Inter Allies remains undefeated at home in the second round after a 2-1 win over Kpando Heart of Lions at Tema Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The “Eleven Is To One” were very dominant in possession in the first half, and it paid off as they scored twice courtesy a Baba Mensah 29th penalty and winger Fredrick Opoku Yamoah’s 44th minute strike.
After a defeat last week to end our four-game win streak against Aduana Stars, Inter Allies were looking to get themselves back on the winners’ list.
Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin made tactical changes to the line up to fix the numerous injury problem his team is facing.
Abass Mohammed started from leftback with Simon Martey moving to the right side of defence. Wahab Ackwei sat in front of the defenders in a 4-1-3-2 formation.
Perfect conditions at Tema Stadium saw the hosts open and seize control of the game with Heart of Lions forcibly pushed back.
An inside ball from Lord Ofosuhene to Issah Yakubu could have been a real chance, but was headed now coolly for the goalkeeper to collect.
Soon after, a through ball from the middle resulted in a disastrous error by Michael Annan who brought down Issah Yakubu in the box, the referee awarded a penalty.
Vice captain/defender Baba Mensah stepped up and flashed the ball to the left side sending the goalkeeper the wrong way who went to the other other direction.
Fredrick Yamoah continued to show his composed skill from the left wing, and goalkeeper Osei Kwame centred the ball perfectly onto the feet of the left wingeer between two defenders, who tapped it in for his first ever Inter Allies goal just before the half-time whistle.
The combination and class of Inter Allies’ Sheriff Deo Mohammed and Eliasu Fuseini led the attack for the home team and set up multiple opportunities.
As the second half began, the game opened up into some end-to-end football, going from a corner to Heart of Lions defence to Inter Allies goal area.
The “Eleven Is To One” had the majority of possession late in the second half, but weren’t able to pierce Heart of Lions’ defence, rather it was the visitors who scored very late in the game.
Isaac Quansah pulled one for Lions with a very beautiful strike from around 30 yards to get a consolation goal for the visitors.
Inter Allies are now 4th on the league table with 39 points after 25 games.
INTER ALLIES TEAM:
1. Kwame Osei
2. Simon Martey (Emmanuel Nettey)
3. Abass Mohammed
4. Baba Mensah
5. Joseph Aidoo
6. Waha Ackwei
7. Lord Ofosuhene (Gockel Ahortor)
8. Issah Yakubu
9. Sheriff Deo Mohammed (Youssouf Kabore)
10. Eliasu Fuseini
11. Fredrick Opoku Yamoah
Unused Subs: Frank Andoh, Faisal Mohammed, George Asamoah and Niare Benogo.