Struggling Premiership leaders, Accra Hearts of Oak held on to a solitary lead grabbed by Obed Ansah to keep their hold on the Glo League in their match day 12 duel against a stubborn SEkondi Hassacas at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra on Sunday.
Hearts without injured regulars, Charles Taylor, Eric Gawu, Kofi Abanga and Esme Mense looked pitiful and laboured on an afternoon where Hasaacas also proved a weak opposition.
After a meaningless first half, the Phobians resumed the second session with a fraction of urgency in their play and their quest was rewarded only six minutes on when advancing teenage striker, Taurik Djibril was challenged in the visitor's box.
Referee Yakubu Lamin Nuhu who fared poorly throughout the game awarded the Phobians a questionable penalty that Ansah scored to extend the Hearts lead on the log to 10 points.
Hearts got slightly better after the goal and Ansah had a perfect opportunity to grab a brace but with only goalkeeper Wisdom Yeboah at his mercy, the petit midfielder fluffed a golden chance in 66th minute.
Hasaacas reacted well and staged a counter attack that placed Joseph Mensah in a perfect position to pull parity but with Hearts goalkeeper Phil McCarthy already beaten, the player only managed to hit the side of the net instead.