Cape Coast Venomous Vipers had planned to inflict its venom on the Eagle in a match they were self motivated to beat Skyy FC for the first time since the latter joined Division One in 2018.
The 11 men for the home side were Caesar Coleman, Nicholas Quansah, Eric Osei, John Asmah, Eric Baidoo, Nana Yaw Nhyiraba, Ishaqud Mohammed, Felix Papa Dadzie, Albert Forson, Patrick Odoom and Richard Mensah. The Substitutes were Babaginda Alhassan, Emmanuel Junior Arthur, Kingsford Braye, Kwesi Awotwe, Joseph Arthur, Joseph Quandaho and Emmanuel Otoo
Emmanuel Ansah was in post for the visiting team, Samuel Arthur took the place of Martin Owusu who could not pass fitness test following the injury he sustained in the friendly against Nzema Holy Stars on Wednesday. At left back was Isaac Afful. Ebenezer Acquah and John Asmah, as usual paired in center back. Ebenezer Ocran and Francis Oteng played as double pivots with Emmanuel Eshun and Baba Musa Hamadu occupying the 7 and 11 positions. Osman Mohammed played behind Frederick Quayson in a 4:2:4 formation.
The first 7 minutes was a ding-dong affair but Vipers took control of the game. The 3 man midfield overshadowed the 2 man midfield of skyy FC. Ebenezer Ocran and Francis Oteng failed to provide the needed shield to the defence, exposing the defence consistent attacks from the vipers attack.
In the 36th minute, the home side was awarded a penalty after Emmanuel Ansah of skyy FC impeded Nhyiraba in the box after the latter tried to go for the ball after the former had parried a strike from Ishaque Mohammed. Nhyiraba converted the spot kick beautifully in the 37th minute.
Vipers, who were not content with one goal continued to attack trying to get another goal but to no avail.
In the second half, the home team dominated play in the first 10 minutes until the introduction of Ebenezer Mamatah and Ibrahim Sani to replace Frederick Quayson and Osman Mohammed.
The changes brought firepower to the visitors who took control of all departments of the game, causing serious troubles for the defence of the home side. The incessant attack yielded results as a short cross from Emmanuel Eshun after taking on Eric Baidoo saw Eric Baidoo scoring an own goal after trying a clearance.
The away team continued to press for the winner, and in the process had both of their players, Ibrahim Sani and Ebenezer Mamatah fouled in the box in the 79 and the 85th minute but the referee waved play on.
Skyy FC continued pressing until the had the winner in the 88th minute through Ibrahim Sani’s sublime header.
The visitors continued to control the game throughout the remaining minutes and the 4 minutes of time added on.
Ebenezer Acquah of skyy FC was adjudged the Man of the match.
Skyy FC will host Pacific heroes in week 17 at the ST Martin’s Park in Daboase