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Hearts of Oak slip to pre-season defeat against third tier side Susubribi

Published on: 20 July 2014
Hearts of Oak suffered defeat against Susubiri United

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghanaian giants Accra Hearts of Oak geared off their pre-season campaign to a false start after slipping to a 2-1 defeat against former Premier League rivals Susubribi United on Sunday afternoon. 

The Phobians, under the tutelage of assistant coach Stephen Abugri cruised to a 24th minute lead after influential winger Winful Cobbinah converted from the spot at the Old Tafo Rovers Park but Susubiri staged an incensed second-half display to win the game with Yaw Korankye (49th) and Charles Ankomah (72nd) winning the game for the host in the Eastern Region.

Abugri, who is now in charge pending the arrival of new head coach, fielded a strong side captained by glovesman Tetteh Luggard while new South African signing Mason October partnered Ivorian international Robin Gnagne in central defence.

There were spots in the line-up for gifted midfielder Emmanuel Hayford while Romeo Agban, Ollenu Ashitey and Selasi Adjei completed an attacking trident.

Hearts enjoyed a fine start to the tie as persistent pressure forced a Susubiri United defender to handle the ball inside the box and Cobbinah stepped up to dispatch the kick with the touch of confidence and expertise.

Hearts could have doubled the lead minutes after but Selasi Adjei missed a sitter.

After the break, the host came into the game strongly and equalised through Yaw Korankye. Sweet free-kick from Eugene Danso is headed back across goal for Korankye to nod home.

Hearts were hoping to restore their lead but a 72nd minute goalkeeper howler by Luggard gifted Susubiri an opportunity to claim the winner and Charles Ankomah took full advantage, calmly burying the ball into the net.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • moshie says:
    July 20, 2014 09:24 pm
    The fake Hearts of oak have started it again.
  • Peprasco says:
    July 21, 2014 07:17 am
    We shouldn't forget, mistakes are made during pre-season matches for corrections.
  • Billymoore says:
    July 21, 2014 07:32 am
    GSN, please note that Susubiribi is a SECOND DIVISION TEAM in the Eastern Region. Your headline is misleading. The team was relegated from the then first division over 25 years ago and is struggling to gain promotion from division two for over a decade without success.
  • Dasaintshy says:
    July 21, 2014 03:21 am
    Loll, Yaanom has started the mediocre again. After floating shares they have not still improved. Hearts of oak Paa nie, eeeish! Hmm