Ghana Premier League: Match Week Nine Review
Ghanaian fans crowded match venues all over the country in their numbers to support their beloved clubs, while others will be partying late into the night amidst their side’s victories others will retire to beds early hoping their next encounters provide positive results.
WAFA S. C were denied their fourth win of the season, in a one-one bore draw with embattled King Faisal, still winless in nine matches. The home side entered into this fixture after a string of losses and draws, hoping this match will cap their first win but an Ibrahim Abubakari goal in the 67th minute looked as though the away side had stolen all three points until a Mohammed Mustapha penalty in the 90th minute sent the home side into ruptures thus earning them a point in their relegation scrabble. WAFA will feel hurt the most, as they nearly stole a win, this draw marks their second in less than three days putting them 6th temporarily. Wafa welcome Dreams FC whiles King Faisal travel away to Eleven Wonders at the Ohene Ameyaw Park.
In other matches at the Accra Sports Stadium, two penalties in either half of the game ensured that Inter Allies and Legon Cities shared the spoils in a one-one draw. The home side drew first blood through sensational Victorien Adebayor, his eight in nine games only to be pegged back in the 75th minute through an Abdul Karim goal to end the match in a stalemate. Both sides won their midweek clashes, encouraged by that victory, they went at each other in a match that produced lots of end to end action, only to end in a draw.
Aduana Stars and Accra Hearts of Oak battled hard for supremacy but it ended in a stalemate as both sides bagged a point each. Aduana Stars had lost their midweek duel to Ebusua Dwarfs away, looking to pacify fans win a win but a determined Hearts of Oak who drew blank with Ashgold didn’t bend over easily. This draw puts the Ogya boys on 3rd ceding their second spot to Medeama and failing to topple Berekum Chelsea who lost away to Elmina Sharks by a heavy margin.
Bechem United failed to redeem themselves from a midweek loss as they drew Ebusua Dwarfs in an underwhelming performance at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park leaving fans in a sad state. . Ebusua Dwarfs after beating Aduana Stars and even better by a three-goal margin, produced a gallant display to pick up the point back to Cape Coast. Bechem are locked on 7th whiles Ebusua Dwarfs drown in the relegation.
Meanwhile, an Amadou Dantani red card and Abdul Bashiru’s own goal marked the downfall of the “Still Believe” boys as they lost to Porcupine Warriors Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Dawu Park. Dreams F. C were on a high after winning against Liberty Professionals but Maxwell Konadu’s charges put them in their place walking away with all three points back to Kumasi.
On the back of the playing out a goalless draw with Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ashantigold were determined to grind positive results as they welcomed Liberty Professionals to the Ley Clay Stadium. An Appiah McCarthy goal was all but enough as they defended resolutely that solitary goal condemning the away side to back to back defeats in a week, lifting them up to 4th and Liberty Set to 13th closer to relegation.
A Benjamin Boateng inspired hattrick gave Elmina Sharks a resounding victory as they dispatched table-toppers Berekum Chelsea who managed a consolation through Kofi Owusu, his third of the season. The home side were faced with a daunting task playing Berekum Chelsea but they defied all odds to beat them at the Ndoum Stadium. Their fans will be particularly happy knowing that this victory will propel them to greater things moving forward but Berekum Chelsea will know that they have spared knowing that other results played in their favor.
Accra Great Olympics Olympics failed to record back to back victories in the ongoing league succumbing to a 1 – 2 defeat at the hands of Eleven Wonders, notching their second win in as many matches. Goals from Musa Sule and Salifu Ibrahim shot the away side into the lead before a Gladson Awako penalty soften the deficit for the home side.
One of the weekend’s derbies happened at the Akoon Community Park between, Karela United and Medeama SC. Both sides were on either half of the table needing wins to complement their already amassed ones, but a Diawisie Taylor goal, his third of the season in nine games gave the home side the earjy before one of the leagues top scorers, Prince Opoku Agyemang scored his fifth after coming from the suspension. Samuel Boadu’s men are up to 2nd whiles Karela are 16th looming in relegation.
WEEK NINE RESULTS
Inter Allies 1 – 1 Legon Cities
King Faisal 1 – 1 WAFA
Aduana Stars 0 – 0 Hearts of Oak
Ashanti 1 – 0 Liberty Professionals
Bechem United 0 – 0 Ebusua Dwarfs
Dreams 0 – 1 Asante Kotoko
Elmina Sharks 3 – 1 Berekum Chelsea
Great Olympics 1 – 2 Eleven Wonders
Karela 1 – 1 Medeama