THREE clubs who have struggled through their campaign season finally had something to smile about as they recorded their first wins in this year’s Women Premier League (WPL).
Immigration Ladies, Ashtown Ladies and former northern zone champions, Fabulous Ladies earned their first win with solitary goal in their respective matches as the first round of the lWPL came to an end over the weekend with the Match Day Seven fixtures.
Having struggled to score goals this season, the tthree sides, competing in the southern and northern zones, respectively, secured a slim 1-0 results, interestingly all away wins, to end the round with a glimmer of hope.
While Immigration had to labour till injury time to score within one minute of time added on in their game against Elmina Sea Lions at the Nduom Stadium, Ashtown got their lone goal in the second half after playing a goalless first half with Pearl Pia at the Utrecht Park at Tamale.Fabulous also won their regional derby with an away win against Supreme Ladies from a 63rd minute Florence Fosuaa strike at thePaa Joe Park.
Substitute Gifty Appiah, who had been out of action due to injury, made it count when she came on for Patience Narh in the 64th minute to eventually get her side the solitary win and Comfort Baah Nuako scored for Ashtown in the second half.
The victory lifts Immigration up from the bottom to now occupy seventh place ahead of Samaria Ladies on seven points. Samaria Ladies’ game against Police Ladies have been declared outstanding and rescheduled for March 14.
Fabulous Ladies retain their to the sixth position ahead of Ashtown Ladies (seventh) and Supreme Ladies, who are bottom on the log.
A relieved Immigration Ladies coach, Douglas Addy, heaped praises on striker Gifty Appiah, saying she made her experience count in the game.
It has been a frustrating first round campaign for Immigration Ladies as they had fallen to an inconsistent attack and a leaky defence, but Coach Addy’s decision to ring in some changes ensured that his charges picked their first three points this season, having recorded three draws and three losses in the previous game.
“It feels good to at least earn the first win before the first round ended. We are not a bad side, but have been lucky not to get the desired results or the needed goals. I think Gifty Appiah made her experience count as she flowed with the team and managed to get the goal, though she had been left out of the squad because she has been recovering from injury.
“It’s been a frustrating time and this result brings some relief. We can take the rest, review our performance and correct our mistakes to resume for the second round stronger and better,” Coach Addy told the Graphic Sports.
The feeling in the Ashtown Ladies camp was the same as the players broke into singing and jubilation moments after the final whistle ended.
In other games, Hasaacas Ladies continued with their winning ways as they beat Halifax Ladies 2-1 at the Tema Park with goals from Milot Abena Pokuaa and Doris Boaduwaa who increased their tally to 10 and nine, respectively, with Monica Addai getting the consolation for Halifax.
Ampem Darkoa Ladies were held to a 1-1 draw when they visited Kumasi Sports Academy at the Paa Joe Park.
A goalless drawn game at home against Northern Ladies affected the points build up for leaders Prisons Ladies but the point gained was good enough to still keep them at the top at 17 points and Ampem Darkoa on 12 points.