Hello and welcome to the GPL Week 8 Highlights Show on Star Times Channel 247, Max TV and partner networks: Our first stop is in Techiman where Eleven Wonders surprisingly brushed aside Karela Utd
Before the match, few would have predicted a straight forward 3-1 win for the hosts but that’s exactly what happened.
All was set for a tantalising GPL encounter at the Ohene Ameyaw Park.
Following their all out attack start to the game, Wonders were rewarded with the opening goal in the 25th minute. Nortey Tetteh found the net with a fine effort.
The away side, however, restored parity in the 72nd minute through their top striker Diawusie Taylor, who scored his sixth goal of the season.
After conceding the equaliser, coach Ignatius Osei-Fosu’s men regained control of the game and found the net again courtesy Kobbina Osoh on 79 minutes.
The 3 points were made safe when George Amposah sealed the deal with his second goal of the season very late on.
The defeat prevented Karela United from going back on top of the league.
Next on the GPL Week 8 highlights show, we’re in the nation’s capital Accra where Gladson Awako’s goal for Olympics was not enough to prevent defeat against Ashgold
Olympics made one change to their squad from their 2-1 defeat to Aduana Stars the previous weekend in Dormaa Ahenkro.
It was a positive start as the Wonder club broke the deadlock through captain and talisman Awako after just 13 minutes.
AshantiGold stayed in the game and drew level on the stroke of halftime with another fine finish of their own courtesy Amos Addai after been set up by youngster Isaac Opoku Agyemang.
Disaster struck for Olympics as the Miners got their noses in front just two minutes after recess through substitute Yaw Annor who connected another incisive pass from Opoku Agyemang.
The away win pushed Ashgold up the table on the table with 15 points.
You’re watching the GPL Week 8 Highlights Show: up next, Bechem United share the spoils with King Faisal
Kumasi King Faisal – now temporarily based in Techiman, snatched a 1-1 draw with Bechem United at the Nana Gyeabour Park in a matchday 8 game of the GPL.
Bechem United nearly took the lead after three minutes, but Hafiz Konkoni’s strike was blocked by Pius Baffour before young goalkeeper Adams Jabal came to the rescue of King Faisal with a brilliant save from Stephen Owusu’s effort.
Moro Salifu gave the home side a deserved lead before the break but second-half substitute Kwame Preprah levelled for the visitors.
King Faisal had a golden opportunity just minutes later but Wadudu Yakubu missed the opportunity.
Micheal Amoh and Kwadwo Frimpong combined well from the left but the latter once again missed after his effort went inches wide following a period of dominance from Faisal.
United were awarded a freekick just a few meters from the box after Konkoni was fouled but Moro Salifu’s effort was too weak to threaten the visitors.
The Hunters came close again through Stephen Owusu before Moro Salifu ensured his side went into the break with the lead after netting with a minute left to half time.
King Faisal immediately brought on Kwame Peprah for Kwadwo Frimpong at half time. Peprah wasted no time in announcing his presence after grabbing a equalizer in the 48 minute.
1-1 it ended as both sides could not make the breakthrough for all the 3 points at stake.
A late brace by Precious Boah helps Dreams beat Dwarfs
Dreams FC managed to beat Ebusua Dwarfs 2-0 at the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu. An entertaining encounter was cooked up for the fans in the Ghana Premier League matchday 8 encounter.
Despite having a chunk of the possession in the opening half, Dreams were unable to make it count on the scoresheet where it matters most.
So the first half ended goalless as both sides were unable to break the deadlock.
As a draw seemed the most likely outcome, Precious Boah had other ideas in the 79th minute as he eluded his marker to sneak home the initiative for the hosts.
The late goal shook the theater of dreams and sent most of the sizable fans into a celebratory frenzy.
Unusually, the hosts didn’t sit back to defend their solitary lead as they continued to attack for the insurance goal.
Dreams indeed got their wish on the stroke of full time after Boah popped up again with another strike.
It is the first win in six attempts by the Still Believe Boys….a welcome 3 points that takes them above Dwarfs to 14th on the table with 9 points.
Next stop on the GPL Week 8 Highlights Show : we’re in Berekum as Chelsea pip Inter Allies
Berekum Chelsea manage to pip Inter Allies 1-0 in their GPL game at the Golden City Park.
The first decent chance of the match fell to Alex Aso of Inter Allies in the fourth minute but his effort went inches wide.
This was followed by a free-kick to the visitors but Richmond Lamptey’s effort also went narrowly wide.
After 11 minutes, it was Berekum Chelsea turn to ask questions but centre back Hashmin Musah was there with a clearance.
Two minutes later, Paul Agyei Attah opened the scoring at the Golden City Park with a fine curling effort.
That proved to be a very important goal as the game ended 1-0.
To ELMINA next in the GPL Week 8 Highlights Show as 10-man Sharks hold Hearts to a draw
Following their 6-1 win the previous week, the Phobians were red hot favourite to grab another 3 points but Elmina Sharks had other ideas as they held Accra Hearts of Oak to a 1-1 draw at the Nduom Sports Stadium.
The early exchanges belonged to the home side Sharks, as they dominated play and created some decent chances.
They got their reward in the 20th minute as midfield dynamo James Bissue slotted home the ball to make it 1-0.
Sharks stood their grounds and searched for a second goal but the first half ended 1-0.
After the recess, Hearts got more into the game and took charge as put together some neat passes looking for the equaliser.
Left-back Raddy Ovouka sent a perfectly weighted pass to Daniel Afriyie but a timely clearance by the sharks defenders denied him a goal.
Sustained pressure from the Phobians paid off and they got the equalizer through Victor Aidoo who headed in a cross from Fatawu Mohammed.
After 76 minutes, Elmina Sharks were reduced to ten men when Benjamin Arthur earned a second yellow card.
The tough encounter eventually ended 1-1 with Hearts moving up a spot on the table.
Our last spot on the GPL Week 8 Highlights brings us back to the Accra Sports Stadium where Fabio Gama grabbed an assist to aid Kotoko beat Liberty
Brazilian import Fabio Gama made his Kumasi Asante Kotoko full home debut as he grabbed an assist in the porcupine warriors 2-0 win over Liberty Professionals.
The game was Kotoko’s first domestic engagement following their controversial African Cup elimination.
Kotoko found an opening for the goal in the 10th minute as Kwame Poku hit a shot which deflected off a Liberty defender into the net.
Just 9 minutes later, Brazilian Fabio Gama found Poku again with a long ball and the striker powered his way through on rushing defenders before sending a sublime chip over the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.
Kotoko went into the break with the lead and started the second period in similar fashion but were unable to add to their tally. Although Liberty creating some half decent chances, 2-0 it ended for the Porcupine Warriors.
Let’s take a look at the full results from the week 8 fixtures.
The table after week 8 looks like this with Ashgold top 15 points just as Bechem UTD who follow but on an interior goals. KARELA are 3rd in 14 points as both Hearts and Kotoko climb up.
Legon Cities and King Faisal occupy the bottom spots as they embrace in the early relegation battle.
That’s the GPL Week 8 Highlights. Join us again for another round next week. Bye for now.