2016/17 GPL Day 2 Wrap: Hearts and Kotoko held, Sharks lose PL debut

Match day 2 of the Ghana Premier League was honoured at six league centres with the exception of Wa All Stars and Bechem United, who had continental duties in the CAF Champions League and Confederation respectively.

Hearts of Oak are still without a win and are yet to score in the 2016/17 league season. Their direct rivals Kotoko held Berekum Chelsea to a goalless draw whiles Liberty Professionals had to dig deep to down stubborn Inter Allies at the Carl Reindolf Park.

Len Clay Stadium, Obuasi

In the first fixture of Week 2, Ashanti Gold welcomed new entrants Great Olympics at the Len Clay Stadium on Saturday. After suffering a one nil defeat to Aduana Stars on week 1, the ‘Elephants’ put the visitors to the sword to bag all three points.

Former Medeama SC attacking midfielder Hans Kwofie, who left the country in 2015 scored a hat-trick, two in the first half and the third in the second department of the game to complete the dose. Abel Manomey pulled one back as the game ended 3-1 in favour of black and yellow stripes.

Accra Sports Stadium, Accra

Hearts of Oak are still without a win after two matches in the league – drawing goalless once again against Medeama in Accra after their first match ended same against Inter Allies.
A similar fixture between the two sides ended 0-1 for the visitors. Hearts of Oak have not beaten Medeama in Accra in over three seasons.

Golden City Park, Berekum

The Porcupine Warriors played as guest to Berekum Chelsea at the Golden City Park in another pulsating fixture.
A game which saw few chances created with most action happening in midfield and at Kotoko’s final third but the home side failed to break through the newly deployed 3-4-3 system by Zdravko Lugarusic. Chelsea came closest right after the break but were denied by Felix Annan as he tipped the shot off the bar. Emmanuel Gyamfi of Kotoko also hit the post after weaving his way through the Chelsea defense line. In the end, the spoils were shared as the game ended goalless.

Nduom Sports Complex, Elmina

Elmina Sharks were shocked at home, after being pipped 1-0 by last season’s runner-up Aduana Stars.
Experienced and charismatic captain Godfred Saka scored from a free-kick on the 31st minute. A goal many feel did not cross the line. Saka’s kick rattled the bar, hit the ground and came out but center referee J.A Amenya who wasn’t close to the action, saw the linesman running to the center, which signified the ball indeed crossed the line and had no other option than to whistle for a goal.

Red Bull Arena, Sogakope

WAFA handed visitors Ebusua Dwarfs a 2-0 defeat at the Red Bull Arena.
Gideon Waja, who scored only one goal in the league last season on match day three scored the opener five minutes to the end of the first half. To make matters worse for the visitors, they were reduced to 10-men before Togolese import Komla Agbeniadan netted the second ten minutes to full time. They were again reduced to nine men on the 90th minute.

Carl Reindolf Park, Dansoman

The ‘Scientific Soccer Lads’ had to dig deep for all the three points after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Asante Kotoko on match day1.
Bernard Arthur opened the scoring on the 82nd minute against Inter Allies before Gerald Arkson added the second two minutes after to hand them all the three points.

Full Results of Match Day 2

Hearts of Oak 0-0 Medeama SC
Berekum Chelsea 0-0 Asante Kotoko
Ashanti Gold 3-1 Great Olympics
Elmina Sharks 0-1 Aduana Stars
WAFA 2-0 Ebusua Dwarfs
Liberty Proff 2-0 Inter Allies
Bolga All Stars pp Wa All Stars
Bechem United pp Tema Youth

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