Kumasi-based King Faisal were held to a goalless draw by visting Ashantigold yesterday at the Baba Yara Stadium in an outstanding match, in a game characterised by some missed chances in both halves.
Both sides split points in their last encounter during the first round played last year.
A powerful shot from King Faisal's Samad Abdul Oppong which hit Ashgold goalie Fatau Dauda in the chest left him injured.
Dauda had to receive medical attention for about four minutes before he fully recovered to continue in the post for his team.
Both teams displayed rare talents in midfield and attack, creating numerous chances but failed to utilise any of them.
In the sixth minute, for instance, Alex Asamoah of Ashgold came very close to putting the ball past Faisal goalie Osei Boateng but he blasted away the glorious chance.
In the 28th minute the Ashgold attacker succeeded in leaving his markers behind and entered the box, but instead of shooting at goal he dribbled past goalkeeper Boateng who sprawled to collect the ball from his foot.
Faisal also had a fair share of the chances and in the eighth minute Enoch Ebo Andoh dashed deep into the vital area of Ashgold, but with goalkeeper Fatau Dauda rushing on, he shot wide.
Unable to score in the first half, both teams made some changes and poured into each other's half after recess but missed the chances they created.
In the last quarter of the game Faisal were more purposeful at goal and it was during one of such moves that goalkeeper Fatau Dauda got injured.
Story by George Ernest Asare