Tony FC, LPRC Oilers Battle in LISCR Unification Cup Final

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Margibi-based Tony FC players celebrate after skipper Aaron Halie scored the winning goal against Jubilee FC at the ATS Image: Anthony Kokoi

-Cece United Football Academy Face Sam Johnson Academy in U15 Category

The LISCR Unification Cup will officially end today at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with second division Tony FC battling first division LPRC Oilers in the grand finals.

Both teams booked their ticket to the finals over the weekend after eliminating their respective semi-final opponents in post-match penalties. Tony FC, that have played the highest matches so far in the tournament, eliminated Freeport FC 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless 90 minutes.

The Margibi-based club delivered an impressive performance from the start of the tournament and knocked out GAC FC, Indian Based All-Star, and Jubilee FC before securing their slot in the semis.

Tony FC’s opponent, LPRC Oilers, reached the finals after edging out second division club Mighty Barrolle and third division side Junior Professional FC before their big win against host LISCR FC in the semi-finals.

Oilers saw off the host 5-4 in post-match penalties after a one-all draw in 90 minutes. Despite LISCR being reduced to 10 men in the early minutes after Hilton Varney was sent off, they later took the lead in the first half through Saah Nyumah’s right-footed ground strike that kept the ‘Shipping Boys’ in the lead until Varney Dukuly leveled things up in the 81st minute to settle the match to penalties.

LISCR reached the final after defeating rivals Barrack Young Controllers 4-2 in penalties after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes. “Huge thanks to you for the support throughout the 2018 LISCR Unification Cup. It was our hope to reward you with the trophy but unfortunately, we couldn’t. Not what we wanted but it’s all football. Thank you and we ask for your continuous support,” the club posted on their official Facebook page.

Meanwhile, in the Under-15 category, Cece United Football Academy will go against Sam Johnson Academy in today’s final.

The winner of the senior category will walk away with US$1,000 and a trophy. Second place will pocket US$500 and the winner of the U-15 category will earn US$100. Certificates will be awarded to the tournament’s most valuable player, the highest goal scorer, the best coach, best defender and best midfielder.

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