Hearts, Techiman City draw

Techiman City skipper, Iddrisu Yahaya tackles Hearts Cosmos DaudaDoubts of Accra Hearts of Oak’s championship ambition continued to grow after their Ghana Premier League (GPL) week 24 match against Techiman City ended 1-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

They fetched the opener from the spot in the 56th minute through Cosmos Dauda but Isaac Baah pulled the equaliser in the 71st minute from of the four decent chances Techiman City created in the course of the game.

Despite the massive changes in the starting team that was humiliated by WAFA the previous weekend, Hearts’ play lacked luster and showed no indication of a side that was ready to face the challenge from their competitors.

With the popular faces such as skipper Robin Gnagne not in the match day squad and Samudeen Ibrahim, Patrick Razak, Isaac Mensah, Owusu Bempah and Ibrahim Musah all benched, the usual ‘benchers’ messed up a decent chance to catch Sergio Traguil’s attention by putting up a woeful display and failing to beat an equally lethargic side like Techiman City.

Hearts enjoyed a greater spell of possession with the action always situated in the area of the visitors who packed the defense and midfield area to make it difficult for the Phobians.

With Mustapha Essuman playing in an advanced role, Hearts were able to control deep into the Techiman City area but their delivery in the final third was always a problem as they were easily dispossessed or were robbed of the ball as a result of over elaboration.

Experienced attacker, Sam Yeboah replaced Leonard Tawiah at the resumption of the second half and followed by the introduction of Ibrahim Musah and Patrick Razak as Hearts piled the pressure on Techiman City.

Their pressure paid off when Techiman City goalie, Richmond Ayi made a decent save mid air but dropped it in front of a lurking Hearts striker; and just when he moved to kick the ball in, he was impeded, giving whistle-happy referee Samuel Suker the easiest task of pointing to the spot.

Dauda converted with precision to give Hearts a breather.

Hearts missed another golden opportunity to double the lead when Essuman’s left footed strike outside the goal area deflected and hit the goal post for a corner.

But Techiman City made good use of one of the two chances in the second half when Baah controlled beautifully a low crow into the Hearts goal area with the left and placed with the right to the far corner of Abdulaye Soulama’s post to snatch a vital point back home.

By Andrew Nortey

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