The Orange National League 1st Division 2021 and 2022 season fully got underway on Wednesday, 3 November with captivating match-day actions across the country.
There were six matches at six different venues in Nimba, Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa Counties.
League champions, LPRC Oilers sounded their ambition to possibly retain the title for a third consecutive time with a convincing 3-0 win over newbies Sandi FC at the TUSA field in Gardnersville on Wednesday evening.
The opening day saw the Margibi based Club trailing behind the title holders in the pool of goals as they strived to adapt to the taste of the top flight league.
New signing Jestino Jackson put himself on the headlines with an incredible brace for the champions, with the other goal coming from Darlington Weah. It was a very impressive start for new boy, Jackson.
In another match-day action at the Doris Williams Stadium in Buchanan, home side Mighty Barrolle were forced to a shared spoil with visitors, Freeport in a four-goal thriller.
Jill Blemah and Varney Dukuly scored for the home side. However, a goal each from Jonathan Eke and Gibson Freeman got an important away point for the Greens following the two-all draw.
Both sides will have Monrovia Club Breweries and Sandi as their next opponents’ respectively.
The Rollers will go head-to-head against Club Breweries with Freeport facing the latter on Match-day two.
At the ATS, debutant Kortu Brown started his LISCR career with a decisive lone goal for the Shipping boys as they pinned fierce opponents, Invincible Eleven (IE) in a crushing contest.
LISCR are up next against League champions, LPRC Oilers in a Match-day two clash on Sunday at the TUSA field.
Meanwhile, IE will take on Nimba Kwado as both sides battle for their first win of the new season.
Kwado were held to a scoreless draw by 1st Division debutants Heaven Eleven in the Nimba derby at the Nimba Stadium earlier in Sanniquellie.
Though the Ton Peæ Meã had a dominating performance in the first period, however, freshman Heaven Eleven were very combative to withstand the tension.
The Yekepa giants put up a great fight in the final half breaking all odds against them to maintain their host.
It was a good start for the league’s freshmen as they took siege of most parts of the last period.
Heaven Eleven will now prepare to host Watanga FC in their first home game of the campaign at the E.B. Stadium in the concession City of Yekepa on Sunday, 7 November.
Watanga collected a comfortable 4-0 victory at the expense of Nimba United at the SKD Mini Pitch in Paynesville.
Josephus Weah hat-trick and a Farsedu Logan’s single handed Watanga the biggest win of the day.
Weah is the first player to net a hat-trick in the 2021/22 Orange National League campaign.
At the Kinjor Sports Pitch in Grand Cape Mount, visiting side Monrovia Club Breweries forced Bea Mountain to a nil-nil equalizer to snatch a point.
The Beer boys came fro6a goal down to collect a crucial point against the Cape Mountaineers.
Club Breweries now will host the Kanyan Pepper boys of Mighty Barrolle at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Sunday, while Bea Mountain are expected to visit the North Star Stadium in Mount Barclay in a wary clash against Nimba United.
United will be desperate to recover from the nightmare suffered in the hands of Watanga on match-day one.
The Bea Mountain Gold boys on the other hand will also be adamant to collect a first win of the season after failing to do so against Monrovia Club Breweries in their opening fixture.