LFA Cup First Round Wrap-up: Who’s In, Who’s Out

The round one of the 2015/2016 Liberia Football Association Knock-out Competitions has ended as some big names have been eliminated from the competition.

Twelve clubs have advanced in the round two of the FA Cup which takes a break until June 7, 2016 in order to give room for the continuation of the Championship title and Liberia’s international engagement with Togo in the Afcon qualifier.

The first round concluded with 43 goals scored in regular time while,66 were scored in post match penalty while, Liberia’s FA Cup Defending Champ, Barrack Young Controller feeder side bided farewell to this year’s campaign of the Knock-out competition.

According to results from five days of total football action, Harbel Athletic is the lone 3rd Division Club that qualifier out of four clubs.

In the FA Cup’s opening fixture, 10-man, Jubilee forgot their Second Division League troubles and advancedinto the next round of the FA Cup.

The “Church Boys” came through with a narrow 2-1 win over Third tier Tony FC at Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Tuesday.

It was Tonia Tarr 23rdminute strikeplus team mate, Edward Selebah 85thminute net boosterthat beat passed Max Sammie lone goal for Tony FC in the 62nd minute to settle Jubilee ahead to the next round.

In the day’s earliest showdown, Aries FC also advanced to the FA Cup round two, also following their 2-1 win over third tier Morning Stars in an away fixture.

Tamba Gbollie, 25th minutes goal place the “Security Boys in the lead and Jessie Senwah added the score line to 2-0 in the 59th minutes before Edmon Saah pull back one in the 85th minute.

Interesting action took place Wednesday as the biggest shock electrified the FA Cup when National League unbeaten Football Club, Barrack Young Controller and veterans – Sensational LPRC Oilers bowed out of the FA Cup disgracefully.

Barrack Young Controller (YBYC), under Coach Cooper Sannor experienced one of the most heart breaking defeats in the club’s history.
The 2-time FA Cup holder timidly capitulated to Harbel Athletic, losing 7-6 on penalty spot to the third-tier club in the first round of the FA Cup.

The full 90 minutes of play ended goalless at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, ATS.

Goalkeeper Lawrence Quaye scored the last goal that blanketed Sylvanus Morris and Alvin Maccornel missed penalties. The goal was enough to send the Margibi-based club through to a second-round match.

The loss is seen disappointing for the senior “Go Blue Boys” BYC for two season now and the second time being eliminated in the first phase of the FA Cup.

At first it was in the 2014-2015 edition of the FA Cup, having lost to NPA Anchors 2-1.

BYC will now have to focus their attention on the LFA Championship clash, where they sit first on the league table with 30 points.

At the same time, the sensational LPRC Oilers were also crashed out of this year’s FA Cup competition after losing 1-0 to second-tier Fair Play FC on Wednesday.

Old hands LPRC Oilers wasn’t the only Top Flight Club to be beaten by lower-league opposition, with misery also for BYC in day two of the FA Cup fixture.

LPRC Oilers were unconvincing against Fair Play FC, which is bottom of the second tier, and needed goals although the match.

Moses Barquoi from the penalty spot sent the “Sensational Oil Boys” parking as the Brushood Island club was unable to overturn the result.

Barquoi placed the ball at the right arm of experienced Lone Star’s goalkeeperSaylee Swenwho took the left side of the net.

The win is the first for the Grand Bassa-based Second Division outfit. Fair Play has never won any of the second tier league game and is seated at the button of the table.

Oilers 1-0 defeat has signal Head Coach, Gabriel Johns about his dismissal barely minutes after the match.

Coach Johns was told verbally that the President of the LPRC Oilers Sports Association (OLSA) James Jappah had plans to sack him.

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, it was a great start for Liberia domestic league Champions, Nimba United as theyadvanced to round two of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) 2016 Knock-out competition.

United came through following 4-1 triumph over Bong County-based, Mighty Dragon in the first round of the FA Cup at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, central Monrovia.

The win sees the “Mountaineers” back to winning ways after their 3-1 Championship second leg lost to NPA Anchors on Sunday.
Coach Kollie Korvy’s men defeated LFA League strugglers, Mighty Dragon 4-1.

Erastus Wee started-off the goal-festival, before Patrick Singbeh, Franklin Mulbah and Edward Dean completed the score line to close-up Emmanuel Francis’s lone goal from the Bong County-based.

The former BYC-II striker got his name on the score sheet through Franklin Mulbah’s connection in the 4th minute to send the ‘Mountaineers’ ahead at the ATS.

The goal is Wee’s second for the Nimba County-based club and the second against Mighty Dragon in this year’s league season.

The match registered form Nimba County left-back, Prince Wilson first feature for the ‘Mountaineers,” since he joined the club.

The day’s open saw the “shipping Boys” of LISCR FC through the guidance of New Manager, Abraham Sese were pushed to the next round of the completion.

Coach ‘Nuri’ men dragged Holder FC 4-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to advance to the next stage of the FA Cup, formerly the Knockout competition in Abraham Sese’s first match in charge of the club.

Fred Brooks, Christopher Jackson, Dominic Jlateh and Trokon Myers scored to ensure the club resurrect after a mulling 2-0 defeat against FC Fassell last week in the national league.

Former Keitrace FC midfielder Brooks got the match started after 15 minute, scoring through lovely effort.The goal did not deterred Judge Holder’s men as they reconsolidated their form picking up LISCR in all direction.

The result continued to go against Holder in the second half as Trokon Myers scored LISCR’S second of the match in the 70th minute.

The former Fatu FC and Barrack Young Controller winger radiantly surpassed his marker to register the second goal for the ‘Shipping Boys’ after his long-running transfer finally settled dust.

Dominic Jlateh got the third, before Christopher Jackson sealed the party.

New Hope FC repeated last league season’s history as they once again defeated Watanga FC 3-2 in post match penalty in this year’s FA Cup. Regular time ended 1-1 at the ATS.

Gardnersville FC was thrown out by ELWA United from a 6-5 penalty shootout; regular time also ended 1-1 at the same venue.

Paynesville-based 3rd Division outfit, MUSCAT has bid farewell to the 2015/2016 Liberia Football Association (LFA) Knock-Out Competition (FA Cup).

MUSCAT hopes were dashed Saturday following its 3-1 loss at the hands of Liberia’s only existing traditional club, Mighty Barrolle at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).

In other developments, MC Breweries defeated their Brushrod Island rival, Small Town FC 4-3 on post match penalties, regular time ended 1-1 at piece.

The “Soccer Missionaries” of FC Fassell also pushed through to the next stage of the competition following their 4-3 penalty shootout result with defending champions, Barrack Young Controller feeder side, (BYC-II).

On Sunday, Nimba County-based second division outfit, Sidina FC lost to Mighty Blue Abgel 4-3 on penalties shootout. Regular time ended goalless.

While the last match of the first round ended Bindu FC parking, when she fell prey to NPA Anchors 1-0.

The FA Cup takes break as a raffle draw to see who meets who will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Headquarters of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) on Benson Street

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