Inter Allies hold Hearts

Hearts Sam Yeboah (down) held in check by Allies marker, Uriah KporviAccra Hearts of Oak laboured to earn a 1-1 drawn verdict in their 26th week Ghana Premier League (GPL) match played at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday.

With league leaders, Wa All Stars recording a hard fought away victory to extend the lead at the top, the result raises question marks over the Phobians’ ability to annex the trophy.

Having gone down to a 39th minute Ropapa Mensah’s leader for Allies, Hearts had to dig deep to pull a 78th minute equalizer from defender Inusah Musah from a goalmouth scramble.

It was another performance Hearts followers saw with regret over the quality of talents at the club’s disposal as they laboured to contain the occasionally flamboyant Inter Allies side that is fighting hard to avoid the drop.

At third from bottom, Allies showed no indication of a side struggling to avoid relegation as they had had a greater share of dominance in the first quarter of the game, a period that saw the visitors trouble Samuel Akrugu in post for Hearts on two occasions.

Hearts assumed control from the 25th minute onwards and created their first decent chance that fell to Patrick Razak but failed to control the ball, losing it in the process.

Sam Yeboah followed with a strike from close range but the shot was blocked by an Allies defender as the Phobians begun to dictate the pace.

They were, however stunned by Ropapa who stabbed in an effort which the Hearts back men failed to clear on two occasions.

Inter Allies goalie, Osei Kwame pulled a magnificent save on the stroke of half time to ensure the resume the second half with the leader.

A defensive approach adopted by the visitors gave Hearts bigger spaces to operate in the second half with Samudeen Ibrahim, Mustapha Essuman, Sam Yeboah and Cosmos Dauda pushed for the equalizer.

But with Samudeen and Dauda having a difficult run and the fans growing impatient, it took something extra from defender Inusah to join the attack and in one of his forays managed to find the back of the net.

Allies tried to fight back but were reduced by the expulsion of striker Frederick Boateng for a second bookable offence.

By Andrew Nortey



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