Medeama ushered soccer fans into the T&A park as they welcomed Ashgold to begin the weekend round of matches in the Ghana Premier League. They ensured bookmaker’s predictions were right by defeating the miners.
Wa All Stars took what could pass as the fastest lead in the league so far when Adam Saddick scored in the second minute of their game against Inter Allies. The visitors, yet to secure a point in the on going league however looked to shake off the scare of relegation by equalizing in the 25th minute through Samuel Mantey. Adam Saddick, having a good afternoon restored the lead for the home side 17 minutes into the second half after Inter Allies keeper Osei Kwame failed to grab an in-swinger. Inter Allies, like the proverbial drowning man clutching onto straws eqaulised again but Joe Kofi Yeboah scored for Wa All Stars shortly after their equalizer to kill all hopes of a draw. This ensured the visitors remained with no point in the league and firmly rooted at the bottom of the table.
There was no time for pleasantries when Amidaus met King Faisal. Amidaus made their intentions clear right from the blast of the whistle and ran into a two goal lead by the fifth minute. Former Faisal lad, Nafiu Idrrisu scored first and Daniel double the lead moments later. King Faisal, dazzled by the early goals, settled into the game and pulled one back through Suraj Ibrahim in the 19th minute of the first half. Matters took an interesting turn when King Faisal owner, Alhaji Grusah accused center referee Prince Buah of bias officiating after he (Grusah) had refused to bribe him. This turned into a topic among the few spectators gathered at the Stadium. Amidaus continued their better play in the second half and substitute Daniel Awuni scored again to put the game beyond Faisal to the charging of Grusah and Caoch Carlos Paulette.
Second placed Hearts of Oak, knowing that a win will send them on same points with leaders Kotoko whose match had been rescheduled, came all guns blazing in their match. It was a dominant display from their Phobians against Berekum FC in the first half but Selasie Adjei and Gilbert Fiamenyo took turns to waste all their created chances with the latter, the worst culprit. The recess team talk seemed to have worked as soon after the break, Fiamenyo put them ahead by connecting Owusu Bempah’s incisive curler. Coach Duncan however pulled out Selasie Adjei and brought on Ashittey Ollenu. Captain Abdul Basit tried to rally a late comeback for the Berekum side, but it was not to be as the Phobians held on to move to same points with their rivals.
At the Dormaa Park, it was all Aduana who displayed a nice passing game with swift exchanges against Hearts of Lions. Emmanuel Alan finished off one of their many moves in the 27th minute to put them ahead. Alan had to be taken off later in the first half after an injury to be replaced by Stephen Baffour. The visitors raised their game in the second half and nearly equalised in the 17th minute but with an empty net, Samuel Yeboah shot wide. Aduana’s defence stood resolute to ensure that try as much as Lions did, they carried the day and gave the visitors their first league defeat.
An uneventful first half at the Cape Coast Stadium rather saw visitors, Liberty, enjoying a better part of exchanges. Dwarfs took intiative in the second half but the visitors resorted to delaying the match and succeeded in frustrating them. Against the run of play, Liberty put themselves ahead through Michael Appiah to silence the already anxious home fans. Dwarfs went in search of a much needed equalizer but Liberty were in no sharing mood and kept their goal lead. Liberty thus wins the Agoronet.com team of the weak as the only side to steal an away win.
Man of the match, Asiedu Attobrah supplied early on the first half for Sakyi Quaye to put New Edubiase ahead. Attobrah terrorised Bechem United in the first half but his side could not extend their lead. Bechem came back strongly in the second half and equalised in the 27th minute through Issah Adamu to end the match at one all and ensured that their survival plan continues with a vital away point.
Leaders Kotoko could get the chance to extend their lead when they meet Hasaacas at the Baba Yara Stadium on Thursday.