Tommy Songo denies Nimba United
By Sylvester Worwee
Debbah’s second choice ‘shot stopper’ in the national team put up a master-class performance at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Sunday to deny Numba United what appeared to be a well deserve win.
Tommy Songo denied league top scorer, Kossi Adetu his ninth goal of the season from the penalty spot and made additional outstanding saves to give Mustapha Raji’s men a hard earned goalless draw.
It was LISCR that dominated much of the ball possession in the first half, creating few shaky chances on goal.
However, the match first clear chance came in the 26th minute when Christopher Jackson wasted Sam Jadoe’s right flank cross with only Emmanuel Deanneh in goal for Nimba United to beat.
The ‘Mountaineers’ came close to scoring 10 minutes later, but Kossi Adetu effort from Anthony Buogbor set up was saved by Tommy, who was agreeably the man of yesterday’s match.
On the other end, Deanneh alias “De Gea” tapped Fred Brooks’ wonderful chip over the woodwork, as LISCR FC kept mounting pressure on Nimba United defense.
LISCR pressure near payoff, but Jadoe’s effort was once again denied; this time by the cross-bar.
Just as the two teams appeared to be heading for recess, LISCR FC ‘sweeper’, Darkar Kollie handed the ball in his box and FIFA badged referee Isaac Montgomery, who was closed to the action sounded his whistle for penalty.
With the ATS thrown into silence, United marksman stepped forward anticipating to take his goal tally to nine, but his well taken left-footed penalty was beautifully save by Tommy on the stroke of halftime to end the first stanza goalless.
Before that United penalty, referee Montgomery waved play-on after a Mountaineer defender supposedly handed the ball in his 18-yard box.
Back from the break, the Mountaineers took possession of the match, as team skipper Titus Cooper strives in the opening minutes to find a goal, but his effort from a well taken leveled shot from 20-yard was save at the near post, by Songo.
Songo again pulled off a great save to deny Nimba United Captain from close range after the 24-year old missed kick a cross from Anthony Bougbor.
Dominuc Jlateh could have won the match for LISCR few minutes later, but the former Fatu FC player flatfooted strike was nowhere near the posts.
However, Nimba United scored in the dying minutes from Kemue Kamara header that beat excellent Songo, but Linesman Elijah Johnson flagged for foul on the ‘shot stopper’.
Haven missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed, the Mountaineers host LISCR in the second and final leg on Thursday, 24th September at the same venue.
A win for either team side on Thursday will see it emerged as champions of the LFA Cellcom sponsor national league thus representing Liberia at the 2015 CAF Champions League.