Inter Allies came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park on a sunny afternoon to honour match day 21 fixture of the ongoing 2016/17 Ghana Premier League.
Alfred Okai Quaye’s 50th minute goal was canceled by Abdul Nassiru Hamzah in the 68th minute, Kwame Baah saved Michael Yeboah’s penalty late in the game to deny the hosts of the maximum 3 points.
Kwame Baah led an Inter Allies side that had six Accra Youth graduates in the starting line up, Mohammed Zakari made the bench for the first time after being promoted to senior side before the start of the second half.
On a quick and fast note, Inter Allies started the match the brighter side dominating possession and dictating the pace of the game, especially in the early embers of the game.
Abdul Nassriu Hamzah and Isaac Osae formed a formidable partnership upfront to unsettle Chelsea’s duo Wahab Ahadzi and Nicholas Opoku in front of our their own fans.
Abedi Karim found difficult to handle the youth Allies partnership of Abdul Halik Hudu, Samuel Bekoe and Desmond Abuga. They made sure the hosts have a very tough time from operating in the middle.
Dan Amanfo who was having his league debut, dazzled off his marker from the right side to set Samuel Bekoe in the fourth minute, but the latter fluffed the opportunity.
Abdul Halik Hudu on two occasions slipped Isaac Osae through on goal but the results were the same, Nicholas Opoku was always quick to outrun the striker.
And when the hosts got their moment, they were a delight to watch. Seth Larbi Appiah was electrifying and went close to scoring but his efforts went futile.
The back of the net eluded both sides till the mandatory halfway break. Both teams came back from recess very cautious but it was the hosts who got their noses in front.
Alfred Okai Quaye broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half, slotting in a beautiful chip over Kwame Baah.
The visitors probed a lot and Abdul Nassiru Hamzah got the equalizer, Mohammed Zakari put the forward through before placing it to the bottom corner.
Nothing stopped both sides from attacking more, Michael Yeboah added bite to Chelsea’s attacking from. The Blues were desperate and attacked from all angles.
With just 10 minutes of action left to be played, Fard Ibrahim hit the ball straight at Desmond Abuga’s hand in Allies box and the referee made no mistake by awarding a penalty.
Michael Yeboah stepped up but his effort was well blocked and saved by the goalkeeper Kwame Baah.
Allies held on until the whistle, the game ended 1-1. Abdul Halik Hudu of Inter Allies was named the NASCO Man of the match.
Chelsea XI: Moosie, Bonsu, Anane, Ahadzi, opoku, Mohammed, Karim, Ganiyu, Antwi, Larbi Appiah, okai Quaye
Sub: Amankonah, Debrah, Teiko, Fuseini, Yeboah, Salifu, Ahenkorah
Inter Allies XI: Baah, Amanfo, Ibrahim, kuzuma, Amoako, I. Zakari, Abuga, Bekoe, Hudu, Osae, Hamzah
Sub: Saed, Ansah, Jolley, Dei, Alozie, M. Zakari, Abanga.