Aduana, Medeama, Ashgold in 'hot' race

Author: Sports Desk Report
A line-up of Ashgold
A line-up of Ashgold

The Ghana Premier League is getting hotter as Aduana, Medeama and Ashgold are in a battle for the top spot as the three clubs are tied on points but separated by goal difference after yesterday’s ninth week matches.

Ashgold’s lone goal victory against Liberty Professionals at Obuasi yesterday earned the Soccer Miners important points to take them to the third position behind Medeama who held Karela United to a 1-1 draw in their regional derby at Tarkwa.

Aduana remained on top of the log after splitting points with 9th-placed  Hearts of Oak in a scoreless match at Dormaa-Ahenkro, but Asante Kotoko returned to winning ways after defeating Dreams FC 1-0 at Dawu to move up to the fourth position while Dreams slipped to the eighth position while WAFA are in sixth position after holding King Faisal to a 1-1 draw in Kumasi.

While Chelsea slipped to the third position after they were beaten 3-1 by Elmina Sharks.

Bechem United are in fifth position on the log after they were held to a scoreless draw at home by struggling Ebusua Dwarfs.

Yesterday, Wonder Club, Accra Great Olympics, recorded their second consecutive loss at home with a1-2 defeat at the hands of visiting Techiman Eleven Wonders at the Accra Sports Stadium.

In what was a below-par performance by the two sides, it was the homesters who blew away the many glorious chances which came their way and allowed their opponents to run away with the points at stake, writes Kwame Larweh.

The match began with Olympics making early incursions into the Wonders area but lacked the finesse and the cutting edge in front of goal. However, against the run of play, in the 13th minute, Eleven Wonders had a throw-in in the Olympics area which midfielder Godfred Kwadwo Asamoah elected to deliver, his throw found a lurking Sule Musa in the box who grabbed the chance and smashed a volley into the back of the net to give the visitor’s an opener.

Olympics charged on their opponents after the goal in search of the equaliser. In the 20th minute when  skipper Emmanuel Clottey released attacker Yusif Abdul-Razak in the area, his attempt to square the ball off to Gladson Awako to shoot for a goal was botched by Wonders skipper Simms Kwayie.

Five minutes later, the homesters fetched the equaliser when Awako found space in the Wonders area and unleashed a powerful drive, goalkeeper Moosie Kwadwo John fumbled with his first touch before the ball slipped from his grips into the back of the net.
 Olympics sustained their momentum and nearly added another three minutes later but an inter-play between  forwards Isaac Gyamfi and Ibrahim Sulley in the Wonders box was thwarted by the Wonders goalkeeper.

Eleven Wonders shocked their hosts again in the 31st minute with a text book goal. Fluid winger Mugeese Abdul Zakaria received a ball in his area from the right,  led a solo run into the Olympics half before curling to Ibrahim Salifu who tapped the ball with his left foot into the back of the net.