BY: Christopher C. Walker
Monrovia - Barrack Young Controllers closed to within two points of LISCR FC at the top of the Liberia Football Association First Division league as Van-Dave Harmon and Mark Paye scored a goal in each half to beat Jubilee FC 1-2 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Tuesday August 1, 2017.
Earlier, Van-Dave did not make use of a decent cross pass from Mark Paye that rolled across the post, Van-Dave was late to just tip in the match opener.
BYC who is now seated second on the league table after LISCR won their protest against Fassell FC for using two illegal players. The victory has put pressure on the league leaders LISCR who need only two points from their last two games to be crown Champions.
Ketu Jerbo 11th minute goal was disallowed for off-side by central referee George Roger, after a Paye free kick was saved by the Jubilee keeper Tmacs Wonderful.
The “Church Boys” were quite allowing the “Go Blue Boys” to dominate the first half but their dominance was not notice due their failure to score more goals.
BYC got the match opener in the 27 minutes through their striker and captain Van-Dave Harmon after Jerbo’s beautiful skill down the flank before delivering a cross that Harmon placed at the back of goalie Wonderful’ s net.
Van-Dave who was instrumental in the local based national team of Liberia 0-1 victory away from home over Mauritania, goal against Jubilee FC has taken his goals in the league to 12.
Joseph Mento was a constant threat against the defending champions but his runs combine with Darlington Weah did not help the Church boys from going down.
Up by a goal Van-Dave shot from the six-yard box was saved by goalkeeper Wonderful after James Kpoto cross in the 30th minute.
Jerbo who joined BYC from ELWA United at the start of the league put up one of his best performances for the club, as both Sam Smith and Alvin Polo were yellow carded for fouling the pacey winger.
After the break Robert Lartey knowing the technical ability of his little brother William Lartey head coach of Jubilee, brought on Sam Jackson for Sporo Somah whom did not perform during the first half getting booked by referee Roger.
Two minutes in to the second half BYC double their lead after Harmon ran around the keeper, given he could have easily scored and unselfishly setting up Mark Paye to score his 5th goal of the current season.
While BYC was celebrating their second goal Jubilee got the match consolation through Darlington Weah placement from a Joseph Mento cross to make it 1-2 to BYC.
Kpoto was booked for a dangerous foul on Mento.
Down by a goal the church boys mounted pressure on BYC as their hardworking midfielder Edward Selebah missed a free header in the 65th minute that could have level the score.
Later in the 75th minute Dusty Theo shot from close range travel over the cross bar by inches.
Sylvanus Morris was substituted in the 77th minute for Gideon William while Samir Kamara was introduced for Ketu Jerbo in the 80th minute.
Tuesday result mean BYC has now close the gap on LISCR to two points with 38 points from 21 games but the shipping boys have two games more to play with 40 points.
"We created a huge number of chances and deserved to win by a bigger margin," BYC coach Robert Lartey told FrontPage Africa News Paper.
"Against an opponent with very good players we've picked up three valuable points."
Lartey made few changes in the side that beat ELWA United 2-1 few weeks ago to move up the table.
And whilst not matching that drama, there was no shortage of action as Jubilee showed up the defensive flaws against Lartet’s 4-4-2 system.
An action packed opening minutes saw two goals scored by the “Blues” in each half of the game.
BYC's weakness from crosses was exposed again after conceding over four goals in the CAF and WAFU Tournament.