Aduana Stars win 2017 GPL

Aduana Stars came from behind to beat Elmina Sharks 2-1 in the penultimate match of the Ghana Premier League (GPL) on Sunday, which effectively won them the title for the second time.

Elmina Sharks started the match brightly by attacking the hosts but they failed to make their attacking dominance count.
Aduana, however, came back strongly in the encounter but they were largely reduced to long range shooting.
They were not given any breathing space as Elmina Sharks incessantly mounted pressure on the hosts.
And against all odds, Sharks opened the scoring in the 45th minute after Black Stars B star, Felix Addo, weaved through two Aduana Stars defenders before squaring the ball for Benjamin Tweneboah, who was unmarked, to power home from close range.

 

The Fire Boys vehemently protested the goal but referee Uriah Glah stood by his decision by declaring the goal legitimate.
After the recess, the Fire Boys showed intent as they went in search of a quick equaliser, and indeed they had their desire as Rashid Alhassan tapped in from close range in the 57th minute.
As the match looked to be ending in a stalemate, referee Uriah Glah contentiously awarded Aduana Stars a penalty, which was protested by Sharks coach, Yaw Acheampong.

He expressed his frustration at the decision before walking off from his technical area.
Sam Adams elected himself to take the resulting and he did justice to it by sending goalkeeper, Joseph Essam, to the wrong side.
Both sides failed to add up to their goals as Aduana Stars run away 2-1 victors at the Nana Agyemang Badu Park.
Aduana stretched their lead to 57 points, seven more than second placed side, WAFA, with a game to end the season.

 

Scores @ a glance

Inter Allies 2-1 Liberty Professionals

WA All Stars 6-1 Bolga All Stars

Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 WAFA

Asante Kotoko 1-0 Berekum Chelsea

Tema Youth 2-1 Bechem United

Medeama 1-0 Hearts of Oak

Aduana Stars2 – 1   Elmina Sharks

Great Olympics 1-0 Ashanti Gold

 

By Gottlieb Baako

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