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First Capital Plus Premier League Matchday 20 preview: Hearts dazzle, Kotoko overwhelm Ashantigold

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By Edmund Bobie

 

Selasi Adjei scored one of the three goals for Hearts of Oak against his former club, Amidaus Professionals, at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The host for all possession, failed to trouble Eric Ofori Antwi in goal for Amidaus Professionals. The first half ended scoreless as both teams created just a few goal scoring opportunities.

The Phobians were a much improved side in the 2nd half and took the lead when Emmanuel Hayford's through ball found winger Eric Kumi in the box; the midfielder hit a first time shot which flew straight into the roof of the net.

Selassie Adjei forced in the second for the home-side, after Eric Ofori Antwi failed to clear his lines. Robben Gnagne wrapped up victory for the Phobians in the 67th minute from the spot.

Leaders, Kumasi Asante Kotoko returned to winning ways with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Ashantigold at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

Coach Didi Dramini shuffled his squad that suffered a 0-1 loss to King Faisal in midweek; the Porcupine Warriors responded in good fashioning crowning one of their best halves in the league campaign.

Richard Mpong weathered the storm after 12 minutes for Kotoko but Emmanuel Osei pulled the visitors level in the 30th minute, the half ended with the league Champions slightly on top. Micheal Akuffo’s curled free kick gave Kotoko a 2 -1 lead after 60 minutes.

Seydou Bancey in the second half scored a brace to send his goal tally to 10 in the season; the lanky striker scored his first heading in from a Micheal Akuffo cross, his second was from a spot kick in the 85th minute.

Ashantigold watch their top four dreams gradually fade away as they are without victories in their last 5 games.

A solitary goal from the foot of Stephen Manu secured all three points for New Edubiase in matchday 20 clash against King Faisal at the Gyamfi Park.

Before Sundays game Edubiase suffered a 1-0 defeat to Amidaus Professionals at the Tema Stadium, the win leaves them in sixth place with 27 points.

Sekondi Hasaacas needed a late strike from Emmanuel Ankobeah in the 81st minute against Heart of Lions at the Sekondi Essipong Stadium. Hasaacas could have scored more in the game but nervy touches in front of goal were their let-down.

Samuel Yeboah came close to leveling for the visitors in injury time, but his fine effort was stopped by George Owu in post for Hasaacas.

On Saturday, bottom side Inter Allies recorded a 2-1 victory over Liberty Professionals. Balingo Neara, Kassim Prosper were on target for Allies. Micheal Appiah’s second half strike was not enough to secure Liberty a point.

 

Kotoko 4-1 Ashanti Gold [Richard Mpong, Michael Akuffo, Seydou Bansey 2x] Emmanuel Osei

Hearts of Oak 3-0 Amidaus Professionals [Eric Kumi, Selasi Adjei, Robin Gnagne]

New Edubiase 1-0 King Faisal [Stephen Manu]

Hasaacas 1-0 Heart of Lions [Emmanuel Ankobeah]

Inter Allies 2-1 Liberty Professionals [Balingo Neara, Prosper Kassim] Michael Appiah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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