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GPL: AshantiGold snatches late draw against Hearts of Oak

By Vincent Ashitey
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Accra Hearts of Oak and visiting Obuasi AshantiGold settled for a pulsating 2-2 draw in their rescheduled Ghana Premier League matchday two fixture played at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday night.

A brace each from Kwadwo Obeng Junior in the 32nd and 80th minutes and Hans Kwofie in the 56th and 90th minutes brought the curtains down on a game the Phobians should have wrapped up by the end of the opening stanza.

The hosts started the game on the front foot, but was quickly forced into defending as the visitors took charge of the midfield play and pinned them into their half.

David Abanga tested the resolve of goalkeeper Richard Attah in the 9th minute with a flash shot which the latter struggled to parry over the cross bar.

On 18 minutes Roland Amouzou came face to face with Attah but failed to beat him, Obeng Junior showed him how it was done when he blew one past Robert Dabuo in the 32nd minute for the opener.

Hearts could have recorded a cricket score by the 40th minute mark but for some missed scoring opportunities by Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Obeng Jnr.

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The Miners went ahead and punish them for those misses with the equaliser, after an unmarked Kwofie tapped home a cross from the right to draw level.

Although considering a goal, the Rainbow boys were a shade ahead of the Aboakese lads and it was evident they were going to increase the tally, and rightfully so they did in the 80th minute when Obeng finished off a great move.

When all was coasting to a sweet victory for the Phobians, Kwofie popped up to throw the dagger at the host with yet another tap in to level up in time added on.

The draw was the 14th in as many as 59 meetings in the Ghana league between the two sides, with the Phobians winning 27 times and losing 18.

Hearts of Oak winger Patrick Razak was adjudged the NASCO man-of-the-match for his stellar showing.