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08.10.2008 Football News

Bechem Chelsea makes it to National Premier League


Bechem Chelsea justified their inclusion into the national Premier League after they defeated Brong Ahafo United 1-0 in their decisive Middle League match at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Wednesday.

The 'Blue and White' lads were full of joy as they removed their jerseys after the match waving to the spectators and went on a victory lab in jubilation with their few fans cheering giving them rousing applause on the stands while B/A United players and officials also engaged in arguments with the match officials on the touch line for alleged bad officiating.

It took the few security men on duty at the stadium to cool down tempers.

It was a match which Chelsea needed just a draw to qualify while B/A needed a must-win and it was against this background that when Referee Laud Vuvor who handled the match saw it ending goalless in the first half with both teams squandering begging chances.

In the fifth minute, Ransford Osei had an opportunity to put his side up after dribbling through forest of legs of the Chelsea defenders but his shot at goal missed the posts narrowly.

B/A continued to pile pressure for the opener but the defence of Chelsea stood gallantly to thwart all their effort.

In the 38th minute, Chelsea nearly scored from a free kick when goalkeeper Ernest Adu failed to make a first time save of the ball but a defender managed to send the ball to corner.

During the second half both teams brought in new blood but it was Chelsea who had the upper hand as they displayed skilful football with inter-positional passes and nearly took the lead in the 63rd minute but a powerful drive was easily picked by goalkeeper Adu.

The match from then became a ding-dong affair with each side determined to carry the day with Chelsea wasting a chance in the 74th minute.

B/A who turned the table later and played like wounded tigers saw their strong man Albert Adongo receiving a red card for rough play and with a numerical disadvantage and with the Chelsea boys looking more skilful and purposeful it came as no surprise when the goal eventually came in the 79th minute through the effort of Atika for the match winner.