Posted On Saturday, 13th April 2013
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
Ghana U20 striker Kennedy Ashia scored from a powerful free-kick to claim a slim 1-0 win for Liberty Professionals over New Edubiase United in the Ghana Premier League on Saturday.
‘The Scientific Soccer Lads’ had failed to find the back of the net in their previous three games but a wonderful 33rd minute free-kick cracked in by Ashia ensured they picked the maximum points at stake.
Edubiase who had Ebenezer Ofori back in their starting line-up left out Stephen Manu out of the team-sheet.
Liberty played a beautiful free-flowing football with left winger Kwame Boahene proving slippery for the visitors defence to handle.
Perhaps their play was inspired by the presence of Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu who was watching from the stands along with U20 boss Sellas Tetteh and the Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi.
On the 23rd minute mark, Boahene sliced the Edubiase defence and laid a past for Reginald Asante but the strong forward missed from close range.
Liberty huffed and puffed and just after the half hour mark, they won a free-kick from 25 yards out.
Ashia stepped and rattled the net with a cracking drive to score his ninth goal of the season.
Edubiase crawled out of their shields and made attempts to go on level terms.
The gifted Asiedu Attobrah produced some moment of magic for Edubiase as he dinked the ball over his Liberty marker before applying a dexterous technique to go through two men but he was booked for controlling the ball with his hand.
Ebenezer Ofori tried an audacious strike from the edge of the box but his effort failed to find Eric Nii Baah’s net.
Selorm Geraldo was played through to increase the tally for Liberty but he tripped at the crucial stage and Nii Baah came to gather the loose ball.
Midway through the second half, Edubiase had what looked like a legitimate penalty appeal ignored.
Ebenezer Ofori managed to skipped past three defenders inside the Liberty box and was readying to fire at goal when he was blocked but referee Prince Tawiah signalled play to roll on.
The win takes Liberty to 11th with 27 points with games scheduled for Sunday.