Accra Hearts of Oak took a giant step towards rediscovering the lost Phobian glory when they beat Uncle T United by 4-2 to progress to the 1/16 stage of the GFA Special competition.
Uncle T United started the game with lots of aggression, going into all tackles with the strength they had, forcing referee on the day to issue several yellow cards.
Hearts of Oak, who had virtually underrated their opponents were at the receiving end with Uncle T United piling pressure.
Uncle T United winger George Teye, who operated from the left wing of play made the game difficult for the defence of he home side.
The game however became balance after the half hour mark.
Hearts of Oak’s attacking pair of Michell Sarpong and Manaf Umar didn’t enjoy the best of games, after receiving hard tackles from the Opponent’s defence, in the process Mitchell Sarpong had to be stretched off after a rough play from Uncle T United defenders.
The Prampram based side, who had sworn to defeat their “Uncles” in the game, opened the scores in the 43rd minute when Enock Amaglo connected a cross from George Teye who had beaten the Hearts of Oak full back, Christopher Bonney.
The goal didn’t deter Hearts of Oak from playing, as they quickly regrouped, and just when everyone thought the referee had whistled for Half Time, Joseph Esso jumped high above all to head home the equalizer.
Back in to the second half, and Hearts of Oak will press for more goals.
With Coach Kim Grant replacing the injured Mitchell Sarpong with Kojo Obeng Jr.
The change brought some life unto the Hearts Attack with several attacks into the area of Uncle T United.
In the 63rd minute, Kojo Obeng Jr picked a pass from Manaf Umar right on the 18 line, but was brought down by Abdulai Salifu inside the 18 yard for a penalty.
Christopher Bonney who has scored 4 penalties in this NC competition, stepped up, and scored, given the Phobians the lead.
Uncle T United responded quickly to the goal, by building attack into the Hearts area, this yielded results with George Teye scoring from a goal mouth milee, just 2 minutes after Hearts scored.
The game became balance again as both sides played strategically to avoid being taken off the break.
With Time running out for Hearts of Oak, Coach Kim Grant brought on Kofi Kordzi to fight the hard tackling defence of Uncle T United.
The substitution worked this time for the phobians, who got the their third goal in the 85th minute from Kojo Obeng Jr, who headed from close range, after a Christopher Bonney corner Kick.
A Hungry looking Uncle T United side pressed on the get the equalizer, but he hearts of Oak defence, spearheaded by Benjamin Agyare stood their grounds.
In the 89th minute, Substitute Kofi Kordzi put the game beyond the tier 2 side, when he slotted in after beating the defence to bring the fairy tales of Uncle T United to an end.