Jubilant Maidens celebrating one of their goals against Korea   

Ghana got off to a flying start in their U-17 World Cup campaign, as the Black Maidens defeated Korea DPR 2-0 in the Group B opener on Saturday in Costa Rica.
Jane Ayieyam?s first-half goal and a second after the break by Sandra Owusu-Ansah sealed victory, as Augustine Adotey?s side jumped to the summit of the four-team table.
It was a perfect start for Adotey, whose team return to action on Tuesday against Germany at the Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Stadium.
Ghana, bronze medalist at the last competition, started off strongly against the 2012 runners-up but could not find the net, as their best effort in the early minutes was a cross by Lily Niber-Lawrence that flew across the face of goal with no one to tap in.
Ayieyam put Ghana in front when she controlled a ball in the box and slipped it under the diving arms of Korea?s goalkeeper Kim Myong Sun in the 17th minute.
Korea caused Ghana some problems when Berlinda Anane cleared off the line with Azume Adams beaten. Ghana held onto their slim lead to end the half.
Both sides returned from the break and it was the Koreans who pushed for the equaliser.
But eight minutes into the restart, Ghana doubled their lead when Owusu-Ansah took advantage of a defender?s indecision to round the goalkeeper and plant the ball into the empty goal.



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