The Women’s Premier League enters match day 12 this weekend. In the Southern Zone, leaders Hasaacas whose smooth start to the second were curtailed by Soccer Intellectuals after holding them to a 2-2 stalemate. The draw cut their lead to two points – as second placed Berry Ladies also fell flat against Police Ladies in a 1-0 home loss at the Madina Park. This is the full preview of matches in the Southern Zone.
Thunder Queens FC vs Berry Ladies
Thunder Queens have been less impressive in the season even though they managed a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Immigration Ladies last weekend at the McDan La Town Park. The Tema Community 8 Park which was adopted by the club as its home grounds has not been friendly as they are yet to win a game there. Berry Ladies recorded their second defeat of the season on Saturday after they were upset Police Ladies in a 1-0 defeat. Even with the slip, the team is still in contention for the zonal title with just two points separating them from top-placed Hasaacas Ladies. Assistant Coach of Berry Ladies Paul Amponsah Freeman remains hopeful of rewriting the narrative and overturning the havoc caused by that defeat as they take on familiar foe, Thunder Queens. Their first meeting this season produced a 3-1 score line in favor of Berry Ladies when Constance Serwaa Agyemang scored two goals and Thelma Bafour Atuah added the other one. Vivian Adjei Konadu pulled one back for Thunder Queens.
Sea Lions VS Hasaacas Ladies
Sea Lions were the first team to stop Hasaacas Ladies in Sekondi this season after holding the latter to a draw in the first round of the League at the Gyandu Pak. But sadly, their story in the League has been nothing but appalling as they languish at the bottom of the table with a winless record after 11 Women’s Premier League matches. They return to their favourites grounds to take on the League leaders and record champions in a match day 12 fixture at the Nduom Sports stadium in Elmina. Laet weekend, they bowed to their regional rival Ladystrikers by 4 goals to nil unanswered with Gifty Addai’s Boakye’s and Gladys Amofobea’s respective brace. Elizabeth Owusuaa’s 19th minute goal gave them a point in Sekondi as she scored to cancel Milot Abena Pokua’s opener in the 9th minute. Hasaacas Ladies on the other hand failed to extend their lead after sharing the spoils with Soccer Intellectuals at home. Doris Boaduwaa’s brace was enough to save them from Precious Peprah Nyarkoh and Mary Essiful’s earlier onslaught. A win for Hasaacas Ladies will further brighten their chances of winning the Zone with three games to end the zonal League.
Police Ladies vs Immigration Ladies
With three matches to spare, the derby between Police Ladies and Immigration Ladies will be the pick of the pack on match day 12. The rivals will lock horns at the Mcdan La Town Park Sunday afternoon. Though Police Ladies appear the stronger side – with five wins, three draws and three defeats, they are still vulnerable. They occupy the 4th position with 18 points in the eight-club competition. Immigration Ladies have the likes of Gifty Appiah, Adwoa Bayor, Leticia Zikpi, Rumanatu Tahiru and Linda Aba Mensah – But the sextet has yet to translate the experience into points as they boast of only five points – one win after 11 League matches. Police ladies head into the game buoyed by last week’s 1-0 win against Berry Ladies whilst Immigration ladies were silenced 2-1 by Thunder Queens. This is a game fit for the gods of football to decide.
Soccer Intellectuals vs Lady Strikers
Soccer Intellectuals will entertain Lady Strikers at the Eduyaw Assasan Park in a dicey Regional derby. When the two sides met in the first round, Intellectuals were punished for profligacy in front of goal. Suzzy Dede Teye and Gladys Amfobea scored to win Intellectuals the three points. Lady Strikers whacked bottom club Sea Lions 4-0 at home last week to advance their course in the campaign – whiles Soccer Intellectuals were given a bitter pill following a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Police Ladies. They fought gallantly to draw 2-2 with title contenders Hasaacas Ladies at Gyandu Park last weekend. The Eduyaw Assasan Park has not been a dreaded venue for visiting teams as the likes of Hasaacas Ladies, Berry Ladies and lately Police Ladies have all picked 3 points from their host. With the current form of Gladys Amfobea who leads the top Scorers chart with 11 goals and Gifty Boakye who bagged a brace in the preceding game, the game looks tricky for Intellectuals despite playing home.
Credit: Ghana Football Association