Dreams FC draw 3-3

BY: Kwame Larweh
ACCRA Great Olympics manages to equalise
ACCRA Great Olympics manages to equalise

ACCRA Great Olympics laboured from a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 with visiting Dreams FC in their match day four Premier League clash at the Accra Stadium yesterday.

Within 27 minutes, the visitors appeared to have sealed the duel through danger man, Fatawu Abdul Issahaku, who masterminded three goals to the shock of all at the stadium.

But the Wonder Club dramatically found its soul in the second half and restored parity in a temperamental game which saw Olympics' Raymond Okoe Grippman being sent off in the 89th minute following an off-the-ball incident.

The homesters took off from the blast of the whistle searching for space to tame their opponents.

Fatawu Issahaku’s magic

However, Issahaku had a different idea when he squared a free-kick to Abdulai Ibrahim in the fourth minute to tap it to a lurking Philemon Baffour who hit the back of the net for the opener.

Dazed by that opener, Olympics launched an onslaught to get the equaliser while leaving their back opened. That lapse gave Issahaku enough space in the 14th minute when he latched onto the ball 20 metres from the box and unleashed a beautiful curler into the far corner of the net to increase the tally to 2-0.

The Black Stars attacker made it 3-0 in the 26th when he was released again in the box to drive home a powerful volley to the pleasure of the few Dreams FC supporters present.

Olympics’ recovery

A panicky Olympics made an early substitution in the 32nd minute, bringing on Samuel Armah for striker Abdul Manaf Mudasiru. This paid off in the 34th when the homesters were credited with a penalty after Ofori McCarthy was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. The resultant penalty was converted by Maxwell Nii Abbey Quaye to reduce the visitors’ lead to two.

Back from recess, Olympics made some incursions to unsettle their opponents as Maxwell Nii Abbey Quaye, Ibrahim Sulley and James Akaminko combined to trouble the Dreams FC defence.

However, Olympics’ onslaught yielded dividends in the 60th when Akaminko dribbled his way into the opponents’ area but was brought down for another penalty kick which was expertly converted by Abbey Quaye again.

Dreams FC were punished again in the 84th minute when slippery Quaye weaved his way into the box from an Akaminko pass, and set-up substitute Armah to slot home the much-needed equaliser to the delight of the home fans.