Attacker Kwadwo Obeng Jr proved his mettle as he netted a sublime lone finish to propel Hearts of Oak to a 1-0 win over Dreams FC in the Normalisation Committee Special Zonal Competition on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The nimble-footed ball wizard caressed the ball in his romantic affair with the ball inside the Dreams box before veering in with vigor to plant the ball to the left bottom corner with Isaac Amoako completely beaten on the 49th minute mark.
Hearts manager Kim Grant paraded a strong side featuring Ghana U23 duo William Dankyi and goalkeeper Richmond Ayi while his Dreams Finnish counterpart handed starting spots to experienced duo of Eric Gawu and goalkeeper Isaac Amoako.
Dreams bossed the early exchanges as Hearts took time to settle down in the opening quarter but when the Phobians finally found their rhythm they caused problems for the Dawu-based side.
Kofi Kordzi was too fierce and crafted for the Still Believe defensive rearguard to handle.
One of his explosive moves down the flanks freed Esso who held up play well to set up the high-flying Dankyi who cannoned a piercing drive which was stopped by Amoako’s feline agility.
Hearts were more poised as Esso’s movement caused a moment of confusion when a. Dreams defender visibly handled the ball but the referee ignored the call.
Esso rattled the crossbar following barrage of soaked pressure at the Dreams.
Hearts had another penalty called when Kwadwo Obeng Jr on goal was felled by the Dreams.
Grant withdrew Akowuah and introduced Benjamin Afutu after the break and this yielded instant results for the Phobians as Esso picked the pocket of his marker and rolled the ball to the fleeing Obeng Jr who jinxed off a defender before darting the ball home to open the scoring much to the delight of the home fans.
Hearts created a host of chances but failed to convert with Benjamin Afutu skying a golden opportunity with the net gaping at him.
Eric Gawu played through striker Richard Addai but he wasted the opportunity as Hearts made away with the maximum points.
Promising youngsters Abdul Manaf Gumar and Mitchelle Sarpong made cameo appearances for the Phobians.
By El Akyereko