Barrack Young Controllers left back Prince Nagbo proved his worth in Grand Cape Mount County 2-0 win over Gbarpolu County in their National County Sports Meet opening fixture on Saturday March 31,2018.
Edwin Davies who signed by the Second Division outfit from Cece United and Prince Nagbo scored a goal each against their teammate jerry Vah who stood between the goal post for Gbarpolu county to seal the win for the home side in Robertsports.
The BYC duo contributions were a great help to Cape Mount who will need a point in their next game against Bomi county to progress to the group stage.
The home side started the match in an entertaining fashion as well as early pressure against Gbarpolu as Jameal Johnny seven minutes strike was cleverly tipped over the crossbar by magic hand Jerry Vah which resulted into a corner for the home side with the fans seen crying out saying “we want goal”.
The Cape Mountainians lost their grip in the early minutes of the match as the visitors mounted pressure and won a free-kick through Ahmed Fuiton but Captain George Thomas’ stunning free-kick was saved by Trokon Tennei ar just inside the 12th minutes .
Gbarpolu’s Fuiton was Cape Mount biggest threat, he could have put the visitors in the lead 18th minutes into the match but his left footed effort was well saved by Tennei.
As the game progresses, the Momo Tarweh Sports Pitch became lively when Edwin Davis in the 24th minute linked up well with Randy Macaulay who beat pass two advancing players of Gbarpolu to provide a well executed cross for Davis smart chip an inch over goalkeeper Vah as the fans go jubilating for goal number one for the home side.
Gbarpolu appears dangerous after conceeding the first goal of the match and won a free-kick through Darlington Zeegar who went off through injury but Thomas dangerous free-kick effort was deflected for a corner in the 41 minutes as their corner effort did not pay off for them.
Coach Emmanuel Kaykay introduced Darius Mcgee after the break and his introduction almost paid-off as energetic Rufus Ciusoe had a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Vah but the winger shot was saved by the goalkeeper in the 48thminute.
Soon after Mcgee horrible missed, Gbarpolu improved and thought an equalizer was possible with Fred Gaye providing a decent cross that could not connect any teammate before George Tye missed a golden opportunity from closed range in the 74th minutes.
The home side opted for a counterattack and won a set-piece in the 80th minute and Prince Nagbo demonstrated his quality with a clinical free-kick that hit the woodwork before scoring a frantic head up from 18 yard out from the rebound to seal the victory for his side.
Cape Mount Coach, Emmanuel Kaykay after the match praised his captain Prince Nagbo but gave credit to his opponent for their performance.
“Prince Nagbo performance was fantastic. I brought him on because he’s experienced and I knew he was going to do it,” he said.
“Gbarpolu is an experience team but at the end of the day they couldn’t finished and we had the finishing edged.”
“They have good style of play,he noted.
Explaining further coach Kaykay added that his opponents played with long balls,but they were able and prepared to contain them”.
While Gbarpolu assistant coach Alexander Quaqua was confident that his side will progress to the quarter finals after a decent displayed against Cape Mount.
“There were slight things that were not put in place because few of our players were not fit but the defeat put us in the position to realize our mistakes and recover and qualify,” he said.
“I can assured you guys that we are going to reach the carpet due to the way we played Cape Mount.” Quaqua added.
Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount girls were 5-2 winners over Gbarpolu in the Kickball category.
However Match day two looks increasingly pressuring and tension packed as host Grand Cape Mount County will battle rivals Bomi on Tuesday April 3,2018.
A win will seal an automatic qualification for the Cassava leaf Boys while a draw will tip them through as well.
On the other hand Bomi is under pressure to perform as the game looks like a revenge of last County meet fixture against the two sides.
A win for Bomi and a draw against Gbarpolu in her last game on Saturday is enough to see them come to the city.
Courtesy of Christopher C.Walker.