Posted On Sunday, 7th April 2013
A ten-man Hearts of Oak side secured a ticket to the MTN FA Cup quarter-finals after brushing aside Division One side Starke FC 2-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Gilbert Fiamenyoh carved the opener for Hearts just after the hour mark before Mahatma Otoo came off the bench to wrap up the win for the Phobians.
Starke FC had kicked out title holders New Edubiase United in the round of 32 and were hoping to repeat their performance against Hearts.
But David Duncan’s men looked well-prepared for the game as they outclassed their opponents.
Hearts created all the chances in the world in the opening 45 minutes but failed to convert any of them.
David Duncan altered his side after the interval as he pulled out Romeo Abban and introduced Mahatma Otoo.
Just after Otoo’s introduction, stand-in captain Moro Abubakar was red-carded.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Hearts went ahead to take the lead.
A corner kick was flicked in from the right and a moment of indecision by the Starke defence allowed Fiamenyoh to fire home from close range.
Moments later, Mahatma increased the tally for Hearts.
Ollenu Ashitey skipped two defenders before playing through Mahatma who rounded up the goalkeeper to put the tie to rest.
Hearts wanted more goals but there was no time as the game petered out.