By Kwaben 'Onike' Boateng
It was tension-packed, as Kotoko fans watched with baited breath and Hearts fans followed with anxiety, the action at the Tema Stadium. It took a long time in coming but an in-swinger from Richard Mpong was connected with a powerfu header by Yahaya Mohammed to send the Red fans into joyous celebration in the 83rd minute.
That was all they needed to beat home side Inter Allies who played all the beautiful football on the day. The win takes Kotoko 3 points clear of rivals Hearts on top of the league. This run also equals their best start to a league season; five straight wins achieved in 2007/08 season.
Medeama proved their unpredictability again as they came to Accra Sports Stadium and took the lead in the 27th minute against Liberty Professionals through Godfred Rockson. Michael Appiah equalised some minutes later for Liberty but Godbless Asamoah scored to ensure Hans Van der Plyum's side carried the day.
Third-placed Ashgold ensured the bookmaker's prediction was right by scoring two early goals which ensured that Iddrisu Abdul's late penalty for Amidaus was only a consolation goal and thus maintaining the heat on Kotoko and Hearts, who are ahead of them.
It was an end-to-end game and exchange of goals at the Baba Yara Stadium but Coach Carlos Roberto Paullette won his first game in the Ghanaian game. His King Faisal side out-scored visiting Wa All Stars by 3 goals to 2. Agoronet's player of the week, Sulley Mohammed, may be the saviour for King Faisal this season as his hat-trick did the trick. He becomes the first player to get a hat-trick in the 2013/14 season of the Ghana Premier League.
After an uneventful first half, the introduction of Bernard Don Bortey saw a rejuvenated New Edubiase take the lead through Ben Ofori as one of Brotey's crosses caused confusion between defender Malvin King and Kingsley Adjei in post for Hasaacas.
It almost looked like a steal for the 'Yenko nkoaa' boys but Hasaacas Captain Rivhard Yamoah saved the blushes of his technical handlers with a thunderbolt of an equaliser in the 88th minute and hence avoiding two consecutive home losses.
The draw, however, still keeps them in the relegation zone together with the visitors.
Hearts of Lions maintained a good run after a false start in the league with their third straight win, coming through a Samuel Yeboah strike in the first half. They move to fourth place with the win over Ebusua Dwarfs whose already difficult task was not made any easier by the rains at the Kpando Stadium.
Aduana almost got the bragging rights over local rivals Berekum FC as they took a first half lead. However, Ben Ofori equalised for Berekum FC to ensure the spoils were shared after Referee Kyeremanteng ended the game. Referee Kyeremanteng had earlier denied Berekum the equaliser in the 67 minute.
Earlier on Saturday, Hearts of Oak had visited and beat Bechem United by a lone goal to maintain their chase on Kotoko.
Matchday 5 Results:
Bechem United 0-1 Hearts of Oak [Patrick Opoku (OG)]
Berekum FC 1-1 Aduana Stars [Bernett Ofori - Emmanuel Allan]
Hasaacas 1-1 New Edubiase [Richard Yamoah -- Bernard Ofori]
Inter Allies 0-1 Asante Kotoko [Yahaya Mohammed]
Liberty Prof. 1-2 Medeama SC [Godfred Rockson -- Michael Appiah, Godbless Asamoah]
King Faisal 3-2 Wa All Stars [Sulley Mohammed (3) -- Samuel Boateng, Joseph Adjei]
Heart of Lions 1-0 Ebusua Dwarfs [Samuel Yeboah]
AshGold 2-1 Amidaus Prof. [Joseph Ato Bissah, Bernard Morrison -- Abdul Iddrisu]