The Women's Premier League enters match day six this weekend with some mouth watering fixtures to look ahead to.
With just two round of matches left to complete the first round of the campaign, the race for the title continues to be keener while others battle for survival. Here is a preview for match day Six.
Northern Ladies vs Supreme Ladies
This week’s fixtures begin on Friday, February 26, at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale where Northern giants, Northern Ladies host Supreme Ladies on match day 6 of the Women’s Premier League. The home side got a vital point against Fabulous Ladies in a 2-2 draw at the Okese park in Ejisu. Coach Sumani Bashirudeen is beaming with confidence heading into this weekend’s encounter having put up a spirited performance over the weekend to snatch a point on the road. Supreme Ladies scored two goals but ended up losing to rivals Kumasi Sports Academy on match day five with striker, Sandra Owusu Ansah grabbing a brace on the day. However, the two goals were not enough to secure them the points as they fell to city rivals Kumasi Sports Academy in the Okese Clash. Heading into this fixture, Coach Joyce Boatey Agyei believes the loop holes in the team have been identified and worked on. The teams lie in 5th and 6th places on the League table with 6 points apiece, setting the tone for an entertaining game in Tamale Friday. Last season, Supreme Ladies suffered one the heaviest defeats in history following a 6-0 loss to the Northern giants with Rahama Jafar (4) and Frederica Torkudzor (2) sharing the goals in a 6-goal thriller.
Prisons Ladies vs Pearl Pia Ladies
Prisons Ladies were unlucky not to clinch all three points at home last time out against regional rivals Ampem Darkoa Ladies but should pick valuable lessons from their strong showing in that fixture. In their bid for survival, home points will play a key role and winning their next fixture cannot be overemphasized. The return of some key players from the treatment room could be a boost going into this game against Pearl Pia Ladies. Pearl Pia are in search of their second win of the season in what appears to be the toughest match of the weekend. They slipped at home, after playing out a draw on match day 5, but captain Basira Alhassan was in superb form and looks forward to exhibiting more in the coming days. Prison Ladies won last season’s contest after Edith Sasakor scored in a 1-0 win in Sunyani.
Kumasi Sports Academy vs Fabulous Ladies
Kumasi Sports Academy showed real character coming back to winning ways over city rivals Ashtown Ladies, to set the tone for a top half challenge. The task of making the team very hard to beat is gathering steam with last weekend’s win catapulting them to 3rd position in the league log. That notwithstanding, more work needs to be done by coach Charles Anokye Frimpong in defense and attack. Fabulous Ladies sit last on the log with 2 points and in desperate need of a win to save their campaign. They showed great fighting spirit in the 2-2 draw against Northern Ladies at the WESCO park as Princess Owusua and Mavis Anima scored. Nana Atuahene believes the team must strive for a win even in the midst of setbacks. They have been badly hit by injuries with about six of their key players being attended to in the treatment room. Last season, goals from Sandra Atinga (pen) and Benedicta Duku gave Kumasi Sports Academy victory in a 2-1 win. Agnes Aduako got the consolation for Fabulous Ladies through a spot kick.
Ashtown Ladies vs Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Ashtown Ladies are buzzing with confidence after managing a point from Pearl Pia ladies in Tamale to extend their unbeaten run to three matches. The players have improved tremendously in their last three outings and coach Alex Kamara expects that to continue in this weekend’s tie against giants Ampem Darkoa Ladies. Ampem Darkoa on the other hand, will be looking to build on their win against Prisons Ladies, a win that brightened their chances as real title contenders, with a 5-point gap at the top of the table. Ampem Darkoa have bagged 13 points, 5 points ahead of 2nd placed Ashtown Ladies heading into the match day six tie. Coach Nana Adarkwa is keen on improving upon team cohesion, shooting accuracy and speed as he aims to end the first round on a high. The Techiman-based side have always had the upper hand over Ashtown Ladies in their encounters, and that was evident when the two sides clashed last season. Tracy Twum, Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah netted scored for Ampem Darkoa Ladies in a 5-0 thumping. Ashtown Ladies have not found their feet at home and with the attacking potency of Ampem Darkoa, trouble looms in the upcoming clash.