Hearts trounce Liberty, Kotoko held

Hearts' skipper, Thomas Abbey attempts to disposses Liberty's Prosper Avor

Hearts’ skipper, Thomas Abbey attempts to disposses Liberty’s Prosper Avor

Accra Hearts of Oak produced a sterling display to record a 3-0 thumping of Liberty Professionals in their week 15 Ghana Premier League match played at the Carl Reindorf Park at Dansoman yesterday.

Skipper Thomas Abbey opened the scoring for his side with a side foot flick that flew over goalkeeper Fatao Dida Alhassan on 40 minutes after being put through by Samuel Yeboah.

Liberty came back strongly in the second half, piling pressure on the visitors with skipper Samuel Sarfo coming close to fetching the equaliser with a curling free kick which was dealt with by Hearts goalie, Samuel Akurugu.

Substitute Cosmos Dauda headed home Hearts’ second goal with his first touch of the ball to a cross from Patrick Razak from the right flank.

Abbey tapped in his second from a rebound after Liberty goalkeeper, Alhassan had spilled Leonard Tawiah’s effort.

At the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, newly signed on coach, Steve Pollack failed to conjure the much anticipated magic Kumasi Asante Kotoko fans craved for as they were held to a goalless draw encounter by visiting Tema Youth in their week 15 Ghana Premier League game played yesterday, reports Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi.

The Porcupine Warriors got off to a perfect start and dictated the pace and nearly fetched the opener when Obed Owusu swept through the defense of Tema Youth in the fourth minute but his delivery was poor.

Tema Youth then dominated the rest of the half with a high pace pressing game.

They, however, struggled to create any clear chance with Nicholas Odjer and Joseph Painstil squandering the few chances that came their way, notably in the 21st and 41st minutes respectively.

Kotoko turned on the style again in the latter stages of the half and came close to scoring but Tema Youth goal keeper, Christian Addai denied Abeiku Ainooson with a brilliant save.

Both sides increased the tempo in the second half but failed to find the back of the net.

By Raymond Ackumey

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