The Liberia Football Association (LFA) national first division league returns today, October 2 with intriguing fixtures taking place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and the Kakata Sports Stadium, Margibi County.
In Group A, FA Cup semifinalists Monrovia Club Breweries will be hoping to increase their points when they take on ‘points-donors’ Small Town FC in the day’s first encounter at the ATS.
Currently positioned at the fourth spot in the group, a win for Breweries will project them atop the group as they await the results of the other group members.
On the other hand, Small Town FC, which continue to languish at the bottom of the group after collecting a single point out of six games played, are also going into the match to secure their first win of the season.
The first leg between the two sides ended 2-1 in Breweries favor after goalkeeper Simpson Giddings scored the winning goal from the penalty spot.
Watanga vs Barrack Young Controllers (BYC)
Group A’s second match will be a match to watch when newly appointed coach Matthew Julutweh faces another top side following his 2-1 loss against LISCR FC.
Coach Julutweh had a flying start as Watanga’s new coach after securing two wins out of his first two games against Jubilee FC 1-0, and Monrovia Club Breweries, 2-0. The former FC Fassell coach now has the challenge to maintain his unbeaten run against BYC.
The ‘Go Blue Boys’ of BYC have kept their outstanding performance in phase two of the league and show no sign of slowing down. The 90 minutes will decide who takes the day.
LISCR vs Keitrace FC
Defending champions LISCR quest to retain the league title came to an end after they suffered a back-to-back defeat against LPRC Oilers, and Nimba United at the ATS September 16, and September 23, respectively.
They will be ending their 2018 league campaign today when they face struggling Keitrace FC. After today’s match, the Shipping Boys will now have to focus on the FA Cup as they await their opponents for the semifinals.
However, Keitrace FC will also be looking to recover from their dismal performance when newly appointed head coach Emmanuel Cooper make his debut. LISCR won the first leg 3-1.
LISCR is in the third position with 11 points — two points behind group leaders LPRC Oilers and a point behind Nimba United.
LPRC Oilers vs NPA Anchors
The past performance of Group B leaders LPRC Oilers suggests that the ‘Oil Boys’ are optimistic of emerging as champions of the group with two matches left to be played. After a narrow 1-0 win over Nimba United at the North Star Stadium in their previous league game, the Oil Boys will battle NPA Anchors today at the Kakata Sports Stadium.
LPRC Oilers won the first leg 2-0 through Stanley Whitfield and Dominic Jlateh’s strikes.