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HEARTS OF OAK DEEPEN ASHGOLD’S WOES

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Accra Hearts of Oak emerged victors in match-day 11 of the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League (GPL) when they defeated Ashanti Gold 1-0 at the Len Clay Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Substitute Paul Acquah scored the only goal of the game as Hearts recorded their first away win of the season to move fourth on the league standings with 18 points.

The early stages of the first half saw the two sides trying to maintain their grasp with possessing the ball, the Phobians decently kept possession in the midfield area
but were unable to create an opening in the defence of the home side.

Ashgold responded very well as they staged series of attack on the Hearts defence but Samuel Akrugu was up to the task with some good saves to deny them an opener.

Hearts should have gone ahead in the 35th minute of the game when Paul Acquah was beautifully set up by Winful Cobbinah but Ashgold goalkeeper George Apronti was equally to the challenge as he delivered a fantastic save to deny the Phobians the lead.

On the other hand, Shafiu Mohammed came close in the 42nd minute when his ferocious header struck the crossbar to the relieve of Samuel Akrugu who was completely beaten as the game went into recess scoreless.

The second of the game begun under controversial circumstances when Referee Yaw Ametepey awarded Hearts a penalty in 59th minute after Thomas Abbey shot on goal struck the hand of Ashgold defender Amuzu, but after consulting the Assistant line one he rescinded his decision.

However, Hearts went ahead in the 72nd minute when substitute Paul Acquah pounced on a lose ball in the penalty box of Ashanti Gold after a blunder by goalkeeper George Aprontin, as Hearts deservedly took the lead.

 Ashgold responded very well after going a goal down as  they mounted relentless pressure on the Hearts defence in search of the equalizer, but once again Samuel Akrugu was up to the task as he powered Hearts to their first away win of the season.

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