Ghana Premier League: Match Week Eight Review
Ebusua Dwarfs shock Aduana, Berekum Chelsea, Medeama, Dreams record wins whiles WAFA hold Kotoko to draw.
Legon Cities made sure that their winless streak against Elmina Sharks was broken today in their midweek clash this afternoon. The home side were under lots of pressure and needed all three points to make a huge statement. The first half ended with little to choose between the two sides, but the second provides some excitement as both sides pushed each other for the victory. The Legonites were awarded a penalty when Nicholas Opoku’s header was adjudged to have been handled in the box.
Jabila Abdul Karim stepped to take the kick and converted with precision to send the home side fans into raptures ending the Sharks three games unbeaten run to give Legon Cities their second win of the season boasting them to 13th with 9 points.
Until last weekend, Berekum Chelsea were sitting at the summit of the league but their first defeat of the season to Bechem United has seen them cede the position to Aduana Stars. A home victory at the Golden City Park has seen them returned to the apex of the table after barely 72 hours of relinquishing that position to their regional rivals. This victory sees them lead the log with 17 points pushing Karela to 15th with 8 points after eight matches.
Meanwhile relegation struggles, Ebusua Dwarfs produced the performance of the season to beat Aduana Stars at home this afternoon. Goals from Asamoah, Abubakar Saddick, Isaac Donkor were enough to hamper the title ambitions of Aduana though Yahaya Mohammed scored a goal late in the game it wasn’t enough to spur their blushes against Ebusua Dwarfs who have only picked up a win in the last seven prior to this victory marking their second. Aduana will prepare feverishly against Hearts of Oak this weekend with the hope of appeasing their fans after such a humbling defeat away from home to Ebusua Dwarfs.
Elsewhere, Eleven Wonders were battered in their own backyard at the Ohene Ameyaw Park by Tema based Inter Allies. The home side were hoping to pick up maximum points to boost their points but it wasn’t to be as a Victorien Adebayor brace and Issah Zakari goal condemned them further in the relegation battle. This loss leaves them at 16th with 7 points whiles Inter Allies are 12th with 10 points.
King Faisal and Greta Olympics provided Ghanaian fans with lots of excitement at the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports Stadium in a seven-goal thriller this afternoon in a midweek clash. Both sides were coming into this game with a lot resting on it but the away side will be the happier of the two taking all three points back home, Accra. An Emmanuel Clottey brace, Gladson Awako, Razak Yakubu goal each help the Dade boys over the line even though Ibrahim Osman brace and a goal from Yahaya B. were scored it couldn’t help Alhaji Grunsah’s men condemning them to 18th with just 3 points.
Dreams FC beat Liberty in front of their home faithfuls by two goals to one. Issah Ibrahim and Amadu were on the score sheet for the away side but an Elvis Kyei-Baffour consolation from the penalty spot in the dying embers came too late seeing them lose ground on their top-six ambitions. The loss sees them at 11th with 10 points whiles Dreams are 7th with 13 points.
Tarkwa based Medeama continued their home dominance as they beat Bechem United by a goal to nil. The home side were badly missing the services of Prince Opoku Agyemang who is in the form of his life, delivering four goals from seven not bad for a striker but Kwesi Donsu, a home favourite made sure he brought smiles back to the fans on his return to the domestic league after he left abroad some season ago. Medeama will travel to Karela with Bechem home to Ebusua Dwarfs. Medeama occupies the third position with 16 points one point off the first position whiles Bechem United lie 8th with 13 points.
Elsewhere, the Sogakope Red Bull Arena will witness a bore draw between WAFA and Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Both sides created lots of chances but the home side created more but fail to make any of them count to their advantage leaving their fans sour on the faces and devoid of bragging rights after the match came to an end. The Arena is one of the most feared grounds across the country but it seems it’s losing its danger in recent times as teams have been able to pick up maximum points. Kotoko will be happier of the two as the draw lifts them to 4th with 14 points whiles WAFA moves to 6th with 13 points.
Hearts of Oak were held at home by Ashantigold, both teams settled for a goalless draw at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday night. Hearts of Oak are currently 9th on the league table while Ashantigold have moved up to top four.
WEEK EIGHT MATCHES
Legon Cities 1 – 0 Elmina Sharks
Chelsea 1- 0 Karela
Ebusua 3- 1 Aduana Stars
Eleven Wonders 0 – 3 Inter Allies
King Faisal 3- 4 Great Olympics
Liberty 1- 2 Dreams F. C
Medeama 1 – 0 Bechem United
WAFA 0-0 Asante Kotoko
Hearts 0-0 AshGold