DORMAA Aduana Stars made a triumphant entry into the premiership after overcoming Techiman Universal Stars 2-1 in their Zone One Polytank national middle league game at the Baba Yara Stadium yesterday.
By virtue of the head-to-head rule, the 2-1 victory Guan United chalked up over Bechem United in the other group game at the Wesley College Park remained immaterial, having been beaten 3-2 by Aduana last Sunday.
Hundreds of Aduana fans who travelled from Bechem to watch their idol side gain qualification to the elite division after two fruitless attempts burst into jubilation when referee Cecil Fletcher ended the match. So sweet was the victory as Aduana had to fight from a goal down in the first half.
Aware of the task ahead in this regional derby, Aduana went into the game full of fight but top striker Richard Addai failed to take advantage of an 8th minute opportunity. Even though he scored the winner, Addai wasted several chances on the afternoon.
Universal Stars, sporting former B.A. United striker, Osman Sakora in attack, spread the ball to the flanks occasionally, creating panic in the Aduana area. Sakora caught Aduana keeper Ransford Kudjoe off-balance after 21 minutes with the first goal, powering home from 35 yards out.
Aduana opened up fiercely on resumption, and with a fluid midfield operating around Ernest Osei Kwame and Samuel Asiedu, their opponents could hardly go forward.
It was not a surprise that they fetched the equaliser on the 60th minute through Asiedu who connected a brilliant in-swinger from the left.
Any attempt by Universal Stars to get back into the game was unsuccessful and Aduana punished them again five minutes later this time Richard Addai placing himself well to connect with a flick header.