REVENGE: Dreams mute Hearts of Oak to wrap up NC tourney
It was an expected end to a tough campaign for Dreams FC after a 30th minute strike from youngster Ibrahim Issah ensured the Still Believe lads complete a revenge over Hearts of Oak on the final day of the GFA NC Special Competition at the Theatre of Dreams, Dawu.
With the visiting team emerging victors on the opening day of the tournament, Dreams FC were eager to make amends at home as pride priced over match points.
Dreams could have opened the scoring earlier to unsettle the Phobians as Richard Addae was gifted with first opportunity when Robert Addo failed to clear danger but the Dreams FC striker wasted time for Agyare to clear the mess.
The Phobians dominated play in most parts of the first half but were unable to surge forward as the defense proved to be an impermeable one. The defensive set up of Masawudu Abdalai, Kingsley Owusu, Ibrahim and Montari Kamaheni was an uphill task for the rainbow lads.
Hearts had their clearest opportunity to break the deadlock when Kofi Kordzi unleashed an unexpected shot but Isaac Amoako responded swiftly to flick the ball to corner.
Michael Agbekornu put through Ibrahim Issah who blasted a thunderous shot blocked by goalkeeper Ben Mensah, but Issah swiftly curled in the rebound to grab the only goal of the game for the Still Believe boys.
The Phobians pushed for the equaliser but the best they could do was to win fruitless corner kicks before the break.
Coach Kim grant effected some changes in anticipation of a better reaction . Joseph Esso came for Abubakar Traore, Mitchelle Sarpong also came on for Obeng Jnr to but it was an effort in futility.
Michael Agbekornu, clearly the player of the game, nearly made it 2-0 for Dreams FC after he cleverly weaved his way through the Hearts midfield and released an unexpected curler which went straight into the woodworks to leave the Phobians panting.
The game becomes the fourth game for stop gap trainer Winfred Dormon who has recorded 3 wins with just a defeat in four games.