Accra Heart s of Oak exorcised the ghost of the Easter day defeat at the hands of WAFA SC in the GFA Special Competition with a hard fought victory over regional rivals Inter Allies in Match week 7 of the special competition.
Hearts of Oak who began the game on a low note allowed their opponents to dominate play throughout the entire 90 minutes, but did the most important thing in the game.
Inter Allies launched series of attacks just after the 18th minute mark with their attackers running through the defence of Heartsof Oak, on one of the occasions, Abdul Nassiru Hamzah did well to find his way through the Hearts defence after beating his marker but failed to pick Effiong Esungusi who was lurking in the goal area.
Inter allies continued their dominance on the game with Hearts of oak failing to find antidote to their attack, in the 28th minute, Goalkeeper Richmond Ayi was forced to make a save outside of his goal area, referee Obed Danquah blew his whistle for an in-direct free kick, which was wasted by Effiong for Allies.
The game became intense with Hearts of Oak pushing to neutralize the attacks of allies, but their midfielders of Michel Sarpong, Aminu Alhassan, and Benjamin Afutu could not answer the probing questions from Allies.
Coach Kim Grant was forced to make a first half substitution with Kofi Kordzi coming on for Koko Obeng Jr who had a bad game, the substitution did not yield any instant result, as Inter Allies continue to pile pressure on the home side.
The first Half ended goalless with Hearts of Oak thanking their stars for not conceding
Back in Second half and Accra Hearts of Oak intensified play, with Fatawu Mohammed running through the lines with Allies finding it difficult to contain him.
In the 52nd minute, referee Obed Danquah caused a stir when he controversially showed Goalkeeper Saeed Salifu the marching off orders for handling the ball outside the goal area, the resultant Kick was pushed to corner by Clement Aryee who was brought in to replace the red carded Saeed, the resultant kick was however headed into the net by Robert Addo to give the home side their first goal.
Inter Allies will not relent on their numerical disadvantage, and kept on pressing for the equalizer, but Efifong Esungusi missed all the opportunities that came his way.
Hearts of Oak caught Allies on the break with Joseph Esso rounding off Goalkeeper Aryee in goal, before planting the ball in an empty net to put the scores at 2-0, and beyond the reach of Inter Allies.