The promotion and relegation play-offs of the Orange 2nd tier League have started with Sandi FC and Ganta Almighty taking the best sides of the coins over Muscat and Keitrace.
Margibi-based Orange 2nd Division side Sandi FC and Nimba County’s Ganta Almighty enjoyed a respective home wins over Muscat and Keitrace in the leg-one of the promotion and relegation play-offs on Tuesday evening, 15 June.
Sandi who are vying for elevation to the top-flight league began that campaign with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Paynesville-based Muscat FC at the Nancy Doe sports stadium in Kakata, Margibi.
Henry Korfeh put the Margibians in front in the opening 3 minutes of the crucial contest at the Nancy Doe.
The home side further doubled their lead through Korvah Kollie in the 43rd minute.
Though the resilient boys try fighting their way through to at least share the spoils, or secure an away goal to help them in the return-match but the Margibians dare to afford that opportunity to their opponents.
The win has put Sandi in the front seat as they look desperate to achieving that dream of playing in the domestic top-flight.
They now need to fight for at least a draw when they face Muscat in the return-match at the SKD Practice Pitch in Paynesville on Friday, 18 June.
Sandi defeated Muscat on two occasions during the regular season which ended last Friday. However, both teams finished leveled on 41 points in the Second Division season.
Muscat are looking for a 3-0 win and above to surpass Sandi for the top league promotion. They have to stop Sandi from scoring when they meet in the final leg this Friday.
Elsewhere, at the Gompa Sports Stadium in Nimba, 10-man Ganta Almighty recorded a dramatic 1-nil win over Keitrace to boost their hope of remaining in the 2nd league.
The Green Warriors were without their shot stopper Jones Sando who had been serving his red card ban since their second to the last game of the season against Gardnersville FC at the refurbished TUSA Field on 4 June.
Their second choice goalkeeper Solomon Jafah, was also not in the squad due to an injury sustained on the closing day of the campaign against Fassell last Friday.
Almighty who have no third goalkeeper only alternative was to improvise by using one of their players between the sticks.
Their playmaker, Mousto Tarnue was then used as the goalie in the tough Keitrace’s encounter and he went on to be the best man on the pitch by scoring the only goal of the game through a spot kick a minute before first half break.
He also committed few breathtaking saves for the home side.
But, it became more terrible for Almighty after their midfield powerhouse Larry Geepea was sent-off when he was shown his second yellow by referee Koffa Doe 10 minutes before time.
The Nimbaians still fought on to clinched the important first leg home win over Keitrace.
Ganta Almighty and Keitrace FC will go head-to-head the in the second leg on Friday, 18 June at the ATS in Monrovia.
Almighty finished 11th-place on the table with 29 points, 3 ahead of Keitrace who left at the 12th-spot on 26 points from 26 league games.
A 2-0 home win and above in the second and final leg is what Keitrace need to leapfrog Ganta Almighty.
Meanwhile, a draw is going to be sufficient to save Almighty from being relegated from the 2nd league.