2022/23 GPL: Hearts of Oak pip Asante Kotoko, Aduana Stars lose points at Sameraboi
Konadu Yiadom scored in the second half to give Accra Hearts of Oak a 1-0 win against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko in the super clash at the Accra Sports stadium.
The former WAFA centre back scored the winning goal with a well-placed header in the 57th minute, following a Linda Mtange well-delivered free kick that beat goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim.
Hearts of Oak got off to a flying start in the opening stages – Benjamin Yorke missed a great chance in the first few minutes. But Asante Kotoko responded very well as Stephen Mukwala was equally in a good place to put his side ahead. But the teams fluffed the chances as the first half ended goalless.
Hearts of Oak had a great start to the second half just as in the opening half and deservedly took the lead through defender Konadu Yiadom.
The lanky centre back got on to a beautifully flicked free kick to nod home the opener for the Phobians who came into the game on the back of a 1-0 loss to Great Olympics and back-to-back defeats at the Accra Sports stadium. Kotoko tried to mount a comeback, but Hearts of Oak kept their composure and maintained their rhythm to deny their rivals as the game ended 1-0 in their favour.
The win takes Hearts of Oak back into the top four with 31 points – level on points with Asante Kotoko.
Bechem United cruised to a 2-0 victory over Bibiani Gold Stars at the Nana Gyeabour Park on Sunday. The Hunters were in dire need of a win to get their season back on track following the midweek loss to Asante Kotoko.
After a barren first half, Emmanuel Owusu scored in the 66th minute to put his side ahead before Hafiz Konkoni added the second goal in the 69th minute to complete the win.
The win sees Bechem United move up to third in the league standings, with 33 points from 20 games – three points behind leaders Aduana FC.
League leaders Aduana Stars crashed to an excruciating 1-0 loss to FC Samartex 1996 at Nsenkyire Sports Complex Sunday.
The newly promoted side who are unbeaten at home in eight matches returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats to Berekum Chelsea and Real Tamale United having recorded six victories and two draws at home in all competitions.
Isaac Afful headed them into the lead as his strike sealed victory for the home side. FC Samartex are now in 8th place with 29 points – six points above the relegation zone.
Accra Lions grabbed a vital away win against Tamale City at Aliu Mahama stadium Sunday. Ibrahim Tanko’s side went into the game fresh from a 2-1 win over Karela United at CAM Park on Wednesday and snatched the three points through a Dominic Amponsah strike in extra time – his second goal on the road in five days.
Abdul Fatawu scored the winner for Medeama SC in their 1-0 win against Berekum Chelsea at Akoon Park.
In Accra, Legon Cities gave away a second-half lead to draw 1-1 with Real Tamale United at the El Wak stadium. Samuel Armah scored in the 65th minute to give Legon Cities the lead but Issah Kuka was on hand to nod home an equalizer in the 83rd minute as the two teams shared the spoils.
Nsoatreman FC won the battle of the new boys at Nana Konamansah Park where the home side beat Kotoku Royals 2-1 to move two places above the relation zone.
Samuel Ofori scored a first-half penalty in the 32nd minute but Collins Kudjoe netted in the 41st minute to level matters for Royals.
Back from recess, both sides endured a difficult spell until Kwame Nana drilled home the winner in the 97th minute. Nsoatreman FC now have 24 points and lie in the 14th place while Kotoku Royals remain at the bottom with 14 points.