Match Day 19 will go down as a Match Day of interesting officiating. Perhaps the six-week break will allow the Referees Association of Ghana to take a look at how their members have been faring.
SOME MATCH DAY HIGHLIGHTS
LENCLAY [AshantiGold 1-0 Hearts of Oak]: Back from suspension, Sammy Adjei could not save Hearts of Oak from a determined AshantiGold. The Obuasi based club who had been reportedly deserted by their coach, David Duncan, had to rely on directions from deputy coach Camara Dini to clinch a much needed 3 points from Hearts of Oak. But Hearts fans were not happy with referee Awal Mohammed. The fans felt that AshantiGold midfielder Alhaji Sannie had passed the ball to Samson Cudjoe who was in an offside position before beating goalkeeper Sammy Adjei only for Daniel Asamoah to tap in a goal-bound ball. Adjei was later replaced by Philemon McCarthy, the third goalkeeper they had tried in 2 games.
ROBERT MENSAH, CAPE COAST [Dwarfs 1-2 Medeama SC]: Referee Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo did not have a good day at Cape Coast. She dished out one penalty too many and on one occasion appeared to have given Dwarfs a penalty just to appease the home fans. Referee Tagoe’s faults aside, it was Kotoko-reject Kabiru Imoro who shot the away team into the lead with a cheeky goal. The rest of the goals were penalties. Kwame Frimpong Pele was probably the brightest spot in the Dwarfs squad, while goalkeeper Musa Tijani was in good form for Medeamma SC. Seidu Bansi would feel he could have contributed more had he scored from the penalty and taken all the chances that fell his way.
BABAYARA, KUMASI [Kotoko 3-1 B. A. Stars]: Kotoko did not have any mercy for the relegation-bound B.A. Stars whatsoever. The Brong Ahafo team controlled the game in the first half after Prince Atakora Gyimah scored what might go down as the fastest goal this season. Against the run of play however, back-to-form striker Samed Oppong and central defender Awal Mohammed killed off any hopes B. A. Stars had of picking points at Baba Yara. The brightest spot of the day was Kotoko midfielder Albert Bruce.
ACCRA SPORTS STATIUM [Mighty Jets 1-0 Aduana]: Title defenders were livid with Referee Solomon Mordey for denying them what they felt was a good goal. On the day however, it was veteran Winfred Dormon whose broke the deadlock by connecting to a well taken corner kick. Aduana goalkeeper could do little about that goal.
KPANDU PARK [Heart of Lions 1-0 King Faisal]: King Faisal players and officials left Kpandu angry! Referee Zakari had disallowed a supposedly good goal they had scored. Meanwhile, they strongly felt that Heart of Lions should not have been credited with their goal as the whole circumference of the ball did not cross the goal line. But the referee saw it differently and allowed Badu Asiamah’s goal to stand.
CARL REINDORF, DANSOMAN [Liberty 2-0 Edubiase]: This was the surprise victory of the day. The talking point of the day was the performance of young defender Alfred Nelson of Liberty professionals. Nelson’s performance left critics rearranging their notes. Many had wondered why Herbert Addo will ignore the several experienced defenders in the league include the young Nelson in his squad, but the lad stepped up to the challenge against one of the best teams this season.
THE LEAGUE TABLE
|5||Heart of Lions||19||7||7||5||12||8||4||28|
|13||King Faisal Babes||19||6||5||8||17||19||-2||23|
|14||Hearts of Oak||19||6||4||9||11||12||-1||22|
MATCH DAY 18 IN FIGURES
Home goals – 12
Away goals – 4
Total goals – 16
Hattrick – 0
Brace – 0
Home wins – 7– AshantiGold, Kotoko, Heart of Lions, Mighty Jets, All Stars, Liberty and Berekum Arsenals were all home winners.
Away wins – 2 – Medeama SC were the only away winners.
Draws – 0
Penalties – 4 – 3 of the 4 penalties were recorded in the game between Dwarfs and Medeama. The other was given to Kotoko against B. A. Stars
Highest scoring game – 4 goals were scored in the game between Kotoko and B. A. Stars.
Best attacking team – Kotoko scored three times on Match Day 19, the highest scored by any team on the day.
Best defensive team – All Stars, AshantiGold, Berekum Arsenals, Heart of Lions and Mighty Jets kept clean sheets. This will be the second clean sheet in a row recorded by Mighty Jets and Heart of Lions.
SEASON CUMULATIVE SUMMARY (AS AT MATCH DAY 19)
Top Scorer – Nathaniel Asamoah (Kotoko) with 9 goals.
Home goals – 162
Away goals – 94
Total goals – 256
Total home wins/ away losses – 79
Total away wins/ home losses – 31
Total draws – 80
Hattricks – 2 hattricks have been scored. Stephen Manu (New Edubiase) and Morou Zakari (Liberty Professionals) have both scored 1 hattrick each.
Braces – 13 braces have been scored. Nathaniel Asamoah (Kotoko) has scored 2 braces.
Total Scorers – 120 – players have registered their names on the score sheet.
FORM GUIDE (LAST 5 GAMES)
B.A. Stars and Hearts of Oak have the worst form run in the last five games. The two clubs have won once, and lost four times. Berekum Chelsea’s fantastic winning run has been halted by All Stars. Heart of Lions has not lost in the last three games. Medeama SC has not lost in five games. Berekum Chelsea has lost only once in the last five games. Medeama SC has drawn games more than any club in the last five games; three times. Mighty Jets are the most inconsistent team in the last five game, winning only on every other game.
|Heart of Lions||L||L||W||W||W|
|Hearts of Oak||L||L||W||L||L|
|King Faisal Babes||D||D||L||W||L|
Best attacking team (Home) – Kessben (Medeama) continues to be the best home attacking team with 14 goals at home
Best attacking team (Away) – Edubiase has joined Berekum Chelsea as the best away attacking teams with q0 goals.
Best Attacking team (Total) – Berekum Chelsea have scored 23 goals in total.
Best defensive team (Home) – Heart of Lions, Aduana and Berekum Chelsea have conceded only twice
Best defensive team (Away) – Heart of Lions have joined Hearts of Oak as the best away defensive teams with 5 goals conceded on the road.
Best defensive team (Total) – Heart of Lions have conceded only 8 goals in total.
Worst attacking team (Home) – B.A. Stars have managed only 5 goals in 8 home games
Worst attacking team (Away) – AshantiGold with only 2 goals on the road.
Worst Attacking team (Total) – B.A. Stars scored 10 goals each after 19 games.
Worst defensive team (Home) – Liberty Professionals have so far conceded 11 goals at home.
Worst defensive team (Away) – B.A. Stars have conceded 21 goals on the road.
Worst defensive team (Total) – B.A. Stars have conceded 29 goals
CLEAN SHEET LEAGUE
|Heart of Lions||8||4||12|
|Hearts of Oak||3||5||8|
|King Faisal Babes||4||2||6|