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Liberia FA knockout games 1st round ends with surprises

Kolubah Zayzay/Benjamin S. Taingay

( 31, 2015)-Round one in the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Knockout Competition has ended with several former winners failing to reach the second round of the competition.

Barracks Young Comptrollers (BYC), Invincible Eleven (IE), Mighty Barrolle and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) Oilers were among several other teams eliminated in the first Round of the LFA Cup Competition.

BYC saw their quest to recollect the prestigious Cup was ended by one of their former employees, Abraham Sesey, now Coach of the National Port Authority (NPA) Anchors.

The Anchors under the guidance of the former BYC head coach defeated the Blue Warriors 2-1 in Thursday’s first match at the ATS.

However, the feeder side of the Barrack boys, the Barracks Young Comptrollers (BYC) II still has a chance to repeat what they did few, years ago, in winning the Knockout title.

Keitrace FC gave some hope to their fans with a penalty shootout win over Second Division side, Joy Conquerors, in the late game at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).

Conquerors came from behind twice to force Keitrace FC to a 2-2 draw before losing out to the Mamie Kpoto Boys in the shootout.

Also eliminated from the tournament Thursday, July 30, 2015 was the “Kenyan Pepper” Boys, Mighty Barrolle, also referred to as Rollers.  The Rollers were beaten 4-3 in post-match penalties after forcing Monrovia Club Breweries to a 1-1 draw at the Nancy B. Doe Sports Stadium.

The Thursday’s winners joined Dee Maxwell Kamayan’s Watanga FC, LISCR FC, Aries FC, Nimba United, Jubilee FC, and the Bong County-based club, Mighty Dragon, Holders FC, as well as BYC II, for the second round draw on August 5.

The current Knockout Champions, FC Fassell, were given a good-bye in the first round, and they will get to know their opponents after the draw. Meanwhile, the LFA Championship race is expected to continue this weekend with more actions.


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