The Phobians ended the first round of the league season in the relegation zone after King Faisal held them at the Baba Yara Sports StadiumAccra Hearts of Oak's poor form continued in this season's Ghana Glo Premier League as they were held to a one all draw game by King Faisal at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.
The game started on a very pacy note with King Faisal threatening the goal area of Accra Hearts of Oak where the likes of Sulley Mohammed and Yasser Abdullah were on top of their game but their finishings were either wayward or were comfortably saved by Hearts of Oak’s goalkeeper Philemon McCarthy.
Faisal could have taken the lead as early as the 14th minute after Wilson left his marker Nuru Sulley for dead on the left flank but his spectacular volley was parried away to safety by McCarthy.
The pendulum then swing in favour of the Phobians with midfield enforcer Moro Abubakar who was the skipper for the day began pulling the strings from the middle of the field but the Hearts of Oak attack led by Paul Acquah wasted glaring goal scoring chances to the displeasure of the Phobians.
Ivorian-import Robin Gnagne who has been a pillar in defence for the Phobians since his move from Sogakope Red Bull found himself in the opponents half and after beating two King Faisal players he delivered a tailor measured pass to Paul Acquah who was brought down by goalkeeper Ibrahim Iddrissu.
Referee Samuel Domegtor pointed to the spot and Gnagne coolly put the ball at the back of the net by sending Iddrisu the wrong way to register the first goal of the game in the 30th minute. From there it was a ding dong affair with both teams making incursions in the others penalty area.
Accra Hearts of Oak continued piling pressure on King Faisal after recess but Faisal's skipper Ransford Kwakye was a pillar in defense as he thwarted most of the attacks of the Phobians.
Faisal step up their game and were a delight to watch with their inter-positional play which caused problems for the Hearts defense especially Nuru Sulley and Emmanuel Ansong.
Goalkeeper McCarthy who had resorted to time wasting went into the books of the referee and was nearly sent off for the same offense which attracted the fury of coach David Duncan and the Phobian fans.
Very Determined to have a point, Faisal snatch the equalizer in the 89th minute through youngster Prince Boateng who netted that stunning scissor kick against Kotoko last week.
Boateng took the ball on the left, dummied two Hearts of Oak players and exquisitely chipped the ball to the far corner of the post with shot-stopper McCarthy left rooted to his spot.