Sekondi Hasaacas and Inter Allies played out a 1-1 draw in the final matches of the first round of the Ghana Premier League (GPL) on Sunday at the Sekondi stadium.
The match which started with an open and equal share of chances for both sides, ended in a rather scrappy and controversial manner as Hasaacas angrily protested of bad officiating from referee Isaac Quaye.
The incident that happened in the latter minutes of the game to post match, had to take maximum alertness from the police to salvage any bad event, as players and fans made attempts to have an encounter with the match officials.
Ibrahim Suleman scored for Hasaacas in the 15th minute with a header, which connected a corner kick from Roland Amouzou. It was a good way to take lead as both sides had failed in open plays to get any goals.
Hasaacas went in search of a second but the visitors defended two other corner kicks very well. Magnus Ebo Duncan had a penalty appeal denied when he relentlessly chased a headed on ball from strike partner Samuel Afful. Duncan managed to get a touch past goalkeeper Kwame Osei, who seemed to have impeded Duncan but referee did not give the penalty.
On two other occasions, a lack of understanding and poor final passing also denied Hasaacas the chance to increase their lead. New head coach of Inter Allies, Jimmy Cobblah was unimpressed and so sounded strong warning to his lads.
With even share of possession, the Tema based visitors had a free kick chance from 22 meters when Albert Gaisie was adjudged to have impeded Sherif Deo.
Midfielder Gockel Ahotor from that set piece scored the equalizer with a powerful low ground shot in the 36th minute.
Two goals from dead ball situations showed a good twist to the game which had seen a lot of ball work. The home side reorganized in attempts to restore their lead.
In the 39th minute, Roland Amouzou had a tricky volley well saved by goalie Osei with a good jump and a timely tip. The ensuing corner kick nearly gave Hasmal the lead but Ebo Duncan headed narrowly over the bar after Amos Korankye had earlier connected with a header at the far post into the 8 yard box.
Inter Allies also had a great opportunity to take the lead but for the unfortunate block from Sherif Deo, whose poor reading of the situation stopped a goal-bound finish from Simon Martey.
Fredrick Boateng had cut in a ball from the right edge of the box which beat the Hasaacas defense line and as Martey touched the ball at the back post, Deo somehow came on the scene to deny his right back a goal.
The second half was much of ball playing with limited chances and even incursions. Afful had a header go wide, just as Ebo Duncan whose connection to a pass from Afful went wide. Close range incursions not getting a good finishing.
Inter Allies escaped a goal mouth melee in the 63rd minute before also scaring their host in the 75th minute, as Prince Baffour had his shot punched by goalie Michael Abu, who followed the ball to save the rebound.
Prince Baffour again tested Abu in the 78th minute with a good drive which troubled the goalkeeper, as Abu spilled the ball for Frederick Boateng to put wide his finish after Abu had indecisively stayed watching the ball when he could have followed the spilled ball to grab.
Seven minutes was added on but it yielded no winning goal, rather verbal exchanges and show of perplexity as substitute Eric Adu Poku got sent off in the heat of protestation from Hasaacas about the referee’s performance.
Thanks to a maximum security force and cooperation from Hasaacas management members, the match officials were sneaked out of the Sekondi stadium in safety.