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GN Bank Division One League Zone One games came on as scheduled at the various league centres this past weekend with RTU holding on to the summit following a tough 2-1 win at home over Guan FC to maintain their one point advantage over the closest competition - Mighty Royals - who demolished Tamale Utrecht by three goals to nothing at home to retain the second spot as well as maintain the pressure on RTU for the top spot. For Tamale Utrecht, the loss dug them deeper into the relegation hole and they will have to win their last two matches and hope those about them lose all of theirs to have a shot at beating the drop. Not to be outdone, third placed Bolga All Stars also pulled a surprising 2-0 win at the Sunyani Coronation Park over PL returnees Brong Ahafo United who looked like a team that is done for the season given their current non-competitive position. The win puts Bolga All Stars who are two points behind in perfect position to launch a last minute upset for the top spot.

Bofokwa Tano gave up whatever hopes they had left of making a push towards premier league soccer with a 2-1 road loss at Liberty Babies. The win moved Liberty Babies to the 13th spot, and a point safe from the first relegation spot, and Berekum Arsenals who are still kicking themselves on the shin for the blown opportunity at making a run for the top spot following the FA Disciplinary Committee’s decision that saw them lose some massive points won by three goals to nothing at home over Berlin FC.

Elsewhere, FC Tanga defeated Unity FC by two goals to nothing to leapfrog Bofoakwa Tano for the fourth spot. The defeat left Unity FC just 3points shy of the first relegation spot. Results for the match between Bawku Utd and Steadfast, Wa Rockets and Mpuasuman were not available at the time of this write-up.


With 9points, two games in hand and just two games to the end of the season Bawku United have punched their ticket out of Division One soccer.

 

 

DAY 28 - 3RD & 4th SEPT., 2016

SUN       BEREKUM PARK                                 ARSENAL 2-0 BERLIN

SUN       TAMALE MAIN                                   RTU 2-1 GUAN UTD

SAT        WA STADIUM                                   WA ROCKET VS MPUASUMAN

SUN       BOLGA PARK                                     FC TANGA 2-0 UNITY

SAT        TAMALE MAIN                                  LIBERTY BABIES 2-1 BOFOAKWA

SUN       SUNYANI CORONATION                     B. A. UTD 0-2 BOLGA ALL STARS

SUN       BAWKU PARK                                    BAWKU UTD VS STEADFAST

SUN       WAMANAFO COMM. PARK                  MIGHTY ROYALS 3-0 TAMALE UTRECHT

 

 

 

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Week 28 of the GN Bank Division One League came on as scheduled this past weekend across the various stadiums with Cape Coast based Elmina Sharks capitalizing on their home advantage to defeat Bibiani Gold Stars by three goals to one to clinch their division and a historic spot in next season’s edition of the Ghana Premier League with two games to the end of the season. It is a well-deserved qualification for the Elmina based Sharks who unquestionably put up one of the best performance in Division One soccer history in recent times, winning 20, drawing 5 and losing 3 thus far from 28 matches.

 

 

With the race for the top spot completely over, the fighting and jockeying for morale boosting positioning towards next season’s competition and relegation avoidance will have to continue, and continue it did with the second placed Karela FC capping off an excellent second round performance that saw them give chase for the elusive top spot notching a hard-fought 1-1 tie at Achiken to up their points tally thus far to 54 and also wrap up the runners-up spot in the division over Gold Stars who with their 3-1 at the Sharks gave up their shot for the second spot. Western Show Boys – Sekondi Eleven Wise maintained their push for a top four finish with a 3-0 thumping of Tarkwa Utd for just their third win of the second round and an end to their 3 games non-winning run. With the loss, Tarkwa Utd confirmed their departure from the wilderness of Division One soccer to the abyss of Division Two soccer with two matches to go given their current tally of 24points and the fact that taking the maximum of 6 from their next engagements will still not be enough. And Nzema Kotoko maintained their push for a top four finish with a 2-0 win over visiting Dunkwa Utd to remain a point adrift of the fourth placed Eleven Wise.

Elsewhere on the weekend, one time cellar dwellers – King Faisal – kept their push to distance themselves from the relegation places with a hard-fought 2-1 win over visiting Wassaman Utd to move up to the eleventh spot, albeit, just 2points adrift of the first relegation spot. Proud Utd made hay at home with a 2-0 win over Asokwa Deportivo to up their tally to 36 and 3points away from the first cut-off spot, FC Samartex added to the relegation woes of one-time Kumasi based giant side – Cornerstones – after handing them a lone goal defeat that have them currently holding on to the first relegation spot on 33 points, and Venomous Vipers kept up the push to beat relegation with their second straight win in as may outings, a 3-1 home hammering of Stake FC to improve to the 12th spot on 34points. The loss dropped Starke FC to the 13th spot and left them tied on 33points with Cornerstones for the first relegation spot though they have the advantage of keeping their heads above water for now by virtue of superior goal difference etc.

 

DAY 28 – 3RD & 4TH AUG., 2016

SUN       ELMINA                                                  SHARKS 3-1 GOLDSTARS

SUN       EJUSU                                                    KING FAISAL 2-1 WASSAMAN

SUN       CAPE COAST                                          VENOMOUS VIPERS 3-1 STARKE

SUN       ADANSI HWEREMOASI                             ACHIKEN 1-1 KARELA

SAT        GYANDU                                                PROUD UTD 2-0 ASOKWA DEPORTIVO

SUN       GYANDU                                                 ELEVEN WISE 3-0 TARKWA UTD

SUN       SAMRABOI                                             SAMARTEX 1-0 CORNERS

SUN       ASANDA                                                 NZEMA KOTOKO 2-0 DUNKWA UTD

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Action in the nation’s second tier league – GN Bank Division One League – continued this past weekend in zone 1 and 2 with Week 26 though not completely in the books yielding very fruitful results for a couple of teams as the impressive Cape Coast based Elmina Sharks drew closer to the cusp of being the first team to qualify for the Premier Division next season as they extended their lead to 9points over their closest pursuers and look very likely to wrap up the division title within the next week or two with a couple of games to spare. Real Tamale United also took over the top spot in zone one for the first time this season over the game in hand leaders - Mighty Royals – to keep the pressure on the latter and also set the stage for a likely photo finish given the inability of all the top four teams to win on the road.



In zone one, hitherto fourth placed Real Tamale United kept their hopes of qualifying to the Premier Division alive as they vaulted to the summit in zone one over the idle Mighty Royals who will likely play on Monday following their 2-0 home win over bottom Unity FC and the collapse on the road of the two teams ahead of them. They will at worse drop to the second spot should the Royals win against bottommost Bawku Utd. Bofoakwa Tano failed to take advantage of their recent luck and the momentum thrown their way by the recent FA decision against Berekum United that leapfrogged them to the second spot as they fell flat on the road, succumbing to a lone goal defeat at the hands of Wa Rockets who vacated the first relegation spot for the 12th spot with the win as they look to shore themselves from the brewing relegation brouhaha. And as expected Bolga Stars failed to break the yoke against FC Tanga on the road as they went down by 2 goals to nothing to leave their quest of making a move for the top spot this weekend unfulfilled.

Berekum Arsenals got some of their mojo back following the recent FA Disciplinary Committee decisions against them that has so far cost them a whopping 6points with a hard fought 5-4 advantage over the visiting Mpuasuman outfit in their entertaining and thrilling 9 goal fest to narrow the gap for the top spot, and B. A. United with a game in hand ended their recent 3 game skid with a miserable lone goal win over Tamale Utrecht.

Elsewhere on the weekend, Berlin FC stumbled at home to a lone goal loss against the once relegation threatened Guan FC who have now managed to string together 3 straight wins to improve to the 11th spot on 32points with the relegation brouhaha seemingly well behind them, and relegation candidates, Liberty Babes, failed to help their survival cause at home in spite of  their recent three straight game winning spree as they tanked to a 2-1 loss against the visiting Steadfast unit who improved to mid-table with the win.

 

 

In zone two, imposing runaway leaders Elmina Sharks, left nothing to chance as they trounced the visiting relegation engulfed Starke FC by three goals to nothing to up their tally to 59points, extend their lead to 9points and move closer to the cusp of wrapping up qualification to the tier-one division with 4 games to the end of the season. The surge and remarkable output from Karela FC this second half of the season may have finally proved too daunting of a task as the once relegation threatened King Faisal humbled them with a 2-0 loss to leave any chance and mathematical combination of them catching up or overtaking the Sharks for the summit virtually over and nothing more than a dream as they fell behind by a colossal 9points with the loss. And Gold Stars finally made some headway, unlikely as it seems towards regaining the second spot as they drew 6points closer to it following their 2-0 home win over Wassaman Utd.

Sekondi Eleven Wise’ hopes of ending the season on high note continue to be a struggle as they extended their non-winning run to three in as many outings following their goalless tie against the visiting Dunkwa Utd but they once again held on to the fourth spot as those behind and capable of overtaking them all lost. Asokwa Deportivo hopes of making it into the top four this past weekend were dashed on the road at the hands of the one-time bottommost club – Venomous Vipers who seem to have rediscovered their potency and form as they handed the former a 4-1 thumping for a third straight win in their last three appearances and a lift to the 11th spot 31points though they still have some work to do as far as the relegation drama is concerned.

Elsewhere on the weekend, Achiken added to the relegation woes of Tarkwa Utd who now have the keys to the cellar with a 2-1 home win, Proud United compounded Cornerstone’s relegation headache with a lone goal win that left the latter tied on 30points for the first relegation spot with 3 other clubs and Nzema Kotoko dropped mid-tablers – Samartex FC – by a lone goal push their agenda for a top four finish alive and well.

 

Zone one - DAY 26 - 20TH & 21ST AUG., 2016

SUN       TECHIMAN                                           BERLIN  0-1 GUAN UTD 

SUN       BEREKUM PARK                                    ARSENAL 5-4 MPUASUMAN      

SUN       TAMALE MAIN                                      RTU 2-0 UNITY  

SAT        WA STADIUM                                      WA ROCKET 1-0 BOFOAKWA      

SUN       BOLGA PARK                                         FC TANGA 2-0 BOLGA ALL STARS              

SAT        TAMALE STADIUM MAIN                       LIBERTY BABIES 1-2 STEADFAST

SUN       SUNYANI CORONATION PARK                B. A. UNITED 1-0 TAMALE UTRECHT        

SUN       WAMANAFO COMM. PARK                     MIGHTY ROYALS VS BAWKU UTD     

        

Zone 2 - DAY 26 - 20TH & 21ST AUG., 2016

               

SUN       BIBIANI                                                GOLDSTARS 2-0 WASSAMAN UTD.          

SUN       ELMINA                                                SHARKS 3-0 STARKE       

SUN       EJUSU                                                  KING FAISAL 2-0 KARELA             

SAT        CAPE COAST                                       VENOMOUS VIPERS 4-1 DEPORTIVO       

SUN       ADANSI HWEREMOASI                           ACHIKEN 2-1 TARKWA UTD         

SAT        GYANDU                                              PROUD UTD 1-0 CORNERS           

SUN       GYANDU                                              ELEVEN WISE 0-0 DUNKWA UTD.             

SUN       ASANDA                                              NZEMA KOTOKO 1-0 SAMARTEX              

 

 

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