Hearts of Oak winless run in Ghana Premier League continues after suffering 2-0 defeat to Ash Gold at Obuasi
Ash Gold SC claimed a massive victory on Sunday at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi in the Ghana Premier League matchday four.
The Miners needed two goals in the second half to beat the reigning champions 2-0 to get back to winning ways.
Ash Gold interim coach Thomas Duah made three changes to the squad that suffered a 2-0 defeat to King Faisal Babes last week.
Kamaradini Mamudu was given his very first start in the Gold and Black shirt as he replaced Joseph Owusu Bempah.
Kennedy Ashia and Dauda Seidu Yussif paved way for Amos Kofi Nkrumah and Yaw Annor in the starting lineup of the Miners.
Hearts gaffer Samuel Boadu also made four alterations to the team that drew 1-1 with Aduana Stars in Accra last week.
First choice goalkeeper Richard Attah returned between the sticks while James Serwonou replaced the suspended Mohammed Alhassan in central defence.
Patrick Razak and Isaac Agyenim Boateng earned starting places taking the roles of Isaac Mensah and Daniel Afriyie Barnieh.
The first attempt of the match went the way of the home side but Yaw Annor’s shot from the edge of the box after being played through by Seth Osei in the 11th minute went an inch wide.
Five minutes on, the Phobians had the to open the scoring in the game when Patrick Razak rounded goalkeeper Kofi Mensah only to see his shot hit the framework.
The deadlock of the match was broken in the 53rd minute after Annor scored a solo goal following a swift counter attack.
Annor picked the ball from center and run his way to beat goalkeeper Attah.
Hearts goalkeeper Attah made a spectacular point blank save to deny AshantiGold the second goal in the 82nd minute.
Ash Gold sealed the victory in the additional minutes with youngster Abdul Salam netting his first top-flight goal as he pounced on a rebound after a Mamudu shot.
Meanwhile, boss Samuel Boadu has blamed fatigue for his for the loss to Ash Gold but has promised to work tirelessly to return the club to winning ways.
“I always keep saying that there is fatigue, in the first half we played well but after recess, you could see the boys are very tired and cannot even pass and distribute balls.”
“We have a long way to go and it is not yet over. This is a competition so we are in it and will push harder to climb the ladder,” he said after the game.