Misery as Hearts, Accra-based teams falter

Author: Kwame Larweh
Am Olympics tussles with his Aduana counterpart for the ball in their encounter at the Accra Stadium yesterday
Am Olympics tussles with his Aduana counterpart for the ball in their encounter at the Accra Stadium yesterday

Accra-based teams faced another miserable weekend in the Ghana Premier League as Legon Cities FC, Hearts of Oak  and Great Olympics suffered which kept them at the bottom half of the league log after two matches each.

The chain of defeats started with Legon Cities FC who failed to live up to their pre-match hype and the support of Dancehall artist, Shatta Wale, who put up an energetic  performance ahead of the match, losing 1-3 to visiting Asante Kotoko.

It was a second straight defeat for Hearts who were walloped 3-0 by table-toppers Medeama SC at the Akoon Park at Tarkwa yesterday -- the Phobians’ second straight loss of the season and their heaviest defeat at the hands of their perennial rivals in a decade.

However, Inter Allies came through for the Accra clubs last Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Bechem United for their first win of the season to move up mid-table.

For Olympics, they appear to be finding life in the top flight difficult after conceding a late goal against Aduana Stars to lose 0-1 at the Accra Stadium yesterday.

Visiting Aduana left it late to snatch a 1-0 victory in Accra for their second successive win of the season, writes Kwame Larweh.

Substitute attacker Nathan Kwasi Richard’s 92nd minute side-footed shot in the penalty box made the difference in a rather drab match where both sides struggled to fashion out their tactics on the pitch.

Olympics took the game to the visiting team from the blast of the whistle and launched an onslaught in search of an early goal but experienced midfielder Gladson Awako and forward Haruna Jamaldeen fluffed their lines each time they found themselves in front of the Aduana goal area in a scoreless first half.

Back from recess, both teams failed to connect their passes and play a strategic game as a ding-dong battle ensued.

When all were waiting for the blast of the whistle to end proceedings, Aduana attacker Yahaya Mohammed latched onto an inswinger from the Aduana half and back-heeled the ball to an advancing Isaac Kwain who in turn laid a through pass Richards in the area who slotted home past a hapless goalkeeper Opoku Joshua who was caught ball-watching.

It was a painful defeat for the Wonder Club who were looking to bounce back with at least a point after suffering a heavy 0-3 opening week defeat to Ashantigold at Obuasi.

It was another gloomy weekend for ‘returnees’ King Faisal who suffered a second straight defeat yesterday after they were handed a 0-1 defeat by Ashantigold at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

Ashantigold centre-back Yusif Mubarik scored his second goal of the season to secure all three points in the first regional derby of the 2019/2020 Ghana Premier League to continue their winning streak.

In other matches, Berekum Cheslsea shared the honours with Liberty Professionals in a goalless drawn game at the Golden City Park, while visiting Dreams FC beat Techiman Eleven Wonders 1-0.

Elmina Sharks and visiting Karela United drew 1-1 at the Dr Ndoum Sports Complex, while West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) beat Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 at the Redbull Arena, Sogakope.

Results @ a glance
Accra: Olympics 0 Aduana 1
Berekum: Chelsea 0 Liberty 0
Techiman: E. Wonders 0  Dreams 1
Elmina: E. Sharks 1 Karela United 1
Kumasi: King Faisal 0 Ashgold 1  
Tarkwa: Medeama 3 Hearts 0
Sogakope: WAFA 2   Dwarfs  0
Accra: Inter Allies 2 Bechem 1
Accra: Legon Cities 1  Kotoko 3