MC Breweries, Mighty Barrolle Are In FA Cup Finals
... LISCR & Nimba United Drop
By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
MC Breweries and Mighty Barrolle both from the second tier of Liberian football will meet for the first time in the finals of the Liberia Football Association knock-out competition (FA Cup) following their respective wins on Wednesday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
The two sides won LISCR FC and Nimba United respectively, to journey to the final on Wednesday at the ATS.
In the day’s first encounter, Brushrod Island's Monrovia Club Breweries beat Gardnersville-based LISCR FC 3-1 at the ATS to clinch a spot for the finals of the LFA Knock-out Competition.
Club Beer's victory came through the combined efforts from Mitis Mulbah and Curtis Kun.
Geral Julius’s side led by Captain Marvin Blapoh eased the nerves with a strike from impressive Mitis Mulbah just after two minutes into the game through George Weah’s assist.
Weah cleverly tackled LISCR’s captain, Danial Woto off a floppy mistake as the defender tried to connect a team mate in the goal area.
Club Beer went on to extend their advantage to 2-0 in in the 16th minute.
The two goals scored by Club Beer dismantled Coach Abraham Sese’s tactics which saw him make an early substitute.
The substitution saw out-of-form Siebo Toe replaced by Stephen Seaman in the 23rd minute before Club Beer pulled out already yellow carded Jallah Lamina for Ramson Gee in the 31st minute.
The substitution brought back LISCR to balance as Julius Nah reduced the score to 2-1 in the 33rd minute after Koulibaly set-up a free rebounded ball in the penalty area.
Back from recess, tension mounted on Breweries as another substitution was made, Samuel Boe was replaced by Nicholas Andrews before Benjamin Sackor was yellow carded in the 50th minute.
Tension in the match witnessed two of Club Beer’s technical staff, Francis Sarploh (Technical director) and Reo Nyanti (Deputy Coach) given a marching order in the 57th minute.
Christopher Jackson’s brilliant curve ball was saved by Breweries’ goal custodian, Abdulai Koulibaly in the 65th minute of the match.
Club Beer victory was complete in the 83rd minute when Mulbah placed the ball at the back of Prince Wlame nets through Weah third assist in the match made it 3-1.
On the other hand, the Mountaineers of Nimba United were denied another golden opportunity to see them reach their first ever Liberia Football Association (LFA’s) Knock-out finals.
The ‘Kenyan Pepper Boys’ restored their hopes from a goal down before winning on penalties to eliminate the ‘Mountaineers’ inside the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Wednesday.
Tito Wesseh saves on United’s Captain Titus Cooper fifth kick saw Mighty Barrolle butted Liberia’s 2014/2015 league champions vie 5-4 on penalties after 1-1 in the normal time to advance to the finals of the competition.
Adetu Evanonye’s 20th minute curtain raiser saw Nimba United got the lead after several attempts missed in the early minute of the game.
The attacker capitalized on Sam Tisdell’s mistake to beautifully strike which could not be stopped by goalkeeper Wesseh.
Titus Cooper missed an open opportunity in the 38th minute that could have placed Nimba United in a better control of the match. A minute later, Mustapha also struck, alas, it was saved by Barrolle’s Wesseh.
The Rollers took hold of the match in the dying minutes of the second half to see the match end 1-1 for extra time which did not kick-off on time as the goalkeeper of Barrolle cried for visibility.
In extra time, both clubs created chances but failed to score from there on and even in extra time.
Mighty Barrolle will battle in form Monrovia Club Breweries in the grand final of the FA Cup on Sunday July 31 at the aging Antoinette Tubman Stadium. Barrolle reached the final for the first time in seven years after an outstanding performance saw them down Nimba United.