Medeama SC pipped AshGold 1-0 at the Tarkwa & Aboso Park on Wednesday to maintain their lead on top of the Premier A table of the NC Special Competition.
Coach Samuel Boadu handed Emmanuel Beateng a start after missing their game against Eleven Wonders.
Ashantigold also started Tijjani Joshua for the first time this season since returning from injury, same as striker Mark Agyakum who started ahead of Shafiu Mumuni.
Ashantigold started the game very well and dominated the early exchanges. It took Medeama sometime before settling in the game.
The first chance of the game fell to Kwame Boateng but his deflected shot was parried away by goalkeeper Frank Boateng.
Justice Blay also came close in the 29th minute but his header went wide.
Ashanti Gold went close in the 39th minute, but Richard Djodi’s effort was saved my Ansah.
The first half ended goalless as both sides defended gallantly.
From recess, Awudu Tahiru came close to breaking the deadlock but Mubarik Yussif recovered to clear the ball from a dangerous position.
Medeama’s pressure finally paid off in the 65th minute as Agyenim Boateng powered them in front with a good strike.
Ashanti Gold huffed and puffed after the goal but failed to get the equalizer. Agyenim Boateng nearly made it two for Medeama but his header went wide.
Richard Djodi had the last chance of the game but his shot was blocked by Egyin. The game ended 1-0 in favour of the home side as they stretched their lead on top of the Zone A table.