Monrovia - Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) staged a magnificent performance to hold Sewe Sport to an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Sunday. Sewe looked to be cruising in the first leg tie after going two goals up inside 24 minutes.

Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) hold Sewe Sport to an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium

Captain Dembeh Souleymane put the Ivorians in the lead in the seventh minute when he was put clinically through on goal by Kougo Hermanul, who beat the off-side trap and sped-up from his marker Teah Dennis.

Goalie Winston Sanyouh, perhaps not at fault, was unable to prevent a thunderous shot inside the 18-yard box. The Ivorians intensified their attack with at least five corner kicks and were soon rewarded in the 24th minute with goal number two.

The build-up was too cheap. BYC conceded a needless throw-in following an exchange of passes between defenders Prince Jetoh and Dennis. And when they thought Sanyouh was the perfect fallback to continue the play, two Ivorians closed him up and the relatively inexperienced goalie spilled the ball over for a corner kick.

BYC spiritedly fought back and soon reduced the tally in the 40th minute when Benjamin Gbamy profited from a Sporo Somah pass and Isaac Pupo was teed-up in the 18-yard box.

Pupo’s placement bounced-off the left post of goalie Ahouchi Alex before the ball deflected off his wrist and into his own net to end the first half. It will remain a debate as to whether the goal should be awarded to the lanky midfielder or be regarded as an own goal.

Back from the recess, the Ivorians increased the score in the 50th minute after Alpha James, Dennis and Jetoh all failed to clear a loosed ball and the unmarked Kouaje Koffi slotted the ball in an almost empty net.

Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) hold Sewe Sport to an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium

But if the Ivorians thought they would leave Monrovia with the valuable three points, BYC FC Coach Robert Lartey had an answer for them with two tactical substitutions. Prince Saydee threatened in the 62nd minute, firing home a thunderous shot which was spilled over by goalie Alex for a corner.

Second half substitute Blamo Nimley reduced the tally with one of his trademark efforts after receiving a pass from Gbamy. And Saydee spared their blushes by drilling home the equalizer inside the penalty box with Gbamy, the tormentor-in-chief, providing the assist.

Sewe have three crucial away goals, but their coach admits that BYC will produce more fireworks when the sides square-off in the return leg in San Pedro on March 9. So it is BYC who has it all to lose and must beat the Ivorians or secure a drawn match more than the ATS spectacle.

Elsewhere, Red Lions were beaten 0-1 by Algeria’s CS Constantine at the ATS in the Caf Confederation Cup on Friday with the return leg in Algeria on March 9. There will be match analysis and players’ rating in our subsequent edition.