- Zone 3 favorites, Accra Gt. Olympics, saw their campaign get off to a slow start out of the gates. Perhaps, a result of all that energy spent on trying to secure a stay in the premiership through the courts,
Week One of the GN Bank Division One League got underway this weekend with a mixed bag of results, especially for some of the favorite teams, as they failed to secure the expected victories at home, while some of the newly promoted teams surprised with wins at home and ties on the road.
In Zone One, favorites W. NEA. Salamina stumbled somewhat out of the gates at home, as they were held to a surprising 2-2 tie by newly promoted side, Tamale City FC. Definitely not a good start for the Salamina lads. B. A. United also saw their season take off on a negative note, as they lost 3-2 to Steadfast FC away from home, and Bofoakwa did not disappoint their home fans, scoring a perfect start to the campaign with a 3-0 thumping of minnows, Gbewaa FC.
Real Tamale United also got the perfect boost to the start of the season following a 2-1 win over Kintampo FC, Glory Stars did same with a 4-0 thumping of newcomers, Suntaa SC, and Paga Crocodiles were unable to find their bite at home, as they settled for a 1-1 tie at home with Berekum Arsenal.
Results for Techiman City vs Nkoranza Warriors and Unity FC vs Young Apostle was not available at the time of this write-up.
GN Bank DOL - Zone One – Match Day 1
Glory Stars 4-0 Wa Suntaa SC
Bofoakwa FC 3-0 Gbewaa FC
Nea Salamina FC 2-2 Tamale City FC
Paga Crocodile FC 1-1 Berekum Arsenal
Real Tamale United 2-1 Kintampo FC
Steadfast FC 3-2 B.A United
Techiman City vs Nkoranza Warriors SC
Unity FC vs Young Apostles FC
In Zone two, title hopeful side – Gold Stars – got their season off to a flying start with a 2-0 home win over pesky BYFA, former tier-one side, New Edubiase Stars, also got their season off on a winning note with a 2-0 win over newly promoted Pacific Heroes FC, and Unistar Academy signaled their contention status with an impressive 3-1 over Nzema Kotoko FC.
Newly promoted Skyy FC defended their home turf with a 2-0 win over Asokwa Deportivo, FC Samatex showed some grit and toughness on the road, as they earned a crucial point in a 1-1 tie against a good Achiken FC side, and Sekondi Hasaacas also did same, earning a valuable point on the road against King Faisal in a 1-1 tie.
And DOL returnees, Venomous Vipers, got their season off to the absolute worst start, losing by two goals to nothing to fellow newly promoted side, Star Madrid FC.
The result of the match between Proud United FC and S. All Blacks Utd FC was not available at the time of this write-up.
GN Bank DOL - Zone Two – Match Day 1
Achiken FC 1-1 FC Samatex
Gold Stars FC 2-0 BYFA
King Faisal FC 0-0 Hasaacas FC
New Edubiase FC 2-0 Pacific Heroes FC
Proud United FC vs S. All Blacks Utd FC
Skyy FC 2-0 Asokwa Deportivo FC
Unistar Academy FC 3-1 Nzema Kotoko FC
Venomous Vipers 0-2 Star Madrid FC
Zone 3 favorites, Accra Gt. Olympics, saw their campaign get off to a slow start out of the gates. Perhaps, a result of all that energy spent on trying to secure a stay in the premiership through the courts, as they were held to a 1-1 tie at home by unsung newly promoted side, Agbozume Weavers. A fairly disappointing outcome for their teaming fans, who are expecting a quick return to the Premiership. Vision FC secured an impressive fast start on the road with a 3-1 win over Nania FC. And another title hopeful side, Heart of Lions, got off to a slow start but they managed to secure all the 3points against Accra Lions at home.
Okyeman Planners gave their fans cause for worry despite picking up all 3points at home against Mighty Jets, courtesy of a lone goal in a game in which their fans were expecting the goals to flow. Demoted tier-one side, Tema Youth, found the going a bit tough at home, but they managed to settle for a point at home against visiting Amidaus Profs. And Kotoku Royals did not fare too well at home as they were held to a 1-1 by visiting Danbort FC.
Elsewhere in the zone, newly promoted Krystal Palace salvaged a point on the road against SP Mirren in a goalless tie, and so did Young Wise FC, who held Uncle “T” FC 1-1 tie away from home.
GN Bank DOL - Zone Three – Match Day 1
Gt. Olympics FC 1-1 Agbozume Weavers
Heart of Lions 1-0 Accra Lions FC
Kotoku Royals 1-1 Danbort FC
Nania FC 1-3 Vision FC
Okyeman Planners 1-0 Mighty Jets
Sporting Mirren FC 0-0 Akosombo Krystal Palace FC
Tema Youth 0-0 Amidaus Profs
Uncle “T” FC 1-1 Young Wise FC