MATCH REPORT: Hearts survive late scare to win S T Nettey Memorial Cup
A spirited second half performance from Dreams Football Club was a little too late to stage an upset at the Accra Sports Stadium as the Still Believe lads played guests to the Phobians who secured a 2 – 1 victory on the day to win the 2019 S.T. Memorial Cup on Sunday.
Hearts of Oak enjoyed the better half of the first 45 minutes of the game as Joseph Esso’s brace cushioned Kim Grant’s lads into the recess.
Samuel Alarbi, who arguably was one of the star performers for Dreams FC on the day struck the upright in the opening minutes of the game, sending strong warning to the rainbow lads.
Two half time substitutions saw the pendulum swing as Dreams troubled their hosts to reduce the tally.
With less than 30 minutes to regulation time, midfielder Patrick Arthur scored from the spot kick after Michael Amoh was fouled by Ernest Sowah to set up a cagey end to the game. Youngsters Samuel Pimpong and Philemon Akoto were of great service in Pasoha’s second half tactics, creating several chances which nearly caused an upset for the Phobians.
As the pace of the game settled, Hearts of Oak resorted to time wasting antics until referee Jones Addo whistled for the end of proceedings much to the excitement of the home crowd.
With the busy schedule available for football fans on paid television channels, it can be said that both sides thrilled the over 10,000 supporters who thronged to the Accra Sports stadium to watch the much anticipated clash between the two clubs.
Meanwhile Dreams FC’s official mascot Believer The Mascot was on sight to chill the crowd as usual.