GPL Match Report: Hasaacas 2-0 Medeama – Hasaacas win Western region derby

For the first time, there is a winner in the Western Regional derby between Sekondi Hasaacas and Medeama, and Magnus Ebo Duncan is the player who ensured this unprecedented feat happened on Thursday at the Sekondi stadium.

It was the fifth game between both sides since 2013/14 season and an outstanding week seven match in the league, following Medeama’s participation in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Coach Yusif Basigi, who was at the bench for the home team yet delegated authority to his assistant Joseph Agyemang, had his regular players in the starting line-up except striker Samuel Afful.

Tom Strand, on the other hand made ten changes to the team he started in Sudan against Ahly Shendy, as Eric Kwakwa alone maintained his place in midfield.

The first half produced nothing thrilling from the two teams. The game was less intense and without real chances save the close attempts that came from Eric Bekoe, Amos Korankye and Augustine Arhinful with free kicks.

The first half ended barren. But the game changed with a minute into the second half. Isaac Acheampong was fouled deep in the area of Medeama, Bekoe quickly touched the ball and released Duncan through. Medeama players stood and watched Duncan finish at the bottom corner thinking that referee Uriah Glah had not whistled but the referee had exercised discretion over the move by Bekoe and so the goal was given.

Duncan later in the 71st minute scored his brace with a low header to connect to Korankye’s shot across. The right back forced his way with the ball into the box before keeping the ball in play with a powerful pass on the touchline which was well headed in by Duncan from eight yards.

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