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GHPL Match Day 1 Wrap: Inter Allies rout Bechem; Hearts, Kotoko earn draws

Sunday 18th March , 2018 6:18 pm
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Inter Allies were the biggest winners of Match Day One of the 2017/2018 Ghana Premier League as giants Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak both earned draws on opening day.

Allies got the 2018 Ghana Premier League underway with an impressive 3-0 victory over visiting Bechem United at the Tema Stadium on Saturday.

Three second half goals from Kenichi Yatsuhashi’s side condemned Bechem to their heaviest defeat on opening day of any league season. Dan Amanfo scored 13 minutes after the break before Nigerien international Victorien Adebayor added a brace to wrap up victory. The Eleven is to One now top the table by virtue of their impressive victory.

Kumasi Asante Kotoko earned their first point at Sogakope after fighting from behind to draw 1-1 against WAFA. Ghana U-17 star Aminu Mohammed curled in a beautiful free-kick from 20 yards inside the first 3 minutes to give the academy boys the lead.

But Yakubu Mohammed’s fortuitous effort 10 minutes restored parity. The rest of the game failed to produce any other goals as Kotoko held on for a famous draw as WAFA extend their unbeaten home record to 45 matches.

In Techiman, premier league new boys Eleven Wonders fought back to draw 1-1 with visiting Accra Hearts of Oak. Winful Cobbinah converted an 8th minute penalty to give Henry Wellington’s side the lead after new signing Joseph Esso was brought down inside the box. But experienced striker Alex Asamoah pulled parity after the break to give the home side a deserved point.

Fellow new boys Karela United were given a tough introduction to life in the premier league at the Tarkwa and Aboso Park. Kwame Boateng scored a 9th minute goal which turned out to be the winner as Medeama’s continues dominance failed to produce further goals in a game largely dominated by the home side.

In Cape Coast, Ebusua Dwarfs’ impressive record against Berekum Chelsea continued as Amoah Mensah’s 65th minute penalty was enough to hand Bashir Hayford’s side a 1-0 victory. But the game was not short of drama as Berekum Chelsea players threated to walk off the pitch over the penalty decision before eventually returning to continue with the game.

Berekum Chelsea have now failed to pick points in 5 of their previous 7 visits to Cape Coast.

Dreams FC needed an injury time winner from Zuberu Sharani to give them a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Elmina Sharks at the Theater of Dreams in Dawu. Sharks had shown resistance all afternoon and even after their goalkeeper Joseph Essam was stretchered off to hospital in the first half, they still looked good for a draw until Sharani’s late effort handed Karim Zito victory over Yaw Acheampong.

Ashantigold had to rely on the experience of Shafiu Mumuni whose 19th minute strike in the first half was all CK Akonnor’s men needed to triumph at home to 2016 league champions, Wa All Stars. Ashgold have now stretched their unbeaten run against All Stars to 7 matches.

Aduana Stars’ game against Liberty Professionals has been postponed as a result of the former’s participation in the CAF Champions League this weekend.

 

 

By: Fentuo Tahiru/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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