Two semi-final games of FA Cup were served at the Cape Coast Stadium yesterday. Expectations were exceed by some teams whiles, others exited the vicinity with disappointment written all over their faces. Some fans were delighted based on the output of a particular team. Some takeaways came as follows.
First, it was anticipated that goals will be few in the two matches. Coaches were tipped to tighten their defence to prevent goals yesterday but, what transpired was a sharp contrast to those analyses made. The two matches produced eight goals, coming as AshantiGold 4 - 1 Berekum Chelsea and Accra Hearts of Oak 3 - 0 Medeama. Three teams found the back of the net except Medeama, even though they were led in attack by Amed Toure and later introduced Prince Opoku Agyemang to the fray.
Second, attackers proved their readiness for the task yesterday. They made a major striders for this team and coaches. This tells clearly the kind of mindset they came into the game with. Eric Esso, Victor Aidoo, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh and Stephen Sarfo are some attackers who scripted their names on the score sheets for their clubs. They gave fans something remarkable to jubilate for.
Third, defenders were found wanting in the two matches. The defence of Berekum Chelsea and Medeama caused a huge upset in the games. Goals conceded exposed how porous they could be, and exited on bad note. Defenders left spaces and vacuum for scorers to exploit. In some instances, they did prove too difficult to be dealt with. The howler of goalkeeper Frank Boateng got its portion in the defeat to Medeama. This could have been avoided if defenders such as Vincent Atinga and Ali Ouatarra were up to duty in the game.
Four, coaches came with different tactics but some were superior over others. In some instances, some coaches dominated proceedings until they were outclassed and outsmarted by their colleagues. Even on the verge of a lose, some coaches continued to stay strong in the game. Coaches came in search of glory through tactics but, all cannot go home as winners since only two teams had to find their way into the finals.
Five, AshantiGold and Accra Hearts of Oak booked their tickets into the finals as deserving finalists. They churned out stupendous performance which made it extremely irresistible by their respective opponents. The duo will stage a memorable final which will go down as one of the best FA Cup finals in recent years.
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