LISCR FC have bowed out of the 2018-19 CAF Confederation Cup after the preliminary round with a 4-1 aggregate loss to Algeria’s USM Bel Abbes.
The Shipping Boys lost the first leg 4-0 on Wednesday, November 27 and were hoping to overturn the scoreline in the return leg on Wednesday, December 5.
However, they were unable to complete their target of a 5-0 win and bowed out of the competition after a 1-0 win at home. Sheku Sheriff scored the only goal of the match to give the Shipping Boys a win on home soil.
Tapha Manneh made several changes from his team that played in the first leg away at Algeria. Club captain, Tommy Songo started in goal ahead of Ashley Williams while Daniel Woto replaced Hilton Varney at left-back. Allen Njie and Sam Jackson returned from injury to replace Sekou Kamara and Alloy Brown in the first eleven while Kelvin Kollie replaced Sam Kollie upfront. Benjamin Doe replaced Darius Kah at right-back.
With the hope of qualification, Tapha Manneh’s side march on the pitch in high spirits as they went on dominating the entire match. After an early minute pressure, Emmanuel Tarpeh register LISCR FC first shot on goal with a header which went wide off target. Kelvin Kollie got the match first shot on target with a shot at the edge of the six-yard box which was saved by USM Bel Abbes’ goalkeeper, Sofiane Khedairia. Khedairia denied Kelvin Kollie from scoring his first competitive goal for LISCR FC as the search for goal continue.
Four minutes after Kelvin Kollie nearly got the curtain raiser, Varney Sando registered LISCR FC third shot on goal within 20 minutes with a header from a corner. Sando’s header went inches above the crossbar and the match remain goalless after 20 minutes of dominance.
Desperate for a goal, the Shipping Boys continued to push for a goal and came close to getting the curtain raiser in the 29th minute with double shots that were saved by Sofiane Khedairia. Khedairia denied Daniel Woto’s shot from outside the penalty area and denied a rebound from Edward Ledlum.
After 30 minutes of hard work, LISCR FC got the lead through Sheku Sheriff who scored from Edward Ledlum assist. Ledlum dribble his way through USM Bel Albbes defense and connected Sheriff who struck on goal to beat Khedairia.
Ledlum nearly doubled the lead five minutes later with shot which was again denied by Khedaira who was brilliant in goal for the Algerians. LISCR proved to be too strong for Abbes with more than five shots on target in the first half and the Algerian looked troubled as they struggled to handle LISCR FC attacking force.
Abbes first chance of the game came in the 36th minute though Nabil Lamara whose shot from outside the penalty area was saved by Tommy Songo. Songo tapped the ball out for a corner and the score remained 1-0 in favor of LISCR FC. With two minutes to end the first half, Tommy Songo kept the Shipping Boys hopes alive with a save to deny Abbes from leveling the score.
Tapha Manneh return from the break with different game plan for more goals with the introduction of striker Prince Urey for left back Daniel Woto. Unlike the first half where the chances were created early, the Shipping Boys started the second 45 minutes on a slow pace but gained their rathym after 15 minutes with the introduction of Sam Kollie who replaced fast moving forward, Edward Ledlum.
With the presence of Sam Kollie, Kelvin Kollie, Varney Sando, Prince Urey, Abbes defense were constantly being threatened but a second goal keep the hopes high were far from getting closer with Abbes putting up strong defensive tactics backed by their goalkeeper, Sofiane Khedairia who was made several saves to keep Abbes chance of qualification alive. The Shipping Boys could only manage a shot on target which was again denied by Khedairia. Khedairia denied Kelvin Kollie second shot on target of the match.
Sheku Sheriff’s goal in the 30th minute turned out to be the only goal of the match as LISCR FC could only manage a 1-0 win which wasn’t enough to send them through to the first round qualifiers. Tapha Manneh’s team bowed out and a 4-1 aggregate as Abbes advanced.