Hearts of Oak maintained their position on top of the Ghana Premier League log after picking a 1-1 draw against Aduana Stars in matchday 13 at the Agyeman Badu Park on Sunday.
Aduana, prior to the game, had recorded five victories, scoring 15 goals while their visitors could boast of two wins from their two previous matches.
The hosts had the first shot at goal after the second minute, through midfielder Elvis Opoku. The former Bibiani Gold Stars player was picked out deep in Hearts’ area by captain Godfred Saka, but his header floated wide.
Soon, Zakaria Mumuni announced his presence, taking on two defenders but his final delivery to Yahaya Mohammed was blocked by Hearts defender Vincent Atinga.
The Phobians survived the early scare and started showing glimpses of what they had in stock until the 20th minute.
Atinga brought down Mumuni on the edge of the penalty box against the run of play, resulting in a close range free-kick perfectly delivered by Godfred Saka to put Aduana ahead.
Seven minutes later, Isaac Mensah could’ve levelled the score for Hearts, when he met Mustapha Essuman’s free-kick, but his first touch was too heavy, allowing onrushing Aduana goalkeeper Joseph Addo to prevent him from scoring.
After the break, Hearts started on a brighter note and began to pile pressure on their hosts, forcing Aduana to make mistakes at the back but Ollenu Ashitey, Samuel Yeboah and Cosmos Dauda failed to exploit the chances.
Finally, Dauda levelled the score for Hearts by the 67th minute. The midfielder calmly tapped in a Mustapha Essuman’s low cross, after he danced his way through three defenders into Aduana’s area.
Few moments later, Yahaya latched onto Opoku’s through pass, outmuscled his marker but crashed his last ditch effort against the side net.
On 64th minute, Mumuni appeared to have won a penalty but referee waved on, to the disapproval of home supporters.
Hearts manager Kenichi Yatsuhashi brought on Foovi Aguidi and Richard Akrofi for goalscorer Duada and Ollenu Ashitey respectively in a bid to snatch the winner.
Aduana manager Cioba Aristica also responded by throwing in 16-year-old Sampson Boampong Wirekoh and Derrick Sassraku for Richard Mpong and Elvis Opoku and it nearly yielded the result.
Mumuni was hauled down on the edge of Aduana’s area, and Saka nearly stole the maximum points on 85th minute, with a free-kick which was denied by the crossbar. Both clubs continued to pour forth but the scoreline however, remained unaltered.
Hearts still lead the log with 25 points, two points above Aduana Stars and Asante Kotoko with 23 points.
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