Accra Hearts of Oak suffered their first defeat under the supervision of coach David Duncan as they lost by a lone goal to Ashgold in the 10th week game of the Glo Premier League played at the Accra Sports Stadium.
It was a game the Phobians dominated in the first 25 minutes and created some decent scoring chances that could have secured them the three maximum points, but blew off the chances that came their way.
The miners assumed control of the game after this and a quick combination between bulky Yakubu Mohamed and Aaron Amoah, saw the later firing in the first goal and the eventual winner in the 27th minute.
Hearts struggled to level up even though the miners by the close of the 40th minute were numerically weaker as David Telfer was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Hearts could have leveled up in the 43rd minute, through Robin Gnagne who was spotted with Nuru Sulley’s cross but it was parried off beautifully by Fatao Dauda with the resultant corner kick wasted to end the half.
Though one man down, Ashgold resumed the second half much stronger and tormented the defence of Hearts on several occasion with Mohamed giving the Hearts defence much job to do at the back.
However, the miners later on, seemed to be satisfied with the lone goal lead and resorted to deliberate time wasting tactics, whilst Hearts was always sought to find the equalizer with incessant pressure on the visitors any time the game resumed, after the usual intermittent breaks due to injuries.
With the score line still in favour of Ashgold, the last quarter of the game was characterized by intermittent injuries on the part of the visitors, as their players were always found on the turf either with the slightest or no contact at all, with the aim of pushing away time.
It indeed worked for them, till the 88th minute, when Sulley Nuru was sent off for striping Mohamed and this saw the visitors coming forward in search of another goal, which never materialized till the close of the game by referee Awal Mohamed.