BATTLE FOR TOP SPOT: BEA MOUNTAIN MEETS BYC II
Monrovia – The Blue Field, home of Barrack Young Controller, will be center of attraction today, May 21, 2019 when two of the country’s best teams in the second division of Liberian football face off.
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BYC II second on the 16-team table will take on league leaders and defending champions Bea Mountain of Grand Cape Mount County in a match that promises to be entertaining from start to finish. The “Gold Boys” of Bea Mountain are a points above host the junior “Go Blue Boys” who secured a 3-0 victory over Junior Professional FC on Saturday to increase their points to 30. Bea Mountain game with Gardnerville FC was called off due to heavy rainfall. The match was called off in the 69th minute as the game was heading for a possible draw with the score at 1-1.
A win for the visitors will see them move three points above BYC II while a win for the home side will see them cut Bea Mountain lead to a point depending on Bea Mountain final 21 minutes of play in their match with Gardnerville FC.
BYC forced Bea Mountain to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Kinjor Sports pitch and their coach Mouctarr Fofana is hopeful of a win against Ketu Smith experience side.
Mouctarr Fofana believes BYC II have an excellent opportunity to breathe new life into their challenge for the title when they take on the defending Champions at the Blue Field on Tuesday.
After two defeats, six draws and eight wins, Fofana insists his focus of winning the league in his first season at BYC II has not changed.
Mouctarr Fofana says the “Go Blue Boys” will fight to close the gap between themselves and leaders Bea Mountain ahead of today’s clash between the two sides.
“I have the feeling it is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap but our focus is the same,” he said. “Everybody asks what we are going to do if we lose but we are going to try to make our game and to win it.
“At the moment Bea Mountain are the best team in our division from their recent performances. It’s a good challenge for us,” Fofana said.
BYC II are boosted by the form of star player Irvin Gboto, who has scored four goals in the last three matches for the Blues and his presence against Lassana Sesey and Abraham Dougbeh will be key for the former champions.
The home side have score a total of 23 goals from 16 match and conceded nine with a goal deference of 14.
Meanwhile, Bea Mountain with a huge contingent of former BYC players and technical staff will be hoping to collect a point away from home to maintained their lead at the top of the table.
The Bea Mountain coach Ketu Smith insists that BYC II remain a tough team to play in the country, judging from their past record and current position in the league.
The “Gold Boys” go into the meeting having won 9 of their 15 matches played and 5 draws with a single defeat while they have scored 28 goals with 12 goals against with 16 goals deference.
The former national team coach of Liberia told FrontPage Africa that they will treat the match as normal.
Ketu, though, was keen to push for the title, saying he sees it “as a normal game against BYC II”.
“We treat every game equal because we are in the same league so we will approach it as a normal game but want to get a good result,”
He added: “A very difficult one, one of the most difficult games you can play against a team as second place. We felt that plenty of times. It’s a really strong football team with some good players.
“We have to be prepared as good as possible, we have to be brave, we have to be full of desire, I am hoping we are going to play a good team and I respect them.”
He said they are going to the game with everything to collect all three points from BYC II.
Smith said he is aware of the tension when both teams meet but he’s hoping it will be with the fans and not on the pitch.
Smith will depend on Karleo Anderson, Jokie Solo, Leon Power Quaime, Sporo Somah, Abraham Dougtbeh, and Lassana Sesey all former players of BYC to deliver the needed result.