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19.12.2007 Sports News

Zaytuna Win First Game

Zaytuna United secured their first win in the Onetouch premiership yesterday when they beat All Blacks 3-2 at the Carl Reindorf park in Dansoman.

Zaytuna looked the more determined side in the first half as they mounted pressure on the visitors. Four minutes into the game, Nicholas Coffie earned Zaytuna a spot-kick after he was brought down in the penalty box, but Felix Baffoe failed to convert it.

Baffoe, however, made amends in the 31st minute when he put Zaytuna ahead. Two minutes later, Agyemang Amoako crowned Nicholas Coffie's effort by increasing the tally for Zaytuna United.

After recess, Baffoe capitalised on a defensive blunder and laid a pass to Coffie who beautifully planted the ball in the net to consolidate their win.

However, All Blacks lifted their game and pulled a goal back in the 67th minute when Owusu Obed's shot inside the 18 yard beat goalkeeper Lugard Tetteh.

When all seemed to be going well for All Blacks, referee Frank Fuzi sent off Bismark Asiedu following a second bookable offence.

With that mishap, All Blacks changed their tactics and began to play as though they were enjoying a numerical advantage. Their efforts paid off as they were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute which was expertly converted by Ishmael Antwi.

An elated Zaytuna coach, Sunday Ibrahim, in a post-match interview, said he was impressed with the tactical play of his boys and congratulated them on securing the maximum points.

Story by Peter Sarbah