Grand Kru Players Prayed Before Leaving The Pitch After Victory Over River Cess Grand Kru Players Prayed Before Leaving The Pitch After Victory Over River Cess Emmanuel Weedee-Conway

NCSM Football: Maryland, Grand Kru Make Statement

The quarters of the 2019/2020 National County Sports Meet (NCSM) got underway at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex or SKD in Paynesville, outside Monrovia with Grand Kru and Maryland Counties making statement of winning the most coveted prize.

First, though, Grand Kru scored one goal in each half to secure a convincing 2-0 victory over River Cess County in the first quarter final match of the day.

The “Kru boy” began the game on high tempo and got the result in the first 15 minutes of the encounter through a well-taken penalty after the River Cess County goalkeeper committed a foul on a Grand Kru attacker.

Grand Kru should have doubled the lead just 10 minutes later through a quick counter attack, but the ball travelled just few meters away from target.

And despite the silly mistake, the River Cess County goalkeeper made strings of saves to give the Cestos boys more hope of getting something out of the game.

River Cess also got her share of chances in both halves of the match, but failed to utilize any as they got punished finally by the southeasterners with the second goal in the second period of the encounter.

In the other match, 2016 finalists Maryland County dominated full 90 minutes plus extra time, but had to wait up to shoot-out to determine her fate to the semis.

With a red card conceded in the dying minutes of full proceedings, Maryland held on up to extra time to beat their Southeastern rival Sinoe County in what was described as the match of the day or perhaps, match of the tournament so far.

Maryland will play either Nimba or Gbarpolu County in the semi-final, while Grand Kru will take on Bomi or Lofa in the other semi-final match.


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