DORMAA Aduana Stars staked a strong claim to qualification to the premier division with a 3-2 defeat of Guan United in their opening Polytank Zone One national middle league at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Backed by a large number of their supporters, Aduana showed class and even when they surrendered a first-half lead in the early minutes of the other half, they regrouped to overcome their opponents.
Guan, who featured former premiership strikers Shilla Alhassan and Gilbert Ayikade, threatened early as Abdulai Gazale fired away from close range in the third minute.
It came as little surprise when they fetched the opener through Ernest Osei Boakye whose cracking volley found space inside the far corner of the post in the 43rd minute.
Quite against expectations, Guan United returned from the half stronger and pumped so much flair and power into their game to take a 2-1 lead by the 55th minute.
First it was a penalty on the 49th minute which Salifu Seidu converted before Abdulai Gazale powered them ahead after 55 minutes with a harmless shot which surprisingly whisked past a traumatised keeper Ransford Kudjo.
Matthew was instrumental in Aduana’s last two goals. In the 70th minute he threaded a shot through a forest of legs in the Guan area and when the opponents failed to clear, Richard Addai took advantage to plant the ball in the net.
Then a stormy attack from Aduana followed on the 77th minute and when Matthew sent the ball into the area again, it swept past keeper Mustapha Wahab leaving Richard Addai to go for brace.