Just as expected, Real Tamale United emerged victors of the Tamale Derby after battling it out against Gbewaa FC in a physical match.
Both teams came into the game at the back of defeats against local rivals Tamale City FC and Steadfast Fc. Before the game had began it was expected that RTU will be the winners and it really proves to be true after their display paid off with a 3-0 win over Gbewaa FC.
In the end they emerged as natural winners of the match after Gbewaa Fc’s strong resistance in the first 30 minutes of the game.
As has always been the norm in derby games, there was physicality in the game with Gbewaa FC being forced to make two changes in each half as a result of the players sustaining injuries.
The Gbewaa goalkeeper did massively well to keep the game virgin in the first 30 minutes of the first half, but a handball in their 18th yard box handed RTU a spot kick, Sadat Mohammed step in and without making any mistake he converted it nicely to hand his side the lead before the halftime break.
And after the break, RTU had the chance to double their lead but Dandawa failed to utilize the chance and the goalkeeper came to the rescue of Gbewaa fc again.
Gbewaa grew stronger in the game but was unable to get the equalizer, and just when they thought they have regained their rhythm, Dandawa doubled RTU’s lead to make the game uncontestable for the relegation battling side.
New Signing Ronald Frimpong thought he had tripled their lead only for the linesman to raise his flag for an offside, that could have been his fourth for RTU.
Dandawa had a mixed feeling in the game as he was rightly given a red card for time waisting, he should not have done so especially when his side were up by 2-0. A third goal followed after Dandawa’s red card through Mohammed with a brilliant strike.
In the end Gbewaa woes continues as Real Tamale United now accumulate 27 points to pile pressure on the table leaders who also are currently playing against Nsoatreman FC.
Next for Gbewaa FC is a first round final game at home against fellow relegation battlers Paga Crocodiles, and they will be hoping to recording their third win in the first round after suffering ten defeats in 14 games so far.
Coach Shaibu Tanko’s side will also be happy with the results and will also be playing away to Unity FC.
By Saaka Yakubu Issah