Clinton Appiah scored the winning penalty as the hosts, University of Ghana beat the Sunyani-based University of Energy and Natural Resources (UNER) 3-1 on penalties.
It was a game of three teams on the playing turf, as fans played dominant role inspiring home team.
The two sides struggled to find good rythmn to their play and were far from accurate in their passing. Felix Buabeng tried to bend the ball from 15 yards on the edge of the UNER penalty area but his effort was far from perfect.
The game saw usual stoppages with referees mandated to allow “water breaks’ after 25 mins of the start of every half. But the visitors looked more refreshed from thence.
The Energy boys were rewarded for their effort when Frank Yeboah stunned the hosts with splendid and accurate one time shot from five yards.
Yeboah sneaked into the penalty area of UG with a parallel run from the byline and cliped a shot across into the near post, beating Micheal Donkor.
The Legonites began to pour men forward in search of the equalizer and clinton appiah teed up with Sumaila Mohammed but the latters header went wide.
With just two minutes to end proceedings, Sumaila Mohammed made amends for his earlier miss, finding the net with a sublime header from a well taken corner kick, as the full-back soared above the crowd of players cancel out UNER’s lead in the 88th minute.
Jubilant fans invaded the pitch in celebration mode and things got ugly thereafter.
A football player from the University of Energy and Natural Resources was kicked by one of the pitch invaders and sustained injuries sparking tension.
There was a temporary hold up amidst agitations and the UNER team vacated the playing field as a way to show their dissatisfaction at the referee’s inaction.
The game resumed and University of Ghana coach, Ahlaji Tahiru effected a Technical change, which saw Goalkeeper Donkor Micheal give way to second Goalkeeper Alidu.
The game ended in a stalemate and penalty shootout was the only resolve.
Captain Clinton Appiah effected the winning penalty for University of Ghana who take on the University of Health and Allied Sciences in the next game.
Story by: Godfred Dampte-Larbie | UniversSports