Accra Hearts of Oak defeated city rivals Accra Great Olympics 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday to record their second win in this season’s league campaign.
Inusah Musah prodded home the match winner in the 71st minute to gift Hearts all three points and bragging rights after Olympics goalkeeper Abraham Donkor spilled a shot from Thomas Abbey.
Paul Acquah had put Hearts in the lead with a low diving header in the 24th minute which Olympics equalized through a Benjamin Arthur’s header just before the break.
The “Agosu” boys began the second session with much seriousness looking for the second goal however, it was defender Inusah Musah who got the goal for Hearts after he chanced on a mistake from goalkeeper Odonkor.
Hearts of Oak’s skipper Thomas Abbey was denied a golden opportunity to extend his sides lead by Abraham Odonkor who stretched to prevent the ball from finding the back of the net deep in injury time.
Goalkeeper Benjamin Mensah was also on hand to prevent Olympics from getting a late equaliser, when Osah Bernard weaved his way in the area before firing straight at the Hearts shot stopper.
Coach Nuttall’s side had come into the game knowing very well that anything bar a win would be a bad result and though they were not at their exhilarating best, they exhibited a dogged performance that was just enough to overcome the impressive Godwin Attram boys.
Hearts started the game quite brightly but soon ceded dominance to Olympics. The visitors looked livelier after settling down though they could not trouble Benjamin Mensah as they fired over from two free-kicks.
But Olympics’ false-sense of supremacy was soon undone when Acquah arrived at the near post to steer a brilliant cross from Fatawu Mohammed into the back of the net for the opener in the 24th minute.
However, instead of the lead buoying Hearts into action, it rather poked an instant response from Olympics as they took total control of the game as the minutes wore on.
And it came as no surprise when they soon found the equalizer in the 39th minute. A long range drive drew an unorthodox save from Ben Mensah who pushed the ball out for a corner kick. And from the set piece, the unmarked Olympics midfielder Arthur rose high to head the ball home.
It was no less than the visitors’ endeavor deserved and it sprang them into full action. Hearts wobbled as the first half approached and it’s a matter of relief that Olympics did not add a goal to their tally.
The Phobians came out of the blocks quickly after the break and looked to strangle control from the industrious Attram boys.
Ivorian import Alex Kouami beautifully controlled Otoo’s cross with his chest in the box but he was not allowed space to fire home as the Olympics defense superbly overcrowded him.
The game swung in Hearts’ favor from then on wards as they pushed Olympics back and forced them to resort to counter attacks. Osah Bernard lost his composure on a good counter attacking move from Olympics after being slip through by Abel Manomey.
Coach Nuttall’s side heeded the warning and bombed forward to take the lead again through towering center back Inusah.
Apart from a few scares in the closing stages, Hearts held on to record their second win of the campaign ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Tema Youth.