Suma place Nimba United Back on Winning ways
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
Nimba United edged to a 3-1 win yesterday at the NorthStar Stadium in Mount Barclay to grab its first win of the Liberia Football Association 2015/2016 league season, with Sierra Leonean, Foday Suma scoring a brace.
The Sierra Leonean rattled the net twice in United’s victory over newly promoted ELWA United to take his goal tally in the ongoing season to three, having scored the Mountaineers’ consolation goal in the 2-1 defeat to BYC on match-day two.
ELWA United when into that match with lots of confidence, hoping that the champions’ shaky start to the new season – a draw at home to Oiler and defeat to BYC would still be hunting them.
Emmanuel Nimely should have given the visitor an early minute lead but his four-minute penalty was fired far above the wood work.
After the visitors missed a chance to go ahead, Suma converted an Edward Dean’s connection to put the home team in front. The Sierra Leonean drilled home a shot from just inside the penalty area in the 15th minute for the match curtain raiser.
Adetu Evanonye added Coach Kollie Korvy men second two minutes later from a struggle ball; beating ELWA United goal custodian to make it 2-0.
The Mountaineers defensive problem cause them once again as Adama Tucker exploited yet another United’s defensive mix-up to reduce the scoreline in the 24th minute.
Turker sent Jeremiah Seekey in goal for United the wrong way to place the ball at the back of the net, though ending the first half 2-1.
Back from recess, Suma stuck in the 59th minute to restore the North-Eastern Liberia side confidence.
ELWA United mounted some breathtaking pressure moment later as they fought to reduce the margin but were sluggish before goal, as the champions kept their resilience.
Saturday’s win has boosted Coach Korvy men ahead of their Champions League clash with Cameroon’s Union Douala who is expected in the country this week to honor the first leg preliminary tie with the Liberia’s champion.
The Mountaineers are also hoping to take their good goal scoring form to the Champions League, having scored in every league matches played thus far this season-six goals in three outings; that’s an average two goals per match.
Nimba United now sit fifth place in the league table on four points; leveled with LISCR FC and ELWA United who have better goal difference.