The comeback of premier league football in Cape Coast turned into disappointment when Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs lost 1-0 at home to their fellow new entrants, Dreams FC.
Johnson Owusu Oppong was the hero for the Kweimam based club, scoring in the 43rd minute to up the buzz.
Both teams from kick off were cautious with their game plan. They were both slow and casual but Dreams dominated possession.
J.E. Amoah for Dwarfs had his header in the 8th minutes parried by Mozart Adjetey. The ensuing corner kick from Hubert Ampah couldn’t be grabbed on first attempt by Adjetey but Romeo Agban also missed goal with his overhead kick.
Agban made another attempt at goal with a 20 meter volley in the 15th minutes but the ball went wide.
Agban came close to score again in the 18 minutes but this time was denied by a good save from Adjetey who dived to punch the shot from the former Hearts of Oak striker.
Though such few close callings came, the game was without the liveliness one would have anticipated before Sunday afternoon.
Dreams had their chance and it was their first real chance for the opener. An attacking throw in was built on by Emmanuel Hayford, Aaron Amoah and Owusu who eventually missed target.
Coach C.K. Akonnor on the bench for Dreams organized his players to continue dominating possession from there on.
Amoah, who consistently joined action in the midfield from the flanks, in the 30 minutes gave a brilliant through ball to Eric Gawu but the ex-King Faisal and Hearts sensation delayed in passing to Owusu for Dwarfs to clear the danger.
Dreams by this time were in a groove of calculated passes, movement and team organization. Prosper Donkor in holding midfield was the chief architect of Akonnor’s tactics.
From their gradual search for a goal, Gawu struck the bar in the 42 minutes from the inside the box after Amoah’s cross, initially was missed by Owusu.
A minute later, the breakthrough came for Dreams. A sluggish defending from Dwarfs got them punished as Hayford pounced on a loose ball to release Owusu through. The Dwarf defense thought the striker was offside but the flag stayed down.
Owusu kept his cool and after a great first touch of the ball, kicked the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Kofi Mensah for the match winner.
In the second half, Dwarfs stepped up a bit but Dreams had a plan to contain them.
Agban kept his push for goals but again goalie Adjetey denied him in the 51 minutes. Captain Nicholas Gyan forced his way past his counterpart Abdul Bashiru deep in the area of Dreams to chip the ball into the box. Agban received the ball, turned and unleashed a left foot shot but the former Heart of Lions shot stopper, parried the ball with his right hand.
Bright Lukeman, the goal poacher for Dwarfs in division one had a free kick chance to get the equalizer in the 55 minutes. His shot was blocked by the human wall and Adjetey, although down on the field managed to touch the ball from goal. Lukeman appealed for a handball for the block but referee Seidu Bomison ignored.
Lukeman later fed his partner Agban with a nice pass but the finish went off target in the 71 minutes.
In the 82 minutes, referee Bomison angered home fans for not whistling against Owusu for an offside. The flag of his assistant had gone up for almost a minute as the striker came from an offside position to snatch a ball. But Bomison was not watching his fellow on the lines.
Owusu, however run with the ball into the box, beating goalie Mensah but twice had his finish blocked.
Dreams could have doubled their lead before the final whistle but Emmanuel Anaba had his ball cleared off the goal line by Aidoo.
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