Whyte’s magic sends GRA ladies top.
Deborah Whyte’s 54th minute strike was all GRA ladies needed to beat Police ladies in the last match of the first round of the 2018 Sapholda hockey league.
The game played at 6:30am Wednesday at the Theodosia Okoh Stadium saw a massive turnout of hockey lovers.
GRA were without the services of the tenacious Elizabeth Opoku due to personal reasons and that was evident in their attacking threats.
Police ladies on the other hand were keen to get the maximum after playing second fiddle to GRA for a while now. The law enforcers with their inspirational Nafisatu Umaru showed resilience in all playing parts of their team.
After the first three quarters ending goalless, it was down to the last quarter as both teams needed the win badly to boost their morale ahead of the T-tommy tournament over the weekend.
Goalkeeper Abigail Boye in post for Police ladies made a brilliant stop from Vivian Narkuoh’s tomahawk after beating three Police defenders.
However, it was Deborah Whyte who changed the outcome a seance of the match with a winner 6 minutes from time. It was a goal that derailed the Police team who had earlier missed glorious opportunities.
The law enforcers went in search for an equaliser but time was not on their side as the final whistle went.
The game ended Police 0-1 GRA ladies.
Speaking after the game, Coach of GRA, Osei Boakye lamented on the absence of Elizabeth Opoku and the team’s performance in general. “The absence of Lizzy affected us especially in attack…we did well though, playing as a team and that helped us”, he said.
“Our aim is to defend the league trophy as well as the Club championship and that we are on course”, he added.
The win puts GRA on top three points adrift 2nd placed Police ladies as the first round comes to an end.