Weekend football review: United held, BYC extend lead, Keitrace hammer Oilers
By Boy Dolo
Match Day-11 of the Cellcom Liberia Football Association (LFA) National First Division League took place over the weekend at three four venues.
Champions Nimba United felt five points behind rival Barrack Young Controller (BYC) as they were held to a 2-2 draw by LISCR FC at home on Saturday; BYC defeated FC Fassell 2-0 while Keitrace hammered Sensational LPRC Oilers 3-2.
Kollie Korvy 's men failed to close the gap on BYC Saturday as they could only play out a stalemate at the Northstar Stadium in Mount Barclay, Christopher Jackson and Dominic Jlateh cancelling out Titus Cooper and Darlington Philip’s strikes.
Needing a win to keep pressure on the Gold Blues at the top of the Liberian topflight, the Mountaineers struggled defensively as they failed to maintain their lead on two occasions.
The first half ended nil-nil even though the host created some gearing chances, but a Robert Lartey’s jam-pack midfield held on well supporting a defensive composition of new signing Richard Lloyd and Emmanuel Tarpeh.
The host took the lead early in the second half with inform striker Mustapha Lomell creating a penalty which was well -delivered by skipper Titus Cooper.But LISCR leveled seven minutes later,with Daniel Woto picking out Christopher Jackson for the unmarked former Keitrace forward to thump from within the six-yard under Edmond Borloh’s arms.
Darlington Philip headed home a Barbu Kollie’s free-kick off the reach of Prince Wlemie’s to regain the lead for the hosts, but substitute Dominic Jlateh equalized two minutes later. The results left the Mountaineers five points adrift of BYC.
BYC 2-0 FC FASSELL
BYC moved five points clear following a 2-0 victory over title-thirsty FC Fassell on Friday at the Blue Field.
An Achie Zeah’s own goal and Karleo Anderson penalty was enough to send the Army Club at the summit of the league with 27 points after 11 games.
Zeah in an attempt to clear a Mark Paye’s feeble strike, miss kick the ball as Sampson Giddings came to catch, thus giving BYC the lead.
The defender again handed the ball in the penalty area as defender Anderson superbly converted to ensure BYC collected the much needed win.
His (Zeah) form saw him substituted in the second half with Joseph Broh coming to partner with Benin international Didder Sossa.
The match started like a house on fire as the hosts began attacking with Prince Saydee taking a shot but it went over Giddings’ posts in the fifth minute.
Just after 10 minutes, Fassell created a good opportunity for Sam Kollie but the striker couldn't have a good touch as he was watched by defender Kermue Kamara.
The introduction of new signing Sunnyboy Dolo as well as play-maker Kesselly Kamara could not stop Fassell from conceding the second defeat of the season.
Keitrace 3-2 LLPRC Oilers
On Thursday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Admadia Kawah led the way as Keitrace FC muscled LPRC Oilers to cement their position on the League table.
Keitrace came from a goal down to defeat LPRC Oilers 3-2 does tying points with the Oil Boys.
The lofty-attacker (Kawah) scored for Keitrace after Oilers had taken the lead two times and Abdulai Bility leveled the score before Solomon Wesseh own goal secured the ‘Giant Killers’ a vital 3-2 win to move them three places up on 13 points after 11 matches.
Former LISCR and Invincible Eleven (IE) defender Trokon Zeon’s 35 -yard strike beat out-of-place Vivion Sie to send the Sensational Boys ahead in the 6th minute, but .
Kawah came close to getting the equalizer in the 17th minute, but fantastic goalkeeping Oilers Sierra Leonean ace Mohammed Kanu denied the midfielder
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.
Aboulai Bility converted Emmanuel Dee seesaw strike that was rebounded by goalkeeper Kanu to put Keitrace ahead, before Solomon Wesseh’s own goal in the 89th minute donated the victory, but Teku Nah go 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.
The league will take a break to resume on this weekend following the introduction of the Knockout championship.
NPA Anchors and Watanga played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.