Monrovia -What an amazing season it has been for Barrack Young Controllers (BYC)!The Go Blues Boys, as they are affectionately called, hammered Fatu FC 6-0 to win the Liberia Football Association (LFA) knock-out cupat the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Sunday.
And they wrapped-up a league and cup double on Wednesday by beating Margibi County-based Mighty Blue Angels 3-1 at the Unification Town sport pitch in Harbel.BYC went into the match leading nearest rivals LISCR FC by a point and needed a win to secure their first league title in their 16-year history.Robert Lartey, alias coach Pela or Argentine, stuck with the first eleven that walloped Ansu Dulleh’sFatu FC.And his tactical selection proved to be the right mentality for victory when Trokon Myers, who scored a hat-trick on Sunday, found the curtain raiser in the 26th minute from a placement.Malachi Coker made it two in the 42nd minute but Thomas Myers pulled one back for the Angels from a header in the 55th minute.
But that was short-lived when Myers scored his fifth goal for BYC in four days from a Blamo Nimle’s connection.From there on, Blue Angels packed the bus and created some troubles for the Blues, whose army of supporters from Monrovia swallowed the home fans. BYC goalie Mulbah Urey, who was called into action several times, limped out of the match in what looked like a hamstring injury.They must have anticipated a hostile reception but their playing party was motivated by the cheering squad who sang and danced throughout the 90 minutes.And as was the case on Sunday, they missed a host of scoring chances including when Jabateh failed to take advantage of a true pass from the workaholic Coker.
If the pre-match news from the hosts was anything to go by then BYC could have been shocked just how a predominantly local-based Ghana surprised an overconfident and indiscipline Liberia1-2 in a 2002 World Cup qualifier at the Samuel Kanyon Doe sport complex on July 1, 2001.The Angels had threatened to boycott the match in demand of unpaid bonuses owed them by the club due to the FA’s refusal to pay league compensation due the club.But their displayed over 90 minutes could suggest they were-off for a Jose Mourinho’s kind of mind game.After the final whistle from Emmanuel Nuewon, chief patron and board chairman Robert Sirleaf continued Sunday’s celebration by popping the champagne bottles in the traditional style of celebrating a sporting achievement.But Sirleaf knows the Caf Champions’ League won’t be as easy as the national league.“Well like I said before, we hope everybody in the LFA and all the other teams get behind us because we are going to represent Liberia. Obviously, the expectations are high. But we will our best to represent Liberia,” he said.