BERNARD Dong-Bortey’s expectly free kick taken in the 12th minutes from time, secured the three points for Accra Hearts of Oak as they beat Zaytuna United FC 1-0 in their 18th week Onetouch premier league game played yesterday at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.
Bortey’s effort from the edge of the box, was the brightest thing to say about yesterday’s game as the two sides failed to thrill the few fans who turned up at the nation’s Wembley.
It was a game of few chances with no clear openings for either side as they could not keep possession for long periods. Infact, it took well over 70 minutes before we had the first shot on goal.
The first half of the game turned out to be a competition of who would miss the most free kicks with Zaytuna in particular at fault. They were presented with opportunities in the fifth, 10th,30th, 39th and 45th minutes, but wasted them all.
Hearts’ efforts in the eight, 15th, 29th, 34th and 41st minutes, were no better than the one’s Zaytuna wasted. The two goal tenders on either side Saani Mohammed of Hearts and Zaytuna’s Tetteh Lugard, had very little to do on the rather dull afternoon.
From their play, neither side looked prepared to give in, but Hearts’ late run in the game, earned them the points as they move up on the premiership standings and they must thank Bortey for coming to their aid.
This was really a hard earned victory for the Phobians who have now remained unbeaten at home this second round.
Zaytuna offered very little to show that they will survive relegation and need to lift up their game if they hope to stay up.
They could just not produce that performance which saw them edge out the Phobians 2-1 in the first round.
With this victory, Hearts should be in high spirits to go into the next round against traditional rivals, Asante Kotoko in Kumasi on Sunday.