Sports News of Sunday, 13 October 2019
Hearts of Oak were held to a stalemate by Great Olympics in the Ga Homowo Cup match which was played on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Phobians opened the game with an effort to break the back of the Wonder club, a grounding shot from Obeng Jr met the waiting hands of goalkeeper Stephen Odai in post for Olympics in the early minutes.
Great Olympics came into the game strongly after the early exchanges but seemed to enjoy possessing of the ball than playing to score, while the Phobians continued to probe for the opener.
Kojo Obeng Jr came close to scoring again in the 15th minute with a sitter after a fine work out by Kofi Kordzi but missed narrowly.
Hearts continued to dominate play into the half-hour mark, with Kofi Kordzi displaying some good foot works in the goal area of the opponent, but could not count any goal.
Great Olympics came to the game in the 40th minute with a strike from Ahmed Tijani, a shot that was saved by Richmond Ayi in post for Hearts of Oak.
Before the break, Kofi Kordzi produced a thunderbolt shot towards goal, but goalkeeper Stephen Odai produced a master class save to deny him a goal to bring the first half to an end.
Both teams started the second half on a slow note, working the flanks to break the back of each other, with no real test on goal.
Hearts of Oak improved in their game after making two substitutions with Obeng Jr, and Charles MacCarthy coming off for Abubakar Traore, and Aminu Alhassan.
In the 84th minute, Hearts came close again but Stephen Odei produced another superb save to deny a goal.
Both teams fought for the winner, but could not bring the game to an end.
Instead of the game proceeding to penalties, the organizers thought it wise to replay the match at the same venue to declare the winner.
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