Kotoko, Hearts draw 3-3

13 years ago

A six-goal thrilling result was produced at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium as Ghana’s two biggest teams, Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak played out a 3-3 draw.

The match was one of the three outstanding league games played across the country on Sunday in the OneTouch Premier League.

And the fixture, a high quality game had all the attributes of games involving both sides. A packed stadium, strong challenges, near misses, drama and an equal share of the spoils.

A fast-paced approach by the home side saw them unsettle the Phobians, who had to play on the break in the early minutes of the game.

Kotoko ensured that their pace on the flanks were well utilised and in the 10th minute a Jordan Opoku move down the left flank saw him beat his marker, Stephen Ofei before his pass into the box found Kwadwo Poku, who drilled a shot into the far corner of goalkeeper Mohammed Saani.

However, four minutes later, the Phobians were level. Poor defending by Kotoko allowed Bernard Dong Bortey to angle in a shot from the right past goalkeeper Abdoulaye Soulamana into the net.

And the Hearts attacker nearly put his side in the lead when his dipping shot was pushed over the crossbar by the Kotoko goalkeeper.

Kotoko’s poor defending was once again exposed, this time in the 41st minute.

Having pushed up their defensive line, Hearts attacker, Ekow Ghansah managed to go past Richard Manu from the middle of the field, raced into the Kotoko area and strike a shot past the onrushing goalkeeper.

The Phobians did not celebrate too much as two minutes after taking the lead, Kotoko equalized from the boot of leading goal scorer, Eric Bekoe.

Then the stadium witnessed another goal, the fifth goal, scored within the opening 45 minutes.

On the stroke of half time, Francis Bossman made sure the Phobians went into the break on top when he expertly hit a free kick, a grounder from some 30 metres away Soulama.

Kotoko started the second half with a substitute goalkeeper, Eric Nii Baah, taking over from the Burkinabe national.

And five minutes into the half, Stephen Oduro drew level for the Reds when his shot deflected off an opponent into the net with Hearts goalkeeper, Saani beaten.

Both sides exhausted their substitutions as the home team could have sealed a win but misses by Bekoe, Oduro, Poku ensured that they shared the spoils with their rivals, who jubilated after the final whistle for earning a point.