Techiman City failed to score or claim three points at home for the first time in four games following a goalless stalemate with Hearts of Oak in matchday seven on Sunday.
The visitors came into the game on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Wa All Stars but welcomed back goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye, who missed their previous game after arriving late from the international break.
Techiman’s Baba ‘John’ Mahama was on top of the proceedings during the early exchanges but couldn’t find a breach to snatch the opener.
Hearts then came to the party and had the first chance after 11 minutes, with Ibrahim Musa beating the offside trap to connect with Mustapha Essuman’s pass, eventually shooting his effort off target.
Another finish from Musa went too soft for Techiman goalkeeper Frank Boateng, who claimed the ball with ease.
A fine exchange between Stephen Manu and Bright Nsiah was halted from progressing by Hearts’ defender Robin Gnagne.
Shortly after half-time, Eric Kumi latched onto Kennedy Appiah’s cross but fired straight into Boateng’s gloves.
Issaka Ibrahim had a clear cut chance to put the hosts ahead after 50 minutes, when he was set up deep in the Phobians area by Samuel Kyere, but was outrun by onrushing goalkeeper Soulama Abdoulaye.
Hearts coach Yastuhashi brought on Foovi Aguidi and Dauda Cosmos for Samuel Yeboah and Ibrahim Musa respectively.
Aguidi latched onto a loose ball on the half-way line, took on three defenders before laying a through pass to Dauda, whose last ditch effort was denied by shot-stopper Boateng four minutes from time.
Boateng impeded another effort from Aguidi with a minute remaining, to ensure his side Techiman move to fifth on the log.
Techiman will travel to Wa next weekend to lock horns with Wa All Stars in round 32 of the FA Cup before facing Ebusua Dwarfs on Wednesday in matchday eight while Hearts will play Samatex and Wafa in the FA Cup and league respectively.
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