Maryland and Nimba counties are ahead of Group II with four points after struggling to win their respective games 2-1.
The Harper boys beat former group leader Bomi County 2-1 and host Nimba unimpressively defeated 10-man Grand Cape Mount County 2-1.
The Tubmanburg boys got an early lead in the 14th minute through a header from Amara Telleh owing to a right cross from Christian Alberto Karlon.
The dominant boys in white maintained pressure but couldn’t increase their lead in spite of Christian Zeke and Sekou Sheriff making inroads against Grand Cape Mount.
The Harper boys leveled the score in the 53rd minute through a scissor kick from skipper Patrick Williams.
Ten minutes later, a cross from the right found Thomas Koffa who headed the ball into the net. Since the 1980s, Maryland has never won a title and from 2006-2010 the Harper boys had been in the quarterfinals. From 2011 – they have never left the preliminary (group) stage.
In football, Nimba County got the lead in the 14th minute through a spot kick from Alex Bedell. Five minutes in the second half, Abdulia Bility rotated the score from a thunder shot on the 18-yard line.
In the 84th minute, Emmanuel Kiahon scored the winning goal during a ball scramble.
Maryland County boys are now on top of the football table with four points, having earlier settled to a draw with host Nimba County, while Bomi is next with three points, Nimba – 3rd with two points and Grand Cape Mount County, one point.
In kickball, the Harper girls whipped Tubmanburg girls 17 – 4 points, which sent the Bomi kickball squad home after two defeats.
Grand Cape Mount dragged Nimba County 8-5 points, which
automatically qualified them for the quarterfinal after two wins. The Gbasajamba girls whipped Bomi County 19-0 points in the first derby.
In Group I, host Grand Bassa County whipped Sinoe County 16-3 points and Bong County defeated River Gee 6-2 points in kickball.
Bong’s second win in kickball put her through to the quarterfinals, while Sinoe and River Gee, with a game advantage are in contention for the remaining slot.
In football River Gee County beat Bong County 1-0. The second derby between the county and Sinoe ended in commotion after a goal from host Grand Bassa.
In Zwedru (Group III) River Cess whipped Lofa County, 6-2 points and Grand Gedeh County bowed 11-5 points. Lofa’s kickball team is out owing to two defeats, while Grand Kru County has qualified from two wins. Grand Gedeh and Rivercess will fight for the remaining window. In football Lofa and Rivercess settled to a 1-1 draw meaning the Voinjama boys top the group with four points, and Grand Kru bowed 0-1 to host Grand Gedeh. Grand Gedeh is now second on the log with
In Group IV, Gbarpolu County thrashed Montserrado County in both kickball and football 13-10 points and 1-0 respectively.