Ashgold moves to second after stunning Lions
3/26/2012 8:32:27 PM -
Accra, March 26, GNA - Obuasi AshantiGold's fine run in the second of the Glo Premier League has pushed them to second place on the log after the Miners descended heavily on the Kpando Park to beat Heart of Lions 2-0.
The victory, Ashgold's six from six games sums up Coach Yaw Acheampong's fine work with the former Champions who struggled for survival throughout the first round with results that plunged them into the relegation zone weeks on end.
Mohammed Yakubu, a man in form opened the scoring after six minutes before Daniel Asamoah consolidated the lead before the break to ensure Ashgold moved to the second spot for the first time this season.
The win which puts Ashgold ten points off leaders, Kumasi Asante Kotoko nipped Lions' hopes of turning around their poor form this term in a game that saw Benjamin Fadi missing from the spot after the homers earned an 80th minute penalty to at least get a consolation.
Elsewhere in Tarkwa, Aduana Stars' desire to return from the T&A Park with a win was ruined by relegation fighters, Wassaman United. The homers rallied back to draw 1-1 after Richard Arhin gave the visitors a 1-0 lead three minutes from recess.
The game was tensed and when the visitor's Seth Opare was dismissed after Aduana picked up five cards, the height of tension had just arrived.
Wassaman ensured their numerical advantage counted when they dug deep to pull parity in the 78th minute when Shaffiu Mumuni got on the score sheet.
Leading Premiership scorer, Emmanuel Baffour pushed his tally to 16 when he scored New Edubiase's only goal in their meeting with Wa All Stars at the Gyamfi Park, Bekwai.
The strike which takes the player's lead to five more than his closest competitor, AshantiGold's Yakubu was all Edubiase needed to bag all three points at home.
At the Accra Sports Stadium, Hearts of Oak did little to give Coach C.K. Akunnor a fine welcome to the Club, which the former Black Stars captain was supervising for the first time.
Hearts played what supporters say is their worst performance this season and lost by a lone goal to city rivals Liberty Professionals when much was expected of them to bridge the gap with their arch rivals Asante Kotoko.
The result which pushed the Phobians to fourth place and 12 points adrift leaders Kotoko, further depletes Hearts hopes of winning the League.
Substitute Kwame Boahene sunk Hearts with a 76th minute strike with a goal that gave Liberty a back-to-back victory over the Phobians this season.
At the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium where Ebusua Dwarfs play as their new home, Kotoko returned home with all three points after beating the Cape Coasters 2-0 to open a 10-point lead at the summit.
Two goals in either half from Kofi Nti Boakye and Ben Acheampong wrapped up victory for Kotoko in a game Dwarfs labored to prove efficient.
On Saturday, Medeama rallied from a goal down to beat Tudu Mighty Jets 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Jets' Abubakar Sidi sent the host ahead a minute before the recess but Medeama returned from the break stronger and drew level through Kwabena Adusei six minutes after the hour mark.
While the game appeared to be heading for a draw, Hans Kwofie hit the back of Jets' net in the 89th minute to gave Medeama all three points.