Hearts of Oak 0-3 Wa All Stars: Phobians shocked at home

The visitors recorded a historic double over the Phobians at their fortress in the second round of the Ghana Premier League

A goal early in each half and a 75th minute strike were enough to see Jimmy Cobblah claim a historic win in his first league appearance in the Wa All Stars dugout as his charges completed a league double over Hearts of Oak, a result which left questions about the performance of Phobia coach Mohammed Polo.

A 2nd minute goal from Samuel Boateng gave the visitors a blistering start before a 50th minute Ishmael Abdul Ganiu free kick made things worse for the Phobians. A quick reaction finish from Paul Asare De Vries in 75th minute completed the rout for the team from Wa.

The game started with a bang for the visitors who found the net with their very first attack in the game, Boateng applying the finish in the 2nd minute after a good work from Michael Mensah to set him up. Hearts seemed stunned by the visitors start but recovered to make incursions of their own with Kumi Andoh and Mensah getting close around the 10th minute mark but failing to make something out of it.

The game seemed to settle into a pattern after that with the Phobians having more of possession although they looked vulnerable to the counter attack. The strength and awareness of Robin Gnagne kept All Stars at bay but as the game went on the Phobians looked less and less assured in possession.

A bit of patient play in the 27th minute almost opened up Wa All Stars but Akrofi was on hand to prevent any damage. The home side’s first real chance of the game fell to young Eric Kumi in the 31st minute but after an excellent work by Winful Cobbinah, the youngster could only manage to drag his effort way wide with only the keeper to beat. All Stars broke at the other end almost immediately but Gnagne was on hand to make the clearance. A few minutes later, the Ivorian was in the thick of affairs again with a powerful run from defence, which almost split the Wa All Stars rear, but a slip from Dennis Larweh was enough to allow Ganiu a foot in and make the clearance.

Two long-range efforts from Emmanuel Hayford which caused Ofori little problem were what the Phobians were reduced to after the visitors seemed to tighten things up. Goalkeeper Ofori, however, was the man who made sure that the visitors took their lead into the break with two crucial interventions late in the half.

Firstly he had to react quickly to a long ball from centre-half Abraziz Abankwah, to prevent Emmanuel Ansong from getting into a good goal scoring position, before producing a very crucial save down low from PaulAcquah’s strike to ensure All Stars went in with a win.

Hearts of Oak started the second half quite well creating the first chance of the half with a free kick from a good position, but Hayford blasted his effort high above the post. Ishmael Abdul Ganiu, however, made no mistake from his chance a few minutes later blasting his free kick through the wall and beyond the reach of McCarthy for the visitor’s second goal much to the dismay of the home fans. Hearts almost got one back immediately but Ofori was on hand with a quick double save from an Acquah header and a Cobbinah cross to make sure his team kept their newly acquired two-goal cushion. Kofi Andoh should have pulled one back for the Rainbow Club in the 68th minute but with Ofori scrambling the full back was only able to hit the crossbar with the goal gaping.

Wa All Stars, however, shattered any hopes of a Hearts of Oak comeback in the 75th minute when substitute Asare De Vries reacted the quickest after an effort from one of his team-mates hit the foot of the upright and rebounded into play.

The goal seemed to have a calming effect on the visitors who managed to raise their game, keeping the ball and knocking it around limiting Hearts of Oak’s involvement in the game and seeing out the rest of the game to complete a historic double over the Phobians.