By S. Siapha Mulbah
Global Pharma Football Club, on yesterday, made a progressive move into the 2023/2024 Orange Cup by defeating Watanga FC in a post-match penalty session.
The two first division league clubs settled to a one-all-draw at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville at the end of the fulltime regularities under the competition’s rules, which extended them to the penalty session.
Chauncy Freeman missed a kick after four players from Watanga had earlier converted their kicks, giving the first division league leaders an opportunity to get the win, with James Richardson scoring the fifth penalty for the Pharmacy Boys to climax things at 5-4.
Fasedo Logans found the curtain raiser after 23 minutes in the first half. The Watanga captain’s goal took his side to a first half win, but was not enough to get them an overall win over their opponents.
James Richardson resurrected Global Pharma later in the second half on 90 minutes. He stood in a position to score the game’s last free-kick awarded to his team to complicate things for Watanga.
Meanwhile, Junior Professionals from the second division league also defeated Liberian/Sierra Leonean partnership Club FC Kallon of Liberia 3-1, to join the teams that are expected to participate in the round of eight at the Liberia Football Association Orange Cup.
Junior Pro won the opening match in round two of the Orange Cup yesterday February 7, 2024 at the Tusa Field in Gardnerville, while Jubilee FC and Mighty Enforcers settled for a goal apiece at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex practice pitch, separated by a 4-2 penalty shootout in favor of Jubilee.
Invincible Eleven also whipped Life Football Club last minute to time 2-1 to get their qualifying space in the next round of the Orange Cup at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.