LYFA 6 – 2 Chikankata Diggers
Third place LYFA took control from the offset with crisp passing play depriving the visitors of the ball. Lawrence opened the scoring with a forceful strike driven next to the post within two and a half minutes of game play.
Philip acknowledged the threat of Chikankata’s stand in striker before the game who almost crafted a goal out of nothing as he softened the shot over keeper Antonio who just managed to tip the ball onto the bar and over.
Despite the diggers holding firm in their defensive efforts in open play, ironically LYFA got another breakthrough from a set piece with Kasaila putting away a cross from Kelvin Malambo. Kasaila added another brilliant goal in 20 minutes, capitalising on the opponents now shaky defense.
Antonio was forced into another save a long range effort from an angle, as the away side continued to test the boys. Lawrence added a long range to the far post to make it 3-1 just before half time. Sitting comfortably into the break, the well gelled team hoped for more goals in the second half.
Kasaila was fouled in 18 area and Livingstone Youth were given a penalty in the 53rd minute. Emmanuel stepped up to take the penalty of which he scored with ease. Given their comfortable position, the intensity still remained high, perhaps a reflection of their last heated encounter in Chikankata.
Antonio was denied a clean sheet, though with the Digger’s substitute peeling off in the right channel off a through ball which he sent into the bottom corner. After hitting the post in a one-on-one encounter with the keeper, Kelvin Malambo regained his pride by tapping home from impressive loft pass from Kasaila to make it 5-3. It was again Malambo who scored the last goal in 85 minutes off a wide cross from Davis.
Philip took the opportunity to withdrew each of Laban, George and Kasaila providing Cletus, Sumu and Jeff with some game time, as the academy saw through a convincing and well deserved win.
Written by Josias Soko – Secretary