Ten-man Inter Allies lost 2-0 to Ebusua Dwarfs at the Robert Mensah Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Kick off was delayed as the hosts shifted the time from 3pm to 4pm so that the players could survive the excessive heat on the day.
Yaw Acheampong’s side enjoyed plenty of possession in what was one of the most finest tests during this year’s preseason games, but despite going close via Fredrick Yamoah in the opening minutes of the first half, Eleven Is To One lacked the incisive edge needed to avoid a avoid a defeat.
Despite a promising start for Inter Allies, the hosts largely got the clear-cut chances but impressive saves by goalkeeper Kwame Osei denied them the opener.
Inter Allies remained calm, collected the momentum back and nearly opened the scoring after Kabore and Lawson combined to put Yamoah through on goal after he found himself unmarked, his first time volley was well saved by Dwarfs goalkeeper Ishaque Dawood.
Just moments after, Yamoah who had fallen back to help the defenders, got beaten and he had a miscue, the winger brought his marker down in the box, penalty, the referee pointed to the spot.
Kamal Jafaru stepped up, he took the kick well but a fantastic save from goalkeeper Osei Kwame attracted applauds from the fans as he denied Dwarfs the opener.
Much of Inter Allies display was exhibited, Dwarfs on the other hand didn’t fail to dazzle the home fans but both sides failed to locate the back of the net until the halfway break.
Fredrick Boateng came on after the recess to face his former side for the first time after he joined us in September, he nearly got the first goal as his first shot from 25-yards was calmly collected by the Dwarfs goalkeeper.
Boateng once again unleashed the ‘beast’ in him against his former side as his dazzles through two defenders with the help of Bright Adjei but the former’s shot hit bodies out.
It took the game 35 minutes in the second half before the virginity of the game was broken; a defensive error from the left side saw substitute Jacob Addai got the better of our defenders to blast home the opener.
Dwarfs were awarded a second penalty in the dying embers of the game after Stephen Owusu-Ansah brought down Dwarfs attacker Francis Gyebi, the former was shown a straight red card for the offense.
Dwarfs captain Francis Arthur-Mensah converted the penalty sending Osei Kwame the wrong way to double the host for the hosts.
On the evidence of the friendly in Cape Coast, a decent amount of spectators turnout for the game.