Magical Augustine Okrah hands Bechem United victory with brace
Bechem United marked their 50th Premier League game with a hard-fought 2-1 win over a plucky Wa All Stars side at home on Saturday.
Playmaker Augustine Okrah underlined his rich-vein of form by scoring all two goals for the Hunters.
Okrah could have registered a hat-trick had his effort which smashed the frame gone in on seven minutes.
Winger Abdul Razak Egyir raided the left flank and won a one-on-one contest against Otis Kumanini before laying a pass which met Okrah.
The former Asante Kotoko player connected well from inside the box but the ball hit the crossbar.
That was followed by two penalty calls which were waived by referee Sylvester Adzoko.
First, it was Egyir who was clipped by Akwesi Acheampong inside the box and Okrah impeded in the area.
After 38 minutes, Bechem’s pressure paid off and shot into the lead through Okrah who converted a spot-kick.
Midfielder Kwaku Aswanzie handled a ball played on by John Nyamakye and Adzoko didn’t hesitate to point to the spot.
It was a well deserved lead to go into the break but All Stars, blunt in the first half, put up a stirred up performance after interval and stunned the home side with the leveler.
An innocuous ball was dinged in by left-back Joshua Otoo which was knocked down captain Hafiz Adams.
It found Michael Mensah’s head and Adams stabbed in. Left-back Asante Agyemang tried to clear but he was behind the goal line.
From then, it was a balanced game but Bechem were slightly on top. With two minutes left on the clock, Okrah weaved his magic and shot him the match winner.
Substitute Charles Dwamena started the move and received an exchange pass from Okrah before entering the box.
His cross was cleared out by Ismail Abdul Ganiyu but inadvertently dropped in front of Okrah who smashed in.
Bechem sealed the points and pocket a cash-prize of 5,000 Ghana cedis from the league’s headline sponsors First Capital Plus as part of their celebrations to mark their migration from a saving and loans company to a commercial bank.