MATCH REPORT: Ghana 1-0 Algeria - Black Queens open AWCON campaign with a win Featured
17 Nov

MATCH REPORT: Ghana 1-0 Algeria - Black Queens open AWCON campaign with a win

The Black Queens of Ghana started their 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations campaign with a victory over Algeria on Saturday afternoon.
 
Ghana managed to beat Algeria in the Group A opener at the Accra Sports Stadium.
 
The female senior national team of Ghana started the match on good note as they managed to snatch the opener before the quarters of the hour-mark.
 
Winger Sherifatu Sumaila nearly opened the score for the Black Queens of Ghana on the 8th minute but her strike was fisted out by goalkeeper Kahina Takenint.
 
The Black Queens grabbed the opener with a brilliant finish on the 12th minute through right-back Gladys Amfobea.
 
Algeria's Lydia Belkacemi failed to connect a cross from her teammate Ramdani on the 23rd minute of the game.
 
Linda Eshun could have doubled the score on the half hour-mark but his header from a well taken free-kick by Priscilla Okyere went wide.
 
Goalkeeper Patricia Martey made two brilliant saves on the stroke of halftime to prevent the Algerians from levelling the scores as the first department ended in a 1-0 victory in favor of Ghana.
 
Back from the break, Coach Bashir Hayford charges continued dominating the match but failed to double the score.
 
On the 50th minute, Portia Boakye should have extended the lead for the hosts from Sherifatu's cross but she was denied by goalkeeper Takenint.
 
Coach Bashir Hayford made two quick changes as he replaced Samira Suleman and Elizabeth Addo with Jane Ayieyam and Grace Asantewaa respectively.
 
Substitute Jane Ayieyam doubled the score for the Queens after tapping in a pass from Portia Boakye on the 69th minute but it was flagged offside by the referee.
 
In the dying embers of the game, Grace Asantewaa and Jane Ayieyam squandered a goal glaring opportunities.
 
The Algerians failed to utilized the numerous set-pieces awarded to the in the second half as it ended in a 1-0 win for the Black Queens of Ghana.
 
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