Sapholda Hockey League: ACCC race still on
The teams to represent Ghana at the ACCC have been decided in the women’s division with GRA and Police ladies earning that slot. However, the race is still on course in the men’s division as holders GRA and two former champions, Exchequers and Police battle for the two slots.
There is never a boring weekend at the Theodosia Hockey stadium and week seven was no exception.
Exchequers got the match week underway against Reformers. The bankers got back to winning ways after their goalless dawn game against Police last weekend. It was not just a win but one that draws them closer to Africa. Not only did the goals come, but the bankers for the first time in this season converted three penalty corners in a single game.
The scoreline remained unchanged in the first two quarters. Exchequers went ahead in the 34th minute through a well rehearsed penalty corner. Elikem Akaba gave the bankers a deserved lead. Nyarko Nicholas made it 2-0 five minutes later also from a penalty corner.
The game was beyond Reformers at this point. Two more goals in the last quarter; Arthur Ebenezer in the 49th minute and Akaba getting his brace two minutes later was enough to hand Exchequers all three points and a step closer to Africa.
Exchequers’ victory meant the other two contenders, Police and GRA couldn’t afford a slip. Police were next in action as they faced Ark Men.
Marfo Samuel put Police up in the 12th minute courtesy a penalty corner and doubled his tally as the time doubled. Police won penalty stroke in the 23rd minute after goalkeeper Kenneth Quartey impeded Osman Abubakar who was goal bound. Marfo stepped up and scored. With the goals coming, you would expect to see Botsio’s name on the scoresheet. The Ghanaian international got his first of two goals in the 30th minute.
The Ark was not enough to prevent the goals rain in as Tettey Francis made it 4-0 a minute later. Skipper Marfo Samuel completed his hattrick in the 33rd minute. Sam Benedict was introduced into the game and the veteran added his name to the scoresheet with a quick brace- one from a field goal and the other his trademark- a well converted penalty corner. Tettey Francis and Johnny Botsio scored to register a brace each in the 54th and 56th minute respectively.
A goal from Ashley Theophilus in the 60th minute courtesy a penalty corner was enough to console Ark Men. Th game ended with Police 9-1 winners.
In the last game of the men’s division, holders GRA scored eleven times to go top of the table. The champions faced Legon Knights in the last match of the day.
Isaac Moses scored in the 2nd minute to give GRA the lead. Eight minutes later and the holders were 2-0 up. A long hit from 30 yards was deflected into the goalpost by Aikins Anthony.
A trio of well taken penalty corners made it 5-0 for GRA: Opoku Ernest in the 14th minute, Salya Nsalbini in the 15th minute and Damalie Luke in the 22nd minute. Ashrifie Prince also grabbed a brace in the 30th and 36th minute. Abdul Malik also got his name on the scoresheet before Ernest, Salya and Luke completed their braces in the 43rd, 58th and 59th minute.
In the women’s division, Police ladies got the better of Reformers beating them 2-0. Isports360 player of week 7, Aggrey Faustina gave Police the lead in the 7th minute from a penalty corner. Boakye Serwaa added the second to hand the law enforcers a much earned victory.
Vivian Narkuoh scored a hattrick as GRA beat Real Ambassadors ladies 13-0. Ernestina Coffie, Afriyie Lydia and Gertrude Inkoom scored two each with Elizabeth Opoku, Monica Grant, Sulemana Adizatu and Roberta Sarfo getting a goal each.
Extinguishers put three past Ark ladies. Owusuwaa Margaret with a brace in the 10th and 58th minute and a goal from Donkor Rebecca in the 13th minute.
In the youth division, Tema Manhean continued their pursuit for a league trophy with a 2-0 hard fought victory over Ark Boys. Adjetey Isaac and Tetteh Isaac the goalscorers.
Four goals in four minutes was all Kasoa Heroes needed to beat Young Financiers. Armah Emmanuel put the Heroes in front before Adu Otchere’s hatrick sealed the victory.
In the master’s division, Sapholda beat NDK Financiers 4-0. Mason James with a brace and a goal easch from David Gagblah and Akrong Alfred.