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Sports News of Thursday, 18 May 2000

Source: Graphic/Akoto

Soccer: ABC League Results

Olympics 1-1 Bofoakwa Tano
Hearts 2-0 B.A United
Kotoko 2-0 RTU
Hasaacas 1-1 Liberty
Ghapoha 5-3 Okwawu
Goldfields 1-0 Dwarfs
Power 1-1 Faisal
Kwaebibirem v Dawu (late kick off)

Hearts in hard win

Runaway league leaders, Accra Hearts of Oak, maintained their winning run in the face of stiff opposition at their favourite home base when they dismissed stubborn B.A. United with a 2-0 thrashing at the Accra Stadium yesterday.

But for lack of confidence the players had in themselves, B.A. United could have caused an upset as they dominated the first half with their delightful play which saw young defender Daniel Oppong and Frank Agyei formerly of Kotoko emerging as outstanding.

As early as the third minute, Hearts’ goal poacher Ishmael Addo sustained an ankle injury which rendered him ineffective throughout the game.

In the 11th minute, Bawa Mohammed compelled keeper Sammy Adjei in post for Hearts to stretch full length to save a power-laden shot from close range before Joseph Fameyeh broke the deadlock with a beautiful lob over on-rushing keeper Sampson Tetteh.

Keta-based class one referee E.Y. Adega became the centre of controversy three minutes later when he awarded Hearts a doubtful goal only to rescind the decision after consulting assistant referee two B.K. Dzimabi of Takoraki.

Disaster, however, struck the visitors in the 35th minute when strong defender Mohammed Yaps collapsed and had to be replaced by Alhaji Abass, after being injured by Fameyeh while agile goalie Sampson Tetteh also limped off the field to be replaced by Ransford Kudjo who pulled off some grand saves later.

In the 53rd minute, two minutes after B.A. United’s Ntow Gyan of Kotoko fame picked a yellow card, diminutive midfielder Charles Allotey restored life at the stadium with a spectacular drive from 20 metres which zoomed straight into the roof of the net.

B.A. United nearly reduced the tally in the 78th minute after some misses by the attacker but an intelligent lob from substitute Mamouda Mohammed brought the best out in Sammy Adjei as the youngster dived backwards to push the ball to corner to draw great applause from the stands.

Oly jump from bottom

ACCRA Great Olympics looked too ordinary yesterday but hosts, Bofoakwa Tano could not capitalise on their weakness as they settled for a 1-1 scoreline in the ABC premier encounter at the Coronation Park.

Bofoakwa who proved superior in the exchanges squandered glorious chances to the chagrin of their supporters.

Apart from a first minute brilliant solo effort by Oly's Billy Sulley which flashed off the post narrowly, and a 22nd minute Bofoakwa fierce charge into the Oly goal, the first half remained uneventful.

Bofoakwa sprung into an all-out action in the second half and in the 53rd and 54th minutes Kwame Antwi, operating on the right of attack, and Kofi Asiedu in the heart of attack blasted away two open chances.

Bofoakwa pulled out Asiedu Willie Brown in the 60th minute and four minutes later Brown presented Kwame Antwi with the ammunition to fire home the opener with Oly's keeper Bismark Nyarko beaten.

Bofoakwa's defence, anchored by lanky Malik Gargo who proved a revelation in the Bofoakwa set-up became impregnable, but a moment of sheer wizardry by Oly's petit Joe Louis saw Bofoakwa surrender their lead as Joe Louis found Amui Quaye with a pas to head home beautifully.

Kotoko whoops RTU !!

SCORE: Kumasi Asante Kotoko - 2 Real Tamale United - 0

Kotoko Line-up: Osei Boateng, Joe Hendricks/Kwaku Kyere, Sam Bakai, Frank Atsou, Isaac Owusu, Godwin Ablordey, Lawrence Adjei, Stephen Oduro, Shilla Alhassan, Michael Osei/Augustine Amponsah, Prince Adu-Poku

Scorers: Lawrence Adjei, Stephen Oduro