League leaders Aduana FC were held 0-0 by Champions Asante Kotoko on Matchday 10 of the betPawa Premier League at Nana Agyemang Badu I Park Sunday.
The Porcupine Warriors went into the game buoyed by their 2-0 victory against the Ogya lads last season and would be disappointed for not being able to win the three points this time.
Coach Samuel Fabin was forced to make an early substitution in the 12th minute as Justus Torsutsey hobbled off and was replaced by Solomon Adomako.
Stephen Anokye Badu got a bright chance to put Aduana FC ahead but his free kick was saved by Asante Kotoko shot stopper Frederick Asare in the 16th minute mark.
Despite their struggle in the opening minutes of the match, Asante Kotoko later gathered momentum and started troubling Aduana FC but both teams failed to score as the first half ended 0-0 in a high intensity encounter.
Back from the break, the League leaders had a perfect start this time – knocking on the door of the home side looking for the opening goal. Serge Zeze had a good run as he curled home a beautiful free kick from the area but his effort was neatly dealt with by the backline of Aduana FC.
Frederick Asare was later called to duty in the 73rd minute as he pulled a brilliant save to keep Asante Kotoko in the game – the goalkeeper saved Solomon Aboagye’s close effort.
The two top four clubs went into the game hoping to secure a win to keep their title aspirations unscathed but neither side could get on the scoresheet at the end of the game.
Aduana FC remain top of the Ghana Premier League table with Asante Kotoko staying in second place.
Real Tamale United started the new year with a home win following a 3-2 victory at the Aliu Mahama stadium.
Yussif Nurudeen scored a last gasp winner to ensure the Blues secure all the points in a five-goal thriller over the League debutants.
Baba Kushibo opened the scoring just seven minutes into the game for Real Tamale United after intercepting a pass from the back before rounding up Clinton Quaye to slot home.
With a one goal at the break, Issah Kuka drilled home the second goal for RTU in the 58th minute – but the lead was reduced two minutes later by the Royals as Richard Dzikoe pulled one back inside 60 minutes.
Kotoku Royals were energized by the goal and worked tirelessly in search of the equalizer – with five minutes remaining the Akyem Oda side pulled parity much to the surprise of the home fans at the Aliu Mahama stadium.
Yussif Nurudeen again popped to nod home the match winner on the full-time mark.
In Tarkwa – Vincent Atingah scored two spot kicks as Medeama SC recorded their first home win in well over three months at Akoon Park.
Vincent Atingah netted the opener inside 19 minutes after dominant display from the visitors. The former Hearts of Oak man again converted from the spot after a foul on Theophilus Anobah to complete the scoring.
King Faisal rallied to a 2-0 win against Nsoatreman FC at the Baba Yara sports stadium Kumasi.
Joseph Gordon and Godfred Asiamah scored in the second half to hand King Faisal all the points. Gordon blasted home a pass from Adom Antwi in the 79th minute before Godfred Asiamah finished off an absolutely magnificent solo run from the centre circle to slot home.
In Sameraboi – Dreams FC put in a gallant display to draw 0-0 with Samartex 1996.
In other results: Berekum Chelsea dropped points at home as they were held 0-0 by Bibiani Gold Stars at the Golden City.
In Sogakope, Legon Cities came from behind to draw 1-1 with Karela United FC at the WAFA Park. Abdul Rahman scored in the 73rd minute to cancel Emmanuel Owusu Boakye’s opening goal in the 36rd minute.
Meanwhile Tamale City beat Accra Great Olympics 2-1 to record only their second win of the season at the Aliu Mahama stadium. After a barren first half Raphael Essien broke the deadlock in 51st minute for the host. But Gideon Offei Ofori netted to pull parity for Great Olympics in the 62nd minute.
Sampson Eduku then scored the match winner from close range in the 71st minute to condemn Great Olympics to their fourth defeat of the season.