ACCC 2018: Elizabeth Opoku restores GRA’s confidence
Defending champions GRA ladies were given a bit of scare in their match day three fixture against debutants USIU. The champions however managed to grab all maximum points courtesy Elizabeth Opoku to pick up their first win of the competition.
Ghana Police and Telkom were also winners on the day in their respective games against Kada Queens and Delta Queens at the Abuja National stadium.
GRA who have been misfiring throughout the competition with no goal scored so far stepped onto the turf to win at all cost. The likes of Elizabeth Opoku, Vivian Narkuoh and Ernestina Coffie who had not been impressive in the first two matches knew they need to step up.
USIU played so well in the opening minutes but failed to make any impact in the scoring circle. The debutants who have managed just a point in two games gave the champions a tough one in the first quarter but the scoreline did not change after the first 15 minutes. GRA regrouped tactically and eventually got their opener in th 24th minute; Elizabeth Opoku who was left unmarked in the scoring circle hit the ball past Ochia Bella in post after the ball came off the goalkeeper from the first effort.
The champions for the first time in the competition were in the lead and on course to victory. USIU fought back very well but failed to hit the back of the net. The match ended with GRA 1-0 winners.
Telkom then engaged Delta Queens in the second match of the women’s category. The home crowd in their numbers cheered Delta Queens as they made their way onto the field. Telkom were not moved by the home crowd and their cheers. A second minute penalty corner and telkom took the lead from the stick of skipper Tracy Karanja. Tournament’s top scorer Jacqueline Wangechi double the lead with her third goal of the tournament five minutes later.
Telkom with total dominance in the first quarter, took control of the second as well. The record title holders gave the host no room to create chances and got their their goal; Barbara Nekesa with a neatly converted penalty corner. Esther Billo reduced the deficit for Delta also from a penalty corner but the three goal lead was restored by Jacqueline three minutes later to hand telkom their 3rd win in as many matches.
The final game of the day was between last year’s bronze medalist Ghana Police and Kada Queens. With Delta losing earlier, Kada wanted to console the home crowd with a win in this one. Still being the only side yet to score a goal at the ongoing ACCC, the Queens confidently started the game brightly and showed signs of breaking that jinx.
However, it was not so as Ghana Police broke the deadlock. The law enforcers went ahead in the 13th minute from the penalty corner – Nafisaru Umaru with a drag flick into the top right corner beating goalkeeper Emmanuel Nengi. Martha Sarfoa with her second goal of the tournament made it 2-0 with 11 minutes remaining. Kada Queens tried fighting back but yet again failed to score as time run out.
MATCH DAY THREE RESULTS
GRA 1 – 0 USIU
Delta Queens 1 – 4 Telkom
Ghana Police 2 – 0 Kada Queens