Surprises at County Meet: Host Counties Suffer Defeats

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There were exciting wins over the weekend, and thus gives the probability that there might be strange entries in Monrovia for the quarterfinals at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

On Saturday, fans of Grand Bassa County were extremely embarrassed in the opener of the 2015/2016 National County Sports Meet when the football and kickball squads were humiliated at home – and in their presence.

The dominant red and white fans are grumbling for a change in the chairmanship to Garmondeh Karnga – who they said, never caused such humiliation during his tenure.

The Orange fans of Bong County took over the field with ‘very wild celebration’ in their two opening wins.

The defending kickball champs – Kpatawi girls of Bong dragged the Gbehzohn girls 5-2 points in nine rounds after double tied.

The football squad of Bong County maintained the spirits to defeat defending football champs and host Grand Bassa County 2-0.

The wins have put Bong one-leg to qualification and need another win to book a place to sojourn to Monrovia for the ‘Big 8.’

This means Bassa must win her remaining games in both kickball and football to comfortably join group leader Bong County.

One more defeat or a draw will definitely put them out of contention, and will allow either Sinoe or River Gee County to move ahead.

The second day of the County Sports Meet – in the Group 1 fixture, River Gee narrowly hammered Sinoe County 6-5 points in kickball; and 1-0 in football.

Bong County tops the group with a goal difference followed by River Gee – the favorites.

In Group Il battles, Grand Cape Mount County unmercifully whipped Bomi County 19-0 points at the Sanniquellie Sports Stadium.

Ivanline Corneh and Mekie Bollied made more home runs, while Myriah Zuo won the highest air ball and veteran kickballer Mary Ben contributed to their success as ‘the pitcher.”

In the second game, Nimba County beat Maryland County 11-4 points.

In football, Bomi County defeated Grand Cape Mount County 2-1. The 2008/2009 champs got the opener through a spot kick from defender Christian Zeke in the 5th minute. After recess, the 2011/2012 winners rotated the score in the 48th minute from Dada Eto’o strike. Two minutes
later, Bomi’s versatile midfielder Sekou Sheriff increased the tally from a scissor kick.

Another win from Bomi County will make them to qualify for the first time in three years since 2011.

Host Nimba County and Maryland settled to a pulsating 1-1 draw.

Maryland skipper Patrick Williams raised the curtain in the 19th minute, and a minute later, Irvin Gbotoe levelled the tally. Bomi County leads Group II.

In Grand Gedeh’s Zone – Group III, Grand Kru whipped River Cess County 6-4 points, and Grand Gedeh thrashed Lofa 15-8 points in kickball.

River Cess and Grand Kru counties ended goal-less in the football encounter, while Lofa County exceptionally whipped host county Grand Gedeh 1-0.

In Group of IV Montserrado County thrashed host Margibi 7-3 points as well as 3-1 in football.

Margibi’s defeat has added to the defeat of host counties to three.

The Chairman of the Nimba County Steering Committee, Floyd Tomah told newsmen yesterday that the Mountainous Boys did ‘well’ because she was the only host county which didn’t suffer any defeat.

He, however, expressed disappointment over the results owing to the level of preparation since September.

However, according to the fixture, the preliminary continues for the ‘Big 8’ quarterfinal slots.

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