Agbozume Weavers Fc, failed to get back on winning ways in their pre-season friendly matches as they lost 1-0 to Planners Fc at the Ho Sports Stadium on Friday, March 9, 2018.
The division 1 new entrants lost 0-2 to premier league side Dreams Fc on Tuesday, March 6 and were looking to get back on winning ways after winning 3 out of their 5 friendlies.
The all division 1 tie, begun with Planners cautious of their attack as they are yet to get used to the Ho Sports Stadium. Weavers, who have known the pitch very well, dictated the pace of the game with dominance in midfield. The debutants however wasted chances that came their way in the first 20 minutes, with 4 free kicks at the edge of the penalty area.
Planners Fc, who were sitting deep and playing on the counter found themselves in an offside position on several occasions with some of the decisions of the Assistant 1, getting on the nerves of the fans.
Planners finally found their rhythm after 30 minutes of play and broke the deadlock in the 32’ through Prince Nyamekye, who after beautifully controlling a long searching ball, at the blind side of Weaver’s defence and curled it into the roof of the net, with Goalkeeper David Abanga having no chance at all.
Weavers, whose defence was resolute, learnt their lessons after being exposed by their nemesis before halftime.
Weavers began making changes right after the start of the second half, which maintained the possession of the game at 50/50. Their aggression grew as they search for an equalizer. A glorious opportunity came the way of Sunday Afatsawo as he weaved through the defence of Planners but was late to place the ball as he was shoved off.
Planners in the dying minutes grew wilder as decisions from the referees didn’t favour them, with a goal disallowed, and judged as offside.
Head Coach of Planners Fc, Dennis Delali Ansah in an Interview with TalksenseSports attributed the win to the possession, believing they would have played better but for the pitch.
“Our possession played, you know we play possessive football, pressing, defended well; I think we were superior. Our opponents are a good side, they have a couple of quality players I there but we were just superior, that is why we won the game. Even though the referee’s decisions were not good, I think we had a good game. Bad pitch for us, it didn’t allow us to play our possession game. The pitch was a bit rough, so we couldn’t have our rhythm.”
His opposite number, Albert Adokorbidzi told Volta Premier Reporter, Richard Korle he is not perturbed about their loss, admitting they weren’t prolific up front.
“It has been about 3 weeks preparation; we have seen the players and seen what they can do, with respect to what we want to add. So to me, yes we lost but I am not disturbed. What actually happened was that the attack for the first 45 minutes was blunt; you realized that we were very slow. We didn’t actually make any attempt at goal. We believe that with time, we will be able to improve.”
Weavers, who will be making their maiden campaign in Ghana’s second tier league, will travel to Olympics on matchday one.