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Slap-dash Kotoko held at home by Hearts

Published on: 18 November 2012

A ten-man Hearts of Oak put up a resolute defensive display to hold arch-rivals Kotoko in a pulsating goalless drawn game at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.      

The game produced many exciting moments with Laryea Kingston engineering the Hearts midfield with some sublime performances at the Baba Yara stadium.

Hearts were the better side in the first half but Kotoko looked dangerous upfront with Issaka Yakabu stinging the hands of goalkeeper Tetteh Lugard twice.

Kingston was by the far the best player on the day with his split defensive passes creating many problems for Kotoko defensive duo Kwabena Edusei and Rashid Sumaila especially in the first half.

Kotoko midfielder Michael Helegbe looked out of sort with many faulty passes that enraged their teeming supporters as he failed to make a telling contribution in the game.

Hearts lacked the cutting edge upfront and struggled to hold their verve in midfield as Kotoko took total control of the game in the second half.

For a moment, the Phobians midfield went to sleep as Kotoko dominated possession and kept them chasing shadows with Michael Akuffo, Issaka Yakubu and substitute Michael Anaba  in the thick of affairs.

Hearts were reduced to ten-men after Alhassan Ali was shown the red card for a second bookable offence on Daniel Nii Adjei.

Substitue Daniel Nii Adjie should have scored in the 79th minute after his sublime volley missed the post by inches.

On the flip side Kotoko striker Ben Acheampong was woeful upfront as his poor and untimely crosses left many of their supporters disappointed.

Hearts will be the happier of the two following their not-too impressive performances in the top-flight and newly appointed coach David Duncan will pat the players on the shoulders after they exhibited total commitment and determination to sniff a point off their bitter rivals at their own backyard.

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This article has 23 comment(s), give your comment
  • real sabacious says:
    November 19, 2012 05:37 am
    @Gash i watched the full match btw panathinaikos vs poak salonika and not the above link quoted.indeed i've decided not to talk about the Abeyie issue anymore.he's was the best player on the pitch lastnite,the initiator of all panathinakos attack.won a penalty and was unluck not to score when he had one on one with the keeper to beat but his effort was saved.i dont wonna do any comparision but Abeyie is the most technical attacker we've in the country now!!the good thing is,he has add defending to his game.i reserve abeyie issue for now till the afcon.
  • Papee says:
    November 19, 2012 04:53 am
    Phobia. We are the best var a = 1
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    November 19, 2012 01:24 am
    As usual, the account from "Ghanasoccernet" looks biased in favor of "Hearts of Oak" compared to what we read from "Ghanaweb" and other sources. There is nothing wrong in a writer supporting a particular team. But please, for the sake of professionalism, writers should do all they can to disassociate their emotions from their professional judgments.
  • kawanopaado says:
    November 19, 2012 01:41 am
    A silly comment, sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Do performance analysis.
  • ben bella says:
    November 19, 2012 01:42 am
    Being damn ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Do performance analysis.
  • afrikaba1 says:
    November 19, 2012 01:06 am
    I keep saying this, Quincy is a better player than most of the current players. I will say top two or three.whether we win African or not God will one day punish who ever is causing Quincy's absence.
  • Gash says:
    November 19, 2012 01:17 am
    Its just hard to understand why Quincy is not getting any love from couch Appiah. He was explosive today. Watch this......
  • B k says:
    November 19, 2012 12:27 am
    You use all your strength to play kotoko and lose your other matches against smaller teams. Let's wait and see what happens in your subsequent matches
  • Johnny says:
    November 18, 2012 10:14 pm
    Kotoko has decided whenever heart play with them in kumasi they will make sure we get red card but they shouldn't forget they will come to accra Ooooo yooooo
  • Rasheed says:
    November 18, 2012 10:21 pm
    Save your breadth Phillbanger my brother.The guy is our best play maker,because he refused to pay them dollars,those vampires at GFA have refused to call him.
  • Tony says:
    November 18, 2012 10:41 pm
    I thought Kotoko said they were going to beat hearts not less than 04- nil
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    November 18, 2012 09:34 pm
    Boring game !!! Duncan has lotta work to do on my darling club. At least we were able to pick a point and that is not bad at all, hopefully we win against Liberty Pros next week and move to a better position on the league table.
  • Nana Osei @ CWC nurses qtrs Ksi says:
    November 18, 2012 08:04 pm
    Coaches they say win and lose matches. Coach David Duncan has added meaning to this assertion by playing tactically superior to Kotoko without the import of any new players. Kudos David 'Mourino' Duncan and your boys. Accra Hearts Of Oak were tactically superior to Kotoko by playing a more matured game. We are so proud of you (the entire team of Accra Hearts Of oak) and both Tobge Afede led Management and Board. It was also a day we also displyed support @ it's best. We must pat ourselves @ the back as supporters of the great mighty OAK tree. Long Live Accra Hearts Of Oak.
  • yawa says:
    November 18, 2012 08:03 pm
    Ah heart of oak,so u are jubilating,because u drew with asante kotoko,dont u know that u are playing among fifteen teams?,mediocricy at its best.
  • phillbanger says:
    November 18, 2012 07:13 pm
    Guys do u guys watch the greek super leaque?am soo pissed of that quincy is overlooked by the gfa.wat is goin on.i watched quincy played today and wen ever he gets the ball the crowd goes grazy.even the comentator was askin why this guy is not bein called to the gbs.its a ashamed how we hav better players but cos of briberyqualitie players are bein overlooked just imajin quincu atcu wakaso on the same team tell me what country ghana cannot shake.The way this guy was playin like he was telkin to the ball and tellin the ball wat to do.u really tellin me j pansil and inkoom is better than tjis charp..saddddddddddd
  • Phrank Kente @ Teshie says:
    November 18, 2012 06:54 pm
    mr editor what are you talking about?is it what you saw or what went on or you are a hat of oat fan? cos we played them down so you dont try to say they played us ( fabu ) in the first half...they lucky that we didnt have any clear cut saw the way the were delaying time by falling down for the game to be stop....but we will still defend our title...WELL DONE BOIS .....FABU THE BEST...
  • Godbless says:
    November 18, 2012 06:45 pm
    Kotoko struggled to match who? Did u watch the game and how many minutes were u reduced to ten men. Draw to kotoko and loose the other at its best...
  • david says:
    November 18, 2012 06:23 pm
    is good for ghana league, to have a good game like this i'm proud of my club heart of oak, kotoko should stop makeing noise
  • BABA says:
    November 18, 2012 06:10 pm
    Even, in our poor form and reduced to 10 men at their own back ground, they still struggle to match us. Phobia
  • Tony says:
    November 18, 2012 06:01 pm
    Kotoko keep on selling their players and how will they go to Africa?
  • richmond says:
    November 18, 2012 05:51 pm
    This braging kotoko team could not beat a depleting hearts team. Stop talking always n do the job on the field. When we pick up our pieces together, we shall surely dismantle ur team in Accra.
  • Tony says:
    November 18, 2012 05:52 pm
    Is Micheal Anaba brother to Sarkordie the musician? Anyway good job done by both teams,especially officiating
  • Biggie says:
    November 18, 2012 05:29 pm