LOSERS' WEEKEND --LPRC Oliers, M. Dragons, Nimba United all grab wins
By Boy Dolo
Match -day three of the Liberia Football Associatin (LFA) First Division League took place over the weekend with last week losers grabbing victory with the exception being Keitrace FC.
Nimba United, LPRC Oliers, as well as Mighty Dragons pulled out victory in their respective fixtures on Saturday at three venues, while Holders FC and Keitrace FC are yet to taste victory.
At the Northstar Stadium in Mount Barclay, Defending Champions Nimba United whipped newcomers ELWA United 3-1.
A brace from Sierra Leonean Foday Suma plus a Kossi Adetu’s effort gave United confidence in their slow start to the season, but they were yet again made to work for their money by the highly organized ELWA United squad.
After a 4-nil thrashing of Keitrace FC last weekend, ELWA were again at their best creating a penalty in just four minute. Joseph Dennis who made his first appearance this season for the Mountaineers struggled to clear a danger ball thus allowing Adama Tucker a better chance of the ball which eventually led to penalty.
But Emmanuel Nimely failed to place the ball at the back of the net despite sending Jeremy Sickey the wrong way.
NimBA United found themselves ahead in the intervolve with midfielder Foday Suma adding light to the star. The Sierra Leonean who scored United lone goal in the 2-1 lost to Barrack Young Controller (BYC) last Saturday stroke from within 20-yard to double his tally of the season.
Goalkeeper Saah Gboa fought to grab the ball, but the bumpy pitch caused the ball to easily beat him, hence giving United who again appeared feeble defensively a lead.
The hosts again scored their second of the match in similar fashion. Left-lone Kossi Adetu forced the ball at the back, after ELWA skipper Micah Looh and his team of defenders misout on clears another feeble ball from within the half.
The goal was the last season golden boot winner (Adetu) second of the season. Jeremiah Sickey was forced to make what was the match best save leaping to the far right corner to knockout an Emmanuel Nimely’s sneaking-header.
ELWA caught United out with a sweeping counterattack down the right wing and the ball eventually came in the way of Nimely at the back post, and he could only mustered up his head at goal, but the former FC Fassell stopper (Sickey) narrowly placed it over the bar for a corner.
Romeo Potter got a better of the United defense few minutes later, placing the ball off the reach of Sickey, thus giving ELWA a highly deserve cancellation. The visitors dominated proceeding with former United midfielder Earnest Toe and Lawrence Tugbeh seeing off Winston Ninneh and Darlington Suwo with possession.
Coach Kollie Korvy for the third time this season changed his defensive lineup with Joseph Dennis and Larmin Janneh replacing last week pair Peter Sie and Phil Kawee.Korvy also swapped Emmanuel Deanneh with Jeremiah Sickey in goal, while former Muscat FC midfielder Darlington Suwo came in for Barbu Kollie who received red card against BYC.
The introduction of Scholee Quiah brought live in the Mountaineers attack and eventually led to the third goal. Suma completed the brace after ELWA failed again to clear the ball. Suma could have grabbed a hat-trick, but placed the ball wide off the ball after he was sensational set up by United skipper Titus Cooper.
At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Central Monrovia it was a scene of drama as Keitrace FC grabbed their first point of the season forcing Holders FC to a fascinating 3-3 draw.
Matthew Johnson broke the deadlock with three minutes left for recess and Mohammed Diallo added the second for Holders in the 44th minute, before Jestino Jackson compete the triple in the 59th minute.
Judge Holder’s men were already celebrating a victory over Keitrace who had had difficulty this season, before the latter woke up from their slumber.
Koko Wleh scored in the 72nd minute to after a round of beautiful play between him and Adadiah Kawah and his strike destabilized Holder, hence leaving the pitch wide open for the desperate Mamie Kpoto Boys who are fighting for reputation.
Star player Kawah lighted the ATS with great zeal adding Ketrace’s tally to two four minutes after Wleh had got the goal. The Midfielder made sure his side collected a point from the fray scoring a penalty in the 89th minute