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Montserrado County Win first County Meet Title

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captain Harrison Mahn of Montserrado County
captain Harrison Mahn of Montserrado County

Montserrado County, under the supervision of Superintendent Florence Brandy, won their first Cup Sunday with a 4-2 victory over 1956 winners, Maryland County, in penalties after a 1-1 draw in one hundred and twenty minutes.

The 2016/17 final was dubbed, the “Repeat of 1956 final” which Maryland won by coin throwing after the game ended in a draw.  The Sunday’s final match drew the biggest crowd of the 2016/17 competition.

Montserrado County missed the early chances in that match as they dominated possession in the first half.

Robert Coleman, Michael Dennis, Edward Ludlum and Mickey Morgan all created chances in the first 15 minutes for Montserrado, but their finishing was poor.

Fine goalkeeping also help Maryland County in those early minutes as the Taku FC keeper Larry Hne was on top of his game.

Maryland County had couple of chances of their own with Daniel Toe, Peter Bleedi and Joe Dennis coming close just before the half hour mark.

Musa Kaba came from the bench in the second half to give Montserrado County the lead in the 73rd minute, dribbling two defenders and the goalkeeper to roll the ball in an empty net.

That lead was short lived as Central back Kelvin Allison headed in a Vincent Weah corner in the 81st minute to take the match to extra time. The extra 30 minutes saw waste of several chances on both sides.

With 60 seconds to the end of the game, Montserrado County brought on penalty keeper, Koffa Nimely who was in goal for the spot kick defeat against Bassa in the last edition.

This time he was on the winning side as he saved two penalties, from danger man, Daniel Toe and Vincent Weah, before Patrick Dweh sent his over the bars, while the Montserrado County penalty takers got their kicks right this time, unlike last edition where they missed three kicks.

Musa Kaba missed his shot against Grand Bassa County in the 2015/16 defeat, but sent the Maryland Keeper the wrong way for the first goal for Montserrado.

Joseph Zayzay got the second kick right, before Edward Ludlum teased the keeper with the third. Sunday’s final was Montserrado County’s fifth appearance in the County Sports meet Grand finale since the competition was inaugurated in 1956.

The county has been quiet in the competition since the 1956, but Superintendent Florence Brandy’s appointment few years ago and the selection of football Icon Senator George Weah had change the county’s aspiration in making strides in the National County Sports Meet.

So, in the past four years, Montserrado County has been consistent in their performances or participations in the National County Sports meet as they have reached the second round and last stage of the competition in the most recent past years.

Montserrado has played three football finals in the past four years, but this year brought the county its biggest and best achievements.

Besides winning the football title, Montserrado County collected three other trophies including second place in Basketball and Volleyball and third place cup in Kickball. Nimba County came closed to winning all titles but fell in football.

Nimba defeated Montserrado county in both Basketball and Volleyball finals and whipped Margibi county again 4-1 home-runs to retain the kickball title.


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