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  • December 23, 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, Accra

Ghana Premier League Round 12 Results: Hearts of Oak escape shame with a draw, Berekum Chelsea soil Asante Kotoko’s Christmas party, RTU remain winless

Ghana Premier League Round 12 Results: Hearts of Oak escape shame with a draw, Berekum Chelsea soil Asante Kotoko’s Christmas party, RTU remain winless

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The Phobians should be thanking Romeo Agban for cancelling Aduana’s early lead to save them a point, whiles Yahaya Mohammed continues with his goal scoring prowess for Amidaus


Aduana Stars went into the game in first place, as well as looking for their first goal against Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium in four visits. Samuel Asiedu made sure the Dormaa side's barren run against Hearts in Accra came to an end, netting an early opener. The Phobians, however, equalised later on, Romeo Agban helping himself unto the end of a Gilbert Fiamenyo flick, finishing the resulting one-on-one clinically. The game ended one all, which meant Hearts dropped their 10th point in four games (D-2 L-2). Aduana Stars, however, dropped to 2nd place, a point (23) behind Berekum Chelsea (24).


FA Cup holders New Edubiase continued their lukewarm form this season, drawing at home against Ashgold. The Miners with assistant coach Kamara Dini still on the bench (in place of substantive coach Yaw Acheampong, who is still in limbo) took a first half lead via striker Yakubu Mohamed, who scored his 5th goal of the season. In the second half, however, Anthony Commey's first half substitution, which saw Stephen Manu replacing Quaye Sakyi yielded an impact, with Manu equalising for the home side in the 63rd minute. Ashgold, by the result, retained 6th place with 17 points, whilst New Edubiase also retained 10th place on the log, with 15 points from 12 games.


Bashir Hayford's Medeama bounced back from last week's top of the table clash defeat to Aduana Stars in style, as they thrashed Berekum Arsenals 3-0 in Tarkwa. Bismark Asiedu, Richmond Nketiah and Asiedu Apau ensured the emphatic win, condemning Berekum Arsenals to their 6th defeat in 12 games this season. The win, which was their 7th of the season, lifted the Tarkwa-based side from 4th place to 3rd place, on 23 points, only pipped to 2nd place by Aduana Stars on goal difference. The Gunners on the other hand remain second from bottom, with eight points out of a possible 36.


RTU's disastrous start to the season continued as they lost narrowly at the Baba Yara Stadium to King Faisal, in what was their second defeat at the same venue in two weeks after last week's loss to Berekum Chelsea. King Faisal got the only goal of the game through Sulley Mohamed, in what was RTU's 22nd goal conceded in 12 games so far this season. The result means the Pride of the North remain the only side in this season's Premier League without a win, amassing all their four points so far from draws. They remain rooted at the bottom of the log as they have been all season, with Mallam Yahaya's King Faisal moving up to 9th place on 15 points. The win was King Faisal's 4th of the campaign.


In arguably this weekend's biggest game, 3rd placed Berekum Chelsea welcomed Mas-Ud Dramani's unbeaten Asante Kotoko to the Berekum Golden City Park. Chelsea coach Yusif Abubakar made six changes to the side that triumphed 3-2 away to RTU on Matchday-11, with the most noticeable inclusion being former Kotoko striker Eric Bekoe. Kotoko were made to regret not resigning the former Petrojet striker early on this season, when the marksman put the Blues ahead. Yet another former Kotoko player Jordan Opoku, who had linked up with Bekoe so well throughout the first half, sealed the deal for the Berekum side. Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah was in attendance at Berekum to watch his latest recruit, Rashid Sumaila in action. To sum up Kotoko's woes, defender Kwabena Adusei Azaaro was red carded late in the game for a second bookable offense. The win catapulted the 2012 Caf Champions League losing finalists to the top of the table. Read Match Report


Wa All Stars, who lost dramatically to Kotoko in Kumasi last week, bounced back with a win at the Wa Sports Stadium against Liberty Professionals. In-form marksman Seidu Salifu, reportedly being tracked by Kotoko, scored a penalty to secure all three points for the Wa-based club. The win, which was their 3rd of the season, lifted them up to 12th place on 13 points, two points behind Liberty, who dropped to 11th place. The goal was Salifu's second in two games, as well as his 7th overall.


Ebusua Dwarfs saw their six-game unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Amidaus Professionals at the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast. Prof JK Mintah's side succumbed to a Yahaya Mohamed inspired Amidaus display, losing by 0-2. Mohamed scored the opener, his 10th of the season. The loss was the Abontoa Bontoa Boys' first at home this season, causing a drop from 3rd place to 4th (still on 21 points). The debutants on the other hand won their first away game of the season, as well as recording their second win on the trot, moving up to 7th place on 17 points.


Heart of Lions, who beat Accra Hearts of Oak convincingly last week, continued their winning ways, traveling to the Tema Sports Stadium to beat home side Tema Youth by a goal to nil. Coach Edward Odoom's side, who had drawn their previous two consecutive games, by the result dropped to 14th place on 12 points, only four points ahead of bottom side RTU. Heart of Lions experienced a rise, moving up to 8th place on 16 points.