Rangers pip Heart of Lions in DOL Volta derby
Debutants Volta Rangers recorded an all-important 1-0 victory over leaders Heart of Lions in their match day 19 Zone 3 Division One League (DOL) clash at the Ho Sports Stadium over the weekend.
Forward Salim Karim fetched the only goal in the 10th minute to halt the fine form of the former Premier League campaigners.
It was a ‘sweet’ revenge for Rangers who suffered the same fate in the first round at the Kpando Stadium.
Lions started well, making the first incursion as early as the fifth minute but the danger was cleared before Benson Kofi Yeboah missed narrowly minutes later.
Rangers broke the deadlock in the 10th minute through Salim Karim’s long drive into the top right corner.
The visitors kept pressing but missed another opportunity when Mustapha Yakubu’s header hit the woodwork in the 15th minute.
Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession with a couple of decent chances, Lions failed to find the back of the net and ended the first half with a goal down.
Back from recess, Rangers kept their composure to deny Lions the equaliser when Atsu Ayivi Malvine’s powerful strike hit the crossbar after 60 minutes of action.
The defeat notwithstanding, the Lions remained on top of the league with 44 points while Rangers movedup to ninth with 24 points.
At the Tema Sports Stadium, Attram De Visser drew 1-1 with Tema Youth while Golden Kicks pip Akatsi All Stars 1-0 and Vision winning 2-0 over Susubiribi.
In Zone 1A, leaders Tano Bofoakwa managed a narrow 1-0 victory over Young Apostles at the Sunyani Coronation Park while B.A.United shared the spoils with Berekum Arsenal in a goalless encounter.
In Zone 1B, Maana and WA Suntaa played a 1-1 draw encounter; Debibi United drew 0-0 with Wa Yaasin while Eleven Wonders recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Kassena Nan-Kana.
In Zone 2, Asekem FC thrashed Asokwa Deportivo 3-0; Elmina Sharks managed a point against Soccer Intellectuals; Kenpong Academy won 1-0 over struggling Ebusua Dwarfs while Nations cruised past New Edubiase with a 3-1 win.
Elsewhere, Tudu Mighty Jets drew 1-1 with Koforidua Semper Fi FC, Uncle T United FC and A5 Rences FC played goalless; Akosombo Krystal Palace won 1-0 over Na God FC, Nkoranza Warriors won 1-0 over Wamanafo Mighty Royals, Skyy FC won 1-0 away over Sefwi All Stars whileBasake Holy Stars stun WAFA 1-0.
BY LINUS SIAW NARTEY