Ibrahim Sanah scored his goal number 4 of the Normalization Committee’s Special Cup as Hasmal returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory against Star Madrid.
Coach Joseph Agyemang Jr. overhauled the squad, making four changes to the squad that lost 2-0 to Venomous Vipers over the weekend.
Goalkeeper Michael Kwofie, 15, is now the youngest player to feature for Hasmal in the competition, beating Daniel Egyin, 16.
Ekow Eshun also had his first game after sitting off the squad list since game day one. Edmund Ampofo and Theophilus Awortwe both had starting place in the game.
On the game proper
At a sun-drenched and perhaps the least attended spectatorship at the Gyandu Park, Hasmal took off on the right note taking the game right to the half of the opponent half.
Star Madrid looked hapless yet found their bodies blocking strings of shots from Obed Asamoah Ackah, Edmund Ampofo and John Koomson. As nearer as we got to goal, we needed a bit of style to do that.
With a little to the half an hour mark, Obed Asamoah Ackah was brought down in the box after losing two markers and having a lobbed pass from John Koomson – Referee Julian Nii had no option than to point straight to the spot. Ibrahim Sanah blindsided the goalkeeper to put us 1-0 up.
That will be the only goal of the game, despite going close on numerous occasions in the second half. Emmanuel Ebahoah who came on for Edmund Ampofo was a torn in the flesh of the Star Madrid defense.
He effortlessly created opportunities with his pace and awareness.
On one occasion in the 78 minute, Ebahoah drove inside the penalty box, left two in his strides and teed one to Theophilus Awortwe; Awortwe just couldn’t get a touch to the ball.
Points build up
At 8 points, Hasmal will be pushing up the log.
We will travel next to Unistar Academy Park in Sunday, April 28.