Reinvigorated Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s recent surge in the PL was on Saturday shot down at the Baba Yara Stadium as hitherto visiting cellar dwellers stunned the home side with a lone goal to deny them their bid for a third successive win, with Michael Osei picking up his first defeat as Interim Coach.
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With Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi back in charge of the reins following a rumored misunderstanding between his employers and him, Accra Hearts of Oak ended their 3 game non-winning run in the PL at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium, as they picked up what was incidentally their first victory in 9 years against AshGold at Obuasi, courtesy of a Cosmos Dauda brace to add to the woes of the longsuffering reigning champions, and at the Wa Park, PL leaders – All Stars - added to the misery of a good but underperforming Inter Allies team to maintain their 2point edge over title contenders, Accra Hearts of Oak.
In a stunning turn of events, Sekondi Hasaacas failed to rebound at home as they picked up their first home defeat of the season on 90 minutes, newly promoted Techiman City continued their dominance over their PL peers in the Brong Ahafo Region as they added Bechem United to their conquest list to complete the first round season sweep of all their regional rivals and WAFA capitalized on their home court to dispatch the visiting Crabs (Ebusua Dwarfs) by two goals to nothing.
Also on Sunday, Aduana dispatched Tom Strand’s Medeama CAF Confederation Cup play-off round contenders by three goals to nothing for their fourth win of the season and B. Chelsea made mincemeat of visiting Dreams FC who have thus far not been shabby on the road, dispatching their guests to Dawu with a 3-0 deficit.
Kotoko 1-0 New Edubiase – Kumasi
New Edubiase end winning run for Michael Osei and Asante Kotoko
The Reds search for their third straight victory stalled at home on Saturday as they succumbed to their second home defeat of the season, a lone goal loss under the stewardship of interim coach Michael Osei who had nabbed 3 straight wins in all competitions.
Coach Anthony Kommeh and his hitherto cellar dwelling New Edubiase side finally caught the break they had been looking for as they picked up just their second win and first away win of the season to leapfrog to the 13th spot.
Prince Antwi’s 20th minute goal sealed the deal for the visitors as Kotoko puffed and huffed fruitlessly for the equalizer with the likes of Ahmed Adams and Dauda Mohammed missing out on numerous incredible chances to equalize as the Edubiase defence, especially, shot stopper - Benjamin Mensah – hauled in several heroic saves to deny Kotoko.
The loss dropped the Porcupine Warriors from mid-table to 9th on 11 points and 9points of the summit.
Wa All Stars 2-0 Inter Allies – Wa Park
Wa All Stars maintain top spot and unbeaten home run
PL leaders, Wa All Stars rebounded beautifully at home against reeling Inter-Allies with a 2-0 win to hold on to the top spot on 20points.
Late second half goals, the first from Richard Arthur who pounced on a Maxwell Baako cross midway through the second half, and the second from Emmanuel Ocran who finished off a team move late in injury time sealed all 3points for All Stars.
The bright spot on the day for the visitors was goalie Osei Kwame who pulled a string of remarkable saves to help his side keep the deficit low. Inter dropped to the third relegation spot on 8 points from 8 matches and will have to fix their recent ails before it gets too late.
Techiman City 2-0 Bechem Utd – Techiman
Techiman City add Bechem to conquest list.
Techiman City got back into the winning column at home following their 2-1 road loss to Ebusua Dwarfs this past Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Bechem United to complete a first round sweep of all their regional rivals, namely, B. Chelsea, Aduana and Bechem Utd.
The Citizens were the superior team on the afternoon in almost all departments and goals from Issaka Ibrahim and Isaac Baah sandwiched between both halves of the game proved to be the difference as they picked up their 4th home win of the season to maintain their 7th spot on the log.
Bechem also maintained their 11th perch on the log on 10points.
WAFA 2-0 Dwarfs – Sogakope
WAFA win at home without Samuel Tetteh
WAFA picked up their fourth victory of the season with a 2-0 spanking of visiting Ebusua Dwarfs.
Charles Boateng 26th minute goal and another from Ibrahim Tanko were enough for all 3points as Dwarfs who missed a couple of key players due to injury looked out of sorts and outclassed with Nicholas Gyan missing a good scoring opportunity for the Crabs.
WAFA improved to 5th on 14points whilst fell another notch (15th) into the relegation places.
AshantiGold 1-2 Hearts of Oak – Obuasi
Hearts of Oak end 3 game non-winning run 9year non-winning drought at Len Clay with Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi back in charge following a rumored misunderstanding with Hearts of Oak brass.
Winning in sports they say cures all things and perhaps that is what the ‘coaching crisis’ hit Accra Hearts of Oak needed as they killed two birds with one stone on Sunday, halting their 3 game non-winning run and a 9 year winning drought at Obuasi.
Cosmos Dauda powered the Phobians to victory with his brace; the first in the 52nd minute as he chased down a flicked header for the opener and the second just before the 55th minute as headed home a Mustapha Essuman cross before Awudu Nafiu gave the home side a slim hope of eventually levelling up the score as he pulled one back for the hosts on 73 minutes. But it ended up being nothing more than a consolation as the Phobians hung on for their third road win of the season to hold on to the second spot on 18points, and 2points off the top spot.
The brace is Cosmos Dauda’s second on the season and his third goal from his last two PL matches.
Perhaps the victory is a good omen for the Phobians whose last victory against AshGold at Obuasi on 28/02/07 (9yrs, 1month, 3wks, 6days), a lone goal win culminated in a PL Title win on the season.
AshGold remain 10th on 10points after the loss.
Chelsea 3-0 Dreams – Berekum
Dreams FC pick up first back-to-back defeat of the season as Chelsea maintain perfect home record.
Berekum Chelsea moved into the PL top-four following a comfortable 3-0 victory over visiting newbies, Dreams FC, who picked up their first back-to-back defeat in the PL after a credible 8 game run that saw them lose twice.
A double from top scorer Saddick Adams in the second half of the game and another, the opener from Seth Appiah deep into the first half handed all 3points to the home side who moved into the fourth spot on the log on 16points.
Dreams plummeted from the third to the seventh spot on 14points with the loss.
Hasaacas 0-1 Liberty – Sekondi
Visiting Liberty stun Hasmal at home.
Match favorites Sekondi Hasaacas were given a shocker at home by Liberty Professionals who managed to bag all 3points at Essipong against all the odds hand Hasaacas their second straight of the season.
Hasmal dominated the match especially in the first half but failed to convert with Eric Bekoe leading the charge but missing the few chances that came their way whilst the visitors who looked as though they will be satisfied with a point held on.
But with the game heading towards a draw, Bernard Arthur, chose the most inopportune time to strike for the winner – the 90th- minute to leave Hasaacas with almost no time to strike the equalizer.
The victory catapulted Liberty to the 3rd spot on 16 points whilst Hasaacas somehow moved from 13th to 12th on the log on 10 points.
Aduana 3-0 Medeama – Dormaa
Medeama SC drop to bottom of PL log
Playing back-to-back home games for the first time this season, Aduana Stars, continued from where they left off last week, as they dispatched visiting CAF Confederation Cup play-off round contenders Medeama SC by a whopping 3 goals to nothing for a record 7 goals from two PL matches following their midweek blowout of Hasaacas by 4 goals to nothing.
Former Kotoko striker Mohammed Yahaya scored yet another brace on the match day; the first in the 35th minute, courtesy of Zakaria Mumuni’s cross before making it a double around the 60th minute mark.
Elvis Opuku sealed the deal in the waning moments of the game to put an already lost game well beyond the reach of their visitors.
Abena Alice with news wires