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12.05.2008 Sports News

Liberty Pros Thrash Olympics

By Raymond Ackumey - newtimesonline.com

Liberty Professionals yesterday beat visiting Accra Great Olympics 3-1 at the Carl Reindorf Park to close the gap between them and Onetouch Premier League leaders, Asante Kotoko.

Goals from Kofi Nti Boakye, Ashmond Asamoah and Yaw Antwi were all Liberty needed to sink their opponents.

Using quick and long ball pases to their advantage, the homesters dominated the initial exchanges and pinned their opponents to their half and came close to scoring in the 24th minute but Kofi Nti Boakye missed a chance to beat Oly’s substitute goalkeeper, Alex Agyapong, who came in for injured Ibrahim Salifu.

Nine minutes later, he atoned for his earlier miss, finishing off a move initiated by right full back, Emmanuel Osei.

The goal served as a wake-up call for Olympics who fought back strongly, threatening the goal area of Liberty on numerous occasions but a Tanko Mohammed goal-bound shot rather drew a spectacular save from goalkeeper Patrick Antwi in post for Liberty.

Olympics drew level in the 54th minute when Zakaria Ahmed scored from a goal mouth melee.

The visitor’s nearly made it two half way into the second half but Labaran Deen saw his effort missed narrowly.

Liberty took advantage of lack of concentration on the part of the Olympics defence to score the second goal in the 64 minute when Ashmond Asamoah slotted home a rebound to Bawa Mumuni’s 20 yarder shot.

The homesters put victory beyond the reach of their guests in the 87 minute, benefiting from a defensive blunder that saw Olympics Samuel Laryea clashing with goalkeeper Agyapong to present onrushing Yaw Antwi the easiest task to score.

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