The second round of matches in the top four of the ongoing University of Ghana inter halls football competition took place earlier today as Akuafo hall came back from behind to beat Distance Education at the Ajax 1 park by 2 goals to 1 kind courtesy of two well taken goals in succession from Abdul Rahim and Ebenezer Asamoah.
The match began with a lot of controversies due to the failure of some of the players to bring their id cards to the match center with the reason being that they came straight away from lectures.
Akuafo hall were quickly out of their blocks and found their passing rhythm early in the game and created two chances in the first two minutes. Bright Lookman hit the post from 30 yards as his thunderous strike came off the cross bar and was headed out of play for a goal kick.
However it was Distance Education who took the lead against the run of play as Abdul Latif played a long one in for striker and leading goal scorer Collins Bediako to latch onto, an attempted clearance from Miracle Amankwaa failed and there was a defensive mix up between Goalkeeper Bright Badasu and team captain Panyin Eric which allowed Collins Bediako to slot home into an empty net from 8yards. The first half ended one nil in favour of Distance Education as Akuafo failed to find the back of the net.
A more resurgent Akuafo hall team took the second half totally by surprise as they pushed their opponents for an equalizer. No wonder it came in the 65th minute from Abdul Rahim who was had just spent barely 5 minutes on the field of play. A super strike from Vladimir Vanderpuye was spilt by the Distance number one goalkeeper Kalusha Aguti which allowed Abdul Rahim to slot home from close range.
The game became more open but then Akuafo were not done just yet as Ebenezer Asamoah had a lot of work to do on the right wing as he turned right back Desmond Konadu inside out before curling an absolute stunner into the top right corner of the net from 25 yards with Goalkeeper Kalusha unable to get a hand to it.
Distance Education attempted a late rally to equalize but Bediako Collins’s header in the 90th minute was hacked off the line by Miracle Amankwaa.
Coach of the side for the Akuafo hall Team Assuo Koami said that he was quite disappointed with his team’s first half performance but then they came back stronger because of the words of encouragement and motivation from the technical team and supporters, while Coach Philip Asare of the Distance Education team attributed his side’s defeat to a loss of concentration from his boys in very critical moments of the game.
Man of the match: Ben Awashie (Akuafo hall)
Story by: Nana Kwame Amoah