The Mountaineers of Nimba United on Friday moved to the second position on the national league after securing their fourth consecutive win against champion club Barrack Young Controllers at the Blue Field.
Having lost 1-0 to the Go Blue Boys in the first leg at the North Star Stadium, the Mountaineers entered the second game with more pressure with striker Mustapha Lomell scoring the opener in the 3rd minute.
Under pressure BYC who were last week booted out of the Knockout Competition, did all they could with right-back Prince Kennedy netting the equalizer in the 19th minute with a low ground shot that easily traveled between Nimba United defenders and gave the goalkeeper no chance.
After the equalizer, the Go Blue Boys mounted more pressure on their opponents in search of a win on home ground, but the Mountaineers resisted and kept creating chances through forward Stanley Whitfield and midfielder Roberto Anderson. It was Anderson who later put his side back in the lead when he scored from the right corner post in the 45th minute.
BYC made two substitutions in the second half, introduction skipper Van-Dave Harmon and forward Sam Jackson, but the changes did not give Coach Sannah the needed result.
The win was Nimba United’s fourth consecutive in phase-two of the championship that moved the side to second position with 27 points out of 15 matches – leveled on points with 3rd place LISCR FC – with a goal difference.
The Mountaineers will return to action on Thursday when they take on Holder FC after both teams were paired in the recent Knockout round-two draw.
BYC on the other hand dropped to fifth position, having collected four points from their last four league matches.
The team will now have a long absence because of the Knockout Competition and will return to championship action on June 11 against FC Fassel for the third time this season.