FCPPL review: Kotoko sink Hearts deeper; AshGold charge to title

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Dauda Mohammed of Kotoko has scored three goals in four games (including friendlies) vs Hearts. And he’s just 17.Kotoko beat Hearts of Oak 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium to win the much talked about Super Clash on Sunday as Dauda Mohammed’s late strike sank the Phobians to hand the Accra based side their 3rd loss at home.

Amos Frimpong struck first for the away side but Inusah Musa drew level for the home side and Dauda Mohammed’s strike was what Kotoko needed to win the day.

A battle of 14th and 12th placed teams saw an enterprising game at the Accra sports stadium as both sides exhibited quality football on the day.

It was the Phobians who called the first shot, just two minutes inside the first half after Foovi Aguidi failed to connect Isaac Oduro’s laid back pass. The Porcupine Warriors gathered and started passing the ball among themselves which in the 8th and 10th minute they created space at Hearts of Oak back Inusah Musah saved the situation for the home side.

The tempo of the game kept on increasing; Hearts of Oak pinched Kotoko midfield and a through pass from Emmanuel Hayford found Kenneth Okoro but had his shot parried away by Ofori Antwi in the 12th minute, a minute later Kotoko initiated a good move on the left side of Hearts of Oak  defense but Atta Kusi palmed off Tetteh Lugard.

However, in the 22nd minute referee  Ametepey awarded a penalty for Hearts of Oak claiming that Isaac Oduro was fouled by Abeiku Ainooson which saw a vigorous protest from Kotoko players, calm was restored  and Hearts captain selected himself for the kick but failed to beat Ofori Antwi.

After the Phobians failed to register the first goal, they got punished by the Porcupine Warriors in the 24th minute, Jackson Owusu initiated a beautiful attack from Kotoko’s midfield thread through Sarfo Gyamfi, Isaac Oduro came and rescued the Phobians, the resulted corner kick was neatly headed home by Amos Frimpong,

The home side re-grouped and committed more men forward by Ofori Antwi stood his ground and thwarted the chances the Phobians had.

Kotoko looked more composed leading 1-0, they came close to getting their second goal but Robin Gnagne cleared  his lines to keep the strikers of Kotoko at bay. The Phobians tried everything they could but their best was not enough as the first half ended.

Kotoko started the second half as the strongest side and created goal scoring opportunities but they fluffed their line, the Phobians failed to curtail Kotoko quick passing movement, the away side kept the heat on the Phobians searching for their second goal and against the round of play in the 61st minute, Hearts had a free kick and Inusah Musah rose above Kotoko defenders to pull even for the Phobians.

Now the table turns in favour of the Phobians, they dominated play and they nearly registered their second goal but Foovi Aguidi dragged his shot wide.

Both sides kept their midfield and defense intact but it was the away side who pushed for the match winner which they had in the 83rd minute and it was Dauda Mohammed who had it after a goal melee in Hearts of Ok penalty box.

The Phobians failed to respond as the Porcupine Warriors held on to win the game 2-1.

The results means Hearts of Oak drop to the 15th position as Kotoko climb to the 8th position on the log sheet.

Key stat: Kotoko now have a superior head to head against Hearts by virtue of scoring 2 away goals.

BA United 0-1 Aduana

Aduana Stars kept their sights firmly fixed on the Ghana Premier League title after defeating relegation-bound regional rivals Brong Ahafo United 1-0 at the Coronation Park in Sunyani.

Striker Richard Arhin struck the opener for Kwabena Ameyaw’s side with a well-taken 19th minute penalty which dampened the home fans.  With the Apostles’ return to the wilderness almost certain, Aduana capitalised on their season’s poor record to put themselves in pole position to fight leaders AshantiGold for the title.

Aduana made early intentions by piling enormous pressure on their host as their travelling fans cheered them on to to go for an early kill.  Their pressure paid off as the hosts’ defence committed a foul inside the box and earned a penalty. Arhin stepped up and expertly struck home for his 9th league goal of the season.

With Berekum Chelsea succumbing to a home 1-1 home draw with Medeama SC, Aduana have now gone three points within the reach of leaders AshantiGold and keep their sights on a second title win.

Hasaacas 1-1 Great Olympics  

The Wonder Club handed their relegation survival hopes a major boost after holding a ten-man Sekondi Hasaacas to a 1-1 pulsating draw at the Sekondi Stadium.

In-form Striker Kwame Boateng steered the Wonder Club ahead in the 35th minute but the hosts levelled through new sensation Kojo Poku.    Yaw Acheampong remote-controlled the game with superior tactical plan deployed by former Ghana international Godwin Attram and executed by Kwame Boateng.

They made their dominance so apparent that Hasaacas even got a man sent off at the crucial moment when they were down by a goal as midfielder Theophilus Nyame had his marching orders from referee Awal Mohammed.

Boateng’s opener was brilliantly inspired by Attram whose nimble-foot sliced the host defence before laying the ball for him to finish off.  Hasaacas appeared to have been dying out of the game until Kojo Poku levelled to the delight of the home fans.

Wa All Stars 1-0 Edubiase

Emmanuel Ocran powered Wa All Stars close to a top-four place after brushing New Edubiase United 1-0 at the Wa Park in the Ghanaian Premier League on Sunday.

Ocran shot Jimmy Korbla’s side upfront and Edubiase were unable to come back into the game despite pressing to get the equaliser.

The results affirms All Stars’ superior home record which Edubiase were trying to put to test but fell to the sword.

The defeat leaves Edubiase still facing the dangers of relegation despite enjoying sitting atop the zone for weeks.

Inter Allies 2-1 Lions

Allies are currently level on points with second after beating Heart of Lions 2-1 at the Tema Stadium on Saturday. Skipper Baba Mensah shot Inter Allies into the lead in the 28th minute before Frederick Opoku Yamoah doubled the lead before the first half ended.

After John Kufour’s 69th minute red card, Hearts of Lions were handed a heavy task as Inter Allies capitalised on the numerical advantage to push for more goals.

However Lions managed to pull one back after Isaac Quansah scored in the 92nd minute. Lions who are lying just above 13th placed Hearts of Oak could move to the relegation zone if the Phobians manage a win in tomorrow’s Super Clash.

WAFA 0-0 Bechem

In another First Capital Plus Premier League match played on Friday, WAFA drew goalless with Bechem United at the Sogakope Park.
WAFA occupies the 5th position on the league table with Bechem United on the 10th position, but their positions are subject to change following the remaining six matches yet to be played on Sunday.

Details:

AshantiGold 1-0 Liberty Professionals (Emmanuel Osei)

Berekum Chelsea 1-1 Medeama SC (Stephen Asare Baffour; Nathaniel Asamoah)

Hasaacas 1-1 Olympics (Kojo Poku, Kwame Boateng)

BA United 0-1 Aduana (Richard Arhin)

Hearts 1-2 Kotoko (Musah Inusah; Amos Frimpong, Dauda Mohammed)

WAFA 0-0 Bechem United

Inter-Allies 2-1 Heart of Lions (Baba Mensah, Frederick Opoku; Isaac Quansah)

League table

Some key stats:

* 13 goals were scored on Matchday 25.
* 2 away wins, 3 home wins, 3 draws
* Eric Donkor’s assist for Kotoko’s first goal was his 9th for the season.

source: myjoyonline.com