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Sports News of Monday, 31 July 2000

Source: akoto/Graphic

Football: ABC Leage Reports

Kotoko v Faisal 1 - 2
Olympics v Liberty 3 - 0
Hearts v Hasaacas 3 - 1
Okwawu v Dawu 0 - 0
Dwarfs v Ghapoha 2 - 2
Goldfields v Kwaebibirem 0 - 0
BA United v RTU 0 - 1
Power v Bofoakwa 1 - 0 Goldfields 0 Kwabibirem 0

Goldfields, K’bibirem deadlock

GOLDFIELDS, after losing 0-1 to the Fabulous club, Asante Kotoko last week, returned to their favourite Len Clay base only to split the points at stake with visiting Kwaebibirem FC yesterday.

They enjoyed the best spell at least in the first half, but ended in a disappointing 0-0 in their premier league with the visitors at their own backyard.

Soon after Takoradi-based referee Gyan Otoo had signalled both sides into action it was the Miners who wasted a first minute chance through centre forward and playmaker, Nana Arhin Duah.

That narrow miss could not deter them as they played as one block, one family with the rear proving formidable. But they continued to waste the chances that came their way in the 18th, 25th 41st and 45th minutes.

In the 23rd minute, however, the visitors Oppong Kyekyeku nearly snatched the opener but his solo effort came to naught as the hastely pushed the ball too far for goalkeeper Mante who had then closed in to grab the ball cooly.

The second half started with Kwaebibirem making superb moves deep inside the homesters half but they either lost the ball to Goldfields or wasted it.

Both teams made some substitutions to reinforce their attacking machinery as well as strengthening the defence but the die was cast for a goalless drawn game.

In the 85th minute, disaster struck the visitors as substitute Awuley Musah was stretchered off to the AGC Hospital following a cut on his nose during a struggle for an aerial ball.

Hearts return to free scoring

Champion club, Accra Hearts of Oak returned to free scoring ways yesterday, hammering Sekondi Hasaacas 3-1 in their ABC Premier League match at the Accra Stadium.

The flow of goals in the higly competitive game began in the 17th minute when strong midfielder Adjah Tetteh blasted in Hearts opening goal.

Hearts’ advantage in that early part of the game, increased greatly, their attacking trio of Ishmael Addo, Charles Taylor and Emmanuel Donko, putting immense pressure on the Hasaacas defence, pivoted around veteran Yaw Serbeh.

Predictably, that supremacy showed in a second goal rammed in by leading scorer, Ishmael addo from a piercing cross in the 40th minute.

After recess, Hearts still proved the hungry side and Charles Taylor put Hasaacas recovery deeper in doubt when he finished off a long pass from midfield by substitute Yaw Sakyi in the 74th minute.

The exciting second half also saw the re-entry of Hearts’ goalkeeper James Nanor, after serving a year’s ban from the game. But it proved not all that sweet when a shot at his goal deflected off the head of a diving Adjah Tetteh for an own goal in the 30th minute to bring final scores to 3-1.

Faisal tame Kotoko again

A CONTROVERSIAL goal scored by Frank Osei in the 19th minute gave Alhaji Grunsah’s King Faisal a 2-1 victory over Kumasi Asante Kotoko in their ABC Premier League match played at the Kumasi Sports Stadium yesterday.

The victory gave King Faisal a double win over Kotoko this season, having beaten 1-0 in the first round.

It was King Faisal who shot into the lead in the fourth minute through Massaudu Yahaya. A defensive blunder by Samuel Bakai saw Frank Osei at the vital area of Kotoko. He laid a pass to Yahaya who slotted the ball into the net for the opener.

Kotoko however put pressure on their opponents and equalised in the 13th minute through dimunitive striker, stephen Oduro.

He picked a loose ball midway in the half of King Faisal and dummied two defenders before displacing veteran Sampson Appiah for the much needed equaliser.

King Faisal scored their second goal through Frank Osei, in the 19th minute.

A corner kick floated by Faisal found Osei at the vital area of Kotoko. An attacker of King Faisal pinned goalkeeper Osei Boateng to the ground making it easy for Frank Osei to head the ball into the net.

Kotoko protested against the goal but Class One referee Solomon Yamoah from Koforidua dismissed their protest and awarded the goal to King Faisal.

Kotoko should have equalised in the 24th and 34th minutes, but Michael Osei who was in a good position to score wasted both glorious chances to the dissappointment of the fans.

Kotoko lost another golden opportunity to score in the 40th minute when Shilla Alhassan’s header hit the cross bar and bounced back into play.

Sampson Appiah stretched full limit to deny Kotoko the rebound which was heading into the net to end the half.

Kotoko brought in Baba Iddi for Samuel Bakai in the second half to stregthen their attacking machinery but found it difficult to penetrate the defence of Faisal which revolved around veteran Emmanuel Ampiah, William Afoakwah, Samuel Koomson and Tanko Mohammed.

Determined to equalise, Kotoko continued their attack and hit the cross bar again in the 57th minute though Shilla Alhassan’s 30 meter drive.

Midway in the second half, Kotoko took total command of the game and attacked from all angles but the attacking machinery of Michael Osei, Shilla Alhassan and Baba Iddi squandered the numerous chances which came the./ir way.