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01.03.2012 League Report

ASHGOLD break Hearts, Kotoko maintain lead

By Ghanaian Chronicle
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An own goal scored by Kofi Agyare in the first half of Accra Hearts of Oak's 18 th week Glo Premier League game against Ashgold Sporting Club, coupled with a second half red card to Nana Bonsu, contrived to ensure that Ghana's oldest existing club, tasted their first defeat of the second round, making it just two points for the Phobians from a possible nine.

It was a day the miners were so determined to carry to give their winning spree in the second round of the league a further shot in the arm.

Ashgold did not do well in the first round of the league, but since the commencement of the second round, they have managed to win all their matches played so far, and yesterday added Hearts of Oak to their list of victims.

The defeat only means that Asante Kotoko, who drew 0-0 with Aduana Stars, have stretched their lead to 38 points, seven points adrift of the Phobians, who have been stuttering to catch up with them.

Having hobbled from one defeat to another, and finding themselves on the brink of defeat, Medeama S/C dug deeper than they had done in their two previous games in the second round to convincingly account for New Eduabiase 3-1.

Playing in the absence of the league's top marksman, Emmanuel Baffour, Edubiase did not initially looked perturbed at all as they raced into an 18 th minute through Bernard Ofori, who grabbed a brace last Sunday in their match against Tema Youth at home.

Ahead of their Champions League game on Sunday, Berekum Chelsea, who have been having a stormy second round reversed the trend by beating Wa All Stars by a lone goal, thanks to Abdul Basit's 23 rd minute goal.

At the Tema Park, homesters Tema Youth failed to prove their mettle at home, as they had to fight with grit from a goal down to manage to salvage a point from their match against Wassaman United.

It was Francis Aduhene who drew first blood for Wassaman United before Nicholas Konjah secured parity for Tema Youth, whose fans were not amused at all due to the unimpressive run the team, is recording in the league.

As if it was a day designed for home teams to fight from goals down to record wins, Liberty Professionals, playing at their favourite Dansoman Sly Tetteh Park displayed an admirable fighting spirit, making nonsense of an Eric Opoku first half goal to win 3-1.

It was Rashid Salifu, who restored hope for Liberty Professionals with his 56 th minute equalizer, which gave the Scientific Soccer lads the elixir to fight and press for the win, which by every stretch of imagination should be beyond their wildest dreams.

GLO Premier League: Standings
Teams
  P
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    GD
    PTS
Kotoko   18     11     5     2     24       9      15       38

Hearts   18      8     7     3     17      11       6       31

Chelsea   18      8     6     4     20      12       8       30

All Stars   18      8     5     5     15      10       5       29

Dwarfs   18      7     7     4     18      13       5       28

Edubiase FC   18      9     1     8     22      23      -1       28

Aduana Stars   18      6     8     4     13       8       7       26

AshGold   18      7     5     6     17      23      -8       26

Liberty   18      7     4     7     19      15       4       25

Medeama SC   18      8     0    10     24      21       3       24

Tema Youth   18      5     5     8     20      24      -4       20

Lions   17      4     8     5     15      15       0       20

Mighty Jets   17      4     7     6     13      16      -3       19

Arsenals   17      3     5     9     12      22    -10       14

Wassaman Utd   18      3     4    11     14      26    -12       13

Bechem Utd   17      2     7     8     12      27    -15       13

 
 

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