Inter Allies continued their dominance over Great Olympics from Division One to the top flight of Ghana football when they met for the first time in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday at the nations Wembley.
The victory over Great Olympics is the first for the Eleven Is To One away from home this season. The home side almost drew the first blood in the first minute of the game when a long ball was lobbed over, but Baba Mensah read well and headed calmly into the waiting arms of Osei Kwame.
It was a game of early incursions to score first to calm nerves. Lord Offosu – Hene busted into the Olympics defence, but his final shot was deflected for a corner in the 3rd minute. The resulting corner was harmless as Olympics cleared the ball in field. A minute later, the winger was taken off the pitch after he was challenged from behind.
He returned onto the pitch and almost caused havoc with a delicious cross which Niare Benogo reached, but it went agonisingly wide. Olympics who were resilient in the early stages, carved their own chance in the 10th minute. Good pressure from Michael Gorleku forced Inter Allies defence to make a mistake, but he couldn’t punish them. One on One with Osei Kwame, he blasted the ball into the stands.
After quarter of the hour, Sheriff Deo Mohammed had the chance to put the away side in front when he met Stephen Owusu Ansah’s cross – it was a free header, but he couldn’t direct his header into Odonkor’s net. At the other end, Olympics scored; but the lines man flag was already in the air symbolising offside.
Edmund Sakyi was cautioned in the 29th minute for bringing down Offosu – Hene. From the resulting free kick, Inter Allies won a corner which was well delivered by Offosu – Hene into the box for Sheriff Deo Mohammed register his 6th goal of the season, and first away from home. In the 38th minute, Inter Allies had Osei Kwame to thank. Dotse Agbeshie sneaked through Baba Mensah and Wahab Ackwei and headed towards goal but he pulled a fantastic save to deny Olympics the equaliser. Goal scorer Sheriff Mohammed was booked in the 40th minute.
In the second half, Olympics took the game to Inter Allies, but they stood their grounds. They had a dangerous free kick near Inter Allies goal area which Francis Okine fired straight to the human wall. The host were far the better side in second half, Inter Allies slowed the tempo of the game to protect their lead.
Fredrick Yamoah almost made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute when he sprinted through the left flank to create a chance for himself but shot narrowly wide. There was drama in the 70th minute. Referee Selas Okine pointed to the spot for Olympics penalty, but his assistant said it was a corner.
There was again disagreement between the referee and his assistant when he pointed for Olympics corner, but his assistant again said it was a goal kick. Sheriff Deo Mohammed almost made it 2 – 0 from close range in the 85th minute but missed it to keep Olympics in the game.
Olympics poured bodies forward for a leveller, but Fabin’s boys held on to win their first game of the season away from home.
Team news Olympics XI: A. Odonkor, G. Otoo, A. Ampofo, E. Sefa, O. Ofotsu, A. Adam, E. Amartey, M. Gorleku, F. Attuquaye, K. Boateng, D. Agbeshie.
Inter Allies: K. Osei, P. Kpozo, S.O. Ansah, B. Mensah (c), W. Ackwei, L. Sabah, N. Benogo, L. Ofosuhene, M. Sheriff, G.
Asamoah & F. Yamoah.
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