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12.07.2003 League Report

Liberty Professionals whip Stay Cool

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Accra, July 12, GNA-David Boateng registered the first hat-trick in the eight week old Kinapharma Premier League to help his side Dansoman Liberty Professionals whip Stay Cool Professionals 4-2 in their match played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Stay Cool who last week pulled a surprise one all draw at the same venue against defending champions, Accra Heats of Oak were brought down to earth by Liberty who were in no mood to drop any point.

The home team showed the visitors what was in stock for them when as early as the 10th minute, Boateng shot them into the lead after he had capitalised on a defensive mix-up by the Stay Cool defenders. Stay Cool lifted up their game after going down and threatened Sly Tetteh's lads on many occasions but Liberty's keeper Kotei Blankson, stood up to the test to saved some tricky situations.

His impressive saves were however short lived as he was made to pick the first ball from the net when Asamoah Dzifa equalised with a long range shot in the 27th minute.

Liberty regrouped quickly after the equaliser and consistently bombarded their opponents goal area. In the process, Asamoah Gyan was brought down in the 37th minutes in the penalty box and referee F. K Bassaw from Tarkoradi accordingly whistled for a penalty.

Boateng scored from the spot to push Liberty ahead once again in the 38th minute.

Liberty came in strongly from recess, and James Dissiramah finished off a Gyan's decisive pass after he had strongly woven his way through the Stay Cool defence six minutes later.

The game became balanced but Stay Cool reduced the tally from a spot kick through substitute Samuel Addo in the 63rd minutes. After the gaol, Stay Cool could have levelled up, but as if luck was not on their side, their two direct shots at goal missed the post narrowly to deny them the equaliser.

Having allowed many dangerous tackles to go on without caution, referee Bassaw booked Gyan for hard tackling an advancing Stay Cools player. Liberty took charge of the game in the latter parts and made numerous moves up front. Boateng registered his third and the club's forth of the afternoon on 75 minutes.

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