Monrovia- Liberia Football Association First division outfit Global Pharma beat Second division side Wologisi FC in a penalty shootout to progressed to the next round of the Orange Cup at Tusa Field on Saturday November 4th after full- time ended goalless to set up a clash with Watanga FC.
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Wologisi FC missed three out of four their five penalties while Global Pharma Joseph Nimely missed leaving Menjestu Klarry, Emmanuel Toe and Oliver Sekey to score and secure a 3-1 shootout victory for the Pharmacists.
The Pharmacists went into the match hoping they could get a comfortable win but Wologisi give them a run for their money as they held the top flight club to a goalless first half.
Both team give good account of themselves in the match with Wologisi having a last minute golden opportunity but Global Pharma keeper Emmanuel stood up to the occasion to denied the boys from Lofa County from seven yards to the disbelief of fans.
Amadiah Kawah, James Richardson and Randy Dukuly had several scoring opportunities to give their side Global Pharma the lead or to win the game on the pitch but were denied and wasteful in front of goal which resulted to the game going to penalty.
The match was a fitting ending after 90 goalless minutes of wild swings in a game that careened from end to end all evening.
“It felt great,” Oliver Sekey told FrontPage Africa. “It was a great relief and we’re glad to be in the next round.
“I have confidence in myself and I knew which penalty I wanted to take and that’s what I did.”
The quality of the penalties were super with the Pharmacists finding the net with three spot kicks.
Wologisi’s first two efforts were placed fired wildly off target and their fourth was also missed.
“They were great penalties,” Global Pharma keeper Emmanuel Toe said. “I was prepared as always. I tried to put pressure on the takers.
“There’s still a long way to the final but it will be a big game against one of the best teams in the Country Watanga FC.”
Keatu Smith ‘s Pharmacists, 2-times Cup winners, are chasing another cup this season after returning to the top flight at the end of last season.
Watanga who took a bye from the first round in the Orange Cup secure a 2-0 win over Global Pharma on the opening day of the first division league and the pharmacists will be hoping to secure a win in revenge.
“We showed we can beat them Watanga so let’s hope,” Toe s said.
“We are on the right track with a win today and fighting for the top four. It’s not enough but it’s a big step.”
“It was a very tight game we played a very good team,” Club captain Marvin Blapoh said. “Wologisi play really good football. We are now in the next round but we have big games coming up against LISCR and Bea Mountain so we need to go home and recover.”
In other matches played in the Orange Cup Heaven Eleven beat LPRC Oilers 4-2 while Cece United secure a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Lone Star.
Invincible Eleven sealed a hard fought 1-0 win over NPA Anchors, Freeport FC suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Second Division Outfit Jubilee FC.
In an all second division clash Margibi FC and Mighty Enforcers FC played to a 2-2 draw but Enforcers won 5-4 and penalty.