Posted On Sunday, 28th April 2013
Hearts of Oak defeated second-tier side Bibiani Gold Stars 2-0 at the Accra Stadium on Sunday to reach the last four of the MTN Ghana FA Cup.
Striker Gilbert Fiamenyo scored from the spot in the 13th minute before defender Owusu Bempah scored from the last kick of the game to seal the win over a ten-man Gold Stars.
Hearts of Oak coach David Duncan left out star striker Mahatma Otoo out of the first team squad while U20 winger Ollenu Ashitey started from the bench.
Fiamenyo led the attack with Kofi Abanga playing just behind him.
Gold Stars, the visitors, had former Ghana goalkeeper Osei Boateng in goal while former Premier League top scorer Elvis Opoku led their attack.
The opening five minutes were nobody’s game as the visitors went straight into battle with Hearts in midfield.
Fiamenyo was presented with the first chance of the game to score for Hearts but he squandered the chance.
Hearts pressed for the opener and Bempah managed to skip past a Gold Stars defender before being clipped his marker.
The penalty was awarded and Fiamenyoh watched his kick palmed against the crossbar before scrambling to pick the loose ball.
Fiamenyo raced to slot the ball home for the opener.
The former Lions man had two more glorious chances to go put the tie to bed for Hearts but he missed both chances.
After the break, Duncan altered his side and took off Fiamenyo and introduced Sadat Karim in his place.
The productive Ashitey also came in for Winful Cobbinah and Hearts clicked.
The 19-year-old took on the visitors defence with ease as they failed to deal with his dexterity and slippery play.
In the last minute of extra-time, he went clean on the right, swerved Osei Boateng and had the empty net gaping at him but his low effort was denied by the near post.
The rebound fell to Bempah and he rifled in the last kick of the game to send Johnson Smith’s men packing from the competition.
Hearts will take on Medeama in the semis.