Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak destroyed league leaders Bechem United, WAFA took three points against Medeama in a nine-goal thriller and Legon Cities suffered yet another loss on matchday 7.

Here are the five talking points

Goals, goals and more goals

The league has not been short of goals this season but matchday seven took things to another level.

In the Hearts of Oak v Bechem United game, seven goals were produced and WAFA took all three points against Medeama following a 5-4 result.

Despite the postponement of Kotoko’s fixture with Ebusua Dwarfs, 30 goals were scored. Previously, matchday one was the highest-scoring matchday with 25 goals.

The league has had its droughts as well. Matchday four was particularly tough for all teams as they recorded just nine goals in total.

Currently, the competition has recorded 138 goals in 62 games, an average of 2.23 goals per game.

Goals bring results and this round produced an impressively huge number.

Daniel Lomotey sets records with a haul for WAFA

As the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season progressed, multiple players made impacts with braces.

Daniel Lomotey

AshantiGold were the highest benefactors of this trend with four different players scoring two goals in a game.

But, a hat-trick had been missing in six matchdays. Daniel Lomotey made it happen on Sunday and added one more for good measure.

The WAFA forward showed his incredible shooting prowess against Medeama, netting four goals in a 5-4 win. He is the first player to score a hat-trick and a haul in the 2020/21 campaign.

Lomotey, 21, has now moved to the top of the goal-scoring charts with seven goals. He has netted 42.86% of his team’s goals this season, proving how important he is to their aspirations.

He will surely face competition from other strikers in the league but the youngster has done himself a great service with that performance on Sunday.

Hearts of Oak send title warning with a magnificent win

Kosta Papic

After Kosta Papic replaced Edward Nii Odoom at the helm, the fans of Hearts of Oak grew expectant due to the pedigree of the new boss.

He had led the Phobians to a trophy in his previous stint and his team are now making strides in his second stint.

On Saturday, the Accra-based side decimated league leaders Bechem United at home. The scoreline? 6-1. Before the game, Hearts of Oak had not scored five or more goals in a GPL match since October 2012.

Granted, the visitors played with ten men but the hosts were efficient on the day.

Under Papic this season, Hearts have recorded 10 points from a possible 15. They have made the jump to 5th as well.

Papic’s men are just 3 points off league leaders Bechem United and will certainly aim to move to the summit of the table in subsequent matches.

Legon Cities endure further pain

Ahead of the campaign, it seemed impossible that Legon Cities will struggle to rack up some wins in the competition.

It seemed more impossible that the Royals will struggle to break down opponents. Unfortunately, both cases are happening and it is not looking good for the Accra-based side.

They were down to 10 men against Liberty Professionals on Sunday and suffered a 1-0 defeat at the end of the game.

With just two goals scored in the league so far, Legon Cities are the lowest scoring team in the competition. Also, the club have failed to find the net from open play.

Among the 18 teams battling for the GPL title this season, only Legon Cities have failed to record a victory (D3 L4).

Bashir Hayford has huge problems to handle in the next round of matches.

Appiah McCarthy, the set-piece king

Scoring a goal is always a hard thing. Scoring one with a wall and a keeper in front of the net is arguably more challenging.

But Appiah McCarthy has made it look easy so far this season. The midfielder has scored three direct free-kicks, more than any other player.

McCarthy, 24, netted one against Karela in his team’s opening game. He netted his second against Elmina Sharks and did so once again against Berekum Chelsea.

He is slowly bringing attention to his wonderful skill in dead ball situations.

As the season progresses, he will surely hope to score more from such situations.