GPL week six review: Aduana makes statement, Hearts deepens Olympics woes

Inusah CelebrateInusah Musah grabbed the winner for Hearts of Oak

Aduana Stars made a statement of intent on their title credentials at the El Wak Stadium on Saturday. The Ogya boys came from behind to stun Inter Allies by two goals to one.

The Dormaa club went into the game with a very terrible record against Inter Allies in the Greater Accra region having lost, without scoring even a single goal in all their previous 3 meetings.

To make the task more daunting, the home side had not lost a home game in their last 14 league games, keeping clean sheets in 7 of those games. The Saturday match is what pundits would term as a game of two different halves.

Inter Allies dominated the first half and capped it with an opener in added time via a superb free kick from Isaac Twum. Going down by a goal at the death of half time usually comes with a psychological effect, a positive one for the team taking the lead and negative for the other. This time round the goal rather awakened the fire in Aduana for the 2nd half.

In the 65th minutes their improved play got rewarded when Nathaniel Asamoah headed home a sublime pull out from Godfred Saka to draw them level. Aduana would not settle for a draw. They went all attacking in the dying embers of the game, Just like the first half, the team playing attacking football got a goal in added time from a standard situation.

Aduana had a corner kick in the 92nd minute. Godfred Saka stood behind it, delivered his trade mark cross which was connected by Derrick Sasraku into the net to win all 3 points for the league leaders. After 6 games, Aduana have 16 points, 5 wins and draw.

Asante Kotoko dropped to 3rd on the log after drawing 1 all against debutant Bolga Allstars. The Porcupine Warriors were expected to win with ease against a struggling side whose owner is contemplating on selling the club because of financial constraints. The first XI picked by Zdravko Logarusic was very surprising. The Croat started with Michael Akuffo, Edwin Tuffour and Seth Opare, 3 defensive midfielders in his preferred 3-5-1 formation. His intention was clear, to score early and defend the lead.

Yakubu Mohammed gave Kotoko the lead on the 20th minute tapping in an assist from Michael Akuffo who was making his first appearance under Logarusic.

Asante Kotoko were in for a surprise in the 2nd half. Bolga Allstars showed how familiar they are on the brown turf in Tamale. They made several inroads into the Kotoko defence.

It was no surprise when the star of the show Noah Neequaye got the equaliser in the 81st minute. It was a gallant display from the Bolga Allstars players. They treated the game as an audition to impress the Kotoko officials.

In the Accra Derby, Hearts Of Oaks made use of their seniority to defeat their juniors Great Olympics. Paul Acquah dived to connect a neat cross from Mohammed with his head on the 24th minute against the run of play to give Hearts the lead. A 31st minute header by defender Benjamin Arthur tied the scores.

In a week where defenders scored 7 goals, Inusah Musa, the best defender in last season’s league made sure he was part of them. The towering defender scored what proved to be the winner for Hearts Of Oaks in the 71st minute. This is the 2nd win for the Phobias.

Olympics on the other hand are still without a win in the league after 6 games. At the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium, Ashanti Gold’s attempt to bounce back from last weekend’s humiliation ended in another humiliation.

The miners went into half time with a two goals deficit to Bechem United courtesy Alfred Nelson and Akoto Danso.

Ashanti Gold managed to draw level 20 minutes into the 2nd half with goals from Joshua Tijani and Kofi Owusu. With 3 minutes to full time the miners managed to gift Bechem United a penalty which was coolly slotted in by Ahmed Toure.

The Ivorian put the game to bed in the 88th minute with another strike, his 5th of the season. Else where Liberty Professionals, WAFA and Elmina Sharks all won at home by 2-1 against Ebusua Dwarfs, Tema Youth and Berekum Chelsea respectively.

Defending Champions Wa Allstars made it three straight wins with a shocking away win against Medeama in Tarkwa.