Ampem Darkoa Ladies through to FA Cup final

BY: Rosalind Amoh
The lineup of Ampem Darkoa Ladies
The lineup of Ampem Darkoa Ladies

Ampem Darkoa Ladies are through to the final of this year’s Women’s FA Cup after beating Army Ladies 2-1 in the first semi-final match at the Bantama Astro Turf on Sunday.

Second half goals from their lead scorer for this season, Mary Amponsah helped last year’s finalist, Ampem Darkoa, to recover from a goal down to win the game and head into their second successive final.

The game saw the women’s Ppremier League debutantes, Army Ladies, nicknamed the Camouflage Ladies, taking an early lead on the third minute when a lurking Zainabu Mumuni tapped the ball into the net after goalkeeper had failed to grab it first time.

The Army Ladies, a vastly improved side from the team that began this campaign on a shaky note, held on to their lead and thwarted the efforts of the Nanamma from Techiman.

It was a frustrating time for the 2021 finalists but they refused to give up and pushed for the equaliser which eventually came through Amponsah on the 50th minute.

Goalkeeper Mary Sosu stood tall to deny Ampem Darkoa a good opportunity to take the lead when she bravely saved a penalty kick awarded on the 84th minute.

Just as everything was pointing to extra time and a possibe penalty shootout, Amponsah showed her quality by nodding home the winner. Unmarked in the 18-yard box,

she soared to head home a long freekick two minutes into injury time.

Though it was a disappointing feeling for Coach Norbert Ayinbire and her Camouflage Ladies, who made history by reaching this far in their first attempt, it was a great relief for Nana Adarkwa and his Nanamma to make another final berth.

They now await their final opponents which will be determined on Wednesday, May 11, when defending champions, Hasaacas Ladies, play Ashtown Ladies who will also be playing their first semi-final match at the McDan La Town Park.