Weekend SL Premier League Matches Review: Big Guns Suffer Setback

*Tis-Tas Boys Sink at home To The Cavaliers
*May Park Boys Shot Soldiers Twice at Home 
* Bo Rangers Suffer another home defeat 
*The Eagles Fly high in the Tigers’ Den
* Anti Drugs Peg The Killers at Home
* Diamond Stars Held by Freetown City Council

As the Sierra Leone Premier League continues to gather momentum, there are high hopes that the usual big guns will continue to dominate the league but this is not the reality as big teams continue to struggle against the smaller teams.

There are three away wins, one home win and two goalless draws in all six matches over the weekend but the biggest wins of the weekend were FC Kallon’s (The Cavaliers) 2-0 away win to Mighty Blackpool (The Tis-Tas Boys) and Old Edwardians (The May Park Boys), who braved their way with a 2-0 win at home to the Soldiers.

FC Kallon had to wait till midway into the second half to slot home their first goal through a spot kick taken by skipper, Sallieu Tarawallie and later added to their tally through an Abu Komeh individual brilliance in the dying minutes of the match. 
The three points gave the visitors the advantage to be at the summit with Central Parade and East End Lions on seven points each but Central Parade leading on goals in favour.
“It was a difficult match tactically but we managed to get the advantage when we changed our style of play. Mighty Blackpool has a very good squad but my boys were able to implement what we taught them to do. We are looking at our next match with the hopes of repeating a similar performance,” FC Kallon head coach, Musa Kallon said after the match.

Old Edwardians woke up from their slumber in The Killers den on their opening match to secure all three points at home to RSLAF FC, who had lost their two opening matches. 
Edmond Michael got the curtain raiser midway into the first half and Suffian Kalokoh sealed the scores in the last quarter of the match. 
The 2-0 win took them to mid-table with the hope of moving another step on the SLPL ladder if they could win their game against a determined FC Kallon on Wednesday. 
“We have a very good match and I’m happy the boys defended well throughout the 90 minutes. We played both defensively and offensively in both halves and we are able to get a goal in each halves. The team is growing gradually and we are looking forward to our next match,” the May Park Boys head coach, Mohamed Jawara said in a post match interview.

Central Parade FC continue their 100 percent away record by registering a 2-1 win, away to 12th place, Bo Rangers. The host opened the score-line with a Mohamed Fogbawa strike but failed to maintain the score-line to secure all three points. 
The visitors grabbed two late goals to clinch all three points and climb at the summit of the SLPL table. Thanks to Thomas Sanu and Abdulai Turay who got the goals in the last 10 minutes of the match. 
“We conceded a goal that we shouldn’t have allowed in the first place but we showed resilience despite trailing by a goal for the better part of the match. We showed composure and stroke twice at the right time. We hope to continue playing like this and approach each match with a different mentality,” Central Parade head coach, Bopson said.

Kamboi Eagles, who managed a 1-1 draw in their opening home match against the Diamond Stars, scraped through a 0-1 away win to East End tigers in Lungi. The Tigers had hoped to repeat their good performance away to the RSLAF FC but the stubborn Eagles refused to let them into their nest. Thanks to a second half goal from Mohamed Kpaka. 
“We came here knowing that only a win will restore our pride and we got what we wanted. The boys were nervous in the beginning but we came back strong in the second half and got a deserved three points in a very difficult pitch,” Kamboi Eagles head coach, Alhaji Foray said.

The stubborn Anti Drugs Strikers, who showed their exuberance at home, denied the Killers all three points to settle for a goalless draw at the Approved School grounds. The Killers were disappointed and cast the blame on the Approved School pitch but the Anti Drugs campaigners were convinced they gave The Killers a run for their money.

Diamond Stars failed to take advantage of their home support as the Freetown City Council FC forced them to a goalless draw. 
Both teams displayed young talents with individual brilliance but that wasn’t enough to break the deadlock at the Koidu Community Field.

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