MONROVIA, Montserrado â€“ With two games remaining, Barrack Young Controllers has clinched the Liberia Football Associationâ€™s first division title, after a narrow 2-1 win over ELWA United at the Blue Field.
BYC started the campaign as a favorite after missing out on last seasonâ€™s championship.
Close challengers LISCR, FC Fassell, and last seasonâ€™s champions, Nimba United, all failed to match the Go Blue Boysâ€™ consistency across the season.
First, BYC came from a goal down to draw. After getting the equalizer, BYC, playing at home, mounted more pressure on ELWA as Claudius Morris, David Tweh, and Prince Saydee missed several chances to give BYC the lead.
After several fruitless efforts, BYC took the lead in the 37th minute through Mark Paye, who scored with a close range header to end the first half 2-1 for BYC. The goal turned the Blue Field into the scene of jubilation, as fans started to sing the song â€œIt finish oo.â€
Both sides were unable to get a goal again in the second and final half of the match as BYC grabbed the crucial win to clinch the 2016 LFA first division title.
The brace increased Mark Payeâ€™s goals to 16, making him the leading goal scorer of the league, while BYC clinched its third league title in six years.
The champions will play away at the NPA Anchors on July 16 and host Keitrace FC on July 24, where they will be presented the league trophy.
BYC now sits on top of the table with 43 points, nine points over second place FC Fassell and 11 points over last season champions, Nimba United.
Featured photo by T. Kla Wesley, Jr.