By Christopher C Walker
The Champions of Liberian Football Barrack Young Controller lost to FA Cup winner’s Monrovia Club Breweries Tuesday in the Super Cup of the Liberia Football Association.
BYC-I won the LFA’s First Division Championship last season by only losing only 1 game (Nimba United) throughout the season but their lackluster performance was not good enough to win the Super Cup against Breweries who were consider under dogs.
Breweries outplayed BYC for most of the match, with a stifling defense against the most prolific “front four” in the Liberia. Breweries only had two attempts on target, their defense resisting enough as top goal soccer Mark Paye, Van –Dave Harmon, Prince Saydee and David Tweh just could not break through the Beer Boys back four.
After full ninety minutes of play the game was decided from the Penalty Spot with the newly promoted First division side Monrovia Club Breweries winning the game 3-2. BYC missed 3 penalties, an untold amount for the Champions.
Speaking to reporters after the game BYC head coach Cooper Sannah said he was disappointed in his team performance against Breweries.
“Management did everything possible for us to win but we did not play well, I am disappointed we didn’t get it done, but these things happen in football.”
Sannah noted that his team will bounce back stronger and better on Friday, in their first 2016/2017 National league game against LPRC Oilers on Friday at ATS
BYC players Ratings:
Morris Tarr: As perceived before the contest, goalie Tarr was “on holiday” during the first half as he was not tested by the striking force of Monrovia Club Breweries. Untested in the first half, he was lucky enough to save Curtis Koon Shot which hit the post.
Tarr save Breweries first penalty and third but did little to prevent the Bushrod Island boys from celebrating the Super cup.
Karleo Anderson: The national team member full back, who is noted for his ability of run/fly the side lines, helping the attack force, made less crosses than expected. He though was tight in closing down his marker Benjamin Sackor and had less trouble against the winger in his department.
Hilton Varney: The left back was flat footed throughout the match, making elementary mistakes against an inexperience George Weah.
The Liberian left back was guilty of several fouls that could have resulted in goals. Late in the second half Hilton could not stop Breweries rising star Nicholas Andrews.
Kemoh Kamara: He was one of the best performers for BYC in defense. Though he “blew” the ball more than usual (a sign of panic?). The former Nimba United defender won most of the air balls against Mitis Mulbah.
Kemoh strong air power and uncompromising man marking ability was one reason why the Beer Boys did not score during regular Time.
Prince Jetoh: Good reading of the game as usual, accuracy timing and a host of air balls won showed once again the reason he is call by his fans “Rio.”
Prince inability to move the defense to the center in closing the gap behind the midfield, he too “blowing balls’ saw the youthful Breweries side attacking the Blues at the closing stages of the Match.
Sylvanus Morris: Playing as a holding midfielder, was “soft” in his department where Breweries dominated. He ran out of steam as he was yellow carded for a foul on Curtis Koon. Morris who was one of the club’s best player last season and had a lackluster poor game by his standard and was substituted during the second half.
Benjamin Gbemy: The dribbler and creative midfielder was mostly useful when his side was on the attack, playing in mid-field, he failed to complement the efforts of his team two central attackers who were outnumbered.
Gbemy was able to create several nervous moments by confusing opponents and won a host of corners. He played the full ninety minutes.
Prince Saydee: The winger who just return to the country after going through trial in Slovakia was given the playmaker role to operate from the wing and provide assists for his team but was a disappointment to the believe of fans who consider him to be the most dangerous player in the BYC Line up.
Saydee just could not get passed an overweight right back of Breweries Blidi Jackson his pointless runs and inability to keep his zone quite often was a serious embarrassment to the technical Staff.
Most disappointedly was Saydee failure “to press: to help his left back.
David Tweh: The skillful winger presence was not notice in getting pass his defensive marker. The future BYC star player ended the game on a very disappointing note after he missed his team’s decisive penalty.
Van–Dave Harmon: It was an unlively performance for the hit man on his turned to Liberian football after a season long loan in Senegal with Diambars Academy. Van-Dave who is noted for his kicking ability did not even had an attempt, giving away a high amount of balls was the order of the day for the hit man.
Mark Paye: The 2015/2016 LFA MVP player was very quiet in the first half. Paye only major attempt on goal came in the second half when his one on one shot hit the goal post. He converted his penalty kick in to goal.
Claudius Morris: Came in as substitute and brought steam to the Liberian Champions two-man mid-field.
One of the team’s best penalty taker Morris penalty was save during the Shoot Out.
Gideon Williams: Coming on for Sylvanus could not do much against the Midfielders of Breweries as most of his teammates were out of form and outplayed.
Ketu Jerbo: The once deadly winger of ELWA United who replaced Van-Dave Harmon play less than seven minutes after coming on. He got injured and was of no significance to his team as his introduction was useless.