The Liberia Football Association (LFA) Cellcom national league has finally resumed with attacking football prevailing in the first week.
The top flight saw 19 goals scored in six matches with Jubilee and Keitrace the highest scoring teams as they netted four goals each, while LISCR FC became the master of clean sheet.
With 19 goals scored in the six matches in the two groups, it means an average of 3.1 goals were scored which is a clear indication that positive football has been the hallmark in the first week of the league.
There are 12 teams in the LFA top flight divided in two groups.
Group A comprises Barrack Young Controllers (BYC), Monrovia Club Breweries, Nimba United, Watanga FC, Invincible Eleven and Jubilee FC, while Group B has FC Fassell, LPRC Oilers, LISCR FC, Aeries FC, NPA Anchors and Keitrace FC.
There were matches in Group A on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at three different venues.
At the Nimba United pitch in Mount Barclay outside Monrovia, host Nimbah United and Watanga FC settled to a 1-1 draw with the host taking a lion’s share of possession.
On the same day at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata, Margibi County, Church Boys Jubilee FC dumped one of Liberia’s traditional teams Invincible Eleven (IE) 4-1, while defending champions BYC and Monrovia Club Breweries settled to a 2-2 draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia.
Group B matches were played on Sunday, June 7, 2015.
At the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata, Margibi County, Soccer Missionaries FC Fassell forced LPRC Oilers to a 1-1 draw.
Last season top goal scorer James Soto Roberts opened the score line for Oilers in the second half, but VitalisSieh found the equalizer 10 minutes later to end the match 1-1.
At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, youthful Keitrace FC demolished NPA Anchors 4-1 in the day’s first encounter, while LISCR FC narrowly defeated Aeries FC 1-0.
The results means Jubilee FC is topping Group A, while Keitrace FC is at the top of Group B.
Many are yearning to see whether the attacking football will continue this weekend as the 12 teams battle.
Back to back champions BYC remains the team to beat, though all other teams are plotting to end their dominance with the slogan “Anybody But BYC”, meaning any team can win but not BYC. Last season runners-up LPRC Oilers as always has a plethora of experienced players, but it seems the gold and black outfit is a bit match rusty as was shown in the late ambers of the game with FC Fassell where the Gabriel Johns’ guided side ran out of steam. The Oilers like youthful Breweries did not partake in any of the preseason tournaments organized by the LFA on grounds of problems in meeting the license system criteria. Keitrace FC is the dark horse and will certainly give a tough time to opponents, while LISCR has been rejuvenated with many younger players infused into the team to bring about new dynamism into the squad of the former champions. From their first mauling IE looks like a side that will struggle, while NPA seems to have the problem of the mostly new players gelling in yielding the best results. FC Fassell is a promising outfit that will be aiming to go all the way in their debut season, while the likes of Nimba United, Watanga and Jubilee and others cannot be seen as pushovers.