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GPL Match day 4 Wrap: Hearts, Bolga, Sharks pick first win; Kotoko triumph in Ashanti derby

Kumasi Asante Kotoko move joint top of the premier league table following victory over regional rivals Ashantigold in their rescheduled match day 4 encounter a the Len Clay sports stadium.

Strkier Yakubu Mohammed scored the all important goal in the 62nd minute to secure victory a 1-0 for the Porcupine Warriors. The game was replayed yesterday after Sunday’s game was rained off in the 50th minute with the score leveled 1-1.

Kotoko are now joint league leaders with Aduana Stars on 10-points each.

Aduana Stars at the Red Bull Arena in Sogakope held WAFA to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Sam Adams scored for the academy boys on the 29th minute but Richmond Lamptey pulled parity with a goal of his own to share the spoils. Aduana remain unbeaten this season.

A five-goal thriller at the Carl Reindolf Park saw Liberty Professionals wrestle down visitors Medeama SC down to carry all the points at stake. It had rained heavily in Dansoman but did not deter the teams from showing what they’ve got.

Bernard Arthur increased his goal tally to three by striking twice with Captain Samuel Sarfo scoring the winner, after Justice Blay and Francis Sarfo had levelled things for the visitors.

The Bono derby between Bechem United and Berekum Chelsea failed to light up with goals as home side Bechem United had to fight back to draw parity.

The Hunters were hoping to pick their first win of the season after they lost narrowly to Kotoko in their midweek clash at the Baba Yara Stadium.

Seth Appiah opened the scoring 28 minutes into the game with his third goal of the campaign. Former Berekum Arsenal player Abubakar Sadiq levelled things for the home side to rescue a point for the Hunters.

In Tamale, Bolga All Stars secured their first win of their debut campaign with a 1-0 victory over Accra Great Olympics.

After they were hammered by Aduana in midweek, Samuel Norgbey made no mistake from the spot as he converted his penalty neatly to hand the home side their first three points in the elite division.

Another late kick-off was between Inter Allies and Ebusua Dwarfs at the El-wak Stadium after heavy rains.
Antwi Kwame Amoako drew first blood before Samuel Konney added the second two minutes to half time to give the Eleven is to One a 2-0 lead going into the break. Nicholas Gyan reduced the deficit for the visitors nine minutes into the second half but could not stage a late minute comeback to upset Allies as they walked away with all the points.

Elmina Sharks had to dig deep and work their socks out to beat a resilient Tema Youth side by a goal to nil with just a minute to end proceedings.

They fought back last week from two goals down to draw level against Great Olympics in midweek and showed character to secure their first home win of the campaign. It was Isaac Mensah’s last minute strike that did the magic for the Sharks as they bag first three points in their maiden appearance.

Three matches into the season and without a win for Hearts of Oak, the phobians exhibited their never-say-die spirit to secure a 2-1 victory over a stubborn Wa All Stars side who were playing their first game of the season following their elimination from Africa.

Alexander Kouassi gave Hearts something to smile about when he opened the scoring 34 minutes into the game.
Hearts of Oak dominated from then on but gainst the run of play, Richard Arthur cancelled the lead eight minutes to full time after a howler from Hearts Keeper Ben Mensah. But Hearts made sure the game did not end in a stalemate as Thomas Abbey guarded in a diving header in injury time to secure the Phobians their first win of the season.

Match Day 4 Results

WAFA 1-1 Aduana Stars
Liberty Professionals 3-2 Medeama SC
Bechem United 1-1 Berekum Chelsea
Bolga All Stars 1-0 Great Olympics
Inter Allies 2-1 Ebusua Dwrafs
Elmina Sharks1-0 Tema Youth
Hearts of Oak 2-1 Wa All Stars
Ashanti Gold 0-1 Asante Kotoko

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