Elmina Sea Lions lost two consecutive games for the first time this season after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Lady Strikers FC at the Nduom Stadium in Elmina.
The regional derby contested by the two Central regional teams with premier league status turned out to be very entertaining but left supporters of the home team very furious after their side failed once again to convert the number of scoring opportunities into goals after dominating greater periods of the game.
The 10th week fixture of the National Women’s League, 2016/2017 season was keenly contested as Sea Lions were seeking to bounce back from their tottering season after a 3-0 resounding defeat last weekend to Samaria Ladies in Accra was not to be as a 29th minute goal by Lady Strikers number 9, Rose Atiah, was the difference between the two close door neighbours.
Not even the presence of club owner, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, was enough to motivate the home side as they squandered many chances to lose the three maximum points.
Having won and drawn previous two encounters this season with Lady Strikers, Sea Lions were determined to chalk a double over their Cape Coast rivals.
But they were not lucky as they failed to turn goal scoring chances into goals.
The team had missed 5 goal scoring opportunities in the opening 10 minutes as they had opened fire on their visitors, but the away team stood strong and stopped the advances of the homeside as they worked overtime to break the Sea Lions’ midfield.
After those missed chances Sea Lions’ dominance waned, allowing the away team to take control of the midfield.
In one of those occasions, it took the goalkeeper in post for Lions to stop her side from falling behind.
But there was no such luck for her when Rose Atia exploited the goalkeeper’s height by lobbing the ball over her that nestled in the both corner of the net.
Sea Lions then took the game to the Lady Strikers in a bid to equalise before the first half, but that would not suffice as the Cape Coasters stood strong and gallant to defend their lead in the first interval.
Coach Eddy Williams thinking the height of his goalkeeper was being exploited changed his goalie before the commencement of the second half.
But straight back into the game, Lady Strikers nearly doubled their lead when they carved open the Sea Lions defence but the final delivery was poor as the nearly introduced goalkeeper rushed out to sweep out the ball from the opponents feet.
Lady Strikers worked really hard to douse the effect of the host midfield presence and it really worked as Sea Lions had failed to create any meaningful chances.
Sea Lions woke up their responsibilities with five minutes to go when a swift counter attack ended on the feet of captain Theresa Ackon Cobbina, but with a yawning net and empty goal to aim at she shot widely over the bar to the disbelief of her technical bench and the supporters who had come to offer support.
Three minutes of additional time was not enough as Sea Lions succumbed to their third defeat of the campaign leaving their title chase in limbo.
They will next travel to Accra to take on Police Ladies at Dansoman Carl Reindorf Park on Saturday. Their conquerors, Lady Strikers, will also host Holy Royals at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast.
By Douglas Agyemang