Soccer News of Monday, 16 March 2015
Ghanaian giants Accra Hearts of Oak recorded a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Olympique Ngor in the first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Two second-half goals from Foovi Aguidi and substitute Gilbert Fiamenyo cancelled out Robert Badian’s 34th-minute opener which nearly unsettled the Phobians.
The Senegalese club after qualifying 3-1 aggregate over Unisport Bafang made their intentions clears early in the game when Hearts goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulama had to push Robert Badian’s volley out for a corner kick.
The striker got his breakthrough four minutes after the half-hour mark when the host’s counter attack broke down and he connected perfectly with Yannick’s cross to send the whole stadium into silence.
Herbert Adoo will certainly be aggrieved by the uncharacteristic defending by his defence that let in Olympique Ngor to open the scoring in their Caf Confederation Cup first-leg tie, but he will take consolation as his changes worked to perfection for the rest of the match.
The former Aduana Stars head coach brought on Gilbert Fiamenyo and Kofi Abanga to replace Sillas Adjei and Eric Kumi respectively at half time and that spiced up the adrenaline of his players to level in the 64th minute through Aguidi.
The Togolese import tapped in a Shaun October rebound after coming off the goalpost.
Substitute Fiamenyo came close to doubling his side’s score two minutes later but he missed the post by inches to the dismay of the home supporters.
The bulky striker finally got the much-awaited goal in the dying embers of the game when he wrestled his way through the Olympique Ngor defenders, and rounded up the onrushing goalkeeper Mouhamed Diallo.
Addo ordered his men to push forward and go for the kill but it was too little too late.
Hearts will travel to Senegal for the second leg at the Stade Ngor in two weeks’ time.