Elmina Sharks defeated Accra Hearts of Oak on Saturday by 2-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium to continue their impressive run this season.
Elmina Sharks dominated and went 2-0 up in the first half before Hearts of Oak pulled one back. Thanks to Felix Addo who got the first goal after pouncing on a cross from Daniel Obeng Crenstil.
With the rainbow boys struggling to contain the pressure from Elmina Sharks, their confidence was dealt another intense blow in the 41st minute following captain Obeng Crenstil’s magnificent solo effort shot which beat Hearts of Oak goalie , Benjamin Mensah.
After recess, Substitute, Malik Akowuah gave the disappointed Hearts fans some respite with his fantastic long-range goal but efforts to grab at least a point in the game proved futile as determined Sharks were super on the day.
Head Coach of Elmina Sharks, Yaw Acheampong in an exclusive interview with www.atvgh.comsaid despite the smooth run over Hearts of Oak he still believes the league is too young for him to jubilate.
“Now it’s too early for us to say somethings because our first target is to have 40 points so we can escape relegation”. He stated
The former Black Stars player added that this season’s league looks highly competitive as compared to the previous ones.
“ Comparing last year and this year’s league is a different game all together because the league has improved this season due to this we are beefing the squad with some players to match up boot for boot with the big teams” he noted.
Striker Felix Addo who has scored his first goal of the season for the Elmina based team was adjudged as the NASCO Man of the Match for his splendid performance.
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Posted by ATV GH "Amansan Television" on Monday, April 16, 2018
Tanko Mohammed scored in the 27th minute of the first half to hand Elmina Sharks a 1-0 win over Inter Allies in the midweek games of the Ghana premier league.
The Elmina side had not beaten Inter Allies in two previous meetings that recorded a win and a draw for the Tema side. But on a third meeting between the two sides, Sharks emerged victorious with a gritty performance at their favoured ground, Nduom Sports Stadium.
From the commencement of the game Sharks had looked dangerous and threatened the Allies goal with clear cut chances but the defensive setup of Inter Allies held strong to cut out any attempt by the Sharks forward line that comprised of Tanko Mohammed and Felix Addo.
Elmina Sharks finally got their chance when Tanko found space in the 18 yard box to fire past Saed Salifu in post for Inter Allies. The home team nearly increased the tally when Felix Addo failed to profit from an incisive cross from Richard Mpong in the 37th minute.
Inter Allies however came strong into the game in the closing stages of the first half when Nigerien import Victorien Adebayor threatened the Sharks goal with a glancing header that flew inches wide off the post of Richard Attah.
Sharks resumed the second half on the front foot just as the first, as they went in search of the second goal that would cushion their lead but a combination of gritty defending and woeful shooting denied them.
Inter Allies would however awoke from their deep slumber in the 78th minute two players combined neatly to set up Adebayor but for a timely interception by Ofoe Ofotsu, the Nigerien would have recorded his 4th goal of the season.
To stop Kenichi Yastsuahashi’s men from causing damage, Yaw Acheampong introduced Ebo Mends and Tetteh Nortey into the game to bolster the midfield taking off goalscorer Tanko Mohammed and Suraj Mohammed off while Isaac Quainoo came in for Felix Addo.
Inter Allies however, continued to probe for the equaliser, but Sharks simply won’t badge as they skillfully played to see out the game to register their second win of the season as well as first goal at the Nduom Sports Stadium this season.
The win moved Sharks up from 9th to 6th on the league log on 8 points while the defeated Inter Allies dropped from the second position to the 5th.