Konadu Yiadom’s cleverly taken goal ensured that Hearts avoided what could have been a second straight defeat in the Premier league. He headed home from a corner kick delivered into the box by Seidu Suraj.
The game saw Olympics take an early lead after a defensive miscommunication. The game traveled almost to the end of the regulation time before Hearts equalized and threatened further to snatch victory. A well implemented time-wasting tactics helped Olympics to survive with a draw.
The Phobians were disappointed because they believed they could have won the match. Speaking to heartsofoaksc.com, Awako mentioned that “We gave them a cheap goal which didn’t help our confidence. We were disappointed because we played well and should have won, we were better and we looked good throughout the 90mins. But we will pick up and move on”.
Yassan who started the game was a “beneficiary” of the physicality of the Dade boys when he was stretched out of the game in the first half and was replaced by Seidu Suraj the eventual goal supplier.
The second half saw the introduction of Baafi and Junior Kaaba. These introductions brought some urgency into Hearts’ play again until Olympics had to physically take Baafi out for Asubonteng to replace him.
The pressure from the Phobia lads became very high all-in search of the equalizer. An attempt from Obeng Jnr forced for a corner kick.
Seidu Suraj put in a perfect cross into the middle of the Olympics box that debutant Konadu Yiadom crowned with a goal. A reward for his overall excellent performance in the afternoon.
On the verge of the end of the match, Kaaba managed to convert a half chance into a good opportunity when he powerfully outpaced two opponents, took a diagonal run and unleashed a left-footed shot that narrowly missed the goalpost. It was the last kick of the day as referee Annan blew for the end of the game.
Hearts of Oak will continue with its preparation for match day-3 assignment against arch-rivals, Kotoko in Kumasi.