Report of the Ghana Premier League game between Hearts of Oak and Sekondi Hasaacas at the Accra Sports Stadium
The Phobians who played in an empty stadium following a two-game punishment handed to them by the FA’s Appeals Committee needed Isaac Mensah’s early strike to win the game.
Hearts of Oak dominated the game from the blast of the whistle as Hasaacas were forced to defend deep. The Phobians intensified the pressure as the game progresses and Isaac Mensah in the 6th minute struck the first goal for the home side.
The diminutive winger picked a loose ball around the away side’s goal area, he kept his composure shimmied his way through before striking a powerful shot that hit the right post which beat Michael Abu in post for the Sekond based club.
Moments later, Foovi Aguidi failed to double the home side’s lead as he shot wide. Samuel Afful and Eric Bekoe leading the away side’s attack combined effectively to open the Phobians defence but the final touch from the latter let his team down.
On the half hour mark, Hasaacas took control of the game as Afful tormented Hearts of Oak back four with his pace. At the other hand Isaac Mensah came close in scoring Hearts’ second goal but his 30 yards audacious strike went over the bar.
On the stroke of half time, Hasaacas were awarded an indirect free-kick in Hearts’ penalty box but Daniel Agyin failed to get the equalizer for his team as the first ended 1-0 advantage the Phobians.
Hasaacas in the second half was delight to watch as they dictated the pace. The Phobians had no answer to the free flowing soccer of the Sekondi based club.
Yusif Basigi’s side saw plenty of the ball, they created the chances but getting the ball at the back of the net was their problem.
Richard Opoku went past three Hearts of Oak defenders but his close range shot hit the side net, Hasaacas created another chance of their own but Samuel Akurugu’s curtailed Afful’s solo run.
With 10 minutes to end the game the away side managed to get the ball at the back of net from Augustine Arhinful’s 20 yards diagonal free-kick but referee O.B Amoah disallowed the goal indicating Hearts defender Robin Gnagne was pushed in the box.
Hasaacas regrouped, piled more pressure on the Phobians, the Accra giants held their guns to win the game.