May 9 memorial: Hearts 0-1 Kotoko


A youthful Asante Kotoko side pipped Hearts of Oak one nil in a match to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the May 9 disaster that claimed 126 lives.

Below is a minute-by-minute live updates.

Both teams parade new and young players, but conspicuous in the Hearts side is Sammy Adjei who is the captain of the side.

Two teams file onto the pitch; pleasantries shared with Deputy Sports Minister Nii Nortey Dua being introduced to the players by the captains of the two sides.

3:00 Kotoko brings the match underway.

3:04 Felix Baffoe makes a deep run on the left into the vital area of Kotoko but the final delivery dealt well by Kotoko goal keeper.

3:06 Kotoko respond swiftly also on the left but a superb challenge by Hearts’ defender ends up in a corner. Corner taken and dealt with by Adjei.

3:11 Tawric sets up Baffoe with a defence splitting pass on the right, Baffoe provides a sweet ball but George Arthur in post for Kotoko intercepts. Referee whistles for foul in favour of Kotoko.

3:14 Kotoko make an incursion and win a free kick just at the threshhold of the 18 yard box but kick wasted.

3:17 Sublime play by Hearts deep in heart of the Kotoko’s defence but cheeky back heel by Tawric to Baffoe ruled off-side.

3:20 Crunching tackle on a Kotoko midfielder earns Hearts’ player a yellow and free-kick for Kotoko but is wasted.

3:22 Tawric’s one touch too many denies Hearts the opening goal. George Arthur parries a Baffoe cross on the right but Tawric wastes too much time on the rebound

3:26 Sammy Adjei forced to parry a free kick.

3:27 Kwodwo Poku Jnr put Kotoko in the lead after dreadful defending by Hearts. Sammy Adjei completely beaten.

3:28 Goal scorer yellow carded for removing his shirt.

3:38 Felix Baffoe makes a run on the left and sets Up Theophilus but final touch, disappointing.

3:41 Hearts win a free-kick. Tawric takes it but ball goes agonisingly wide.

3:43 George Arthur yellow carded for wasting time.

3:45 Referee Daniel Ofei brings first half proceedings to an end.

4:08 Hearts bring the second half underway.

4:12 Felix Baffoe beats George Arthur in post for Kotoko but his final touch too heavy and cleared.

4:15 Hearts’ striker clutters in on George Arthur after a teasing Baffoe cross on the right. Goal keeper cannot continue and will be replaced by Emmanuel Bempah.

4:22 Tawric Djibril makes a superb run taking on four Kotoko defenders his final strike on weaker right foot takes a ricochet and fall on the path of Baffoe but the former Liberty striker wastes the opportunity.

4:24 Tawric again cheekily connects a corner kick with a back heel but parried for another corner and wasted.

4:26 Hearts assaulting the goal area of Kotoko and Tawric always in the thick of affairs but Kotoko defence remain resolute.

4:34 Afful from 30 yards away sends a volley but subtitute goal keeper up to the task for Kotoko.

4:44 Substitute Mahathma Otoo makes a stupendous run on the right but his final cross well intercepted for a corner. Corner kick taken and Bempah soars up for a grasp.

4:48 Hearts bring on Samuel Affum as they look for the equaliser but the striker gets a baptism of fire recieving a crunching tackle on him.

4:50 Hearts cry for penalty after a late challenge on Mahatmah Otoo. Referee waves play on. Hearts still mount pressure but Kotoko defends as if their lives depend on it.

4:56 Hearts’ Affum, Otoo and Tawric combine well in attack but the Kotoko defence keep the attack at bay.

4:57 Referee whistles for the end of the game.