By Anthony Kokoi
Two penalties saved by Mozambican goalkeeper Soares Soares yesterday saw Clube Ferroviario de Beria knocking out champion club Barrack Young Controllers from the 2017 CAF Champions League’s preliminaries at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
The match ended in a penalty shootout after BYC leveled the aggregate 2-2 by scoring two goals in the first half of the match.
The ‘Go Blue Boys’ got the curtain raiser in the 16th minute after midfielder Abdulai Bility got his first continental goal for his club.
Eager enough to reach the group’s stage of the competition for the first time, the ‘Go Blue Boys’ showed no sign of slowing down by mounting consistent pressure on their opponents in the first half.
Their efforts got them a deserving result after the ball was handed by Ferroviario De Beira’s defender in the penalty box that led to referee Mohamed Omara of Libya awarding BYC a penalty in the 39th minute.
Right-back Prince Kennedy, who also got the lone goal against Stade de Malian through a penalty in the first leg, converted the penalty by sending goalkeeper Pascoal Carlos the wrong way.
The dominance of BYC in the first session gave the Mozambicans no chance of testing their opponents’ goalkeeper.
BYC had additional goal scoring opportunities in the first half after skipper Van-Dave Harmon came close to score in the 60th and 64th minutes and striker Mark Paye’s touch on skipper Harmon’s low ground shot that deflected on the goalpost.
With just single a goal needed in the second half to make history in Liberian football, Coach Cooper Sannah’s technical tactics could not turn the other side of the coin as his boys failed to make history.
The opportunities of getting a goal in the second 45 minutes were not utilized by the Liberian champions, after Prince Saydee, David Tweh and Mark Paye’s attempts were all off target.
The Mozambican side adopted a defensive posture in the remaining minutes of the match in anticipation of a penalty shootout and brought in goalkeeper Soares Soares.
Goalkeeper Soares later killed the dream of the Go Blue Boys after he brilliantly saved his fellow goalkeeper, Allenton Sembeh and Solomon Yahweh’s penalties.
Several high profiled personalities, including Chief Patron of Sports, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Senator George Weah and newly elected CAF EC member, Musa Bility were in attendance.