Accra Hearts of Oak suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aduana Stars in their first match of the 2022/2023 betPawa Ghana Premier League on Sunday in Dormaa Ahenkoro.
The loss takes the Phobians’ winless run in Dormaa to six games, with their last win at the Nana Agyeman Badu Park coming in 2014.
Bright Adjei scored the only goal of the game in the 49th minute, after a goalless first half, to give the away side all three points.
Hearts of Oak finished the game with 10 men after Caleb Amankwah was sent off in the 89th minute.
Newcomers, Kotoku Royals beat Accra Lions 1-0 on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium to secure their first win in the top flight.
Augustine Boakye’s goals early in the first half (19 mins) gave the Royals all three points against Ibrahim Tanko’s side.
Accra Lions dominated possession after the goal but were unable to find an equalizer in the game.
At the El-Wak Stadium, nine-man Legon Cities were handed a 1-0 defeat by Medeama SC.
A second-half strike by Kofi Asmah was enough to give Medeama their first three points of the new season.
Legon Cities, who dominated the first half but were unable to find the back of the net, ended the match with nine men after defender, Michael Ampadu and midfielder, Michel Otuo were sent off in the 79th minute.
Elsewhere, Dreams FC recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over Bibiani Gold Stars at the Duns Park in Bibiani.
Blessing Dana’s goal in the 56th minute was the difference between the two teams as the away team grabbed all three points.
In Sunday’s other games; Samuel Atta Kumi scored the only goal of the game in the 54th minute as Karela United secured a narrow win over newcomers Tamale City at the Crosby Awuah Memorial Park, while Real Tamale United and Samartex played out a goalless draw at the Aliu Mahama Stadium in Tamale.
On Saturday; Accra Great Olympics were 1-0 winners over Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Dade Boys left it late to secure all three points courtesy of Samuel Ashie-Quaye in the 81st minute.
Asante Kotoko’s game against Nsoatreman was postponed because of the Porcupine Warriors’ CAF Champions League commitments.
The other first-round game between Berekum Chelsea and King Faisal will be played on Monday at the Nana Agyeman Badu Stadium in Dormaa.