Aduana Stars kept all the three points at stake after securing a marginal win over Accra Hearts of Oak at the Agyemang Badu park in Dormaa on Sunday afternoon.
The ‘Ogya’ lads were pressed to their own half by the visitors in the early stages of the game, and the game later became balanced as the two sides pose threat to the defence of each other in the first 15 minutes of the game.
The visitors made some early incursions in the game and came close to finding the net in the 10 minute, but both Gladson Awako and Obeng Junior missed the good scoring chances that fell their way. Both Aduana Stars and Hearts of Oak started knocking at the doors of each other for goals, but none could score till the 22nd minute when the referee called a break for the players to take some liquids amidst the scorching sun.
The game rose up in tempo after the short break, but it was the visitors who were hit with unfavourable news, when their safest pair of hands, Richard Attah picked up injury in the 32nd minute which ruled him out of the rest of the game. Attah was stretched off the pitch in teary eyes, and was replaced by Hearts of Oak’s number two, Richmond Ayi.
The two sides failed to score until the first 45 minutes elapsed. With few minutes added on, former Asante Kotoko midfieldr Prince Acquah sent him a decent pass to Sam Adams in the right side of the Hearts of Oak goal area, and the number 7 made no mistake as he unleahed a shot to the right side of the bottom corner, beating Ayi to give the home side the lead.
After the half time break, both coaches effected substitutions with tactics variations in search of goals, but none could find the net as the game ended 1-0 for Aduana Stars.