GPL: Yahaya Mohammed, Aduana make strong opening day statement

Author: Maurice Quansah
Red hot Yahaya Mohammed is the league's leading goal scorer with three goals

Yahaya Mohammed scored the first hat-trick of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season as he powered Aduana Stars to an emphatic 4-09 victory against Inter Allies at the Nana Agyeman Badu Park, Dormaa-Ahenkro on Sunday.

It was the strongest possible start by the two-tie Ghana champions who went to the summit of the league log on account of their superior goal difference as red hot Mohammed topped the top scorers’ chart after Matchday One.

Mohammed put Aduana ahead in the 13th minute through a perfect header and increased the tally in the 18th minute before completing his hat-trick and Man-of-the-Match performance in the 73rd minute.

Yahaya Mohammed scored the league's first hat-trick

Other big winners on Sunday were Dreams FC and Ashantigold who thumped returnees King Faisal and Great Olympics by three goal-margins. Dreams were 4-1 winners against visiting Faisal at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, Dawu, while Ashantigold beat Olympics 3-0 at the Len Clay Stadium, Obuasi.

Dreams FC defeated King Faisal 4-1 at Dawu

Medeama got their season off to a flying start after defeating Ebusua Dwarfs 3-1 in Cape Coast, with Bechem United earning all the three points with a 2-0 victory against Elmina Sharks at Bechem.

There was a dramatic finish by Liberty Professionals who fought from a two-goal deficit to hold Legon Cities FC (formerly Wa All Stars) 2-2 with an 89th minute thunderbolt by Michael Ampadu ensuring the Scientific Soccer lads earned a point from the four-goal thriller at the Carl Reindorf Park, Dansoman.

Justice Blay scored the match-winning goal for Asante Kotoko

There were contrasting fortunes for traditional giants Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak in their home matches as Justice Blay’s fourth minute header earned Kotoko a valuable 1-0 win against Techinan Eleven Wenders at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Blay’s strike was the first goal of the season.

However, a first-half strike by winger Jonah Attuquaye condemned Hearts to an opening day defeat as the Phobians lost 0-1 at the Accra Stadium to the disappointment of the home fans who blamed their head coach, Kim Grant, for the defeat.

Karela FC also suffered a home defeat after losing 0-1 to WAFA at Tarkwa.