Sapholda Hockey League: Exchequers too powerful for Royal Men

Author: George Ernest Asare
Exchequers duo of Samuel Afari (left) and Benjamin Kwoffie on the heels of Royal Men's Luke Damalie as he advances with the ball

Defending champions Exchequers proved their superiority over arch rivals, Royal Men of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), with an authoritative 3-1 victory in the male division of the Sapholda Hockey League at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra on Saturday June 1.

It was Royal Men’s first taste of defeat in the five-week-old league but strengthened Exchequers’ position to retain the title following one-sided victories against Legonites (7-0) and Police Men (3-1).

Last Saturday, undefeated Exchequers carried the game to Royal Men and opened the scoring in the fourth minute of the first quarter through Johnny Botsio who was on target again to put his side up 2-0 up on the stroke of time in the second quarter.

Royal Men took up the challenge and reduced the tally through Mike Akuamoah in the fourth minute of the third quarter, but that only fired up their opponents who scored their third goal through  Elikem Akaba in the 38th minute to put the game beyond recovery.

In the other clashes in the men’s division, Police recovered from their 1-3 loss to Exchequers to defeat Legonites 1-0 through, Legonites through Sam Benedict’s goal.

In the Masters division, NDK Financiers were whipped 3-0 by Golden Sticks of Bank Of Ghana through Alexander Amaquandor’s strike in the third minute of the first quarter before David Sowah and Tetteh Helzel scored to seal an emphatic win.

Citizens and Sapholda played out a scoreless draw in the other Masters’ clash.

New entrants Accra Academy are finding the going tough as they were hammered 5-0 by Ark Boys in the Youth division clash, with Curtis Andoh scoring a brace (21st, 44th minutes) and Isaac Kwoffie (6th), Innocent (40th) and James Awuah (54th) providing the other goals.

In the other Youth division clash, Real Ambassadors overcame Tema Manhean 2-0 with goals by Lawrence Payin in the seventh minute of the first quarter and Michael Acquaye in the 29th minute of the second quarter.