Ghana DOL Zone 1 Week 5 Review: Leaders B. Arsenal marches on, RTU suffer first defeat, while Steadfast continue revival

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Tamale City beat RTU 1-0 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium
Tamale City beat RTU 1-0 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium

Leaders Berekum Arsenal, Mighty Royals and Wa Suntaa stretched their unbeaten run, while Tamale City beat RTU to claim bragging rights in the Tamale Derby in week 5 of the Division One League Zone 1 , which was characterized by late drama.

The match of the week was in Tamale where the Pride of the North RTU, hosted City rivals Tamale City in an intriguing contest. But what was expected to be an uncompromising encounter for two sides in the league with varied tactics went in favour of The Citizens, who brushed aside the host with a 1:0 win.

Sam Otis got the only goal of the game in the 9th minute to ensure they keep their unbeaten record against RTU in the last three seasons.

Wa Suntaa , who were tied on points with Mighty Royals and Berekum Arsenal , needed to win against Nkoranza Warriors in Wa to keep pace with their early title rivals. But the away side were resolute for and cruised to a remarkable draw.

Steadfast picked up a huge three points in their bid to revive their campaign after a shaky start to the season with a 2-0 win over Nsoatreman FC at the Aliu Mahama Sports stadium on Thursday.

Gargo Mohammed’s team were very wasteful in the first 45 minutes but stepped it up a gear after the break and Jibril Nurudeen started the the journey to picking the maximum points with a powerful drive from 25 yards four minutes after the restart.

The game then opened up significantly and Issahaku Fatawu showed his poaching talents to seize upon a loose ball outside the box after some brilliant wide play from Alhassan Abu to drill home his third goal of the season.

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In Berekum, Arsenal stretched their unbeaten run and jumped to the top of the table after recording a 1-0 victory over Techiman City. Top scorer Ansu Kofi Patrick made the difference with his 5th strike of the season so far.

B. A. United held on for a vital 1-0 win over Division One relegation rivals Gbewaa FC at the Coronation Park for their first win of the season.

By: Sey Mubarick

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