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Hearts of Oak remain resolute despite setback

Hearts of Oak remain resolute despite setback

League leaders, Samartex and on-form Hearts of Oak battled it out at Samreboi and it was the host that emerged victorious with a hard-fought 2-1 win, making them maintain their position at the top of the league table with a 10-point lead between both sides. 

The match, filled with excitement and drama, showcased the resilience and skill of both teams.

Samartex FC took the lead early in the game through the sharp shooting prowess of Evans Osei Wusu, who scored from a close range.

Despite the setback, Hearts of Oak remained determined to power their way back into contention. However, the first half ended with Samartex holding onto their advantage, leaving Hearts trailing at halftime.

The second half saw a rejuvenated Hearts of Oak side, determined to turn the tide in their favour. Their efforts bore fruit when Hamza marked his return with a crucial goal, capitalizing on a loose ball from a Karikari shot that troubled the Samartex goalkeeper, Richard Baidoo.

However, any hopes of a comeback were made difficult when Evans Osei Wusu struck again, netting his second goal of the match and ensuring that Samartex maintained their lead until the final whistle.

The defeat was a setback, but Coach Ouattara mentioned to the players that “yes they lost, but this shouldn’t be the end of the road as there are more matches to play.” 

Speaking to the media in the post-match press conference, Coach Ouattara conceded that Samartex deserved their victory. The defeat serves as a learning experience as we look to bounce back stronger in the next fixture, especially as the team returns to the Accra Sports Stadium where every fan calls "HOME".