It was an incredible show of sportsmanship from the home fans who after the first 15 minutes threw everything behind Hasaacas FC despite a 2-1 defeat to Lakers FC.
The Referee and his supporting linesmen played part in the 2-1 defeat we suffered on the day.
Coach Joe Agyemang Junior was impressed with the display of his side. The midfield quartet of Ibrahim Jalil, Joseph Dinku, Fuseini Issaka and John Koomson were a delight to watch, winning the hearts of almost everyone at the venue.
The host went ahead early in the first half, their first and only chance of the half, a cross from the left side of our defense was tapped in by the attacker at the blind eye of our defenders.
There and then we took absolutely control of the game and bossed play to the delight of the fans. Chances trickled in, and calls for penalty wouldn’t bother the center man.
Isaac Mensah was booted in the face inside the penatly box – Dinku, Ekow Annan and Sanah saw their strikes hitting the hand in the penalty area – all ignored by the center man.
After recess, we continued from where we left off in the first half and deservedly, with 69 minutes showing in the clock, the referee had no option than to whistle for a penalty when the calls had come one too many.
Isaac Mensah stood up and slotted home, on a rebound when the first strike had been saved by the goalkeeper.
Chances kept falling on the way of our attackers, Emmanuel Ebahoah, David Nyankum, both came close to sealing the day, efforts thwarted by the able hands of the goalkeeper.
On the 88th minute, Lakers FC caught Hasmal on the counter break, with what was adjudged by all the fans as an offside, the linesman waved play and the striker rounded Anthony Brebo to win the day for the host.
It ended 2-1 for the host and we will take solace in an impressive showing on the day ahead of the Normalization Committee’s Special Competition.
Next up is against Swedru All Black, our first game in the Normalization Committee’s Special Competition.