Back to winning ways, Inter Allies bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Liberty Professionals at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Two quick goals by Joseph Baffour Gyawu in the second half ensured Allies beat the Scientific Soccer lads comfortably in a game that was played under floodlights.
Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi made seven changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Asante Kotoko on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
Star man Victorien Adje Adebayor, Paul Abanga, Fard Ibrahim (injured), Richmond Lamptey, Samuel Ekele, Samuel Armah, Abdul Nassiru Hamzah were benched.
Issahaku Zakari and Fuseini Mohammed returned to the starting XI, Richard Antwi, Baffour Gyawu, David Tetteh, George Amonoo and N. Effiong Jnr started for the first time.
A bit similar to that start against Asante Kotoko, Liberty Professionals were aggressive upfront from the blast of the referee’s whistle and made their intentions clear.
However, the Eleven Is To One stood to their grounds and thwarted the several attempts on goal. On the other side, Effiong tormented Liberty back four with his speed and power.
The opening forty five proved to be packed with entertainment and excitement but the back of the net looked far from both teams. Kwame Baah made a fantastic save to deny Liberty the opener in the 28th minute.
The first half ended goalless. The story was different in the second half, Allies opened fire after recess with double half time sub. Adebayor and Hamzah replaced David and George upfront.
It didn’t take long for these additions to find their feet, they added bite upfront and Allies scored twice in a period of four minutes thanks to Joseph Baffour Gyawu.
The midfielder first picked the ball from a defensive blunder and slotted it in nicely, giving the goalkeeper no chance on the 57th minute.
Gyawu again forced a free kick past the wall and the goalkeeper in the 61st minute to dent Liberty’s hope of getting the equalizer.
The visitors had chances of theirs but fluffed them, the goal tally didn’t increase and Allies left the field with a 2-0 win.
Baffour Gyawu was the NASCO MVP.
Allies XI: Baah, Fuseini, Antwi, Issahaku, Hashmin, Otou, Mohammed, Gyawu, Tetteh, Effiong, Amonoo.
Subs: Saed, Ansah, Abanga, Lamptey, Bekoe, Adebayor & Hamzah.
Liberty XI: Anning, Ampadu, Akins Kyei-Baffour, Avor, Dankyi; Ansah, Zibo, Andoh, Elvis Kyei-Baffour, Tamimu, Papa Arko.
Subs: Ganiyu Shaibu(GK), Jude Arthur, George Amoako, Benjamin Eshun, Francis Owusu, Emmanuel Amoh, Paa kow Arthur.