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10.11.2003 League Report

Goldfields draw with Hearts in re-play match

By GNA
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Obuasi, Nov. 10, GNA - Obuasi Goldfields played an improved game to hold Accra Hearts of Oak to a pulsating 1-1(one-one) drawn game in their 27th week Kinapharma Premier League re-play encounter at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium on Monday. With the draw, Kotoko have stretched their lead and points difference from five to seven to consolidate their determination to annex the championship from Hearts this season. Having been saved by the rains yesterday after going down 2-0 by the 51st minute, Goldfields started the game with more vigour and wasted a first minute corner-kick. Determined to carry the day, the miners kept the pressure on Hearts and shot ahead in the 8th minute when Valentine Atem slotted the ball home after Sammy Adjei failed to grab Seidu Dauda's powerful shot. Both teams displayed good football wasting two corner-kicks each in the 11th, 16th, 30th and 39th minutes until the end of the first half. On resumption, the determined miners pushed the fight to the visitors wasting four corner-kicks in the 50th, 54th, 57th and 62nd minutes. Hearts who have not lost a match in the 27th week league and to keep their record, threw everything into the game and nearly equalized in the 66th minute but Don Bortey's curling free-kick hit the edge of the crossbar. The visitors brought in Emmanuel Donkor, Frank Turkson and Kenneth Sarpong in the 63rd, 67 and 79 minutes to beef up their attack. The substitution paid dividend when in the 80th minute, substitute Donkor collected a pass around the centre circle and moved swiftly into the opponents goal area before he delivered a powerful shot that beat youthful goalkeeper Frank Andoh of Goldfields for the much needed equalizer.

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