All set for photo-finish league

Aerial battle –  WAFA (in red) and Olympics spared no effort to get the  better of each other

Aerial battle – WAFA (in red) and Olympics spared no effort to get the
better of each other

WITH two matches to end the 20014/2015 First Capital Plus Premier league only two clubs are certain of not being relegated at the end of the season.

From third place Kotoko to 15th Hearts of Oak; all teams are in danger of succumbing to the evil claws of relegation if they do not pick up all maximum points available in the remaining matches.

On the matches at the weekend, league leaders Ashanti Gold had to fight back to earn a point in their First Capital Plus Premier League Match day 28 game against Berekum Chelsea at the Berekum Golden City Park last Saturday.

AshGold who were the away side on the day got an early lead after striker Mohammed Yakubu scored from the penalty spot eight minutes into the game but top scorer for Berekum Chelsea equalized for his side in the 35th minute and took his personal goal tally to 15, three behind the League’s top scorer Nathaniel Asamoah.

Chelsea returned into the second half with a determination to grab a win to appease their home fans.

Substitute Latif Salifu’s gave the home side the lead in the 66th minute but Emmanuel Osei converted penalty to take the game back on level terms.

AshGold now have 49 points and will be crowned champions if they win their next game at home whiles Chelsea are fourth on the league table with 41 points.

Accra Hearts of Oak have been put in a tight corner after a goalless drawn game with Medeama SC at the Tarkwa T&A park last Sunday.

The Phobians are now second-bottom in 15th .

Medeama on the other hand are hanging by a thread as they are placed 10th on the table with just a point away from the relegation mark.

Accra Great Olympics’ bid to avoid relegation was boosted after skipper Godwin Attram got a brace to hand them a massive 2-0 win against WAFA at the Accra Sports Stadium last Sunday.

Attram gave Olympics the lead with a superb free kick in the 50th minute and managed to score the second in the 78th minute, three minutes after missing a penalty.

The “Dade” boys are now 12th on the league table with just a point above their city rivals Accra Hearts of Oak.

Olympics will however face relegation rivals, Heart of Lions at the Kpando Sports Stadium in a crucial encounter before welcoming league leaders Ashanti Gold in Accra in their final match of the season.

Defending champions Kumasi Asante Kotoko moved to third on the table after beating already relegated BA United 4-2 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Captain Amos Frimpong gave Kotoko the lead when he jumped to head home Eric Donkor’s well delivered corner-kick and striker Obed Owusu made it 2-0 with a powerful shot from inside the box with his left foot.

BA United, however, leveled term by putting back all two goals as Karim Jabia pulled one back in the 63rd minute before Abdul Wahab equalised in the 75th minute to set up a tense ending.

With eight minutes to end proceedings, substitute Richard Mpong hit a late brace to hand Kotoko victory. Mpong restored Kotoko’s lead in the 82nd minute before sealing the victory five minutes from time.

The Porcupine warriors have now moved to third on the league table while BA United remain bottom on the table.

Title contenders, Aduana Stars have lost further grounds on leaders Ashantigold after going down 1-0 to Heart of Lions in Kpando and are now four points behind AshGold.

The match was equally important for the home side, who are also involved in the battle to avoid relegation. With so many clubs in contention to avoid the drop, defeat would have spelt doom for Lions, especially on a day their other relegation contenders recorded vital points.

In the other matches New Edubiase FC managed to beat Hasaacas 2-1 whiles liberty Professionals pipped Inter Allies 1-0 and 14th placed Bechem United beat WA All Stars by a lone goal.

Eighteen goals were recorded in week 28 which is an improvement of two goals in the week 27 fixture last week .

Obviously, the desperation of relegation-threatened clubs contributed to the higher number of goals scored.

With the exception of doomed BA United, most of the relegation-threatened teams at the lower half of the table won their matches, setting the stage for a photo-finishing season.

By Albert Agyeman

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