Goals from Kennedy Ashia and Prince Boateng see opening match of new season end in a drawThe Ghanaian premier league kicked off today as King Faisal marked their return to the Ghanaian premier league with a 1-1 draw away from home at Liberty Professionals. Kennedy Ashia’s well placed first time effort in the first half was cancelled out by substitute Prince Boateng’s looping header in the second half, with the scoreline being a fair reflection of a game which neither team really dominated.
The game started surprisingly open with both sides trying to get forward as soon as they gained possession but neither managing to really get past the midfield but the open start to the game was obvious in the fact that both sides had an effort on goal within the opening three minutes of the game. Prince Gyimah was presented with Liberty’s best chance of the opening minutes but could not direct his header on target after a well floated cross into the box.
Suley Mohammed, then wasted a glorious chance to give King Faisal the lead, shooting straight at the goalkeeper when through on goal with no marker in sight. King Faisal were made to rue that miss a few minutes later when Kennedy Ashia hit a first time shot that went in off the bottom corner and beyond the reach of the solid Ben Mensah after good work from Ernest Barfour, to give the scientific soccer lads the lead.
Daniel Adjei then pulled of a great save to keep liberty in the lead after good work down Faisal’s right set up an effort from just inside the box which was well saved by Adjei. Adjei was on hand a few minutes later to prevent another equalizer as Faisal piled up the pressure but were nearly punished again as Ernest Baffour failed to convert from a free header in the six yard box.
Faisal then had another spell of possession which ended with Joshua Akoto’s long distance effort just looping over the bar. Liberty came very close a couple of times but failed to get the much needed second goal as they went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The second half started as the first ended with both sides seeing much of the ball but with no real penetration or punch in either side’s game epitomized by a lovely passage of play by liberty around the 65th minute which ended in a way ward shot into the stands.
Prince Boateng then put Faisal level in the 72nd minute after deftly looping his header over Adjei after beating the liberty defenders to a simple long ball from deep. The goal seemed to push Faisal into another gear as they built on the solidity that former hearts of oak midfielder Tetteh Nortey had brought into the midfield and kept driving at the liberty defence with one such attack almost resulting in a goal as Akoto watched his short flash just wide.
Liberty then took over the game in time added on but failed to get the winner with long range shots from both sides the only notable incident in the final parts of the game which ended 1-1.