2020/21 GPL Week 22 wrap-up: Kotoko sink Cities back into relegation zone, Elmina Sharks come from behind to beat Ashantigold, Karela deny Faisal a place above relegation zone, Olympics sink Liberty Professionals

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Gameweek 22 of the Ghana Premier League brought us enthralling results across the various match centers.

Hearts of Oak suffered a 2-0 defeat to Dreams FC, Asante Kotoko bounced back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory against Legon Cities, whiles Medeama maintained their lead at the top with a resounding 3-0 victory against Ebusua Dwarfs.

We take a look at how things unfolded in all 9 match centers:

BEREKUM CHELSEA 2-3 WAFA

Poor travelers WAFA recorded only their 2nd victory away from home when they defeated Berekum Chelsea 3-2 at the Golden City park. Chelsea opened the scoring just 24 seconds into the game, Bright Amponsah scored from close range. WAFA pulled parity in the 22nd minute, Jostus Torsutsey the goal scorer. Minutes later, the academy boys took the lead through Enock Asubonteng. However, they failed to hold on to their lead into the break, Stephen Amankona scored from the spot to make it 2-2. WAFA regained their lead just two minutes into the second half through Abdul Basit Issah. Despite late pressure from Chelsea, WAFA held on to win 3-2.

Man of the match: Abdul Basit Issah (WAFA)

ELEVEN WONDERS 2-1 ADUANA STARS

Eleven Wonders came from a goal down to beat Aduana Stars 2-1 and move out of the relegation zone. Wonders found themselves a goal down after just 13 minutes of play, skipper Bright Adjei reacted the quickest to a rebound to open the scoring for Aduana Stars. Just minutes later, Eleven Wonders pulled parity through Tetteh Nortey from the spot. In the second half, Eleven Wonders saw more of the ball and took a deserving lead in the 88th minute through Samuel Boakye, he beautifully controlled a ball from the edge of the box, went past a defender and curled the ball past the goalkeeper.

Man of the match: Benjamin Tweneboah (Aduana Stars)

LEGON CITIES 0-1 ASANTE KOTOKO

Asante Kotoko defeated Legon Cities 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium to bounce back to winning ways after failing to win their last two games. After an evenly contested opening minutes, Asante Kotoko opened the scoring in the 13th minute through Augustine Okrah. He made the slightest of contact to a free kick from Fabio Gama. The Porcupine Warriors came close to make it 2-0 in the 35th minute, Emmanuel Gyamfi reacted the quickest to a lose ball in the 18-yard box, but his effort was whisker away from the post. Legon Cities were the best side in the opening minutes of the second half and should have pulled parity in the 69th minute, Baba Mahama was set through on goal by Jonah Attuquaye, but he he failed to beat Razak Abalora after a decent run from almost the halfway line. Kotoko managed the game well in the remaining minutes to secure all three points.

Man of the match: Emmanuel Gyamfi (Asante Kotoko)

GREAT OLYMPICS 2-0 LIBERTY PROFESSIONALS

Liberty Professionals saw their run of 3 consecutive victories come to an end after a 2-0 defeat to Great Olympics at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Dade Boys took a deserving lead in the 37th minute through Maxwell Abbey Quaye. Hopes of grabbing the equalizer was shattered in the 85th minute when Joshua Rhule scored to make it 2-0 and hand Olympics their first win in 4 games.

Man of the match: Maxwell Abbey Quaye (Great Olympics)

BECHEM UNITED 2-1 INTER ALLIES

Bechem United compounded Inter Allies’ misery after defeating them 2-1 at the Nana Gyeabor park. After dominating the opening minutes of the game, Bechem United took the lead in the 28th minute through skipper Salifu Moro from the spot. Bechem United doubled their lead in the 42nd minute through Hafiz Konkoni. Inter Allies pulled one back in the 65th minute, goalkeeper Boubacar Sidiki Doumbia put the ball in his own net.

Man the match: Kofi Agbesimah (Bechem United)

DREAMS 2-0 HEARTS OF OAK

Second half strikes by Ali Huzaif and Sylvester Simba handed Dreams FC a historic 2-0 victory against Hearts of Oak. Hearts of Oak started the game on the front foot and came close to taking the lead in the 9th minute, Daniel Afriyie took advantage of an error by goalkeeper Solomon Agbesie, but his final effort was cleared off the line by Massaudu Abdulai. Hearts of Oak came close again in the 14th minute, a powerful drive from Mohammed Fatawu was tipped over the bar by Solomon Agbesie. Just minutes into the second half, Hearts of Oak were reduced to 10 men after Nuru Sulley was shown a second yellow. Dreams took advantage of the resulting free kick to open the scoring, Ali Huzaif put the ball into the net from close range. Dreams FC extended their lead in additional time, substitute Sylvester Simba after a decent work from a short corner put the ball into the net from a tight angle to seal three points for his side.

Man of the match: Massaudu Abdulai (Dreams FC)

ELMINA SHARKS 2-1 ASHANTIGOLD

Elmina Sharks came from a goal down to beat AshantiGold 2-1. The first half of the game ended scoreless, both sides had their chances. AshantiGold broke the deadlock in the minute through David Abagna. Elmina Sharks leveled the score in the 69th minute through Ishmael Hammond. Sharks took the lead for the first time in the game through Kingsley Braye, his first goal for the Fearsome Sharks. Sharks from then hold on to pick all points.

Man of the match: Geoffrey Acheampong (Elmina Sharks)

KING FAISAL 1-1 KARELA UNITED

King Faisal and Karela United shared spoils at the Ohene Ameyaw park. Alhaji Grusah’s side took the lead in the 17th minute through Zubairu Ibrahim. Karela came close to leveling the score twice, but both efforts struck the woodwork. Karela continued to mount pressure on King Faisal and finally had the equalizing goal in the final minutes of the game through Maxwell Boakye.

Man of the match: Gabo Mohammed (King Faisal)

MEDEAMA 3-0 EBUSUA DWARFS

Medeama defeated Ebusua Dwarfs 3-0 to remain top of the league table. The first half of the game ended scoreless, with Dwarfs creating the best chances. Medeama came back from the break a different side and took the lead in the 49th minute through Ahmed Toure. Medeama doubled their lead in the 57th minute through Ibrahim Yaro, before Prince Opoku Agyemang scored in the 67th minutes to seal the victory.

Man of the match: Ibrahim Yaro (Medeama)

FULL GAMEWEEK 22 RESULTS

STANDINGS AFTER WEEK 22

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