Accra Hearts of Oak shook off a midweek trouble in their set up to rekindle the never say die spirit with a last minute goal to secure all 3 points against Cape Coast Ebusua Dwarfs in match week 15 of the Ghana Premier League
The Phobians began the game in a highly spirited mood as though there was nothing happening at the technical department of the club, following the mass resignation of the entire technical team led by Kosta Papic.
With a 4-3-3 system, stand-in coach Nii Noi Samuel palyed Manaf Umar, Benjamin Afutu Kotei, and Frederick Ansah Botchway with Razak Patrick, Kwadwo Obeng Jr, and Victor Aidoo upfront.
Ebusua Dwarfs with a super record in the capital also kept virtually the same side that played Legon Cities in Accra.
An early minute penalty goal by Victor Aidoo changed the face of the game as the Abontua Bontua boys were left dejected, believing the referee had it wrong with the call.
Not fully recovered from the penalty, the mood of the Ebusua Defence looked as though they had conceded more goals, allowing Patrick Razak to dictate the pace of the game in their own area, and forcing them to commit several errors.
After 20 minutes of play, Hearts of Oak launched another attack on the left side of attack, with Raddy Ovouka combining with Patrick Razak beautifully in the Dwarfs penalty area, in the ensuing challenge, Godwin Adikah brought Patrick Razak down, and Referee Jones Akubiem who was yards away whistled for a second penalty, Victor Aidoo stepped up to connect beautifully.
With a 2 goal lead, Hearts of Oak enjoyed lots of possession in midfield with Manaf Umar and Frederick Ansah dominating play.
Ebusua Dwarfs came into the game w minute to end the first half, with a classy combination of play between goalkeeper Razak Issah who released a long ball up into the goal area of Hearts of Oak, his ball located Seidu Abubakar who swiftly laid a sweet pass to Moro Sumaila who also connected beautifully to beat Richard Attah.
Hearts began the second half in an anxious note, as they need to try and get their 2 goal lead, thereby pushing more men upfront.
However, Coach Ernest Thompson Quartey had different ideas, as he marshaled his top marksman Benjamin Acquah to the left of attack, with Moro Abubakar shifting to the center of attack.
The persistent attack from Ebusua Dwarfs left the Hearts defence with no option than to foul their guest who bombarded their goal area, and in the 75th minute, Benjamin Acquah made one of such swift moving efforts into the goal area of Hearts of Oak, only for Larry Sumaila to hack him down for the third penalty of the game, Captain Dennis Korsah stepped up to connect the resultant penalty, to level the scores.
Hearts Coach Samuel Nii Noi brought on Isaac Mensah to replace the injured Patrick Razak, and the young midfielder became an instant hit, supporting the two attackers.
sensing the danger of drawing the game, Hearts pushed their midfielders up to attack the back of the guests, and mother luck smiled on them when Isaac Mensah latched on a pass to him in-front of goal, the midfielder shot direct at goal, only for a Dwarfs defender to deflect the ball to goal, to the delight of the entire phobian set up