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07.08.2003 League Report

Results/Reports of the Mid-week League Matches

By GNA
Results/Reports of the Mid-week League Matches
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Results of the 12th week Kinapharma Premier League mid week match between Liberty/Lions played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday. Accra: Liberty 2-0 Lions (played on Thursday) Accra: Hearts 1-0 Arsenals Sekondi: Hasaacas 1-0 Minestars Bolga: RTU 1-0 Okwawu Obuasi: Goldfields 3-1 Olympics Kumasi: Faisal 3-1 Stay Cool Sunyani: Bofoakwa 0-2 Kotoko Koforidua: Power 1-0 B.A. United (EDS: The match between Liberty Professionals and Kpando Heart of Lions will be played on Thursday). Heats Win A 72nd-minute pile driver by Lawrence Adjei was all that Champion Club Accra Hearts of Oak needed to take the maximum three points against stubborn Berekum Arsenals in their match at the Accra Sports Stadium. Not overawed by the free scoring form of the Champions, which has seen them scored eight goals in their last two games, Arsenals took the game to the home team from the start and created the first opening in the 11th minute but Francis Asowa shot flew just cross the face of the posts. But when Hearts warmed themselves into the game, Arsenals found the going very tough and had to resort to unorthodox means to keep their opponents at bay resulting in two of their players, Emmanuel Amoah and Francis Bossman being shown the yellow cards in the 18th and 27th minutes respectively. One of Hearts' young players Nasiru Ghani had a good opportunity to score but the striker could not maintain his composure when a loose ball after a goalmouth melee fell on his path.
The second half was not different from the first as the Phobians pushed forward for the opener but their efforts were rebuffed by the resolute defensemen of Arsenals built around veterans Yaw Sebreh. As the match wore on, it became obvious that if a goal would come, it would go to the home team as they did most of the attacking while Arsenals resorted to occasional breaks, which yielded no result. In the 72nd minute, the much needed goal to set the nerves of the home fans at ease came when Ghani flick a cross unto the path of Adjei to fire in a powerful shot into the net, taking his personal goal tally to three in four matches.
And at Bolga, Real Tamale United managed a thin 1-0 win over Okwawu United.
Hasaacas defeat Mine Stars 1-0 Sekondi, Aug. 6, GNA- Sekondi Hasaacas on Wednesday defeated visiting Prestea Mine Stars 1-0 in their Kinapharma premier league match played at the Sekondi Gyandu Park. The lone goal was scored by Emmanuel Okyere playing at the inside right position in the 88th minute when Hasaacas was under intense pressure. Unlike the first half, which was dominated by Hasaacas, Mine stars played aggressively in the second half, outclassing Hasaacas in the greater part of the half but could not find their scoring boots. Had it not been for its strong defensive work, Hasaacas could have given in to pressure from the Mine Stars boys who they managed to hold at bay until they had the opportunity to score that lone goal. Both sides put up good performances but lacked coordination and the ability to put the ball into the net of their opponents. In Koforidua, a 21st minute strike by newly signed Baba Nasiru playing at the inside left position for Power enabled his side to beat visiting B. A. United 2-0 in their match played at the Koforidua stadium. The goal is the first for Nasiru since joining Power this season after appearing three times for the club. Power had drawn two of its home matches and lost one . The match which was watched by few spectators was a game of equals and entertaining until the 81st minute when the centre half of B. A. United , Alex Djane savagely attacked the inside right of Power, Alex Awuah. Referee Charles Dowuona who was close to the scene immediately showed him the exit. Immediately he was shown the red card, Djane rushed on Referee Dowuona together with other players of B. A. United. Some of the officials on the bench of B. A. United also joined the players on the field in attacking Referee Dowuona and it took the Police some time to calm the B. A. players down and for Djane to leave the field for the game to resume. After the incident, the B. A. boys turned the game into a rough game kicking and hacking down their opponent to the disappointment of the spectators. It was therefore a relief when the final whistle of the referee sounded to signal the end of proceedings. King Faisal played a good game to grab the three-points at stake beating Banana Inn-based Stay Cool Professionals 3-1 in their match at the Kumasi sports stadium. Faisal shot into the lead in the 32nd minute through Kwabena Opoku who beat two defenders on the trot and slammed the ball into the net beating goalkeeper Philip Boakye completely. Eric Gawu hit the post in an attempt to increase the tally for Faisal in the 35th minute but Abubakari Yahuza shot wide the rebound shot. In the 41st minute, Nicholas Addo, run deep into the vital area of the visitors and delivered a thunderbolt into the net for Faisal's second goal. Stay Cool who substituted their goalkeeper with Lugard Tetteh took control of the game on resumption but poor shooting upfront robbed them of goals. Faisal came into the picture and scored netted their third goal in the 72 minute through Eric Gawu who capitalised on a goalmouth scramble. With just four minutes to end the game, Stay Cool had a free kick outside the penalty box and Samuel Enezemaba made no mistake when he perfectly flicked the ball into the net. Obuasi Goldfields scaled over a goal deficit to beat visiting Accra Great Olympics 3-1 in their match at the Len Clay Stadium. Goldfields victory will be credited to their two Camerounian players Valentine Atem and Bayard Issiaka whose perfect understanding saw them scoring in the 49th and 59th minute respectively to give their side a sweet victory. The Minners had to struggle for over 26 minutes before they cancelled the visitors lead which they had in the 12th minute. The match itself took off with an electrifying start when Olympics made the first incursion but it was Goldfields who sent the crowd cheering with a 1st minute corner which was wasted. In the twelth minute dangerman Andy Pomayie outpaced a defender and sent a shot which hit the post for Daniel Offei to slot it into the net for the first goal. With the fans anxious for the equaliser, the Miners, spearheaded by Shaibu Yakubu Atem and Issiaka worked themselves into the game and succeeded in snatching the equaliser in the 38th minute. Atem had the second goal for his side in the 49th minute after he had taken advantage of a clinical toss from James Boateng to head the ball home for a goal. Goldfields had the third goal through Issiaka after he had received a pass from Atem and wasted no time in moving through the defence of Olympics before unleashing a shot which beat keeper john Adjetey in post for the wonder club.

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