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Feb 27 17 4:38 PM
By Anwar U. Larry from the Accra Sports Stadium
Accra Hearts of Oak beat Wa AllStars 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday to record their first win of the new campaign.
Thomas Abbey headed home the winner with five minutes remaining on the clock after AllStars had pulled level through Richard Arthur in the 82nd minute.
Ivorian import Alexandre Kouami Kouassi put Hearts in the lead in the
34th minute, crushing the ball home after a defensive mistake from the
visitors. It was the striker's first goal of the season, having seen his
legitimate goal against Dwarfs chalked off, and it gave Hearts the lift
to dictate play in the ensuing minutes of the half.
Hearts were very impressive on a rainy day and deserved more than
just a one-goal lead having missed a number of good chances to get the
But they were stunned when hitherto impressive goalkeeper Benjamin Mensah missed an elementary ball for Arthur to tap home in the 82nd minute.
However, the visitor’s joy was cut short by Abbey in the 85th minute.
The Phobians roared back to grab the winner through the
captain-on-the-day. Kouami had done all the beautiful work down the
flank before delivering a perfectly inviting cross into the box. Abbey
had raced past his man and continued running after Sam Yeboah attempted,
but missed, to head the ball home and send the fans into delirium.
It was no less than coach Frank Nuttall's impressive charges deserved on the day.
HEARTS XI vs ALLSTARS: Benjamin Mensah, Anthony Nimo, Joshua Otoo,
Vincent Atingah, Inusah Musah, Malik Akowuah, Patrick Razak (75 Bright
Lukman), Daniel Kodie, Alexandre Kouami, Samuel Yeboah, Thomas Abbey (86
Booked: Anthony Nimo (4), Daniel Kodie (94)
Unused substitutes: Samuel Akurugu, Richard Akrofi, Samudeen Ibrahim, Robert Addo, Cosmos Dauda
GOAL: Alexandre Kouami (34), Thomas Abbey (85)
WA ALLSTARS XI: Rashid Seidu, Wahidu Mumuni, Moses Nyarko, Nana
Addai, Isshaku Konda, Sadiq Alhassan, David Abagna, Richard Arthur, Seth
Amoateng (55 Alex Acheampong), Matthew Andoh (73 Seidu Mumuni)
Booked: Nana Addai (7), Wahidu Mumuni (63), Sadiq Alhassan (92)
Unused substitutes: Baba Musah, Eric Oppong, Jeffrey Degorl, Kwame Sarpong, Nasiru Moro
GOAL: Richard Arthur (82)
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Daniel Kodie
MATCH REFEREE: Cecil Fleischer
Assistant 1: Ben Vormaxor Asst. 2: B.A Crentsil Fourth: S.B Bortey
MATCH COMMISSIONER: Kweku Eyiah
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