A significantly better second half display from the Black Queens within the Aisha Buhari Invitational tournament, saw Mercy Tagoe’s facet cruise to a 2-0 win over the Indomitable Lionesses.

The initial half of the encounter saw the Black Queens dominate with intricate passing and ball movements, nonetheless the shortage of leading edge meant the Queens headed into the half-time break with shoulders half-hanged in disappointment.

The second-half resumed in comparable trend, with Mercy Tagoe’s side as the dominant team. The Queens kept winning all 50-50 and second balls, whereas sustaining and imposing their possessive model of play on the jaws of the Lionesses.

The first quarter of the 2nd half sent waves of another goalless look for the Queens, and a 59th minute 1-on-1 miss from Adubea Priscilla, did little to thwart such fears.

The Queens had a 53rd minute shout swept aside by referee, Amedone Vicentia who paid no-to-little consideration to the screams of the Queens’ technical bench and followers alike.

Priscilla proved to be Ghana’s greatest menace all through the whole game, along with her blistering tempo and ball abilities asking many questions of the Cameroonian defense. Questions they’d solutions to until the 59th minute, when Priscilla paid atonement for her earlier miss.

It was a mid-air through pass from Ghana’s midfield which cut up the Cameroonian defence and located an onrushing Priscilla from the wings. The good first touch of the number 10 took her near the perimeter of Cameroon’s 6-yard field, and although it being an acute angle, Priscilla displayed fantastic approach, and arrogantly finessed her shot over the keeper.

The Queens’ midfield had been absolute metronomes in the game, ‘caressing’ the football alongside the inexperienced grass. Apart from their technical capabilities, they displayed energy and grit, to combat for each ball and shut down the opposition.

The Queens’ defence can’t be ignored within the praise, as they showed a lot of aggressiveness and pro-activeness in defending the goal of keeper, Fafali Dumehasi. It appeared they had been instructed by their technical staff to tightly mark the Cameroonian attackers, as middle backs persistently stepped out of their defensive position to engage their opponents.

On the different finish of the field, it was Ghana’s forward pair of Adubea and Vivian Konadu who did what their reverse forwards did not do – efficiently battle the defense.

The Queens combined up their strategy play, combining intricate passes with mid-air and over-the-head passes to open up a Cameroonian defense. It was a kind of over-the-head passes which earned Ghana her second goal.

One other move from midfield, this time by Grace Asantewaa played-in Konadu, who with the goalkeeper inclusive, was presented in a 1 v 4 scenario. The striker displayed composure and a wise head, skipping past the challenges of a determined defence and commandingly slotting past goalkeeper, Ange Bawow.

That goal spark jubilation on the Black Queens bench, with Konadu wheeling away and dancing to imaginary music – assured end, charming dancing.

That goal coming past the eighty fifth minute solely meant that, the Queens needed to handle the sport from that second and with such a technical but hard-working midfield, that was not an issue.


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