GPL match day 24: Akuffo fires Kotoko to memorable win over Hearts of Oak
15 April, 2012
A late piledriver from midfielder Michael Akuffo gave Premier League leaders Asante Kotoko a 2-1 win over archrivals Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday afternoon.
Kotoko started well and with Daniel Nii Adjei dictating affairs in midfield, were besting Hearts of Oak all over the pitch. Uriah Asante was so well shackled by the Kotoko back line that he was substituted for striker James Abban in the first half.
This was after the Porcupine Warriors went ahead when Kofi Nti Boakye nodded home a corner kick.
The second half saw Asante Kotoko fighting hard to seal the win and a red card to Laryea Kingston for a horrible tackle on Baba Abdul Rahman seemed to make their work easier.
Hearts of Oak however regrouped and with Isaac Ofori taking responsibility in midfield and Mahatma Otoo introduced as a substitute for Attakora Gyimah, the Phobians were suddenly creating chances.
Philemon MacCarthy, who had had one of his best games in a Hearts of Oak jersey,suffered an injury and was replaced by ex-national goalie Sammy Adjei, who himself pulled off two brilliant saves to keep the score at 1-0.
It seemed those saves had given Hearts a point when Mahatma Otoo hammered home a freekick from the edge of the box.
With the match heading towards a 1-1 draw, Michael Akuffo fired a screamer past Adjei to win the points for Asante Kotoko and send the club’s fans into ecstasy.
Ashanti Gold’s temporary chase for the title ended on Sunday afternoon with a 1-1 draw with Tema Youth in Tema. Isaac Amoah put Tema Youth 1-0 ahead three minutes from half time, but Yakubu Mohammed equalized with his 12th goal of the season soon after the restart. Mohammed was however sent off 21 minutes from the end for a second bookable offence.
Reigning champions Berekum Chelsea beat New Edubiase United 2-1 in Berekum. Defensive midfielder Jackson Owusu opened the scores in the 11th minute, but the Glo Premier League’s leading scorer Emmanuel Baffour netted his 19th goal of the season to equalize for New Edubiase United 6 minutes later. Issaka Ibrahim scored the winner nine minutes into the second half to seal the points for Chelsea.
Former champions Aduana Stars suffered their second straight home defeat after losing 1-2 to Berekum Arsenal in Dormaa. Razak Egyir gave Arsenal the lead, but Francis Larbi leveled for Aduana Stars on the half hour mark. Kwasi Acheampong scored the winner 23 minutes from time to hand Arsenal a 2-1 win and lift them out of the relegation zone.
Medeama’s unbeaten run was stretched to five games after beating Bechem United 3-1 in Tarkwa. Larbi Coomson scored the opener for Medeama SC and Hans Kwofie hit a double, with Adamu Issah scoring a consolation for Bechem United.
Wa All Stars dropped points at home after drawing 0-0 with relegation threatened Mighty Jets in Wa.
On Saturday, Liberty Professionals put up a five star performance to thrash Heart of Lions 5-1 in Dansoman. Latif Salifu, who grabbed a brace, scored the first goal, before an absolute beauty by left back Francis Morton put Liberty Professionals 2-0 up. Gambian import Ebrima Camara netted the third before an absolute cracker by substitute Daniel Bonsu gave Heart of Lions hope, but Liberty responded with two more goals from Yakubu Issah and Latif Salifu to round up a fine win.
In Obuasi, a solitary strike by Bismark Asiedu gave Dwarfs a return to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Wassaman United.
Detailed match day 24 results
Asante Kotoko 2-1 Hearts of Oak
Scorers: Kofi Nti Boakye, Michael Akuffo; Mahatma Otoo
Tema Youth 1-1 Ashanti Gold
Scorers: Isaac Amoah; Yakubu Mohammed
Berekum Chelsea 2-1 New Edubiase United
Scorers: Jackson Owusu, Ibrahim Issaka; Emmanuel Baffour
Aduana Stars 1-2 Berekum Arsenal
Scorers: Francis Larbi; Razak Egyir, Kwasi Acheampong
Medeama SC 3-1 Bechem United
Scorers: Larbi Coomson, Hans Kwofie (2); Amadu Issah
Wa All Stars 0-0 Mighty Jets
Liberty Professionals 5-1 Heart of Lions
Scorers: Latif Salifu (2), Francis Morton, Ebrima Camara, Yakubu Issah; Daniel Bonsu
Dwarfs 1-0 Wassaman United
Scorer: Bismark Asiedu
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