Feyenoord edge Eleven Wise to go joint top in Division One League play-off
Fetteh Feyenoord recorded a vital win in their opening Middle League playoff game against Eleven Wise to trigger uncontrollable wailing by heartbroken coach Angelo Dedon Arkhurst.
A 66th minute strike by Samuel Tetteh was enough to put the Gomoaa lads well on their way to staging a return to the Premier League.
Eleven Wise however took the early initiative in the game at the Tema Park.
Buoyed by their fans, the Sekondi-based registered their first shot on target through James Bissue in just the second minute.
Feyenoord goalkeeper Theophilus Jackson was alert to deal with the early threat.
Wise then needed an acrobatic clearance by Andrews Amoo Gyim to deny Feyenoord the opener in the 20th minute after goalkeeper Stephen Enchill had been displaced.
James Bissue then returned to strike in the 27th minute but his long-range effort was always rising.
Feyenoord replied in equal measure when Wonkoye Mohammed rattled the bar off a free kick with seven minutes to the end of the half.
The teams headed I to recess with the game deadlocked.
Wise should have taken the lead five minutes into restart the restart but Justice Mensah missed after being played through by Bissue.
Feyenoord goalkeeper Theophilus Jackson had to be replaced in the 60th minute after emerging worse off in a goalmouth collision.
There was however joy on the Feyenoord bench six minutes later as Samuel Tetteh smashed in the opener after a lovely build up play.
Wise almost gave an instant response but the unmarked Salihu Isaac blasted wise at the far post much to the anguish of their expectant fans.
Stephen Enchill then came up with a big save in the 82nd minute to keep his side still in the game.
Ten minutes was added on at the end of regulation time with Wise well on top but the Feyenoord defence stood resolute.
Wise almost equalized in added on time with Justice Blay hitting the cross bar after he was gifted a lose ball in a goalmouth melee.
Coach Angelo Dedon couldn’t stand the defeat as he broke down in uncontrollable tears after referee William Agbovi blasted his whistle to end the thrilling match.
Feyenoord therefore go top of the Zone II Middle League playoff and will come up against Gold Stars – who won their opening match against Dunkwa – on Tuesday.