With 7 weeks to go, Match Week 23 of the Ghana Premier League produced some mouth-watering action for the onlookers as the teams thrilled their fans with some excellent performances. Headlining this week’s review are Sharks’ rare away win and WAFA’s loss to Chelsea which threw the title race wide open.
At Berekum, WAFA went in match week 23 three points ahead of Aduana with a game in hand and were looking to extend the gap or at least maintain it when they took on Chelsea.
The Academy boys got their dream start as they took the lead through Richard Danso’s strike. However, the league leaders were stunned by hosts Chelsea as Stephen Sarfo’s brace was enough to give Chelsea the three maximum points as they rallied from behind.
WAFA’s defeat did Aduana Stars’ title hopes some good as they capitalized on WAFA’s defeat to draw level on points at the summit. Aduana who lost to All Stars in mid-week beat Dwarfs by 2-0 kind courtesy a Bright Adjei brace. The victory puts Aduana joint-top with WAFA who have a game in hand.
Elmina Sharks victory over Ashgold was the biggest story this weekend. Sharks ended Ashgold’s unbeaten run in the second round as they beat the miners by 2-1.
Sharks raced into a 2-goal lead with goals from Eric Owusu and Benjamin Tweneboah with Prince Owusu getting a consolation for the miners. Sharks were reduced to 10-men but still held on for victory.
In the Tema derby, Tema Youth beat Inter Allies by 3-1. The Eleven-to-one who were looking to build on from their mid-week victory raced into an early lead through Abdul Nasiru Hamza but were unable to hold on at the Astro turf as goals from Francis Adjetey, James Akaminko and Joseph Paintsil helped Team Youth to come back and rally to victory.
Bechem United inflicted more woes on Bolga All Stars as they trashed the visitors by 4-0. Ahmed Toure took home the match ball after securing a hat-trick against the relegated side with Maxwell also getting on the score sheet.
In the battle of Tom Strand’s armies, Medeama showed Great Olympics they have learnt a lot from their former many than they have as they beat the relegation threatened side currently managed by Strand by 3-0.
Strikes from Bismarck Oppong, Justice Blay and Latif Salifu were enough to give the Mauves and Yellows the three maximum points.
All Stars built upon their mid-week victory over Aduana Stars as they beat Liberty Professionals by 2-1. The home side earned the victory with goals coming from David Abagna and Mathew Kelvin Andoh.
Emmanuel Sarpong got the consolation for the scientific soccer lads who drop into the bottom three after the defeat. Sharks move to 11th following their victory whilst Ashgold drop to 13th.
All Stars move joint top with WAFA on 43 points whilst Hearts and Kotoko remain in their positions as their scheduled game was postponed following Kotoko’s misfortunate incident.
GHANA PREMIER LEAGUE WEEK 23 RESULTS
Ashanti Gold [1 – 2] Elmina Sharks
Tema Youths [3 – 1] Inter Allies
Great Olympics [0 – 3] Medeama SC
Berekum Chelsea [2 – 1] WAFA
Aduana Stars [2 – 0] Ebusua Dwarfs
Wa Allstars [2 – 1] Liberty Professionals
Bechem United [4 – 0] Bolga Allstars
Asante Kotoko P-P Hearts of Oak
CREDIT; DAVID AFFUL