Berekum Chelsea strike late to edge Liberty

Champions Berekum Chelsea scored in added on time to earn a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Liberty Professionals on Saturday.

Midfielder Yaw Alexander tapped-in from close range inside the box after Liberty goalkeeper Akwasi Acheampong spilled a ball in the 93rd minute.

The win at the Golden City Park will send them to the top of the table with four points from two matches.

Liberty shocked the home fans with the opener on by Fuseini Zuberu when he guided a ball inside the box on 39 minutes.

Captain Michael Helegbe raced into the box before connected a cross into the box which was muffed up by the Chelsea back line.

The 16-year-old Zuberu was unmarked and he finished off with a low grounder past goalkeeper Collins Addo.

The goal spurred the  on and ceased the midfield which was anchored by Helegbe.

Chelsea lacked idea and could not break down the Liberty side which was composed at the back.

The match was heading for a draw before striker Ali Nurudeen was shoved off the ball by centre-back Daniel Gyamfi inside the penalty area.

Referee Slyvester Adzoko pointed to the spot and Chelsea captain Mohammed Basit expertly threaded that one in with goalkeeper Acheampong completely beaten.

The second half began with the defending champions fighting for all the balls but the lacked the fire power upfront.

Liberty literally packed themselves like vans at the back and were doing things right to thwart Cheslea’s efforts.

Their head coach was forced to make a shuffle his cards in the 85th minute when Daniel Gyamfi had to be substituted due to injury.

Chelsea never gave up and searched for the winner and in injury time, Acheampong committed a howler and from scrappy situation; substitute Alexander smashed it in for the match winner.

Line-ups

Berekum Chelsea: Collins Addo-Eric Agyeman, Alfred Arthur, Richard Afari, Ahmed Adams-Gladson Awako, Mohammed Basit, Solomon Asante/Yaw Alexander, Nurudeen Ali/ Sadat Karim, Emmanuel Clottey/ Mubarak Moro, Owusu Jackson

Liberty Professionals: Akwasi Achempong-Michael Helegbe, Daniel Gyamfi/Yusif Ayoma, Baba Gullit, Michael Annan, David Addo, Kingsley Nteng, Yakubu Isaah, Musah Sylla/Mensah Ellesah, Fuseini Zuberu, Isaac Quarshie/Frimpong Tuffour

READERS COMMENTS

  1. JK-Sasraku says:

    “The match was heading for a draw before striker Ali Nurudeen was shoved off the ball by centre-back Daniel Gyamfi inside the penalty area.”

    The resulting pealthy kick gave Chelsea the equaliser, and the winning goal came in added-on time. So how was the match heading for a draw before the equalizing penalthy? Wasn’t it heading for a win for Liberty?