The Women’s Premier League returns this weekend with some high profile games in the two Zones – Northern and Southern. Ampem Darkoa Ladies are run away leaders in the Northern but same cannot be said about the Southern Zone where Hasaacas Ladies and Berry Ladies are fighting for the Zonal crown. Here is what to expect on match day 10.
Northern Ladies v Prisons Ladies
Northern Ladies will clash with Prisons Ladies on match day 10 of the Women’s Premier League at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale. The Tamale outfit last picked a vital away point against Kumasi Sports Academy and that could spear them on this time. ‘’Our performance today was an improvement over the previous game and that’s exciting’’ Coach of the side Bashirudeen Sumani said in a post-match presser. They are 6th on the table with 10 points after match nine match days and cannot afford to drop points on match day 10. Prisons Ladies will however view this fixture as a good opportunity to end their underwhelming form after losing 1-0 at home to Ashtwon Ladies at the Sunyani Coronation Park. Coach Imoro Amadu attributed the loss it to hard luck as he believes his sides’ output on the day could have won them the points. Goals from Abigail Tutuwaa and Frederika Tokudzor ensured they shared the spoils in their previous encounter on match day 3. With home advantage, Northern Ladies have the ideal chance of making headway up the table while Prisons Ladies look to continue their fine away form.
Ampem Darkoa Ladies v Fabulous ladies
Ampem Darkoa Ladies are yet to taste defeat in the Women’s Premier League did after nine match days. They were held by Pearl Pia Ladies on match day nine after playing a goalless draw in Tamale but kept hold of the top spot with 23 points. Striker Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah was not on target as and dropped to the second spot on the scorers chart. They head back to Techiman face bottom side Fabulous Ladies, who have won one game in nine League outings. Fabulous Ladies boast of a very sharp front two - Princess Owusu and Mavis Anima keep scoring every week but their leaky defence is responsible for their struggles in the League. Coach Augustine Atuahene believes playing against the league leaders in Techiman seems arduous but the temperament of his players could pull the trigger. Ampem Darkoa dominated the first leg of this fixture in Kumasi where a Tracy Twum 15th strike won them the 3 points to the zonal league leaders.
Ashtown Ladies v Kumasi Sports Academy
The last two matches have been incredible for Ashtown Ladies who have delivered a one hundred percent performance in two matches on the road. The Kumasi-based side journeyed to the North and snatched all three points from Northern Ladies and also defeated Prisons Ladies in Sunyani. This stellar performance should be enough motivation coming to the WESCO Park to host city rivals, Kumasi Sports Academy on match day 10. Comfort Baah Nuako and Florence Adutwumwaa seems the brightest spot for Ashtown Ladies with their exploits in front of goal. Kumasi Sports Academy have gone two games without scoring – a real worry for the visitors going into this regional derby. Coach Anokye Frimpong has a lot to do tactically to outwit an Ashtown Ladies’ side who are more defensive minded and love to hit opponents on the break. Kumasi Sports Academy are 2nd in the league log with 14 points, one point clear of 3rd placed Prisons Ladies and will need a win to protect their lead. A 76th minute strike from poster girl, Comfort Baah Nuako delivered an away victory for Ashtown Ladies in their earlier encounter.
Supreme Ladies v Pearl Pia Ladies
Supreme Ladies comes into the game badly bruised after drawing 2-2 with regional rivals, Fabulous Ladies on match day 9. The return of Sandra Owusu Ansah was crucial as she scored the first goal to take her to the apex of the top scorer’s chart. The draw places Supreme Ladies at 5th place with 10 points, a feat Coach Joyce Boatey Agyei dreams of improving upon. Meanwhile, Pearl Pia, playing their fourth successive away match in all competitions are keen to build a clear margin between themselves and the bottom two. An attempt to move up the table suffered a jolt last week following a goalless draw with leaders Ampem Darkoa Ladies in Tamale. Coach Baba Nuhu will have to conjure magic in Kumasi in their quest to stay above the drop. The first leg in Tamale ended 2-1 for Pearl Pia Ladies - Rashida Shahadu grabbed a brace for Pearl Pia while Patience Berchie Afriyie pulled one back for Supreme Ladies.