opinion-4-major-talking-points-as-inter-allies-shock-hearts-of-oak-1-0-in-capital-derbyA first half goal from Richmond Lamptey saw Inter Allies claim a famous victory against Henry Wellington and Hearts of Oak and in the process, boost their impressive home record.
Below are four major talking points from a frantic afternoon at Tema
Hearts yet to win after Kotoko triumph
The Phobians are yet to win since that vintage victory against Kotoko in Kumasi a couple of weeks ago. The Phobians have since drew with Liberty Professionals, WAFA and lost to Inter Allies yesterday. Out of a possible of nine points, they’ve only managed to pick two much to the chagrin of their fans. The fans’ hope of winning the coveted league title that has eluded the club for almost a decade is increasingly becoming slimmer by day. Was their victory over Asante Kotoko, a blessing or a curse?
Wellington and Hearts have never been a natural fit
What has quickly become evident, even for those who deemed the former King Faisal coach’s appointment as the head coach, a necessary evil following poor results on the pitch, is the extent to which considerable frustration has started to set in the terraces as he has been unable to progress Hearts stylistically. This was again apparent on Thursday, as supporters booed him before, during and after the game. What followed was not wholehearted protest, rather the same mix of passive-aggressive anger and accepting that has been apparent for months. Few, in truth, want the increasingly unpopular Wellington to be part of the club’s future.
Toothless Hearts set for another season without a league title
In general Hearts were OK until they got into the final third. There were plenty of huffing and puffing from Wellington’ men but very little in the way of cutting edge in the box. One or two chances went begging in the first half but they couldn’t make good use of them. New signing Abubakar Traore tried in vain to make an impact on the game, but the Burkinabe had very little service. Not the sort of forward to create something out of nothing. Hearts need to find a way to get more crosses in the box if the Burkinabe is to make a success of his move to the Ghanaian topflight.
Allies defend well in open play
There are few teams in the league as well coached as Inter Allies. Kenechi Yatshuashi has fashioned a collective which amounts to far more than the sum of its parts, and the Capelli Boys were once again impressive in their defensive work against a top side on Thursday. The hosts were compact from back to front and made it difficult for Hearts to penetrate them through the middle, while they limited Wellington’s men to just three shots on target throughout. Inter Allies are yet to concede a goal at home and thus making their venue a fortress for visiting teams.
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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