Crowd favourite and rugged U-12 team Ashpol FC were crowned champions after they beat tournament show boys Major FC In what was a fitting finale, neither side was able to produce a goal within regulation time thus pushing the game to the nervy penalty shoot-out. The massive support for Ashpol propelled their team to win 3-2 via the penalty spot.
A few hours before the final, all the participating teams were assembled by Coach Sani Pollux and brought to the Akosa Park. Once gathered, the Active Minds Reading Club took over under the gentle guidance of Selorm Ameyedowe, Eddy Ameh and Joyce Owusu. As was the scenario in Manhyia for week 1, the pupils in Bantama were fully focused when it came to reading out loud, debating themes of the books they read and the odd spelling drill.
As always, representatives of Voltic Mineral Water and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation played active participatory roles during the reading and spelling sessions. This was followed by a fun filled Q and A session with the pupils.
Once the chosen passages from books had been read, the Bantama soccer edition took centre stage. The finest U-12 soccer teams in the community primed for action with Major FC, Humburg FC, Ashpol FC and United Boys all bent on winning the gala to book a place in the regional final scheduled for March 2012.
The kids from Major FC were a delight to watch as they thrilled the fans with some very impressive teamwork, one touch play and individual brilliance. In the most comprehensive performance by any team so far, Major FC trashed United Boys by 3 goals to nil. Atta Sekyere grabbed two goals with Justice Antwi getting the third with brilliant touches.
A heavy downpour of rain that lasted for just over an hour, brought proceedings to a temporary halt which also allowed new partner sponsors British Pub to serve light meals to all the participating teams.
Once the rain had cleared and little tummies generally content, the match between Ashpol and Hamburg got under way and it was much closer affair as the match winner was scored in the last minutes of regulation time. Obed Asare (Ahmed) got the opener for Ashpol FC in the first half but Humburg's Daniel Boakye got the equalizer midway through the second half to put the score at 1-1. Ashpol's Osei Adu got the winner just before the final whistle to set up a clash with Major FC in the final.
The majority of spectators were rooting solidly behind their pet team Ashpol and their vociferous denied Major FC the comfort to display ther Barcelona-like brand of colts soccer.
In what proved to be a tough and uncompromising game both teams attacked at will and defended resolutely when they had too. Yet, the numerous chances and goal-mouth action in both halves, produced no goals meaning the bragging rights had to be decided through penalties which Ashpol won 3-2 to carry the giant trophy cartons of water and Club Cola from Voltic as well as reading and exercise books from Active Minds and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Chariy Foundation. The next installment of Books and Boots will be on Saturday October in Ashtown, Kumasi.
Summary of classified matches - Bantama, week 2:
Major FC vs. United Boys
Score: 3 0
Goal scorers: Atta Sekre (2) (1PEN.)
Ashpol FC vs. Hamburg FC
Score: 2 1
Goal scorers: Obed Asare (pen.)
Ashpol FC vs. Major FC
Score: 0 0
Pen: 3 2
Week2 WINNER: ASHPOL FC