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[GPL MATCH DAY 2 REVIEW]: Great Olympics emerge as league leaders after day 2 while Kotoko, Medeama remain winless

Accra-based Great Olympics sit top of the league table after match day 2 of the Ghana Premier League – an outcome that surprises many especially when clubs tagged as favoruites to lift this year’s trophy are yet to pick a win.

The results trickling in after match week 2 suggest a keenly contested battle between the clubs – narrow wins and the numbers of draws recorded – meaning if things stay the way it is the winner of the 2020/2021 league will have to dig deep.

Ohene Ameyaw Park – Techiman (Friday) 

 

This week’s matches started on Friday with Techiman-Based Eleven Wonders welcoming Ebusua Dwarfs to their favourite home venue.

Wonder’s impressive display against Kotoko in their opening fixture came to bare once again as they defeated unimpressive Dwarfs 2-0 after 90 minutes.

Experienced Tetteh Nortey shot the home side into the lead through the spot after 31 minutes of play before substitute Prince Okraku sealed victory for Wonders.

Okraku has thus scored two goals in two games all from the bench.

Accra Sports Stadium – Accra

It was a day to remember as a scintillating performance from Great Olympics saw them silence regional rivals Legon Cities 3-0.

Sadly enough, the defeat has left Cities with no choice than to sack their Bosnian head coach Goran Barjaktarevic following accumulated run of poor results from last season

Team captain Gladson Awako opened the scores a minute to recess before Maxwell Nii Abbey made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second half. Samuel Ashie-Quaye came through with the third and final goal seven minute to full time as they walked out with the heads held up high.

Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park – Bechem

The ‘Hunters’ made sure they hunt down West African Football Academy (WAFA) to pick their first win of the season at the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park on Satrurday.

A 28th minute first half goal from influential Hafiz Wontah Konkoni was all Bechem United needed to carry all three points on the day.

Theatre of Dreams – Dawu 

Dreams FC had to dig deep to be able to claim all three points against a stubborn Medeama side who nearly walked away with a point from Dawu.

Former Hearts of Oak forward Joseph Esso opened the scoring for the ‘Still Believe’ boys after 16 minutes of play, but their former player Kwadwo Asamoah restored parity on the 74th minute.

However, substitute Ibrahim Issah converted a 90th minute penalty to help his side carry the day and as well pick their first win of the season.

Golden City Park – Berekum

Kwame Opoku – Asante Kotoko

No doubt the clash between Berekum Chelsea and Asante Kotoko is one of the top liners on match day 2 with lots of record up to be broken or maintain.

Kotoko has not beaten Chelsea at their own backyard in 10 years – a record that is worth emulating by the ‘Bibires’ club and speaks of how resolute they have been against Kotoko, but on the contrary, shows how the Porcupine Warriors have been poor in those visits.

Hearts of most Kotoko supporters got broken after Chelsea equalized from a free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game through Emmanuel Clottey after Kwame Opoku had shot them into the lead in the first half after 18 minutes of play.

Meaning Kotoko will have to wait for another year if they are to break down Chelsea in Berekum.

Nduom Sports Complex – Elmina Sharks

 

Liberty Professionals will be cursing their stars after missing a spot kick against a 10-man Elmina Sharks side who were unimpressive and showed a lot of profligacy in front of goal.

Sharks set the ball the rolling by delivering the first goal of the game after 28th minute of play through diminutive winger Benjamin Tweneboah.

Benjamin Tweneboah – Elmina Sharks

Liberty after going down were offered an opportunity to redeem themselves from the penalty spot but George Ansong’s kick was saved by Sharks goalkeeper Laud Bawa Martey.

Things got worse for the home side after Dennis Mensah was shown a second yellow card and subsequently sent off.

The ‘Scientific Soccer Lads’ brought themselves up once again and pulled parity on the 90th minute through Kwaku Karikari to peg the scores 1-1 after full time.

Ohene Ameyaw Park – Techiman

 

King Faisal were brimming with confidence and hoping to pick their first win from last season in 16 games against title favourites Aduana Stars at unfavourable venue.

Goal poacher Yahaya Mohammed grabbed the opener for Aduana with two minutes to recess.

Yahaya Mohammed -Aduana Stars

Frimpong Boateng managed to cancel Aduana’s early lead on the 73rd minute after Isaac Kwain, former Karela United player was shown a second yellow card and sent off from the game.

Crosby Awuah Memorial (CAM) Park – Aiyinase

Diawisie Taylor – Karela United

It was the kind of welcome Karela United were hoping for in their newly refurbished CAM Park by GNPC.

And in addition, the petroleum company is reported to have offered a $100,000 sponsorship package for every year for next three years.

Such a refreshing news was capped with a solitary win over Inter Allies after striker Diawisie Taylor expertly converted a 76th minute penalty to win the day.

 

FULL TIME RESULTS

Eleven Wonders 2-0 Ebusua Dwarfs

Great Olympics 3-0 Legon Cities

Bechem United 1-0 WAFA

Dreams FC 2-1 Medeama

Berekum Chelsea 1-1 Asante Kotoko

Elmina Sharks 1-1 Liberty Prof.

King Faisal 1-1 Aduana Stars

Karela United 1-0 Inter Allies

Hearts of Oak vs Ashanti Gold (Tuesday)

 

By: Kofi Amoah

Twitter: @milikykophy

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