Bibires Return To Winning Ways
A contentious ninth-minute penalty by Winfred Komla after he had brought down Richard Kissi Boateng allowed Legon Cities to keep a clean sheet in the remainder of the first half.
Stephen Amankona marked his 50th league appearance for Bibires with the double from the spot after Kofi Owusu's clinical finish had put us in front in the second half.
Coach Asare Bediako’s side dominated the first half, too –
Pos. P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Medeama 14 8 3 3 17 8 9 27
2 Aduana Stars 14 8 3 3 17 11 6 27
3 Berekum Chelsea 14 8 2 4 16 12 4 26
4 Kotoko 13 7 3 3 14 7 7 24
Obed Owusu continued as a starter after just returning from injury against Techiman Eleven Wonders, Jonah Attuquaye only made the bench for the first time this season. While Emmanuel Owusu returned but only made the bench Veteran Jordan Opoku also started from Midfield.
Berekum Chelsea set about their customary brisk start at kick-off but it was the visitors who broke through first, winning the games first freekick after Jorge Renchi push Cephas Doku off the ball.
Bibires dominated possession from the start without generating any clear-cut chances.
And they required an outstanding piece of defensive recovery from Zackaria Fuseini to preserve the game as 0-0.
Former Bibires player Abdul Jabil neatly timed his run to break in behind the Bibires defense off the flank and with DanLaad heading out from his goalline to clear.
Ahmed Adams guided a header from a corner too close to Winfred Komla and Kofi Owusu's persistence then forced a penalty situation which the referee wrongly waived off.
Bibires reasserted themselves in the second half, though, and Kissi Boateng drew an important save from Winfred Komla when he held off the Stephen Ayiku to collect Benjamin Abaidoo’s prodded pass into the area and fired at goal.
The Opener arrived 65 minutes.
Benjamin Abaidoo spotted an opportunity to press Legon cities right back, high up the pitch and successfully stole the ball and bore down on goal.
He elected to tee up Kofi Owusu to his right and despite the pass coming slightly behind him, the forward set his shooting position and threaded a sweet reverse finish into the bottom corner.
Legon Cities then had to clear from inside the six-yard box as Benjamin Abaidoo again smacked across towards the waiting Amankona.
Bibires then double their lead, after Stephen Ayiku brought down Kissi Boateng, Stephen Amankona elected himself and took care of doubling our lead.
Zackaria Fuseini's anticipation made the chance, the center-back seizing on a loose ball around the halfway line and immediately sliding an assist into the run of an unmarked Obed Owusu An unerring, swept shot beyond the Winfred Komla but the ball slid just wide.
It was nearly an equalizer for Legon Cities at the dying minute of the match after as DanLaad pushed Ortiz Sam’s firm header from a ri