Matchweek-5 Preview: Bea Mountain to Host Oilers in Boxing-day Clash as Watanga face LISCR

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The exhilarating 2021/22 Orange 1st Division League resumes this Wednesday after a weeklong break due to LPRC Oilers CAF Confederation Cup game against Orlando Pirates of South Africa back on Sunday.

The league continues to get tensed with the rescheduled matchday-five fixtures set to showcase fascinating and competitive encounters at six match venues in Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado, Nimba, and Grand Bassa Counties on the 1st of December with all matches starting at 3:30 PM.

Grand Cape Mount’s giants Bea Mountain who are at the summit of the league’s table with 10 points from 4 games will look to establish dominance and a firm stand on the log when they face a heavy challenge from title holders LPRC Oilers at the Kinjor Sports Pitch.

The match is set to be a big test for Coach Ansu Sesay’s side that has been enjoying a promising start to the 2021 and 2022 season by recording 3 wins and a draw from 4 outings.

On the other hand, the defending champions who are currently ranked 6th on the table have been without a win in their last two league’s fixtures. This means that Cooper Sannah’s men are coming all out in search of their first win after two games and second of the season.

The Oil boys have been without a win since they defeated Sandi three-nil on the opening day at the TUSA pitch.

The Gold boys will look to revenge a 1-0 defeat suffered in their home meeting with the champions last campaign in Kinjor.

At another venue, the reconditioned Doris Williams Stadium in Buchanan will host one of the biggest fixtures of the day as Mighty Barrolle draw their battle line against traditional arch-rivals Invincible Eleven (IE) as the most historic rivalry in the domestic Top-flight resurfaces.

The match is set to be the first meeting between Liberia’s two oldest and most successful clubs in nearly a decade.

Both clubs are currently struggling for life at the bottom of the league table at the respective 10th and 11th place.

In another match-day happening, Gibson Freeman will lead 2nd-placed Freeport in an entertaining clash against visitors Heaven Eleven at the TUSA Field in Gardnersville.

It will be a complete upheaval as the Gangra boys look to end the unbeaten run of the uncompromising Go Greens boys who have been undefeated since the start of the campaign.

Freeport have established themselves as one of the title contenders after collecting a resounding 5-1 victory over Nimba United in their last league game. It is now two wins and two draws in four games for the Bushrod Islanders.

Nonetheless, their visitors Heaven Eleven have been abled to secure just one win, two draws alongside one defeat in 4 league games so far since the start of the new season.

4th-placed Watanga FC and third-placed LISCR will lock horns in what is anticipated to be a crunch battle at the SKD Mini-stadium in Paynesville.

After losing 2-1 to Nimba Kwado on matchday-4, the Shipping boys are obviously looking to get back on winning ways, but they have a difficult Watanga side to contend with.

Mathew Julutweh’s men who forced reigning champions Oilers to a 2-2 draw in their last match are clearly desperate to extend their push for the top spot.

Elsewhere, Monrovia Club Breweries after being without a win in their last two league encounters will to play host to relegation battlers Nimba United at the ATS.

Breweries last and only win of the season so far was against Mighty Barrolle in a matchday-two contest at the ATS back on November 7th 2021.

As for United, they have accumulated just a point after 4 games.

The North star boys have bowed to 3 defeats recording just a draw from 4 games in the 2021/22 season.

They will be certainly hoping to lay hands on their first three points of the league against the Beer boys at the weekend.

The Beer boys succumbed to a narrow, but disappointing 1-0 defeat to Sandi FC on matchday-4 at the Nancy Doe Stadium in Kakata.

Breweries defeated United when they first met last season.

Nimba Kwado will take on newly promoted Sandi FC at the Nimba County Sports Stadium in Sanniquellie in the midweek’s fixture.

Kwado have recorded one win and a draw from their last two home games this season.

They were held to a disappointing nil-nil draw to First League’s debutants Heaven Eleven on the opening day before upsetting title holders Oilers a weekend after to clinch their first three points of the season.

Meanwhile, Margibi giants Sandi have been without a win in their last two outings since the commencement of the season.

They lost to reigning champions Oilers in their opening league game at the TUSA Field in Gardnersville before bowing to a humiliating 8-2 defeat to title contenders LISCR at the same venue on match-day 3.

Kwado are presently positioned 5th on the table, while Sandi hang a step (9th-placed) above the relegation area.

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