Lone Star Player Ratings Against Guinea- Bissau
By Wleh Bedell
The Lone Star of Liberia failed to build on their stunning 1-0 win against Tunisia's Carthage Eagles on September 5 when they were held to a nervy 1-1 draw by Guinea Bissau's Djurtus or Wild Dog at a packed Antoinette Tubman Stadium in a Russia 2018 first leg qualifier which gives the visitors the edge of qualifying for a date with the star studded African champions Ivory Coast Elephants. A 35th minute spot kick from Spanish Second Division club Ponferradina box predator William Jebor was cancelled by a rebound follow up from the 32 year old unattached Adilson soares Cassama 18 minutes after the interval to settle the score as both sides prepare for the second leg tie in a week's time. but just how did the players of the two times African Nations Cup wooden spoon enders fare in the 90 minute melee that was watched also by African football legend George Weah is what is being sailed through.
Saylee Swen-A horrendous mistake from the 31 year old LPRC Oilers gloves man led to the equalizer as he failed to effectively deal with a long range shot that he spilled before it was pounced on by a goal hungry opponent. by his standard, the former mighty Barrolle net minder should not be making such elementary mistake. Before the goal though, the towering goalkeeping ace made two descent saves to keep the Lone Star noses in front.
Solomon Grimes- A very outstanding performance from the Nea Salamis of Cyprus defender. He ventured forward quite often, provided several crosses and made two key interventions as he provided defenses coverage in preventing an early equalizer and a second goal by the opponents.
Gizzie Dorbor- A solid defensive display by the Israeli club Hapoel Afula center back cum holding midfielder. The ex-LISCR rearguard also made some attacking forays but was overlooked in taking some free kicks mainly from the right channel, something he is very accustomed to.
Kohn Dirkir Glay- The former Gor Mahia defender made several clearances in thwarting the opposition attack. The Tractor also never stopped playing the predictable long balls upfront when the team mostly needed to start from the back in drawing the opponents.
Teah Dennis-For once, the Al-Ali of Jordan defense ace struggled in executing a heady clearance to the dislike of irate fans. Nonetheless, the former LPRC Oilers and Barrack Young Controllers defense pillar put up a solid display as he marshal the defense.
Patrick Gerhardt- In the holding midfield role, the Sarawak of Malaysia playmaker tried to ensure his side got an early grip on the game as he was there directing things and switching plays. He was upended for the penalty and chanced his luck in a couple of free kicks which did not trouble the opponents goaltender. As he seemingly ran out of steam, he was substituted though mainly due to the fact that the Lone Star needed more attack minded players order than defensive ones when the score was 1-1.
Zah Krangar-Several crosses from the Fidel of Malaysia asset coupled with some intelligent runs in the final third made the pin-sized footballer to have a rather encouraging game. He was substituted though not due to him being ineffective but the need to bring on a fresh leg playmaker.
Anthony Laffor- The Tank Man cum winger from Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa made several enterprising runs upfront, tracked back, hassled and probed. But, his inability to provide the killer ball on most occasion was his apparent Achlees heel or undoing. Though he was at times gesticulating or showing his hands in a manner of complaining that there was no one making the run to make a pass to, the former LISCR midfielder was nonetheless not incisive in that aspect. His substitution was somewhat a surprise as he was one of the few players trying to make something happen as he was often running with the ball from deep cut inside from the wing and trying to go for glory or otherwise.
Sam Johnson-Pulling the strings in the middle of the pack, the Djurgaden of Sweden frontman made several nerve wrecking tackles as his mobility and work ethic counted. But, in thee second half when he was allowed to join the attack mainly from a wide area, he failed to cause any major threat as he was unable to link up with playmates.
Francis Doe- very over enthusiastic, visibly frustrated due to his coupled of first half misses and lack of service. The one time Al-Ahly of Egypt striker was never too involved in the contest especially in the second period and was a mere shadow of himself for most part of it.
William Jebor- A goal from the spot that he had to negotiate executing after teammates Francis Doe and Patrick Gerhardt apparently wanted to take it, Jebor missed a chance after being released by Doe and also had another effort squandered. But, the rest was just about him struggling to get a quality pass on a playmaker-less Lone Star at a sunny Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Dioh Williams-Coming on in the second half for Zah, the curl legged-lanky frontman was deployed wide to little or no effect. Though he tried at times to drift or move in the center, the duplication of so many forwards playing on top each other made the former BK Hacken man to have literally no major impact in the game.
Murvee Oscar Dolley-Once again, the Monrovia Breweries orchestrator showed that despite being on the local scene, he has what it takes at the moment to get a starting berth on the Lone Star and must not be overlooked. Also, he showed that what matters most is not where one plays but what one plays. The lad created few anxious moments, made some clever runs, played with belief, desire and freedom and even had an ambitious effort rocketed over the cross bar. Probably if he had started the Lone Star would have won the contest as he was going to provide the final ball, something that was lacking in the team.
Marcus Macaulay-In the heat, the Al-Ali of Jordan danger man struggled to settle and was not in it. his passes were not incisive, moves non subtle and could not just click with playmates.