County Meet Enters Semi-Final With Gbarpolu, Margibi, Bomi and G. Gedeh In Last Four
The top favorites are out of the 2018/19 National County Sports Meet as four outsiders progressed to the semifinal at the weekend in football.
Gbarpolu, the least ranked side in the 2018/19 edition surprised bookmakers on Saturday when they pinned Lofa county 1-0 to progress to their first semifinal since 2004.
It was the third meetings between the two sides, with Gbarpolu sealing a 1-0 win despite a Lofa county dominance plus a missed penalty.
Norris Fahnbulleh scored the goal for Gbarpolu in the 14th minute.
Nimba County who were rated as top favorite alongside Grand Bassa County were eliminated in the last eight for the second year by Margibi county.
Ten-man Margibi County held on to beat Nimba 6-5 in post-match penalties after full time ended 0-0.
Despite Isaac Daywea missing Margibi first kick, Goalie Jimmy Dorbor rescued the Gibi boys saving two of Nimba’s six kicks.
Margibi will face Gbarpolu County on Wednesday in the first semifinal, before Grand Gedeh challenge Bomi County.
Bomi who struggled to qualify from the group stage in their own back yard, defeated Group II winners, Maryland County 1-0 to progress to their first semifinal since 2009.
Bomi were deserved winners after dominating ball possession in both of the match.
They missed several begging chances in both halves before talisman Albert Karlor strike in the 63rdminutes to hand Bomi County a win over Maryland County that have been difficult to beat by the Bomi.
The last quarterfinal match was firing between the third top rated favorite side, Bong County and another outsider, Grand Gedeh County.
The two showed class in both halves creating goal chances but missing along the way.
Bong County however let themselves down in the second half with some poor defending as Darius McGee corrected two defensive errors to score twiceto hand Grand Gedeh a 2-0 win over Bong.
Bong County have found winning against Bong county difficult in the National County Sports Meet, as they have failed to win against Grand Gedeh since the resumption of the County meet in 2004.
Bong County best results against Grand Gedeh have all been draws.