The Shipping Boys excellent performance in the 2018 Blue Cup preseason tournament continued in the semifinals with Tapha Manneh’s boys securing an important 2-0 win over BYCC II to book their place in the final.
The Shipping Boys stopped the BYC II from reaching the final with a goal each from Sheku Sheriff and Bully Drammeh.
Coach Tapha Manneh made four changes from the side that won 5-2 over Samira Football Club in the first round. Tommy Songo returned in goal to replace Prince Wlame, Sheku Sheriff and Allen Njie started in the central midfield to replace Saah Nyumah and Armah Vaikinah while Bully Drammeh started upfront ahead of Morris Vambo.
Like the game against Samira, LISCR began the match on a very beautiful note by controlling the play in the early minute. The early dominance saw the Shipping Boys taking the lead in the 17th minute through Sheku Sheriff. Sheriff scored with low left-footed shot from within BYC’s 18-yard box. Mark Paye made his way through BYC II’s defense before finding Sheriff who got the ball at the back of the net.
Two minutes after Sheriff had given LISCR the lead, Bully Drammeh got the second goal of the match to extend the lead. The Gambian winger got through BYC II’s defense with a perfect feet-work before striking on goal to beat BYC II’s Sekou Bayoh. The 2-0 lead looked unbearable for the host junior team that went in search of a goal. Their first effort on goal came in the 25th minute through Terry Sackor who saw his shot on goal saved by Tommy Songo. Songo made a brilliant save to denied BYC II from scoring as LISCR maintained their lead.
There was early substitution for LISCR when Tapha Manneh introduced Edward Ledlum for Amadiah Kawah. Mark Pay came close to scoring the match’s third goal in the 42nd minute with a close range shot that was put over the bar for corner. The host failed to register a goal as LISCR walked to the break with the two goals lead.
Back from the break was another excellent display by the Shipping Boys in the early minutes of the second. However, they failed to convert the chances to goal the score remained 2-0. Another 45 minutes of play for BYC II that needed a goal to restore their hopes.
Six minutes into the second half, Mark Paye saw his setpiece from the edge of the 19-yard box saved by Bayoh for a corner. As the match got older, the pressure began to intensify with LISCR in search of more goals while BYC II were looking for the goals to get the score level. Gambian striker, Mustapha Njie time on the pitch was cut short with ankle injury he sustained in a tackle. The Gambain made way for Prince Urey who further strengthened LISCR attack. More changes were made with Alloy Brown coming on for Mark Paye while Saah Nyumah was introduced for Bully Drammeh.
Seven minutes after his introduction, Brown came close getting his name on the score sheet with an overhead kick that was saved by Bayoh. Nether side was able to register a goal in the second half as LISCR booked their place to the final with a 2-0 win.
The Shipping Boys will now play FC Bea Mountain in the final that will be played on Saturday, May 12 at the Blue Field.