The Black Princesses of Ghana set off their FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup with 4-1 thrashing at the hands of France in their Group A game. The match was played at Vannes in France on Sunday, August 5 as the tournament got started.
The French ladies who were really poised for action got off with some serious business when they turned Ghana’s first attack into counter attack from the left flank exposing Ghana’s weakness in defence.
France then maintained their early attack and succeeded in unsettling the Ghanaians as Les Bleuettes opened the goal post after just five minutes of play into the game. Emelyne Laurent ran on to the end of a brilliant cross from Selma Bacha and fired in a shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and post before bouncing over the goal-line.
As Ghana’s defensive set-up was exposed, France continued to dominate and were rewarded for their progressive play when captain Marie-Antoinette Katoto connected an inviting cross for Helene Fercocq to calmly guide a shot with the inside of her foot into the far corner to double their lead.
Laurent added a second on the evening on the 31st minute, with a lobbed effort that also hit the crossbar before making it 3-0 for the hosts.
After struggling to create goal scoring opportunities, Ghana’s efforts were eventually rewarded when they pulled one back in the second half. Grace Asantewaa put Sandra Owusu-Ansah through with a well laid pass, and the striker then rounded goalkeeper Mylene Chavas before finishing her chance.
It was a sign of hope for the Princesses to further reduce the tally and perhaps, get Owusu-Ansah, continue from where she left off at the tournament in Papua New Guinea where she scored in Ghana’s 2-2 group clash with France
However, substitute Sandy Baltimore put the icing on the cake for the hosts in the very last minute of second-half stoppage time when she tapped in from close range after Katoto’s free-kick was initially saved by Ghana goalkeeper Martha Annan.
France’s two-goal heroine, Emelyne Katoto won the “Dare To Shine” Player of the Match.
Ghana’s first Eleven : Martha Annan, Philicity Asuako, Justice Tweneboah, Linda Amoako, Blessing Agbomadzi,Grace Asantewaa, Ernestina Abambilla, Grace Acheampong, Sandra Owusu-Ansah, Kate Adu Agyeman/Olivia Anokye/Belinda Anane, Rafia Alhassan Kulchire