Premier Section Bowl Semi Final: Right to Dream 4-2 Ponte Preta
Ghanian side keep dreaming as they reach bowl final
Right to Dream got the ball down from the off and began to produce some slick passing football. Ponte Preta struggled to get on the ball in the early stages and this proved costly as Kamal Sowah put the Ghanaians in front with a cool post and in finish. From there on in it was all one way traffic as Right to Dream pushed for a second. Some neat play from Danso provided Antwi with the chance to cross but his effort failed to put the Brazilian defence under any pressure. As Ponte Preta tried to find their feet in the game, the won a free kick in midfield. After taking it quickly a shot from distance sailed over the bar. It wasn’t long before Right to Dream broke the Ponte Preta defence down again when Boahene lashed the ball home from close range. But it was game of soon after, some great hold up play by Wallison allowed Mateus to run from deep and stroke the ball home to make it 2-1. The game went quiet after that, the only notable attempt on goal was a Brazilian free kick from 30 yards out, the ball again sailing over the bar. Wallison should have made it 2-2 when he found himself one on one with the keeper but he dragged his effort wide. Right to Dream thought they had made it 3-1 when Caboclo’s diving header found the back of the net but he was ruled offside by the linesman.
The second half started much like the first with Right to Dream getting the ball down and playing some slick, fast moving football. But unlike the first half, Ponte Preta didn’t let them dictate the play and began to put pressure on the Right to Dream back four. But totally against the run of play, the Ghanaians restored their two goal advantage when midfielder Nicolas Jacobsen volleyed home from an in swinging free kick. Again an immediate from Ponte Preta. A well struck volley from Luis Otavio making it 3-2. In the dying minutes a well placed header towards goal, slipped through the gloves of keeper Guilherme and just went over the line to make it 4-2 to Right to Dream. In a very entertaining game at the Warren, Right to Dream edged it on the day and booked their place in the SupercupNI Bowl final.