NC Special Cup: WAFA Take Advantage Of Hearts’ Defensive Ineptitude To Grab Win

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If a single game could summarise the imbalances in the Hearts of Oak squad, the unavoidable contrast between their attacking brilliance and their defensive ineptitude, then this was it. At one end, Fatawu Mohammed and Christopher Bonney scored two goals for the visitors. At the other, Benjamin Agyare and Aminu Alhassan, in particular, committed the sort of errors you would be shocked to see in the second tier.

Such was the calamity at the back for the Phobians that the moments of class in attack meant nothing in the end. This turned out to be the most gruelling of defeats, a setback that was entirely avoidable against a side that was entirely beatable this time.

It was hard to believe, as Agyare gave away a pass to Daniel Lomotey to score the second for WAFA. It was equally hard to believe that they had seemingly put their defensive woes behind them, conceding only one goal in their previous three games.

It felt like a regression for Hearts of Oak after weeks of progression. They allowed Jamal Haruna and Bortey Acquah to score either side of Lomotey’s goal and then pushed in vain as they tried to rescue a mess of their own making.

They could not do so, despite late pressure, and on the weekend that Karela United who were leading the Zone B table had lost, Kim Grant’s side totally failed to capitalise on their advantage in the race for the top spot.

It made for a professional, memorable win for Patrick Liewig’s side, who jumped up to the summit. They were largely solid at the back and always threatening in attack, where Lomotey was as much of a nuisance as ever on the weekend he made it clear that he wanted to be playing at the very highest level.

There is energy and determination in the Hearts midfield, but not enough to compensate for the complete lack of creativity or invention. This was obvious in the early stages when WAFA struggled horribly to work the ball forward to their big hitters in attack.

Hearts of Oak struggled horribly for much of the second half and the unfortunate truth is that they were lucky to only be level pegging at the break. They needed a remarkable double-stop from goalkeeper Richmond Ayi to prevent the Academy Boys from doubling the lead after a corner down the right.

Now came the Hearts onslaught, but WAFA held firm. The best chance fell to Joseph Esso, picked out by Afutu in the box, but the tame finish hit the side net.

 

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