Accra Hearts of Oak Extends the Lead As Kotoko Play Catch Up

Accra Hearts of Oak opened a two-point gap lead at the summit of the Ghana Premier League after beating Berekum Chelsea 2-0 at the Accra sports stadium.

The Phobians put in two goals in the first half to extend their lead midfielder Benjamin Afutu Kotey broke the dead-luck on the 16th minute after heading home from Ibrahim Salifu’s corner.

Forward Kwadwo Obeng Jnr smashed in a thunderbolt strike at the edge of the box to beat the keeper to register a second goal for the home side.

This means Accra Hearts of Oak are on top of the league with 49points after 27 league games keeping five cleans sheets in the process.

The Phobians will next face their regional rivals Accra Great Olympics in the much anticipated ‘mantse’ derby next Sunday.

Hearts of Oak are chasing their first league title in ten years and this season appears to be their breakthrough should they continue their splendid form.

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Bitter rivals Asante Kotoko have struggled to grab decent results in Dormaa as they have failed to win a game in their past two visits and three in both sides last four meetings across all competitions.

Before the game, the Porcupine Warriors who are also chasing the title were joint on top of the table with Hearts of Oak but the only goal difference was separating the two so the Kumasi had all there is to play for.

Their quest to grind decent result after 90 minutes at Dormaa was all they were going in for on the other hand Aduana FC is the only undefeated side on home soil.

Drawing just two games after 12 matches and picking ten wins at home so the Dormaa based side are very solid at home and any team that will visit there must do a lot to break their unbeaten home record.

Aduana FC played a goalless draw game with Asante Kotoko at the Nana Agyemang Badu I Park.

Both teams had some decent chances that if were buried well would have changed the narrative but the end result game out a fair technical impression by both head coaches.

Playing a goalless draw means Kotoko remains second in the table with 47 points whilst Aduana Stars’ 40 points eighth position after 21 games.

Third-placed side Accra Great Olympics had to rally their way back to grab a point against fourth places side  Karela United at the CAM Park at Aiyinase.

The home side put themselves ahead after striker Dewiase Taylor stepped put to connect a penalty on the 10 minute before Samuel Ashie level matters for the away side. Both managed the second half well to share points.

Accra Great Olympics boast of 45points third on the table four points more to catch first placed side wheres Karela United are fourth with 44points.

Hearts of Oak, Kotoko, Accra Great Olympics, and Karela United are the top four teams fighting tooth and nail to win this season’s Ghana Premier League.

With seven more matches to end the league, the top four teams need to do more to win the league.

Hearts of Oak are chasing their first league title for the first time in 10 years, Kotoko are on the hunt for the title since 2015.

For over two decades now Accra Great Olympics have not won the league having been threatened by relegation so many times but look very much poised to changed the narrative this season.

Western Region side Karela United have never won the league in their history before and winning it this season will mean a lot for them.

 

 

 

 

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