Thursday, February 12, 2009


Berekum Arsenal yesterday kept their unbeaten home record in the Glo Premiership intact when they beat city rivals, Bechem Chelsea, by a lone goal at the Berekum Golden City Park.
Arsenal kept the pressure on the visitors right from the blast of the whistle of Kumasi-based referee Thomas Nuhu.
This earned them the only goal of the match in the 36th minute when Stephen Amakwaah tapped home a cross from the left flank to beat Chelsea’s goalkeeper Abubakar Iddrissu.
After recess, Chelsea lifted their game causing the home team to adopt defensive play but could not sustain the pressure as Arsenals took over the game once again and dominated in all departments.
About 20 minutes from regulation time, the game degenerated into rough play, which nearly marred its beauty.
To restore order, Referee Nuhu showed Arsenal’s Frank Yeboah and Lee Arday of Chelsea the yellow card.
Both sides made changes in the game. Chelsea introduced Ernest Adoma in the 63rd minute while Arsenal introduced Richard Addai but they did little to change the pattern of play.
A minutes silence was observed before the commencement of the match for the four fans who lost their lives during the Kotoko-Hearts epic encounter last Sunday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

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