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Felicity Asante’s goal enough to eliminate Berry Ladies in FA Cup showdown

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Jonina's goalie was shown the exit door to have an early shower after clashing with another player, forcing her to watch the game from the stands, in the first four minutes of the game. Jonina coach Charles Dushie designed a fresh game strategy to keep the Berry Ladies at bay. Berry Ladies controlled the first few minutes of the game due to their numerical advantage versus Jonina, who fought valiantly to keep the game alive.

A goal in the 31st minute by Felicity Asante was enough for Jonina Football Academy to give their bitterest rivals Berry Ladies a showdown in the ongoing Women’s FA Cup, to show Berry Ladies the exit in the round of 64 in their backyard at the Madina Astroturf.

Jonina’s goalie was shown the exit door to have an early shower after clashing with another player, forcing her to watch the game from the stands, in the first four minutes of the game. Jonina coach Charles Dushie designed a fresh game strategy to keep the Berry Ladies at bay. Berry Ladies controlled the first few minutes of the game due to their numerical advantage versus Jonina, who fought valiantly to keep the game alive.

With a tempting cross from Sandra Atinga at the edge of the 18-yard box, Eunice Kpenteny had a clear goal-scoring opportunity in the 17th minute. Kpanteny’s contact with the ball caused her to lose her balance, and her opponent’s goalkeeper, Grace Krofi, to calmly collect the ball. In the 22nd minute, substitute goalkeeper Osman Huzeimah made a spectacular save that drew a standing ovation from the home crowd. Jonina arrived at the party after stealing a pass with Matilda Fodu to steal the show in midfield as her brilliant pass and dribbling precision caused her opponent to lose the midfield fight.

The game’s biggest opportunity came in the 31st minute, when the away team’s captain, Godsword Hanson Nortey, collected a ball from Angela Asantewaa from the back and found Eunice Kpenteey in the box. A left-footed cross from Kpenteey into the box across the face of the goal post, as Felicity Asante wrestled her leg into the ball and into the post to make it 1 nil in the first half.

The game appeared more heated after the interval, as both teams started well. The home team was more eager for a goal and missed many scoring chances, but Jonina was more patient in the defence and midfield. Both sides had a few chances in the second half, but Jonina picked up their pieces in the 70th minute and controlled the whole 20th minute of the game. Their opponents, on the other hand, were simply following their opponent’s shadows and making it appear as if it were 11 versus 11.

However, Jonina has qualified for the round of 32 for the first time in the club’s history, and in the rivalry between the two teams, Jonina becomes the first team to beat Berry Ladies in their home stadium and be the first to eliminate Berry Ladies in the FA Cup in the first round.

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2023/24 GHPL MD33 Wrap: Karela United stuns champions FC Samartex; Hearts and Olympics split spoils

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Karela United defeated previously anointed winners FC Samartex 4-2 at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex on Sunday. Aduana FC, on the other hand, settled for a 2-2 draw with Nsoatreman FC at Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa. In other matches, Bibiani Gold Stars defeated reigning champions Medeama SC 2-0 at DUN's Park, while Heart of Lions easily defeated Legon Cities 2-0 at Kpando Sports Stadium. Bofoakwa Tano lost narrowly 1-0 to Berekum Chelsea at Sunyani Coronation Park, while Nations FC drew 1-1 at home with Bechem United.

Matchday 33 of the 2023/24 Ghana Premier League finished with a variety of exciting matchups at nine different sites.

On Saturday, Real Tamale United suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex against Asante Kotoko. This defeat at home confirmed RTU’s destiny, sending them to the Division One League.

Meanwhile, the Accra Lions demonstrated their abilities in the Accra Sports Stadium, defeating Dreams FC 1-0 and extending their excellent record.

Karela United defeated previously anointed winners FC Samartex 4-2 at the Naa Sheriga Sports Complex on Sunday. Aduana FC, on the other hand, settled for a 2-2 draw with Nsoatreman FC at Nana Agyemang Badu Park in Dormaa.

In other matches, Bibiani Gold Stars defeated reigning champions Medeama SC 2-0 at DUN’s Park, while Heart of Lions easily defeated Legon Cities 2-0 at Kpando Sports Stadium.

Bofoakwa Tano lost narrowly 1-0 to Berekum Chelsea at Sunyani Coronation Park, while Nations FC drew 1-1 at home with Bechem United.

To cap off the weekend, Hearts of Oak and city rivals Great Olympics drew 0-0 at home in a thrilling relegation fight.

FC Samartex, Accra Lions, Aduana FC, and Berekum Chelsea now hold the top four league positions, while Great Olympics, Bofoakwa Tano, and Real Tamale United are relegated.

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Real Tamale United 0–2 Asante Kotoko

Accra Lions 1-0 Dreams FC

Karela United 4–2 FC Samartex

Aduana FC 2-2 Nsoatreman FC

Bibiani Gold Stars 2-0 Medeama SC

Heart of Lions 2-0 Legon Cities

Bofoakwa Tano 0-1 Berekum Chelsea

Nations FC 1-1 Bechem United

Hearts of Oak 0-0 Great Olympics

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Women’s FA Cup final: Army Ladies topples Police Ladies to clinch maiden title

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The initial move to disrupt the police midfield's ball control was undertaken by army women. After nine minutes, Adama Alhassan turned a low corner kick into Latifa Mohammed's 18-yard header, but the referee blew his whistle for offside. Adama Alhassan tried a terrible free kick outside the area inside the allocated 15 minutes. Sophia Agyakwaa's powerful free kick into the area is denied by a spectacular save by the Army goalie, keeping the Army ladies in the game.

In the 2023/2024 FA Cup final at the Legon Sports Stadium, Army Ladies defeated Police Ladies by a goal to nil to win their first-ever medal in the women’s division.

Ultimately in the first half, both teams had to settle for a draw, a test of strength as the two services prepared to fight on the pitch. Spectators liked seeing the exciting midfield action and the coaches’ tactical dexterities.

The first move to unsettle an opponent’s midfield’s ball control was undertaken by Army Ladies. After nine minutes, Latifa Mohammed’s 18-yard header from a low corner kick was ruled out for offside.

Adama Alhassan attempted a poor free kick outside the area within 15 minutes. However, Sophia Agyakwaa’s powerful free-kick into the area was denied by a spectacular save by the Army goalie, keeping the Army Ladies in the game.

On the 30th-minute mark, Mary Sasu made a fantastic save after Agyakwaa attempted a fast pass for Mawusi Agbeyo, but her run was cut short. Deborah Opoku surged past her opponents with fantastic talent, but in the 44th minute, the Police goalkeeper made a simple save that should have given them the lead in the first half.

The second half began well for both teams, with some excellent passes exchanged. Deborah Opoku broke the deadlock early in the second half after capitalizing on the goalkeeper’s error. Sophia’s aggressive press took the ball from her defender after a good run into the area and a pass to Mary Berko, however, the Army Ladies centre-backs blocked a strong shot she tried.

Deborah Opoku was sent off in the 75th minute after receiving a second warning for Army Ladies which gave her opponents a significant advantage. Mary Sasu dominated the post with tremendous dives in the 84th and 86th minutes to keep Army Ladies in the lead.

Bernice Arhinful’s unpardonable miss in the dying embers of the game may have taken the game to an extra time. Police Ladies’ last-minute attempt wasn’t enough to share spoils, as they were beaten by a goal to none.

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Steven Mukwala’s brace sinks Hearts of Oak into relegation battle

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Both clubs have suffered this season, but Kotoko came into the game with a two-point advantage over Hearts of Oak, and they demonstrated their supremacy with an outstanding performance. Mukwala scored the Porcupine Warriors' first goal in the eighth minute, surpassing his opponents to latch onto a long ball and handle it well before putting it in.

Ugandan striker Steven Mukwala scored two wonderful goals as Asante Kotoko defeated Hearts of Oak for the second time this season.

The victory completes Kotoko’s double against their arch-rivals, following a stunning 3-2 triumph earlier this season.

Mukwala, who was also on target in the last game, scored twice to help Kotoko win 2-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Both clubs have suffered this season, but Kotoko came into the game with a two-point advantage over Hearts of Oak, and they demonstrated their supremacy with an outstanding performance.

Mukwala scored the Porcupine Warriors’ first goal in the eighth minute, surpassing his opponents to latch onto a long ball and handle it well before putting it in.

He secured the victory in the 95th minute with a fantastic effort, cutting inside from the left and blasting a shot beyond the custodian.

After removing his jersey, the Ugandan striker drew a yellow card for excessive celebration.

The victory moves Kotoko into the top half of the standings, moving them up to ninth position and further away from the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Hearts of Oak find themselves in a difficult situation, 14th in the standings and only two points above the drop zone.

They face relegation if they do not improve in their next three games of the season, which is a stunning prospect for a club with such a long history as one of Africa’s top clubs.

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