Hearts Sweat To Beat Nine-man Amidaus To Move Two Places Up

Posted On Sunday, 21st April 2013

Hearts of Oak needed a late goal to beat Amidaus Professionals 1-0.

Hearts of Oak needed a late goal to beat Amidaus Professionals 1-0.

Midfielder Thomas Abbey left it late to claim a precious 1-0 for Hearts of Oak over Amidaus Professionals who finished with nine men at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The visitors had Emmanuel Ofori sent off in the 56th for a bad foul before skipper Benjamin Akuffo picked his second booking four minutes later.

Hearts needed victory to ensure they moved away from the relegation zone but the debutants were really a tough nut for David Duncan’s side.

Things could have been a little bit easier for Hearts had they taken their chances – attacker Winful Cobbinah had a horrible afternoon that he would like to quickly forget.

After lead-man Mahatma Otoo watched his close range effort effort bounce across the face of goal in the 6th minute, the 21-year-old was checked by the Amidaus defensive pair of Eric Opare and Emmanuel Morgan.

In 21 minutes, pocket-size winger Yakubu Musah produced a piece of magic to outwit his marker before setting James Bissue one-on-one with keeper Eric Ofori Antwi but the former XI Wise man missed horribly.

Hearts continued to probe their guests defence and had the chances to score but they failed in all their bids to go past Ofori Antwi.

Duncan altered his team after the break introducing Gilbert Fiamenyoh but his impact was little.

Amidaus’ impetus was reduced after they lost two of their players and Hearts capitalised on their numerical advantage to score the only goal of the game for Hearts and send them to ninth on the log.