Liberiansoccer.com Sr Analyst Wleh Bedell delivers the report card
Tommy Songo: As perceived before the contest, the young custodian was match rusty as he had not being in competitive action for more than two months mostly due to his erratic form for club LISCR in the Liberian elite league.Untested in the first half, he was lucky to see French club SC Bastia midfielder Floyd Ayite's free kick land on the frame. In the second period, he was exposed as a result of an easy header from Italian club Atalanta loanee Jonathan Ayite. Shipping in two goals, the relatively inexperienced glovesman had an overall dreadful game despite a couple of half chances saved.
Solomon Grimes: The pin sized full back based in Cyprus made forays upfront, provided crosses albeit not with regularly and precision. He was tight in closing down opponents and had less trouble in his department.
Gizzie Dorbor: With a blistering strike from long range in the 8th minute, the Israeli based defender cum holding midfielder who operated at his usual left back position for country made history when he became the first Liberian defender to score for the Lone Star after 26 years. He was later substituted due to injury, but his almost 45 minutes appearance showed his solidity in the back line.
Kon Dirkir Glay: He was the best performer for the hosts in defense. This Indonesian based rearguard won most of the aerial duels and nearly scored at the other end as his booming header sailed inches from the goal post. His strong aerial and uncompromising man marking ability was one reason Emmanuel Adebayor dropped deep to operate as a playmaker in orchestrating things.
Teah Dennis: Good reading of the game as usual, precision timing and a host of aerial battles won showed once again the consistent form of the captain who plies his trade in Jordan. One apparent undoing however was his inability to move his defense to the center in closing the gap behind the midfield.
Theo Weeks Lewis: With the Cypriot based midfielder being the only natural midfielder in the starting line up in the balance or holding midfield role, he was stifled in a department the Togolese were more dominant. He soon ran out of steam as he soaked in the heat and had an uninspiring game by his standard.
Dioh Williams: The lanky dribbler was mostly useful when his side was on the front foot. But playing in lateral midfield, he failed to complement the efforts of his team two central midfielders who were out numbered. Nonetheless, the Sweden based veteran was able to create several anxious moments by bewildering opponents and won a host of corners. He was substituted for a holding midfielder when the Lone Star were up 2-1.
Sam Johnson: The striker from Sweden who was given the playmaker role to operate in the hole behind the front two was out of steam in the second half mostly due to his over exuberance, pointless runs and inability to keep his zone quite often. He worked for teammates a lot. Chased and chased and chased as he just broke down literally.
Anthony Laffor: The hardworking marauding South African based winger once more covered lot of grounds, had several attempts on goal, used his speed and trickery to devasting effect and even had to squeeze at a leaky left back position in trying to stop Togo's best player on the day, Matthieu Dossevi of Belgian giants Standard Leige.
Francis Doe:It was a lively performance that was capped by a glorious assist for the second goal. The Malaysian based forward, probbed, took on opponents, deceived the opposing goalie for the opener and could have scored in the first half but his poke was feeble after being impeded a bit. Also after recess, his chance to score was squandered as the ball slipped off his boot. Being exhausted, he had to be substituted in the dying ambers.
William Jebor: Another jaw dropping goal from the Spain based finisher who is now Liberia's best scorer as per average, nine games, nine goals. He latched onto a Francis Doe's sumptuous pass which he netted in with a spectacular over head kick. Though the 37 year old Togolese net minder Agassa Kossi should have given account of it. He also helped in defensive work in heading out corners. With much service and quality supply of passes to him and Doe, they would have scored goals.
Alvin Mccornell: An embarassement, disappointment, lethargic, illfated and passenger like figure for his side. The local league leaders Barrack Young Controllers understudy or bench warmer came on for the injured Dorbor before half time and was greatly exposed.
Al-Seny Keita: Coming on for Dioh Williams when the scoreline was 2-1, the France based midfielder could not do much against the likes of Olympique Marseille French born midfielder Alaixys Romao as most of his Lonr Star playmates were tired after being outplayed.
Tonia Tisdell: The once deadly winger who replaced Francis Doe five minutes to the end was of no signifance.