|Date||Time||League||Season||Match Day||Full Time|
|April 4, 2021||6:00 pm||Ghana Premier League (GPL)||2020-2021||18||90'|
|Centre Referee||Assistant Referee||4th Referee||Match Commissioner|
|Andrews Awurisa||Richard Appiah|
|Musah Mubarik||Andrews Tamakloe|
|Accra Sports Stadium - Osu|
|Accra Sports Stadium, Starlets 91 Road, Ministries, Victoriaborg, Greater Accra Region, 0302, Ghana|
Accra Hearts of Oak produced a spirted performance in the last game of week 18 of the Ghana Premier League with a 2-0 victory over ‘stubborn’ Aduana Stars side who out played their host all evening.
Coach samuel Boadu had difficulties in deciding his goalkeeping choice for the top of the pack encounter with both of his top goalkeepers Richard Attah and Richmond Ayi both falling sick before kick off, the only available option was to rely on experienced 37 year old Ben Mensah who has not been in action for close to 4 years since the arrival of Richmond Ayi and Richard Attah.
The absence of the two goalkeepers did not mean anything to the phobians whose defence stood firm at the back with Nuru Sulley and Mohammed Alhassan combining effectively.
It was a day for Patrick Razak on the flanks, together with William Dankyi playing ahead of the congolese Raddy Ovoaka who is out on international duty.
It was Benjamin Afutu Kotei who began the game in the midfield battle, controlling and directing affairs with Manaf Umar and Frederick Ansah Botchway out muscling their opponents of Benjamin Tweneboah, Sam Adams, and Prince Acwuah.
With a diffuclt Aduana defence made of Nurudeen Abdulai, Hafiz Adams, Isaac Kwain, and Alex Boakye holding up play to delay the opponets, Patrick Razak resorted to running into the opponent area through the middle, with Victor Aidoo feeding on the ground.
It took the phobians 30 minutes to be able to break the back of the Aduana Stars when Patrick in one of his runs through the Aduana defence was heckled by Nurudeen Abdulai for referee Andrews Awurisa to whistles for a penalty, Victor Aidoo stepped up to the challenge it a thunder bolt shot to the roof of the net for the first goal.
After the Goal, Coach Joseph Asare Bediako introduced Samuel Bioh to his team to hold up play in midfield and to offer some more options for his side.
Despite the efforts of Aduana, Hearts of OAk held them to end the first half.
Back at the break, Samuel Boadu offered to open the game wide with the introduction of Salifu Ibrahim who provided more width on the left while Patrick Razak moved to the left, this did not deter Aduana Stars from pushing further upfront to get the equalizer, Coach Boadu brought on former Aduana Stars defender Caleb Amankwa to augment his midfield, and effort that worked for the Accra based side.
Benjamin Tweneboah, Samuel Bioh, and Sam Adams proved to be a torn in the flesh of the phobians who struggled to counter their midfield play.
Just when all seemd completed, Salifu Ibrahim produced a magical flip to Patrick Razak who raced to the right flank before releasing a shot across the face of the Aduana goal, only for Hafiz Adams to deflect into his own net for the second and final goal of the game to the relief of Samuel Boadu.
The phobians revenge the same scoreline defeat the suffered at the hands of Aduana Stars in the first round.