Samartex FC pip Oly to stretch lead  …as Nations FC drop points, Kotoko draw

FC Samartex 1996 are now seven-points clear at the top of the table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Accra Great Olympics at home on Saturday.

Kwasi Fosu scored the match-winner with 12 minutes left on the clock as the Timber giants coasted to a narrow victory at the Nsenkyire Sports Arena.

FC Samartex have now extended their lead at the summit of the table to seven after second-placed Nations FC lost further ground in the title chase.

With the Aboi-based side now on 52 points from 28 matches, it appears ‘catch me if you can’ in the title race with six matches to end the season.

Ghana Premier League (GPL) Champions, Medeama, shared the spoils with Asante Kotoko in an entertaining matchday-28 contest at the Akoon Community Park in Tarkwa.

A goal in each half separated the two sides in Tarkwa as Dr Prosper Nartey Ogum’s impressive record against Medeama is kept intact.

Steve Desse Mukwala opened the scoring with a thumping header in the 22 minutes before Diawise Taylor scored from the spot to level matters.

Asante Kotoko made a fast start to the match and took the lead after just 22 minutes. Ugandan in­ternational, Steve Desse Mukwala, maintained a high gravity to head home the opener.

However, the home team held their nerve and composure to pull parity after Diawise Taylor scored from the spot kick. This was after Bernandinho Tetteh was brought down in the goal area, handing the refereethe easier task of pointing to the spot.

Taylor stepped up and con­verted coolly to register his debut goal since joining the defending champions.

The Mauve and Yellow will have hoped to make home advantage count, but they failed to do so.

Medeama will be disappointed not to have won. They will feel that this was two points dropped, and will now know that points must be picked elsewhere if they are to make the top-four.

However, the draw is a good result for coach Prosper Nartey Ogum as his side has now picked up four points from two match­es in what has been a turbulent campaign.

Elsewhere, Karela United moved out of the relegation zone with a vital 2-1 comeback win at Aduana Stars on Saturday.

Ibrahim Giyasu’s 73rd minute strike won an important match for the Pride and Passion, who now have jumped out of the drop zone.

Richard Mahama opened the scoring for the home side as early as the second minute before TakyiWelbeck pulled parity for the visitors in the 65th minute.

Giyasu popped up with the sec­ond for the Tamale-based side to record a famous win in DormaaA­henkro and do their relegation fight a lot of good. –

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