Source: isports360.com | December 17, 2018
The female category witnessed a day of lacal derbies as clubs from the same country faced each other. Two of the three local derbies ended in a pulsating goalless draw as Ghana’s duo of GRA and Police ladies as well as the Nigerian derby- Delta Queens and Kada Queens failed to produce goals during their clashes.
The home crowd were in the stadium in their numbers to cheer on their clubs as they faced each other but great defending from both sides ensured the points were shared.
The action started with defending champions GRA facing their eternal rivals Ghana Police ladies. The champions who had been held earlier in the competition by Kada Queens needed the maximum from this encounter in order to keep their dream alive of retaining the trophy.
With their previous record against them, Police ladies knew the task ahead and in order to stay in the race, will have to put in extra effort to match their local rivals. Police started the game on one bright note mounting pressure on GRA who looked not settled into the game. Similar to any local derby, the game was very aggressive with both teams not giving the other breathing space.
GRA regrouped and came back strongly into the third quarter turning the tables around but the resilience of the Police defence kept the GRA attackers at bay. Four penalty corners in the game and no goal was registered as both teams settled for a point each.
The Kenyan derby unlike the first game produced four goals as Telkom came out victorious over USIU. Both teams stepped onto the field very determined but it was the record title holders who struck first.
Audrey Amooh got the opener inside the first two minutes before doubling the lead three minutes into the second quarter. USIU who are making their debut in the competition managed to come back into the game but failed to utilize their chances.
Jacqueline and Nekesa added a goal each in the last quarter to sum up a convincing victory for Telkom.
The final game of the day was an encounter between the host clubs- Delta Queens and Kada Queens. The stadium became lively as both teams made their way onto the field of play.
There were cheers from the stands on every move by both clubs with Delta the dominant side on the day. Billo Esther was very instrumental for Delta as she saturated the Kada midfield. Kada Queens who had been quiet throughout the game managed to earn a point after the final whistle.
The 2018 ACCC continues tomorrow with Delta Queens hosting Telkom in the first game of the day. GRA ladies then play USIU followed by Ghana Police engaging Kada Queens.