Ganta, Nimba County___ The most talked about Inter-Electoral District Peace Tournament of Nimba County started over the weekend with District #2 (Sanniquellie-Mahn) and Yarwin-Mehnsonnon (District #9) collecting massive victories against both District #6 and District #5 respectively.
Yarwin-Mehnsonnon District defeated Buu-Yao District 2-0 on Sunday evening to move on top of the Group-A’s log with 3 points and 2 goals.
Shaarawy Sackie netted all the two goals in both halves of the match making him the first scorer in this year’s edition of the competition.
In the kickball category, District #9 lost to the girls of District #5.
In another encounter, the Lake Telleh boys of District #2 ravaged Tappita District 5-0 in an opening Group-B’s match on Sunday evening at the Gompa Stadium.
Dar Karmen got the opener for District #2 in the 23rd minute with a weighty strike from over he edge of the box.
Ganta Almighty’s attacker Emmanuel Azarah Paye doubled the lead for the Sanniquellie boys 9 minutes before the break.
Captain Azarah Paye again found the back of the net for the second time in the match with a brilliant finish inside the 6yard box making the score 3-0 for District #2.
Pascal Harris and Mekie Dokie completed the score in the 77th and 86th minute respectively.
Harris powerful header from a Dar Karmen’s corner kick beat goalkeeper Jones Sando to the middle of the post before Dokie placed home the last goal of the match in the bottom right corner of the goal.
The win put District #2 first on the Group-B’s table. They have 3 points and five goals.
The devastating defeat is the worse suffered by District #6 in the last 10 years of the competition.
On the opening day on Saturday, 11 September, host District #1 engaged defending kickball and football champions District #4 at the open-air Gompa Sports Stadium.
The girls of District #1 shocked defending champions Twah-River to an unbelievable 8-3 home runs defeat after five-five innings played.
In football, District #1 and District #4 wrestled to a goalless equaliser in the full-time of play with both sides being unable to register a single goal in the opening fixture.
Though District #1 dominated the 90 minutes of actions, but goalkeeper Junior Yeanaye was certainly on the alert between the sticks for the defending champions.
What should have been the opening goal of the competition for District #1 came just 5 minutes into time, but Carando Johnson’s strike was blocked by the crossbar.
Twah-River’s best chance of the contest came 6 minutes later with a shot from Mark Arthur, but goalkeeper Eric Tiawan punched it behind for a corner.
Nimba Kwado’s playmaker Julius Nyanamah would have gotten the winning goal for the host 2 minutes before the final whistle, unfortunately, he did not get a good touch of the ball.
Referee Washington Dolo sounded his final whistle to confirm a goalless draw in the opening match with both teams taking home a shared spoils.