Real Tamale United scored a last-gasp winner against Nsoatreman FC to maintain their lead at the top of Zone One in the ongoing Division One League.
Coach Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko’s side looked set to drop points at home after a late Nsoatreman fightback.
Mohammed Sadat and Ronald Frimpong put the Pride of the North 2-0 up but the away side, who had in the cause of the season beaten Steadfast and Tamale City all from Tamale, rallied through Mohammed Rahaman and Hanif Ibrahim’s 80th-minute equaliser to level at 2-2.
Mustapha Fuseini then won it three minutes into added time when Ronald Frimpong dispossessed a defender before placing a nice assist for Mustapha to flashed past Yaw Owusu Ansah to cement their position at the top.
With Steadfast and Berekum Arsenal, two of the top four teams dropping points on Saturday after respective draws in their games, and Bofoakwa Tano keeping taps with a win over Techiman City, RTU needed a win to consolidate their spot at the top of Zone 1.
That victory means the Northern Blues are still unbeaten in the second round after six matches and have another home game against Crocodile Stars to come on Wednesday.
Though not the best of performances fans would have expected, RTU played like a team ready to qualify to the Premier League next season. Other sides would have taken their style of play to find a way through earlier as a sign that it was not their day, but RTU continued to probe for an opening and refused to take a draw. Mustapha’s intervention gave them a dramatic win, and one that will be added to a long list of victories that could, and perhaps should, inspire them to picking the only ticket in Zone 1.
By: Sey Mubarick