Petrol Trade Cup: LFA Assigns FIFA Referee Hassan Corneh To Officiate Final Between Breweries and Watanga

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Liberia FIFA-badged referee Hassan Z. Corneh, has been assigned by the Liberia Football Association (LFA) to officiate the grand finale of the 2020/21 Petrol Trade Cup involving Orange First Division clubs Watanga FC and Monrovia Club Breweries.

Watanga and Club Breweries will battle for the Petrol Trade Cup final on Sunday, 23 May at the ATS with the kick-off set for 3:30 PM.

Joel W. Doe, Liberia’s youngest FIFA-badged assistant referee will serve as Assistant Referee-1 and Thomas Konneh will oversee the second touchline as the Assistant Referee-2.

Fidelsco Bestman will stand back as the Reserved Referee or Fourth Official.

It will be Corneh’s fifth game in charge of a Petrol Trade Cup match this season and his 16th match officiated as a center referee in all competitions this campaign.

The FIFA match official controlled a one-all draw between defending Orange First Division champions LPRC Oilers and Second tier side FC Fassell before overseeing a round of 16 match between First Division side Nimba United, and Second Division club Ganta Almighty, at the North Star Stadium on February 10. United defeated the Green Warriors of Ganta 4 goals to nil.

He was the decision maker in a quarterfinal clash between champions elect, Watanga 1-0 quarterfinals first leg win over Tony FC.

The 32-year-old was the umpire in 2-0 quarterfinals second leg win for Kwado away to Muscat at the SKD Practice Pitch in Paynesville in the Petrol Trade Cup last month.

Corneh after obtaining his FIFA-badged in 2017 has gone on to officiate matches in the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup, Nations Cup qualifiers and other youth competitions across Africa.

The experienced FIFA recognized Referee has been in action at the ATS in 5 different matches (2 matches in the Petrol Trade Cup and 3 First Division league games) this season.

He officiated a 1-1 Petrol Trade Cup match between LISCR and Fassell in December and the 1-0 win for Watanga against Tony in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the knockout cup at the ATS.

In the Orange National First Division, Corneh handled the whistle in Oilers 2-0 win over Freeport on 3 February; Freeport FC’s 2-1 home defeat to Small Town on February 14 and Freeport one-nil defeat to Bea Mountain on March 14 this year.

He has officiated 4 games in a all competitions involving Watanga this season [3 First Division league games and a Petrol Trade Cup match].

Watanga had never lost a game officiated by Hassan Corneh this season.
They have won two and collected two draws from their last four matches umped by Corneh in all competitions this campaign.

He adjudicated Watanga and NPA Anchors dramatic 3-3 equalizer at the Nancy Doe Stadium in Kakata last December.

Corneh was again in the middle when Watanga collected a whopping 5-1 win over Small Town at the Technical Center in a match-day 11 contest.

Hassan was in charged of Watanga and Breweries 1-1 draw in a match-day-day 18 clash last month at the SKD Practice Pitch.

This has been Club Breweries only match handled by Corneh this season.

Monrovia Club Breweries have collected five wins alongside a draw from six matches before the Sunday’s clash against Watanga.

Breweries have netted 17 goals and conceded 9 from their 6 games in the Petrol Trade Cup.

Their contenders Watanga won all their 6 contests on their way to the promised land; they scored 9 goals and got 6 against their net.
The Watanga versus Monrovia Club Breweries epic clash is set to be the second Petrol Trade Cup final match to be handled by Corneh in the last five years having served as the whistle blower in the final between former Barrack Young Controllers (BYC-l) and LISCR FC at the ATS in 2017.

BYC-l at the time defeated LISCR 4-0 to win their [BYC-I] historic domestic double; the First Division title coupled with the LFA Cup in a single season that year.

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