Women’s Special Competition quarter-final: Wins for Ampem Darkoa, Prisons Ladies

Author: Kwame Larweh
The prisons Ladies team

The 2017 National Women's League champions, Ampem Darkoa Ladies as well as the Sanford Women's FA Cup champions, Prisons Ladies, put themselves in good stead towards the semi-finals of the Women's Secial Competition after recording wins in their respective quarter-final matches.

While Ampem Darkoa earned a 2-0 home win against Kumasi Sports Academy at Techiman on Saturday, Prisons Ladies earned a crucial 1-0 away win against Fabulous Ladies at the Wesley College Park in Kumasi on Saturday.

A brace from Grace Asantewaa (eighth and 64th) helped Ampem Darkoa to maintain their dominance and unbeaten run in the special competition and all but secure their place in the final four ahead of the second leg to be played in Kumasi on Wednesday.

For Prisons Ladies, it was a hard-fought win as they had to wait till the 58th minute, before a strike from Rita Okyere handed the Reform Ladies victory as they also strive to claim a place among the final four of the competition.

Asantewaa, one of the players who shone at the Under-20 Women's World Cup in France last year and who has played a key role in Ampem Darkoa's onward march in their quest to claim the special competition title.

Though the game at the Nduom Stadium ended goalless, it nonetheless was a good result for visiting Halifax Ladies also
as they hope to build on that for a good result in Wednesday's second leg and eventually qualify for the semi-finals.

Coach Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo, told Graphic Sports Online that it was a difficult game against Sea Lions, but because they had the advantage of hosting the second leg, they had gone to Elmina with the aim of not conceding a goal.

"Our aim was not to concede and that was achieved. Now, we will work on our mistakes with the aim of improving towards the second leg which we will host," Coach Tagoe Quarcoo explained.