GPL WEEK9: Hearts of Oak Win At Home, Kotoko Draw At WAFA

Accra Hearts of Oak on Sunday showed class at the Accra sports stadium as they romped to a 2-0 win against Techiman Eleven Wonders in their Ghana Premier League match day nine encounter.

The win takes the Phobians’ impressive run to 4 wins in their last 6 games and now unbeaten in their last four outings, moving 4th in the League table, just two points adrift leaders Karela United who won on Sunday.

Experienced defender Nuru Sulley returned to the starting line-up to partner Mohammed Alhassan in central defence.

Hearts dominated proceedings from the early part of the exchanges and it paid off in the 11th minute when Manaf Umar opened the scoring as he connected perfectly a cross from Fatawu Mohammed inside the box and the low grounder beat Eleven Wonders goalkeeper John Moosi.

Eleven Wonders nearly snatched the equalizer five minutes from half time when Samuel Boakye went through two defenders before pulling the trigger but Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Richmond Ayi produced a super save to palm it away for a corner kick.

Before half time, Frederick Ansah-Botcwey tried his luck from distance but it was a rising effort.

Three minutes into the second half, Victor Aidoo fired in a powerful shot with the outside of his foot to beat Moosie for the second time in the game.

Hearts of Oak brought on Patrick Razak and Abednego Tetteh in the latter stages of the game.

The latter tried his lucky from outside the box but his effort was cushioned by a deflection on Tetteh Nortey.

Moosie had to be alert on his line to coolly collect Afutu’s header on a floated ball from Fatawu Mohammed.

Wonders tried to come back into the game but they looked disjointed in midfield and toothless in attack.

It was second successive away defeat for the Techiman Eleven Wonders as they lost 1-0 to Inter Allies at the same venue last week.

Meanwhile, Kwame Opoku on Sunday, scored his sixth goal of the season for Asante Kotoko as the Porcupine Warriors came from a goal down to draw 1-1 at WAFA at the Red Bull arena at Sogakope.

The game gave the platform to Kotoko goalkeeper Razak Abalora to play against his former side for the first time in three seasons following his stint in Tanzania with Azam FC.

Asante Kotoko tried to keep a clean sheet especially in the first 20 minutes and worked hard to attain that as they matched the home side squarely in the opening stages of the game.

Danger man Daniel Lomotey was teed up but the flag was up for offside. However, he hit the ball against Razak Abalora. Lomotey, was again invited into play and wriggled past his marker and quickly unleashed one on target but the ball went over the bar.

WAFA could have punished Kotoko in the 22nd minute after Abalora came out and lost the ball but Christian Agbevor could not punish him as he tripped in the process to get pass the Kotoko shot stopper.

Just before the half hour mark, Daniel Lomotey improvised and slotted the ball past Abalora from inside the box in the 29th minute for the opener.

Before the break, Kotoko right back Christopher Nettey made a surging run and shot at goal but Boliver Owusu grabbed it on the turf.

Just after the hour mark, Emmanuel Sarkodie threaded a ball through for Kwame Poku to strike past goalkeeper Boliver Owusu for the equalizer in the 62nd minute. Michael Dwamena aimed at the top corner with a curler but it was over the frame.

After 80 minutes, substitute Daniel Owusu makes a run inside the box but the final deliver not too good as it goes over.

Points shared and a fair reflection of proceedings after Asante Kotoko put up an improved second half display.

 

 

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