Super clash: Hearts dismantle arch rivals Kotoko in title decider

A goal from Daniel Afriyie Barnieh secured Accra Hearts of Oak a comfortable victory in their clash with Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Ghana U-20 captain scored on the 66th minute in the second half after a goalless first 45 minutes of the match to win the game for the Rainbow Boys

Hearts of Oak started the game on an intense pace and dominated the game with a skilful display and pushed their opponents to the back foot in the first half.

Captain, Fatawu Mohammed came close to scoring the opening goal in the first half but his effort was struck by the Porcupine Warriors.

Kotoko forced Hearts goalkeeper, Richard Attah into a super save through Patrick Asmah’s free-kick from outside the box and that was the only time the fabulous boys troubled Hearts’ defense.

Emmanuel Nettey was injured in the 10th minute after his tackle on Fabio Gama Dos Santos and was replaced by Frederick Ansah Botchway very early in the throbbing game.

Hearts pressed and pushed Kotoko back to defend as they continued dominating the game.

Daniel Afriyie Barnieh showed up inside the box to power home the winning goal with a powerful finish inside the box to win the game for the Phobians following a super drive into the box by Ansah Botchway.

Hearts held their back line well and gave Kotoko little chances at the back but substitute Augustine Okrah missed a great opportunity to equalize but he airy his lines as Richard Attah grabbed the soft ball.

Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante kotoko have played a total of 95 matches at Accra sports stadium including friendlies since 1958.

Accra Hearts of Oak have won 29 and scored 99 goals whiles Asante kotoko have also won 33 and scored 110 goals and drawn 33 .

108 told league matches played since 1958, Accra Hearts of oak have won 37, scored 117 goals and Asante Kotoko have won 35 with 125 goals scored.

Both sides have shared points 33 times.

Today’s game that ended 1-0 has moved the Phobians three points ahead of their arch rivals Kotoko with three games to come against Abusua Dwarfs , Liberty Professionals and WAFA.

Coach Samuel Boadu is optimistic his rainbow boys will make the Phobian family smile in the remaining games to clinch the league tittle for the first time since 2009.

By Roger Emmanuel ||Ghana

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