Berekum Chelsea were stunned 1-0 by Hearts of Oak on matchday eleven of the Ghana Premier League in Berekum on Sunday.
Hearts, who lost the Super Clash last weekend to bitter rivals Asante Kotoko, made several changes to their squad with goalkeeper Samuel Akurugu replacing suspended Soulama Abdoulaye.
The visitors tried to take an early lead but kept failing to create goal chances as Samuel Yeboah and Cosmos Dauda were neutralised by the home defenders.
An opportunity emerged by the 17th minute for Berekum Chelsea when a midfielder lunged into Hearts’ area unmarked but goalkeeper Akurugu made a fingertip save to keep the host frustrated.
Hearts then appealed for a penalty when Paul Acquah’s strike bounced off the arm of defender Nicholas Opoku after 18 minutes but the referee waved play on. Richard Adjei became the first player to be booked after 38 minutes when he brought down Yeboah.
The second-half started in the same tempo, with an end-to-end action but the first chance fell to Chelsea’s Osei Kingsley. The youngster’s effort couldn’t trouble Hearts.
Yeboah, who was ever present in Chelsea goalmouth, finally got the breakthrough by the 57th minute when he latched onto a through pass, slotting his effort beyond the reach of goalkeeper John Mosie.
Dauda could have doubled Hearts’ lead after 66 minutes when he made his way into Chelsea’s box, but his finish blew off the target. Aguidi was then denied by the crossbar moments later. The Togolese international’s header struck the woodwork from a close range.
Chelsea’s manager Solomon Odwo urged his players on for the equaliser but Kenichi’s men were resolute and held on to victory.
Hearts are now on top of the log with 21 points, one point ahead of Wa All Stars, who were stunned 3-1 by Techiman City at the Ohene Ameyaw Park.
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