Hearts of Oak edged their regional rivals 2-1 on match day six of the Ghana Premier League
Paul Acquah scored first for the Rainbow Boys in the first half, Benjamin Arthur restored parity for the visitor. In the second half the Phobians restored their lead through Inusah Musah.
The Phobians started the game brightly – creating a lot of space at Great Olympics defense using the right and left flanks, the home kept the heat on the visitors but they couldn’t break Olympics back line.
The ‘Dade Boys’ initiated their first attack and they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Hearts of Oak penalty box but Osah Bernardihno struck wide.
Moment later, Olympics created another opportunity but the Phobians defense led by Inusah Musah put their bodies on the line to clear the ball from danger zone.
On 15minutes Ben Mensah came to rescue of the rescue of the Phobians as he parried away Bernarndihno point blank strike.
As Olympics thought they were finding their rhythm, the Phobians scored the first goal on 25 minute after Paul Acquah headed home Fatau Mohammed’s low cross.
Olympics regrouped and they began pushing more bodies upfront but their target man Abel Manomey was heavily policed by Hearts of Oak back four.
Mensah once again produced another safe as he parried away Emmanuel Amartey’s strike and the resulted corner-kick was nodded home by Benjamin Arthur on 40 minutes.
The Phobians looked dejected after conceding and that allowed Great Olympics to mount an intense more pressure on them.
Seven minutes after the break, Great Olympics were denied a penalty kick by referee William Agbovi – Douglas Opoku stole the ball from Fatau Mohammed’s feet, the speedster raced into Hearts of Oak penalty box and he was brought down Fatau but the referee waved it off.
Great Olympics were delight whenever they have the ball as Bernardho operating at right side of Hearts of Oak defense gave curtailed Fatau from surging forward.
On 61 minutes initiated another attack – a 1-2 between Bernardiho and Manoney opened Hearts Of Oak defense but former shot wide.
The Phobians warmed themselves into the game as they dictated the pace of the game, but Olympics were resolute at the back.
But on 71minute, the Phobians restored their lead through Inusah Musah – the tall lanky defender benefited from a goal keeping error after Abraham Donkor failed to fist off Thomas Abbey’s free-kick.
However, player cum coach Godwin Attram came on for Olympics with the hope of salvaging a point for his side. Olympics pushed forward but the Phobians guided their lines very well.
With four minutes of time added on, Olympics besieged the goal area of the Phobians but they couldn’t unlock Hearts of Oak back line and the Phobians held on to win the game.