Abbiw rescues Police Men as William’s miss leaves Legon Knights with a point.
Abbiw Charles scored on the 60th minute to grab a vital point for Ghana Police in their match week four fixture against Exchequers played at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey stadium.
The tension and high tenacity of the game kept spectators of both teams on their feet for 60 minutes. With both teams former champions, the aim was to earn the accolade “champions” again.
An end to end, intriguing, nerve cracking clash saw both teams rue chances in the opening minutes of the game with both goalkeepers proving their worth.
The police team looked sharp upfront on paper but the likes of Elorm Akaba, Owusu Mohammed and Arthur Ebenezer in defense for Exchequers ensured that the trio (Johnny Botsio, Richard Adjei and Tettey Francis) were kept in check.
However, it was former SWAG hockey player of the year, Emmanuel Ankomah who broke the game’s virginity. Nortey Ebenezer got to end of a misplaced pass from Police’s Annan Theophilus and sent a slap hit into the ‘D’ only for Ankomah Emmanuel to deflect past Acquah Benjamin in post for Police Men. The bankers were up by a lone goal heading into halftime.
The clock started ticking for the law enforcers who could not afford another defeat. Exchequers goalkeeper Tyche Dusberg was called to duty in the last quarter as he saved a double drag flicked penalty corner from expert Sam Benedict.
Exchequers were seconds away from a famous victory when Richard Adjei’s slap shot from the right hand side of attack was deflected by Abbiw Charles beyond Tyche to level the scores. There was not enough time to eject a pass as the final whistle went amidst jubilation from the Police faithfuls mainly players of the ladies team.
The game ended 1-1 to the disappointment of Exchequers who thought they deserved to win.
Earlier, Legon Knights were denied their first win since they joined the men’s league as striker William Ayettey missed a glorious opportunity in the dying minutes.
The knights right from the start of game made their intentions clear; to get a win. William Ayettey missed two clear cut chances to put them in front in the first half.
The Knights were punished for their unproductivity as Ashalley Gideon put Reformer’s in front in the 38th minute. Bright Okyere restored parity five minutes later after being set up by William. From hero to villain, William missed a glorious opportunity in the 58th minute after Okyere returned the favor.
The game ended 1-1.
In the women’s division, Police ladies continued their winning streak when they beat Extinguishers 3-0 on Friday. Nafisatu Umaru got a brace from 2 penalty corners.
GRA continued their goal scoring spree thrashing Ark Ladies 12-0. Elizabeth Opoku scored five to move up the scorers chart.
Reformers ladies humbled Real Ambassadors ladies by 4-0 in the division’s last game of the week.
Real Ambassadors boys unlike their ladies, continued their unbeaten run in the youth division after Marfo David and Agyapong Raphael’s goals gave them a 2-0 victory over Ark Boys.
Tema Manhean made it two straight victories when they ended Young Financier’s unbeaten with a lone goal courtesy Okutey Solomon.
In the master’s division, Sapholda continued their dominance with a 4-0 victory over in-form Citizens International with Multistix deepening the woes of NDK Financiers with a 5-1 victory.