Great Olympics 1 Hearts of Oak 2: Wonder Club near relegation after derby defeat

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The Phobians completed a double over their city rivals in the Mantse derby on Sunday

Great Olympics' ambitions to survive relegation were dealt a big blow after they lost 2-1 in the Mantse derby at home to city rivals Hearts of Oak in matchday 25 of Ghana Premier League at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

A goal on each half from Patrick Razak and Kwame Kizito were enough to break down a resilient Olympics, pushing them further down the table despite a consolation from Emmanuel Amartey.

Both clubs made a change each in their setups with Amartey replacing Coffie Bekoe for Olympics while Paul Acquah came in for injured Winful Cobbinah.

After a slow start, Hearts captain Thomas Abbey was offered the first opportunity after combining with Kwame Kizito but the former was brought down on the edge of Olympics' box. However, the resulting free-kick from Abbey was blocked by a human wall.

By the fourth minute, Olympics had their first break but Daniel Appiah left the Phobians off the hook. The midfielder met a tailor-measured cross from his teammate after Hearts goalkeeper Ben Mensah was completely beaten but his header could only find the roof of the net.

Three minutes later, Hearts broke loose against the run of play through Patrick Razak but, despite the winger beating four defenders and finding himself in the box of Olympics, his last ditch effort was embarrassing.

Olympics took control of the midfield and dictated the game. Amartey almost scored a stunner from 28-yards by the 25th minute but the midfielder's effort was denied by the post. However, he was smiling two minutes later after he rose above his marker to calmly head home a cross for the opener.

Hearts recovered from their slumber and pulled even through Razak on 38th minute, after the midfielder latched on to a pass from Kwame Kizito before he went past two defenders and placed his effort beyond the reach of Olympics goalkeeper. They could've gone up by 2-1 if Razak was more purposeful upfront.

After the break, Hearts' strength overpowered their hosts and they began to cause more problems to their back-four.

On 56th minute, Hearts took the lead for the first time in the game through Kizito after a blunder from Olympics captain Adom Ampofo. The lanky striker calmly slotted into an empty net after Razak meandered his way into Olympics' box and cut back to him to finish it off.

 

Razak was ever present in the hosts' box and almost made it 3-1 by the hour mark but his effort went wide before Abbey's shot was also denied by the woodwork.

Olympics made several changes in their setup with Francis Attuquaye replacing goalscorer Amartey while Maxwell Quaye came on for Emmanuel Asante.

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With nine minutes remaining, Amin Alhassan tested Ben Mensah through a free-kick but the Hearts shot-stopper read it well and saved his effort.

The last opportunity for Olympics to salvage a draw fell to their captain Ampofo but the midfielder was lackadaisical in his approach, sending his effort beyond the target. Hearts defeated Olympics 2-1 also in the first round and have completed their first double in a decade.

With five matches remaining to end the season, Hearts have a realistic chance to lift the trophy since they trail log leaders Aduana Stars six points and will host them on Wednesday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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