‘Big Sam’ rescues Police
An outstanding hockey match against Reformers meant three maximum points for Police on paper due to their unquenchable thirst for continental qualification.
However the story looked different and almost impossible as Reformers gave the law enforcers a tough opposition- big Sam stepped up and ensured that Police were still in the race with a sublime penalty corner.
The game slated Friday 21st, July 2018 (a week six fixture) had to be rescheduled to a later date. The day finally came and Police had to win at all cost to keep their dreams of another participation at the biggest stage of club hockey in Africa – ACCC.
The first quarter came to an end and surprisingly, the deadlock was yet to be broken. Police had tried everything possible for the opener- fast break, penalty corners but to no avail. Isports360 man of the match, Aikins Danso in post for Reformers was the hurdle for Police and every Police officer, member and spectator of the police team would have wished for another goalkeeper in his place.
The former Ghanaian international made the goalpost his home with full control of every corner preventing all balls from entering- drag flicks, low hits, slap shots, deflections. Reformers on the other hand squandered few chances that came their way due to poor decision making and over elaboration when in possession on a dangerous attack.
Four penalty corners and the law enforcers failed to beat Danso. Sam Benedict with the fifth attempt and Police were up finally. The penalty corner expert made use of a 34th minute penalty corner awarded to Police. Skipper Samuel Marfo ejected the penalty corner, Adjei Richard stopped and Big Sam with a drag flick into the top right corner- Danso was beaten and Police were up.
The jubilations were almost cut short. A fast break from Reformers in the 36th minute found Leslie Barnor who had two options- going past the only defender available (Annan Theophilus) or an intelligent pass into the path of teammate Lamptey Emmanuel to bury home the ball. Leslie decided to do both and eventually allowed the defense of Police to recover and retrieve the ball.
A glorious opportunity wasted- joy at the police station, anarchy in the prison cell. Time run out and Police grabbed the maximum.
Extinguishers and Reformers ladies locked horns in the day’s second match. The opening minutes of the match was clumpsy as both teams failed to control the tempo and dictate the pace of the game.
It took 30 minutes for the opener. Condobrey Pamela the goalscorer. The Reformers skipper on the second attempt made her penalty corner count. Thirty minutes Reformers 1-0 Extinguishers.
Reformers seemed to have grabbed a solidarity win over Extinguishers when Akoto Charity scored in the 59th minute to level the scores breaking the hearts of the Reformers team. The players protested, the umpire rejected, the goal stood and the point was shared.