2019 Sapholda Hockey League:Exchequers, Reformers ride high

Author: George Ernest Asare
Skipper Emmanuel Ankomah of Exchequers (right) closes in on Osman Abubakar as he controls the ball

The Sapholda Hockey League match involving Exchequers and Police Men, last Saturday lived up to its billing as Police marshalled all the forces within their power  but failed to find target and eventually succumbed to a 1-3 defeat to the defending champions.

Police were bent on ending Exchequers’ stranglehold over them and went into last Saturday’s game matching their opponents in all areas, especially in the first  quarter in the game, and it was not until a minute to end the second quarter that Exchequers managed to sneak through the iron-clad defence of Police to open the scoring thorough skipper Emmanuel Ankoma.

With a goal up, Exchequers continued to attack from all angles, but Charles Abbiw, Richard Adjei, Alfred Ntiamoah and Godsway Balagi put up a fine performance as Police took the game to their opponents in search of the equalising goal.

Exchequers survived the Police threat and increased the tally in the 38th minute of the third quarter through Elikem Akaba.

Sylvester Apronti put the game beyond the reach of Police as he slotted in the third goal for Exchequers before Richard Adjei scored a consolation goal for Police three minutes to the end of the game.

Legonites suffered a second successive defeat after losing 0-3 to Reformers Men last Saturday, having been hammered 7-0 by Exchequers the previous week.

It was Emmanuel Lamptey who opened the scoring for Reformers at the stroke of time of the second quarter before Leslie Barnor scored a brace in the 57th and 59th minute of the last quarter to send Legonites back to campus empty handed.

In the Masters division, NDK Financiers stretched Multistix to their limit but eventually succumbed to a 2-3 defeat.

Financiers went ahead early in the first quarter through Richmond Attipoe but Robert Aryee of Multistix equalised for his side six minutes into the second quarter. Financiers went ahead again three minutes to end the second quarter but Richard Tailay was on hand to level up 10 minutes into the second quarter and then sealed victory for Multistix in the 56th minute.

In the Youth division, Tema Manhean went on the rampage as they handed Accra Academy a 7-0 defeat, while Ark Boys and Kasoa Heroes shared the points with 1-1 draw.

Real Ambassadors sent Young Financiers packing with a 2-1 defeat  in the Masters’ competition, while Sapholda and Golden Sticks shared the points with a 3-3 draw.