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12.05.2005 Football News

Great Olympics beat Liberty 2-1

By GNA

Accra, May 12, GNA - Relegated Accra Great Olympics put up a splendid show to beat high flying Liberty Professionals 2-1 in a friendly match played at the Liberty Park in Dansoman on Wednesday. The match was one of the tune-up assignments plotted by coach Dauda Lutterodt to get the "Wonder Club" ready for the rout of other clubs in the second-class league in order to rejoin the premiership next season. Parading a blend of old and newly signed on players Olympics controlled the game from the beginning and forced a superlative save from Liberty's goalkeeper Kotei Blankson before the quarter hour that kept the game barren.

With lateral defenders Bright Allotey and Paa Kwesi striking a perfect rhythm with Eben Dele Aryee and Seth Konadu in the middle, Olympics carried the game to their opponents and could have scored on 18 minutes, but Amui Quaye froze in the box and allowed Kotei to gain another credit.

At the other side Paa Kwesi and his colleague in defence worked hard to deny former Ghanaian international Peter Ofori Quaye and Eric Bekoe shooting opportunities.

Dele Aryee steeled the Olympics midfield as he fought persistently to thwart moves by his Liberty counterparts and fed Amui and Andy Pomaye with useful balls that created panic in the defence of the hosts. In one of such raids, Pomaye spiked the ball past Blankson to register the first goal for Olympics.

When it appeared Olympics would go into the break with the lead, Bekoe produced a moment of brilliance to even scores, when he picked a great through ball from Nii Aryee and shook the net of Olympics with a fight foot shot.

In the second half, Olympics fought for the leader and deservedly got it through newfound striker Ismaila who hooked the ball home from a tense goalmouth action.

Though Liberty probed for the equaliser, John Adjetey exhibited great form in goal to deny them parity. In a post match discussion, Jones Attuquayefio, head coach of Liberty who was once a striker for Olympics praised the technical team headed by coach Dauda Lutterodt and the playing body for the high standard of tactical and technical discipline they displayed during the match.

He urged them to carry such great form into the Division One League (DOL) and ensure that Great Olympics returned to the elite class as soon as possible, adding that "Olympics is a great club and everything must be done to ensure it retains its greatness." 12 May 05

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