Ghana Premier League: Berekum Chelsea reclaims top spot
Chelsea walloped fellow contenders Medeama SC 3-0 at the Golden City Park to open up a two-point lead at the summit of the standings with three games remaining.
First half strikes from returnee Obed Owusu and Ladry Bosson gave Chelsea a two-goal lead at half time before Joseph Ato Bissah completed the routing against a hapless Medeama side, which ended the game with a man-less after Henry Entsir was sent off before half time.
‘The blues’ now sit at the top of the standings with 47 points from 27 games.
Kotoko have yet to overcome the trauma of the closure of the Baba Yara Stadium at them as they could only manage 1-1 draw with Aduana Stars at the Coronation Park in Sunyani. Godfred Saka broke the deadlock for the visitors on 12 minutes before captain Kofi Nti Boakye led by example with the equalizer on the half-hour mark to salvage a point for his side. The Porcupine Warriors are two points shy of Chelsea whilst Medeama trail in that order with 46 points.
Dwarfs moved up the ladder and five points adrift leaders Chelsea thanks to a lone goal victory over struggling Tema Youth at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast. Striker Bright Luqman scored the only goal of the match.
Liberty Professionals cut Heart of Lions to size at the Sly Tetteh Stadium, beating them 3-1 to cement their stay in the elite division at least for another season. Midfielder Richmond Neizer scored the opener before further strikes from Selorm Gerlado and in-form Kennedy Ashia sealed victory whilst Kwame Bonsu netted a consolation for the Kpando lads. Lions are still within the confines of relegation and must cough out on convincing results in their remaining three games to beat the drop.
Hearts of Oak continued with their impressive run in the second halve of the season by snatching a point off All Stars at the Wa Park in a barren draw. The Phobians for the first time move into the top six bracket of the league standings, which represent their highest ranking this season.
At the Tema Park, Amidaus nicked one past AshantiGold thanks to a Nana Yaw Afriyie first half strike.
Edubiase laboured to secure a lone goal victory at the expense of visiting King Faisal. Defender Samed Ibrahim scored the only goal of the encounter, dominated by the visitors.
Relegated Real Tamale United proved they are not finished after all, holding struggling Berekum Arsenals to a 2-2 draw at the Tamale Sports Stadium. It was the first point for the ‘Pride of the North’ since a 1-1 draw with Liberty Professionals in the penultimate fixture of the first round on December 29 last year.
Arsenals, who were in the news for the wrong reasons in the build up to the game after swallowing back an earlier threat to withdraw from the league were coasting to their sixth win of the season till Aminu Mohamed fired in a last-gasp equalizer. Ibrahim Dauda and Peter Essien were on target for Arsenals whilst Emmanuel Kwamena reduced the deficit for the Tamale lads.
Meanwhile, the league takes a three-week break and returns June 9 with the Week 28 matches.