Oilers, Keitrace FC Un-separated
By Augustus Audekina-Doe
The “Sensational” LPRC Oiler and Keitrace FC remain unseparated as the both sides grip a win after a back-to-back showcase in this year’s Liberia Football Association (LFA) First Division league campaign.
The two self-proclaimed rivals picked up a win in each of the phase to share six points in the 2015-2016 as the Championship chase.
It was the ‘Oil Boys’ who took advantage ahead of the ‘Giant Killers’ with a marvelous win during the first phase of the league.
LPRC Oilers came from a goal down to beat the ‘Giant Killers’ of Keitrace FC 5-3 to seal all three points before the first phase break.
LPRC Oilers collected the first three points out of six between the two but failed to cement the result on Thursday at the ATS, as Marmie Kporto men also came from a goal down to get their own share of the points.
It was Substitute, Amadia Kawah, Abdulai Bility and Solomon Wesseh own goal scored that secured the ‘Giant Killers’ a vital 3-2 win to move them three places up on 13 points after 12 matches.
Trokon Zeon 35 yard strike beat out-of-place Vivion Sie to send the Sensational Boys ahead in the 6th minute.
The goal is the defenders’ first for the ‘Oil Boys’ for the league season.
Upon introduction, Oilers goal custodian, Mohammed Kanu saved on Kawah’s first attempt halted Keitrace’s chance to equalize in the 17th minute.
The goalkeeper also made serious brilliant one-on-one saves that could have given more goals for the visitor.
Kawah again lighted a 90 degree thunder in the 33rd minute to set an equalizer for his side. The ball beat the Oilers goalkeeper at the first pole before the net held it for a goal.
The goal was Kawah’s fifth for the league season.
The ‘Giant Killer’ scored four minutes later through mid-fielder Abdulai Bility who converted Emmanuel Dee seesaw strike that was rebounded by the Sierra Leonean.
Keitrace increased the tally to 3-1 after LPRC’s Solomon Wesseh own goal in the 89th minute sent Marmie Kporto celebrating, but Teku Nah in the match added time pull back a consolation for Oilers to end the day 3-2.
LPRC Oilers remains fourth in the league table on 13 points, 11 points adrift leader Barrack Young Controller, while Keitrace sits directly beneath them with tie point but difference in goal.
In the day’s first encounter, Logan Town-based, Small Town came from a goal down to beat Mighty Barrolle 2-1, a reciprocal of the first phase which was in favor of the traditional side.
Small Town got the curtain raiser in the 17th ] minute after Mulbah Kollie before Barrolle’s Sam Tisdell from a penalty spot hit into net, Emmanuel Biomah’s handball punishment.
Kollie back from break sent home the second for the Logan Town out-fit as the ended 2-1 at the ATS.
The loss has retained Barrolle at the sixth place with 16 points, while Small Town stays above relegation zone with 12 points.