Preview: Nimba United vs. LISCR FC
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
The ‘Mountaineers’ will hope to maintain their unbeaten run at NorthStar Stadium” when they play host to title hopeful, LISCR FC in a second phase encounter, this weekend in Mount Barclay.
The reigning champions, Nimba United, locking horns with the ‘Shipping Boys’ will conclude the back-to-back outing in this year’s league campaign between the two sides.
In order to get the success story, the ‘Mountaineers’ has made several changes in the squad that played LISCR in the last first phase fixture.
With just a match between the sticks for the ‘Mountaineers’ in the first phase, Coach Kollie Korvy will line-up ELWA United former goalkeeper, Edmond Borloh in front Emmanuel Deanneh.
Borloh played the first league match against LPRC Oilers which ended 2-2 at the NorthStar Stadium.
In defense, Coach ‘Mission’ will maintain his four ball stoppers that in the last meetings with, the ‘Shipping Boys’, Mighty Dragon, and NPA Anchors.
The coach will see Edward Dean play from the right back, while Michael Fahnbulleh will restore calm at the left field and Joseph Dennis and Phil Kanwee will pair in the center defense.
There will be changes in the mid-field of Nimba United for the return leg as Barbu Kollie will step down in the defensive role to replace Wilton Ninneh who is out due to a match ban, while Darlington Sowu will be introduced to join Patrick Soingbeh to correct the system.
The front-line will host forceful, Mustapha Lomell, (captain) Titus Cooper and Eratus Wee run from the wings to complete Coach Mission 4-3-3 formation.
Coach Korvy will welcome back his Sierra Leonean lads, Lamine Janneh and Foday Suma who were faced with some administrative problems, as they will start from the bench against LISCR.
Others will include; Emmanuel Deanneh, Franklin Mulbah, Adetu Evanonye, Harris Morris and Jerryson Willie.
The last meeting involving the two teams ended in a 2-2 at the ATS on April 17.
The Mountaineers defeated LISCR on post-match penalties at the same venue on September 27, 2015 to clinch its first ever championship crown.
Saturday’s trip to Mount Barclay will be the ‘Shipping Boy’ first appearance at the NorthStar Stadium, where United is yet to lose a match.
United worse result at the NorthStar Stadium since its opening in 2015 has been a draw game, and only LPRC Oiler has managed to escape with a point from the ‘Slaughter House’ this season.
The other Nimba County fan-based club, Sidina FC will host Jubilee FC in Sinquellie, Nimba County while Mighty Blue Angels welcomes Monrovia Club Breweries at the Unification Town Pitch in an all second division affairs.