Aduana Stars came into the penultimate round of matches in the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League knowing victory or a defeat for title rivals WAFA SC makes them champions.
And the Ogya Boys clinched their second GHPL title in their 8-year history in the topflight with a 2-1 win over Elmina Sharks on Sunday. Aduana moved seven points clear of second-placed WAFA.
There is all to play for in the final hurdle next Sunday as only seven clubs are certain of survival after matchday 29.
Read Footy-Ghana.com’s wrap on #GHPLwk29 games:
Aduana Stars 2-1 Elmina Sharks
Elmina Sharks drew first blood at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park through Benjamin Tweneboah who was put through by Felix Addo minutes before halftime.
But the champions elect recovered two scored twice in the second half to carry the day. Abdul Rashid scored from open play while Sam Adams grabbed the winner with a penalty late in the game.
Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 WAFA SC
Second-placed WAFA SC saw their title hopes completely shattered in the penultimate round following a win for leaders Aduana in Dormaa as well as their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ebusua Dwarfs at the Cape Coast Stadium. Joseph Esso bagged a brace for Dwarfs, one from the penalty spot while Justice Amate scored the other goal for the Academy boys. The win seals Ebusua Dwarfs stay in the topflight for the coming season.
Asante Kotoko 1-0 Berekum Chelsea
In Kumasi, an eighth minute strike from Sadick Adams ensured Kotoko snatched all points available in their fixture against Berekum Chelsea.
Wa All Stars 6-1 Bolga All Stars
It was all level, 1-1 at halftime in the Northern derby between Wa All Stars and the already relegated Bolga All Stars at the Malik Jabir Park. Midfielder David Abagna scored the opener but Razak Abdullah pegged back just two minutes later with a header.
Abagna was on hand again to restore the lead before Kweku Asuandzie Baffoe stole the show with four goals, out of which he recorded a hat-trick within nine minutes.
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Medeama 1-0 Hearts
The Phobians were undone by a 68th minute strike by Francis Addo away to Medeama SC at the T&A Park.
Centre-back Robin Gnagne was penalized for a tackle on Akwasi Donsu. He elected himself to take it but could not find the target. However, Addo was on hand to stab home the winner from close range to inflict a painful defeat on Hearts who fought hard on the day only to leave Tarkwa empty-handed.
Hearts had their chances, especially at the tail end of the first half, but leading scorer Thomas Abbey failed to take advantage of an opening.
Tema Youth 2-1 Bechem United
A penalty on the stroke of fulltime converted by winger Ekow Benson saw Tema Youth win it late – 2-1 against Bechem United. Aaron Awannorh scored first for the hosts but Hamza Mohammed replied with the equalizer few minutes before halftime break. Tema Youth however remain the relegation zone, 14th while Bechem sit just above them a point better.
Inter Allies 2-1 Liberty
Inter Allies survived a late scare as they defeated Liberty Professionals 2-1 to help their survival charge on Sunday. Attacker Nasiru Hamzah set the tone for victory under one minute when he weaved into the visitors’ box and struck home. Captain Isaac Twum then doubled the advantage in the 20th minute from the spot after Hamzah again won the ‘Eleven Is To One’ side a penalty. Benjamin Eshun managed to get one back for Liberty late in additional time.
Olympics 1-0 AshantiGold
Great Olympics managed to beat AshantiGold at the Accra Sports Stadium with Christopher Nettey netting the only goal of the game via a penalty. The Miners lie at 11th position but dangerously with only two points separating them from 15th placed Olympics. AshGold will need to win their final game to stay in the league.