The stage was perfectly set for the third activation of Books & Boots at the Ashtown Community Center as four local based colt teams battled it out in a four-team knockout competition to be crowned Ashtown champions. Abbey’s Park was the venue for the much-anticipated Ashtown tourney which has produced the biggest crowd since the start of the Books & Boots tour of the Ashanti Region. After the kids had gone through the reading session, it was left for their foot to do the talking as AS Roma, Kotoko, Angel FC and ASEC took to the field to thrill the massive crowd gathered at the venue.
Eventual winners AS Roma took on local favorites Kotoko in the first game which ended in a thrilling penalty shoot-out. Ahmed Fuseini’s first half strike for Roma was cancelled late in the game by Daniel Boadu to take the tie to penalties.
The Roma goalkeeper stole the show in the shoot-outs by saving two strikes from Kotoko to settle the match at 2-0 to send his team to the final. Reminiscent of ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast, ASEC FC displayed a lot of power in defense and midfield to thwart the threat posed by the skillful Angel FC. The second game was a match open affair as both sides treated the crowd to some exceptional skills and flair. Angel FC won the hearts of the crowd with their Barcelona-like play but could not produce goals like ASEC FC as they lost by 2 goals to nil. Kofi Tanda and Evans Asibey got the goals for ASEC. Angel FC however had something to smile about after they completely out-played Kotoko in a thrilling 3-2 win in the third place play-off.
Despite the score line, it was all about the kids from Angel FC spearheaded by the exciting Gideon Asante who got 2 goals after a dazzling performance which handed him the man-of-the-match title. Gideon Asante got the opener for Angel FC in the first half but his lead was short lived as Richmond Darko grabbed the equalizer just before the half-time break. Richford Osei got what seemed to be the winner for Kotoko at the start of the second period but Benjamin Owusu leveled the play before a brilliant solo effort from Gideon Asante sealed victory for Angel FC.
ASEC and As Roma did not disappoint; they rose above the expectations of the crowd by producing a fantastic final to end what was a very exciting activation in Ashtown. Neither team was able to break the deadlock in regulation time so they sent the game to the dreaded penalty shoot-outs. The AS Roma goalkeeper was again the hero of the day as he saved the last spot kick to give Roma a 3-2 win over ASEC.
Written by NANA POKU AMANKWAH, edited by ANGELA ASANTE