- Sadat Alhassan priceless equalizer aid Orange boys to hard-earned draw.
- Mensah Sarbah hall crushes out of University of Ghana Football League (UGFL) in the game of the season contender.
Hilla Limann Football team came back twice from behind to deny Sarbah a place in the Knockout stages, after a 2-2 draw at the Sarbah field.
Goals from Ezikiel Asare and Sadat Alhassan canceled out Asuo’s solo finish and even the sumptuous half volley from Nutekpor Hope could not be met with an extra goal demand.
It was the Orange boys who poked first in the early exchanges.
Mensah Sarbah center-back Evans Owusu denied Limann a quick goal, stretching at full length to block out an early cross from reaching Kwakye Owusu.
Moments later Asuo Kuhis put the Vikings in a deserved early lead after he latched onto a long pass, beating Akomea with his zig-zag movement before pushing the ball past the on-rushing Goalkeeper Dwumoh Emmanuel into a goal.
Sarbah enjoyed maximum possession from thence and kept their opponents always playing to their tempo in the first segment of the game.
They possessed that ball switched play well but were wasteful.
Coach Kwesi Ohene’s careful approach of ‘keep your shape and hit them on the counter’ tactic proved thorough, considering the sharpness of the Vikings.
Kwakye Owusu almost broke the long silence before the break but great anticipation and reaction from Sarbah glovesman Pius Baiden kept the scoreline intact despite a one-on-one with Kwakye.
The Orange boys benefitted looked sharper after the recess.
For the Orange boys, Akomea’s mistimed tackle on Alex Darko could have messed things up for Hilla Limann but for the leniency of the referee Frank Delali.
Limann grew stronger as they pushed more men upfront and Ezekiel was kicked as he tried to solve a maze outside the Mensah Sarbah box.
The Skipper delivered a brilliant freekick 19 yards away from the edge of the box to recover the deficit.
As if it were a tale from a bedtime story, Nutekpor’s brilliant half volley from somewhere about twenty yards away from goal box plunged the crowd into marveling and gaping as the Sarbah fans roared back into noisy chanting and singing.
Alex Darko had positioned himself to blast a shot but Hope Nutekpor had a far better idea meeting the ball halfway to take the goalkeeper and defense by surprise.
Kelvin Padi could have sealed the game with a third but the deceptive ball bounced off his foot.
Just when the game looked like ending in favor of Mensah Sarbah, the Vikings began to employ the funny strategy of ‘ballooning’ the ball with only 15 minutes to end the game.
In the 83rd minute, the Vikings conceded another needless free kick in their half.
Ezekiel Asare created yet another goal, but this time, his well-tailored free-kick was directed into goal by Sadat Alhassan’s gorgeous header.
The Orange boys could have sealed the win after the Vikings ‘all-out attack’ approach in injury time gifted Limann a goal-scoring chance from a quick counter-attack pull out, but yet again Pius Baiden showed his heroics prowess to save the game in a two against one situation.
The scoreline meant that the 2018 winners, Mensah Sarbah hall had crushed out of the University of Ghana Football league, for the second consecutive time in the last two seasons.
Hilla Limann qualifies for the Semi-finals for the second time since they last did in 2014.
The Orange boys are scheduled to face Akuafo Hall in the semi-finals of this year’s edition of the University of Ghana Football League.
Written by: Godfred Dampte-Larbi|UniversSports|universnewsroom.com