The opening fixture saw Hearts of Oak play Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs at the Tema Sports Stadium. The Phobians were looking to extend their ripe form after thrashing New Edubiase last week, but Mintah and his Dwarfs side had other ideas. The match eventually ended 3-1 to the Cape Coasters, with goals from John Arthur (first half), Prince Appiah and Bright Lukman condemned the Phobians to their first defeat of the season, with their consolation goal coming from in-form defender Nuru Sulley.
Sunday's fixture lineup saw Asante Kotoko play Heart of Lions at home, the defending champions looking to record their first league win of the campaign. Kotoko, who won the corresponding fixture 2-0 last season, however, failed to do same in what was coach Mas-Ud 'Didi' Dramani's debut game in charge. The game ended 1-1, with a tale of two penalties late in the second half - Kofi Nti Boakye converting for the Porcupine Warriors whilst Nana Egyir did so for the Kpando lads. The result meant three points out of a possible nine for the Porcupine Warriors, a statistic that they will be looking to alter in their next game away to Aduana.
DASHED HOPES | Dwarfs crushed the Phobians on Saturday
In the much-anticipated Berekum derby, Chelsea came out tops at the Golden City Park, defeating their arch rivals Arsenals 2-0. Goals came via Latif Salifu and Issaka Ibrahim to catapult them to the top of the table. Medeama SC, who prior to Sunday were on top of the log with a 100% record, lost their grip with a pulsating 1-1 draw played out at the Wa Park against Wa All Stars. The visitors went ahead on an astonishing 58 seconds through Otuo Acheampong.
They however failed to hold on, as seven minutes from the end, they conceded an equalizer via All Stars' Emmanuel Adu in what was their first ever goal conceded this season. Elsewhere, in the battle of the new comers, King Faisal, who had not won an away game to a Tema side in over a decade - came out victors as they defeated Amidaus Professionals in a narrow 1-0 win, Mohamed Sulley getting the all important goal for the Kumasi-based club in the second half.
At the Gyamfi Park, home side and FA Cup holders New Edubiase, after going down last week, came back with a 1-0 win against Tema Youth, thanks to Sakyi Quaye's 85th minute strike. Earlier on, play had been held up for almost five minutes due to a penalty awarded Edubiase; which was subsequently missed by Basit Adams.
The two matches that completed the weekend's action were in Tamale and Dansoman respectively, where RTU drew 1-1 with Aduana and Liberty Professionals 0-0 with Ashanti Gold respectively.
Berekum Chelsea emerged on top of the pack after match day 3, with seven points, closely followed by Medeama (7), Aduana Stars (5) and Dwarfs (4). Hearts of Oak remained 5th, whilst Kotoko slumped to 11th. Liberty remained firmly rooted at the bottom with a meager two points from a possible nine.