GPL Round-up: Kotoko, Hearts of Oak draw as Liberty and Medeama claim victories
Hearts of Oak, Kotoko and others draw as Medeama and Liberty Professionals claim victories in match week 32 of the Ghana Premier League
We are almost at the end of the 2020/21 league season and with two matches left to the conclusion, we take a look at the results from all match centres in match week 32. As has always been the case, myactiveonline.com Clifford Adumbire brings you the details.
A Kumasi derby was the biggest game on Saturday and that involved Kumasi Asante Kotoko and local rivals King Faisal. Both sides went into the match needing the points to help their individual pursuits; Kotoko, to chase Hearts of Oak for the title and King Faisal to help them stay up in the league. With contrasting results in their respective last outings, it was promised to be fireworks. King Faisal shot into the lead 15 minutes into the first half through Ibrahim Zubairu who received the ball from Enoch Morrison to slot past Kwame Baah. Kotoko got the appropriate reply with six minutes to end proceedings. Andy Kumi scored the equalizer after Danlad Ibrahim failed to save Ibrahim Imoro’s cross into the box. The game ended 1 apiece.
West Africa Football Academy consigned Inter Allies to another defeat, their fifth loss in the last five matches. Alhassan Abu Seidu scored the only goal in the match in the 5th minute. Inter Allies had the chance to equalize in the 20th minute when they were awarded a penalty but they missed from the spot. The results leave the ‘Eleven is to One’ at the bottom of the table.
Legon Cities and Bechem United shared the spoils at the Accra Sports Stadium by playing out to a 1-1 draw. Goals in the 9th and 60th minutes respectively were all that was produced between the two sides. Jonah Attuquaye got the opener in the match and for the Royals before Emmanuel Annor got the equalizer for the Hunters on the hour mark.
Medeama and Elmina Sharks played out a 5 goal thriller at the Tarkwa Akoon Park. Tahir Mensah shot the Sharks into the lead in the 4th minute before Fatawu Sulemana responded with the leveller seven minutes later. Edmond Aseidu restored the one-goal lead in the 26th minute. Former Hearts of Oak rearguard, Vincent Atingah equalized for the Yellow and Mauve on the stroke of halftime. Ebenezer Ackahbi then shot the Tarkwa-based side into the lead for the first time in the match and that eventually stood out as the winner.
Liberty Professionals made it two wins from their last two matches with a 3-2 victory over Karela United. The defeat also made it two in a row for Karela who have lost their early-season steam. Wayo Abraham scored into the 10th minute to give the Scientific Soccer lads the lead before Diawise Taylor restored parity for Karela six minutes later. Kwaku Karikari restored Liberty’s lead in the 27th minute from the spot. Varney Sando levelled for the visitors with 20 minutes to end proceedings before Evans Owusu scored the winner for Liberty four minutes later.
Dreams FC suffered a 0-1 home defeat to Berekum Chelsea at the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu. Collins Ameyaw scored the only goal in the match in extra time of first-half to hand out all the three points to the Blues.
Accra Great Olympics playing at home could not withstand Techiman Eleven Wonders as they were consigned to a 0-1 defeat at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Dade Boys who drew away from home in their last match against Ebusua Dwarfs had to watch on as the Sure Wonder boys carried the maximum points back to Techiman. A goal from Abass Ganiu in the 85th minute was all that was needed to settle the match after a scoreless first half.
Following their famous victory over Kotoko last week, Accra Hearts of Oak could not maintain the momentum to take advantage of the Porcupine Warriors’ stalemate against King Faisal a day before by playing out a draw against Ebusua Dwarfs. After a goalless 45 minutes, Dwarfs got the match opener through Dennis Korsah-Akoumah’s effort in the 85th minute. Looking destined to suffer a defeat, the Phobians dug deep into their arsenals and found the right missile to pull parity deep into extra time through usual suspect Kwadwo Obeng Junior. The win leaves them 3 points ahead of Kotoko heading into the last two rounds of matches.
By: Clifford Adumbire | myactiveonline.com