Hearts of Oak silence Liberty

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak played one of their best games in recent times to beat city rivals, Liberty Professionals 2-1 on Saturday at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra.The Week 21 Glo Premier League local derby, which was pushedforward by 24-hours, witnessed the best output by Hearts as far as thesecond half of the season is concerned, which boosted their sojournup the League standings.Substitute Douglas Nkrumah and midfielder Esme Mends scored forthe Phobians in each half before Liberty pulled one back in theclosing stages through substitute shot-stopper Daniel Adjei from thespot. Liberty were seeking to complete a double over their city rivalsfor the first time since joining the elite division over a decade ago,after they chalked a lone goal victory in their previous meeting butyet again they failed in their bid.After a bright start, the Phobians were dealt a major early blowafter nine minutes when attacker Mahatma Otoo was pulled out due toinjury for his place to be taken by Nkrumah.It was good news for Nkrumah and the Phobia faithful, as hisfirst touch two minutes later led to the opener from the spot, aftermidfielder Uriah Asante was impeded by Liberty defender Alfred Nelsonin the penalty area. Asante remained a constant threat to the Liberty defence, withhis characteristic surging runs upfront.But in the 20th minute, the youngster with only Liberty goalie PatrickAntwi to beat, surprisingly blasted wide to the dismay of all afterNkrumah had laid a neat pass unto his path.Liberty managed a number of raids into the Hearts defence butthey barely troubled goalkeeper Sammy Adjei, who was on a virtualholiday.The Dansoman-lads resumed the second half strongly but it wasHearts who succeeded in increasing the tally in 52nd minute throughEsme, whose well-taken free-kick at the edge of the penalty areacaught Antwi off-guard. Antwi paid the price and was subsequently replaced by Adjei afterletting in the ‘bad’ goal, whilst Ivorian-import Kevin Kouakoureplaced Isaac Donkor in attack. The game swung in favour of Liberty and they kept the Heartsrearguard marshaled around captain Osei Bonsu, Samuel Nzemaba, BobieAnsah and Owusu Sefa on their toes.In the 77th minute, Bonsu paid dearly after he made a snail backpass to goalie Adjei which was intercepted by Liberty’s James Abban,and as he moved forward, Bonsu followed to foul him in the vital arealeading to a penalty for Liberty.The resultant spot-kick was expertly converted by keeper Adjei,who displaced his name-sake in post for Hearts to give Liberty aconsolation and the bite to fight harder.The remainder of the game belonged to Liberty but their effortsat goal failed to yield the equalizer as the minutes ticked to an endwith the referee signaling for the end of proceedings.Source:GNAlast_img

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