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

The Mountaineers have been outstanding since the start of phase two and collected four wins from their first four matches, but are yet to secure a win since their victory against Mighty Barrolle. The team has won four and drew two of the last six matches.

The result kept both Nimba United and LPRC in their respective 5th and 9th positions.

ELWA United 1-2 MCB
Monrovia Club Breweries (MCB) continue their narrow win in the championship and were able to increase their points to 32 after securing nine league wins this season that maintained them in the 3rd position on the log.

ELWA United, on the other hand, continued their struggle to escape relegation but are yet to get their third win in the championship.

They are in the 11th position out of 12 teams on the league table.
Watanga 1-0 Invincible Eleven
Watanga FC finally secured their first victory in phase two of the championship after a narrow 1-0 win over darling club Invincible Eleven.

A lone goal from striker Chauncey Freeman gave Watanga the victory that extended their lead above LPRC Oilers to five, two points behind 7th place Jubilee FC.
Invincible Eleven remains bottom on the table with 7 points from 17 matches.

LISCR FC’s Sekou Sheriff and Varney Sando celebrate after their 3-0 win over Mighty Barrolle

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