Newly promoted Accra Lions FC made their Ghana Premier League in an action-packed 1-1 draw with Elmina Sharks FC at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday night.
Midfielder Michelle Sarpong put the visitors ahead in 66th minute in the second half before a late strike from striker Salifu Rauf leveled the match for Accra Lions.
The game started on a very slow note with sides approaching the match cautiously.
But just five minutes into the encounter, debutant Abass Samari decided to be a bit adventurous with the ball.
The youngster embarked on a brilliant solo run into the Sharks half of the pitch only to be brought down following a challenge. The resulting free kick was taken by striker Salifu Rauf who could not find the back of the net.
Moments later, the striker again was put through on goal by Samari but Sharks goalkeeper Joseph Essam was on hand to save the situation for the visitors.
Midfielder Oliver Amedor then came close to scoring the opener for Lions only to denied again by Essam in the 14th minute.
Abass samari and Oliver Amedor continue to cause problems for the Sharks defenders with some intriguing as the first half reaches the half way stage.
Samari however, picked up an injury in the 24th minute and could not continue the game. The former Young Apostles man was replaced by Abdul Rshid Abubakar.
A quarter of an hour before the break, Lions keeper Appiah nearly conceded a bizarre own-goal when he made mess of a cross from the right side of attack. Fortunately for him, the ball landed on the roof of the net.
Just a minute later, the keeper pulled off a spectacular save to deny experience Sharks midfielder Daniel Nii Agyei from scoring with well taken free kick.
Salifu Rauf again came close to scoring for Accra Lions in the 38th minute when he got to the end of a teasing cross from left back Joseph Addo on fir the striker to place his header wide with goalkeeper beaten.
With two minutes to end the first half, Sharks attacking duo, Adu-Kwaw and Enoch Agblenyo combined well but were denied by a brilliant save by Lions keeper Appiah Kubi.
The visitors had the last chance of the opening when Adu-Kwaw tried an audacious volley from about 35-yards out but Appiah Kubi was equal to the task to ensure the two sides go into the break level.
Sharks started the second half as they ended the first with Dominic Eshun and Agblenyo coming close in the opening minutes.
The scoreline remained goal-less until the 66th minute when former Hearts of Oak midfielder Michelle Sarpong pounced onto a lose ball in the Accra Lions penalty area to volley home the opener.
The Fearsome Sharks held on to the lead until the 85th minute when goalkeeper Joseph Essam failed to grab a cross, allowing striker Salifu Rauf to to tap home the equalizer for the home side.
1-1 was how the scoreline remained until the final whistle was blown. Spoils shared in the season opener.