The Old Boys’ hope of making the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup hangs in the balance following a disappointing first leg result.
The Liberian champions LPRC Oliers suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the Samuel Kanyon Sports Complex against South African side Orlando Pirates on Sunday, November 28, 2021, in the CAF Confederation Cup second preliminary first leg.
The visitors (Orlando Pirates) looked dangerous in the first half of the match as they launched several fearsome attacks on the home side before they snatch the opener on 44 minutes through Tshegofatso Mabasa’s brilliant effort.
Before that, Ebenezer Solo wasted Olier’s chance of taking the lead on the 39 minutes after he missed a penalty following the Ivin Gboto strike that hit the hand of one of the visiting defenders in the danger.
Despite the goal, Irvin Gobto and Randy Dukuly tried their lucks with audacious strikes but both shots went wide as the visitors kept their impressive output in the first half with a solid backline as well leaving the first half of the game to end 1-0 in favor of Orlando Pirates.
Back from the break, Oliers continued their dominance with intensified pressure on Pirates but it lasted for just a few minutes as they ran out of composure thus leaving the visiting team will more attacking options.
Goalkeeper Jalloh rescued the oil boys from conceding the second goal on the 72 minutes as he cleared out a shot from Mabassa.
Coach Cooper Sannah strengthened his middle with the introduction of Fred Brooks as a replacement for skipper Ebenezer Solo who after missing the penalty that would have put Oilers ahead, lost focus in the entire game.
Also, the legs of James Richardson and others were introduced respectively but their presence did not bring the needed result followers for football in Liberia wanted.
The visitors also made three substitutions and among them was Gabadinho Mhango who played his first game for Orlando Pirates on August 24, 2021.
In the last ten minutes of the match, in the additional four minutes of the game, LPRC Oliers was found guilty for squandering the chances and set-pieces awarded to them as the visitors increased their lead t after Fortune Makarings headed home from close range to make it 2-0
in favor of the Orlando Pirates.
Meanwhile, Oliers will now have to play above themselves in Soweto, South Africa on December 5, 2021, to defeat Pirates 3-0 as a way of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.