It was just the perfect start to the season for Epiphany Warriors after their first-ever FA Cup game seemed to have left indelible memories on the minds of the young players for the rest of their lives, a commanding 4-1 victory over Blessed Ladies ensured history was made on the day.
After months of intense preparations gearing up for the upcoming season, the Warriors relished their chances of making it into the next round of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time ever, but had a daunting task of beating a team they lost to in the previous season, Blessed Ladies, if they were to ensure qualification.
With preparations being hampered after the venue of the game was changed just 24 hours prior to kickoff, both teams had to improvise and make amends in other to offer each other a very competitive encounter, the McDan La Town Park hosted the two women’s division 1 team after the initial Amanfrom Town Park was deemed not suitable to host the game.
Epiphany Warriors proved their preseason preparations were successful after winning themselves a spot kick inside the first minute of the game when an attacker was fouled in the box with the subsequent spot-kick being dispatched by Leticia Adjei(#9).
Blessed Ladies had a perfect response right after going down after their attacker was fouled close to the Warriors’ penalty area, the initial free kick was spilled by the Warriors goalkeeper Martha Annan, before Blessed Warriors midfielder, Sandra Appiah(#8) pounced onto the loose ball from close range to draw parity for the home side.
With the game growing more intense after the equalizer, Epiphany Warriors got their noses in front once again with an exquisite counter-attacking goal which was finished by Salma Sai(#6) to give them the lead going into the halftime break.
The second saw Epiphany Warriors continue from where they ended the first half, with a series of quick passing and attacks resulting in a well-worked goal finished by Leticia Adjei(#9) whose lovely lob after being played through by a beautiful pass meant the Warriors could boast of a 2-goal cushion.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, the away side ensured they wrapped up victory in some thrilling style after substitute Sandra Akoto’s 35-yard free-kick took a huge bounce in front of Blessed Ladies goalkeeper before ending up at the back of the net to seal an emphatic 4 – 1 victory for the Warriors.
Speaking after the game coach for Epiphany Warriors FC, Coach Maapa congratulated the ladies for their hard-fought performance. He added, “This is the first time we’re playing in the FA Cup, and we played against a very experienced Blessed Ladies team so that wasn’t an easy game but my girls played well and played according to instructions.”
Speaking about his potential opponent in the round of 32, he further added “we’re ready to play anybody, we aren’t scared if it’s a Premier League side or even a division one side. We will play any team we’re drawn against”.
Michael Obeng |metrotvonline.com| Accra