A 76th minute free kick at the edge of the penalty box, shot in lower to the right corner was all what Unistar needed to snatch away all the points against 10 men Sekondi Hasaacas FC.
Patrick Eshun’s sending off in the 32nd minute thwarted plans ahead of the game and the host with the numerical urge doubled the attack to snatch a 1-0 victory.
What Really Happened?
A clear atmosphere set both teams off, the early exchanges showing caution and tactical precision in equal measure from both bench.
Hasmal had the better of the host in the early exchanges. David Nyankum was played through on two occasions; his initial effort struck a hand, clearly, but the Referee looked on to the unlooking linesman to make decision and he again forced the goalkeeper to pull off a great save.
Goalkeeper Michael Kwofie came through to save the situation twice before being subbed due to a broken wrist. He was replaced by John K. Arthur 5 minutes to recess.
After the break, the host pitched camp in the half of Hasmal and created several opportunities as Hasmal resorted to the counter break.
The back four; William Enchill, Yahaya Seidu Pelpuo, Joseph Dinku and Adabadji Asare worked very well to contain the attacks of the opponent and disappointingly gave in to a 76th minute free kick goal.
Theophilus Nana Awortwe and Emmanuel Quarshie came on to replace Isaac Mensah and Adabadji Asare but could do little to restore parity.
What the defeat means.
There’s no chance of making it to the next stage of the competition after the defeat.
Hasmal will end the tournament against Swedru All Blacks at the Gyandu Park on Sunday, May 26.