Princesses thrash Harambee Starlets

Skipper Bright Adjei (right) presenting the trophy to Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II

Skipper Bright Adjei (right) presenting the trophy to Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II

The national Under-20 female side, the Black Princesses yesterday thrashed the female Harambee Starlets of Kenya 5-0 in the first leg second round 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier played at the Cape Coast Stadium.
Two goals in each half from Ampem Darkoaa Ladies striker, Priscilla Adubea plus a first half strike from Helena Obeng was all the Black Princesses needed to seal the sweet victory ahead of the second leg in a fortnight’s time.

The first opportunity fell to the Ghanaians but it was fluffed by Adubea in the early stages of the game.

The Ghanaian’s mounted pressure in search of the opener which they got through Obeng in the first half when the visitors tried to open up.

Then came the Adubea spectacle – the young girl took control of the game and dazzled the Kenyans with her impressive footwork anytime she took the ball, drawing applauds from the sparse crowd that watched the game.

She netted the second much to the disbelief of the Kenyan technical bench led by Head Coach, Caroline Ajowi who was visibly sad on the touchline.

The Princesses went up 3-0 by the half hour mark with Adubea again on the score sheet and after that goal it was all about the Black Princesses as they dictated the pace of the game, leaving the visitors to chase their shadows around the field.

The Harambee Starlets could have ended the half with a cricket score line but missed opportunities from the front-liners of the host.

Back from the break, skipper of the Kenyan side,  Wincate Kaari rallied her side to hold on to the 3-0 score line but they were broken in the 70th minute when Adubea got her well deserved hat-trick with a sublime finish past goalkeeper Lilian Awuor in post for the Kenyans for Ghana’s fourth goal.

Within a space of five minutes, the bulky striker put the icing on the victory with the fifth goal to replicate the score they recorded against the Algerians at the same venue some weeks ago.

The Black Princesses will trek to the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos in two weeks time for the return leg. Winner of the two-legged tie will advance to the final stage of the qualifiers for next year’s tournament.

By TIMES SPORTS REPORTER

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