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Ghana Premier League Matchday 12 Round-up: Allies shock AshGold, Kotoko stretch lead


By Kwabena ‘ Onike’ Boateng


Yahaya Mohammed had his name on the lips of fans of the Porcupine Warriors all for the wrong reasons though as he missed chances upon chances in the first half of their derby clash with King Faisal.

Early in the second half and an own goal by Pius Sarfo gave the league leaders a well-deserved lead.

Seven minutes later, center referee Reginald Lathbridge incurred the wrath of the few Faisal fans when a controversial penalty awarded Kotoko was converted by returning striker, Seidu Bansey. Bansey added a personal second when he struck in the 64th minute and sealed the win. a 3-0 victory in the derby.

It was a first half to savour for Goalkeeper Foli Adade who was returning to Cape Coast although with Medeama as he thwarted Hearts continuous chances at goal. Coach Ben Adjei standing in without a susbstantive coach at Hearts brought on burly striker Fiamenyo and Gabriel Darko in search of a goal in the second half.

This backfired as Kabiru Imoro silenced the teeming Phobian fans against the run of play with a well-taken goal to register their third consecutive win and further deepen the turmoil surrounding the dismissal of Coach Duncan.

Liberty Professionals took an early lead after Nana Awotwi’s attempt to clear an in-swinger ended up beating his own goalkeeper Geroge Owoo in post for Hasaacas. Roger Lamptey equalized in the 66th minute for Hasaacas and continued with mounted pressure on the Liberty side of the park.

The pressure produced results when Samuel Afful powerful header put the ‘doo boys’ in front.  A third goal late in the game made completed the wonderful comeback for Hasaacas.

Aduana Stars started on a good note with an onslaught against visiting Ebusua Dwarfs but kept spurning their numerous chances with the Alex Asamoah header in the 37th minute, the closest they could come. Back from recess, Godfred Saka calmed nerves when he scored from the spot to register his 4th goal of the league campaign.

Miroslav Bogdanovic enjoyed a good home debut as his side scored two more goals to ensure he had a double over dwarfs in a season.

Visiting Hearts of Lions shocked Bechem fans by striking first through veteran striker, Sam Yeboah . The homeside rallied a comeback and pulled parity five minutes after going down with a wonderful strike by Toufic Sani. Sani made it two in 56th minute and Emmanuel Asante ensured the visitors hope were dashed with a third goal for Bechem so that Sam Yeboah’s second on the day could only be a consolation.

Inter Allies carried off their redemption mission from where they left off in Matchday 11 by scoring in the 22nd minute against AshGold through Dennis Egyir Antwi’s penalty. Ashgold were reduced to 10 men with forty minutes remaining and this did not help their cause as Prosper Kassim ensured the miners lost their second game on the trot away from home.

Wa All Stars and Berekum FC engaged in a ding dong battle but could not find each other’s twine throughout the game and shared the points in a goalless draw.

New Edubiase were in no mood to lose ground in the  league as they run into a 2 goal lead after 45 minute. Fuseini  Nuhu opened the scoring via a penalty after StephenManu had been fouled in the 31st minute .

Seven minute later,Asiedu Attobrah started an attack and poor defensive work by Amidaus defenders saw Fuseini Nuhu converting to make it a brace in the afternoon. A deflected shot on Ahmed Issah, 19 minute after recess all but put the game beyond doubt for the Bekwai side.

Nartey Polo ensured he being captain did not miss the goal fest by icing the cake with the 4th goal for Edubiase.


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