Match Day 17 of the GN Bank Division One League ended this past Wednesday and Thursday with the race to the premier division still tight in Zone one where the road played havoc to B. Arsenals hopes as well as that of Mighty Royals who picked up a loss at Bolga Utd and in Zone three where Accra Gt. Olympics saw their 3point edge drop to two after fluffing the opportunity to increase it at home. In Zone two, the match between summit holders – Elmina Sharks - and Achiken scheduled for Adansi Hweremoasi was postponed until further notice over security reasons. The result of the match between Eleven Wise and Wassaman Utd was not available at the time of this write up.
UPDATE: Eleven Wise and Wassaman Utd played to a 3 all tie at Sekondi. The Show Boys remain 4th on the log on 30points.
In Zone one, the topmost encounter of the day, a top four clash for the between hosts – FC Tanga and Berekum Arsenals ended in a 2nil victory for the former who bounced back into the winning column and also maintained their home invincibility with the victory. FC Tanga moved into the second spot with the win on 31points, same as B. Arsenals who dropped to the third spot on 31points. Berekum Arsenal who were on top of the Zone three summit with 33points seem to have been ducked a win and awarded a draw, hence their tally is now 31points. Current leaders – Mighty Royals’ – hope of extending their lead atop the log did not come off as expected as they were humbled by a lone goal defeat at the hands of Bolga All Stars, their second straight defeat on the trail since the start of the second round, but they remained atop the Zone on 33points, 2points better than the closest competition. And somehow, Berlin FC could not get the job done on the road against the relegation threatened Liberty Babies, but they picked up a point in their 6 goal fest game with their hosts to boost their tally to29points and the fourth spot.
Bofoakwa Tano’s attempt to pick up momentum for the second round stalled on the road as they played to a goalless tie against Steadfast FC, a result that dropped them to the 6th spot on 29points and B.A. United improved to the 5th spot, also on 29points following their 4-0 home thrashing of Guan Utd.
Elsewhere in the Zone, R.T.U continued to be plagued by the inconsistencies that held them back in the first round as they fell on the road by a lone goal to Wa Rockets, a result that left them stuck in mid-table on 25points, a solid 8points off the mark with their chances of getting out of the wilderness this year looking slimmer by the week. Tamale Utrecht won at home by two goals to one over the visiting Unity FC, and Bawku Utd divvied the spoils with Mpuasuman (1-1) at home, a result that left them holding on to the cellar. Guan FC and Liberty have the 14th and 15th spots on the log respectively.
In Zone two, the tricky road match between leaders – Elmina Sharks and Achiken – scheduled for Adansi Hweremoasi was postponed over security concerns but they maintained their comfortable 8point lead despite being idle as Proud Utd made their fans proud with a 2-0 win over the second placed Bibiani Gold Stars to peg them back in the chase. Karela FC kept up the pressure for the second spot by staying afloat at Dunkwa and picking a point following their 2-2 tie with their hosts. A very impressive outing Karela FC who are playing hard for the second spot and at worse a top four finish.
The result of the match between Eleven Wise and Wassaman Utd was not available at the time of this write up but they held on to the fourth spot on 29points and will leapfrog Karela and Gold Stars for the second spot with a win. Nzema Kotoko’s recent 5 straight game winning surge crashed on the road at the hands of Tarkwa Utd who handed them a 2-1 defeat but the former remain an impressive 5th on the log with 26points whilst the latter picked up their second straight home win to improve to one step below mid-table on 22points.
Elsewhere in the Zone, Asokwa Deportivo made up for some lost ground, perhaps a bit too late, with their second straight win of this half, a 2-1 road win over the long time ago tier one powerhouse – Cornerstones – to improve to the 6th spot on 24points. Samartex improved their lot at home with a lone goal win over Starke FC and Cape Coast based Venomous Vipers finally got back into the winning column after a four straight game slide with a 2-1 win over Alhaji Grusah’s relegation threatened King Faisal outfit who continue to hold on to the cellar in Zone two.
In Zone three, leaders, Gt. Olympics had the perfect opportunity at home to widen the gap between them and the closest competition, as well as avenge their first round defeat at the hands of the pesky Pure Joy side, but they failed to do both as their visitors held them to goalless tie and grabbed the season’s advantage over them, having defeated the Dade Boys in the first round. Olympics held on to the summit but their lead dropped to two. Impressive Vision FC kept up the pressure for the top spot as they took advantage of their home turf to edge the relegation threatened King Solomon by a lone goal to move into the second slot on 33points, 2points adrift of the lead. And hitherto second placed Okyeman Planners gave a good accounting of themselves as they managed to pick up a point against Sporting Mirren in their second straight road game of the second half of the season, although they dropped to the third spot on 32 points.
Heart of Lions kept their hopes for the top spot in the right direction as they demolished visiting Nania FC by four goals to nothing for the double and improved to the fourth spot on 31points, 4points off the summit and Okwawu Utd, ended their three game non-winning run with a lone goal victory over the visiting Danbort FC who picked up their third straight loss in as many appearances. The Asaase Aban Boys improved their points tally to 30 whilst maintaining the fifth spot.
Elsewhere, the blast of Mighty Jets’ engine proved too much for Amidaus Professionals to handle as they destroyed their hosts by a 3-1 scoreline, Kotoku Royals distanced themselves some more from the relegation places with a 3-1 home win over Danbort FC to improve to the 10th spot on 21points. Tema Youth notched a rare road win over Roberto FC who picked up their second straight loss in as many matches in the second half of the campaign. Nania FC, Roberto FC and King Solomon all remained put in the drop zone in that order.
Log table and game day results courtesy of ghanafa.org
BELOW ARE THE SCORES FROM ALL THREE ZONES
ZONE 1 - DAY 17 - 29TH & 30TH JUNE, 2016 (MIDWEEK)
WED WA STADIUM WA ROCKETS 1-0 RTU
WED BOLGA PARK FC TANGA 2-0 ARSENAL
THURS TAMALE MAIN LIBERTY BABIES 3-3 BERLIN
WED SUNYANI CORONATION PARK B. A. UTD 4-0 GUAN UTD
WED BAWKU PARK BAWKU UTD 1-1 MPUASUMAN
WED TAMALE ACADEMY TAMALE UTRECHT 2-1 UNITY
WED TAMALE MAIN STEADFAST 0-0 BOFOAKWA
THURS BOLGA PARK BOLGA ALL STARS 1-0 MIGHTY ROYALS
ZONE 2 -DAY 17 - 29TH & 30TH JUNE, 2016 (MIDWEEK)
WED CAPE COAST VENOMOUS VIPERS 2-1 KING FAISAL
WED ADANSI HWEREMOASI ACHIKEN VS SHARKS - POSTPONED
THURS GYANDU PROUD UTD. 2-0 GOLDSTARS
WED GYANDU ELEVEN WISE 3-3 WASSAMAN UTD.
WED SAMRABOI SAMARTEX 1-0 STARKE
WED DUNKWA DUNKWA UTD. 2-2 KARELA
THURS BABA YARA CORNERS 1-2 DEPORTIVO
WED TARKWA TARKWA UTD 2-1 NZEMA KOTOKO
ZONE 3 - DAY 17 - 29TH & 30TH JUNE, 2016 (MID WEEK)
THURS SOGAKOPE ROBERTO 0-1 TEMA YOUTH
WED KWEIMAN VISION 1-0 KING SOLOMON
WED KPANDO LIONS 4-0 NANIA
WED FIRE SERVICE T.S. OLYMPICS 0-0 PURE JOY
WED ODA KOTOKU ROYALS 3-1 DANBORT
WED NKAWKAW OKWAWU UTD 1-0 ISTANBUL
WED TEMA AMIDAUS 1-3 MIGHTY JETS
WED AQUINAS SPORTING MIRREN 1-1 PLANNERS
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