Kwadwo Obeng Jnr’s strike sees Hearts of Oak sniff out three points

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Kwadwo Obeng Jnr’s first half strike was enough to earn Hearts of Oak a 1-0 victory against King Faisal at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The first 20 minutes of the game was incredibly cagey start and lacked goal scoring chances. Hearts of Oak broke the deadlock in the 25th minute, Kwadwo Obeng Jnr picked up a loose ball at the edge of the box and fired a missile into the net.

Moments later, the Phobians came close to doubling their lead twice through Obeng Jnr. He first made a solo run into the box and tried to catch the goalkeeper at the far post, before heading a corner kick onto the top of the bar.

In the final minutes of the first half, Richmond Ayi who merely on a holiday in post was called into action, he tipped a free kick from Enock Morrison from the edge of the box over the bar.

King Faisal, who were shambolic in the first half had a purposeful start to the second half and failed to take two big chances that fell their way. The first big chance fell to Mawuli Wayo who skied an effort after beautifully controlling the ball with his chest, before Ibrahim Osman forced Richmond Ayi into making a good save.

Hearts of Oak should have doubled their lead in the 66th minute, Salim Adams failed to put the ball into an open net after a howler by goalkeeper Frank Boateng.

The Phobians missed another opportunity in the 72nd minute to kill the game off, substitute Kofi Kordzi failed to head the ball into the net from close range.

Hearts of Oak from thereon managed the game well to win 1-0 and return to winning ways.

Man of the match: Salim Adams (Hearts of Oak)

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