Hearts defeat Kotoko to reach GHALCA G8 final

Accra Hearts of Oak are in the final of StarTimes sponsored Ghalca G8 tourney after winning over their rival Asante Kotoko by 4-2 on penalties at the Baba Yara sports stadium.

This first semifinals game ended in a goalless draw after 90 minutes of soccer.

Hearts and Kotoko progressed into this stage after Hearts won 3-2 over Ebusua Dwarfs while Kotoko also defeated defending Champions Aduana Stars by 2-0 at Cape Coast sports stadium  and Baba Yara sports stadium respectively.

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The Phobians announced their presence just in 16th minute in the game at a goal by Francis Morton but his effort went away.

Hearts came back again in the 30th minute but Reginald Thompson failed to find the net after he headed wide a Christopher Bonney cross from right.

Kotoko nearly got their first goal in the 38th minute when Eric Donkor kicked wide a free-kick from about 30 yards after Jordan Opoku was brought down.

Both teams fought hard to get the opener but all efforts failed till we end the first half.

Second half

Felix Annan saved his side from conceding through a brilliant long range from Inusah Musa.

Cosmos Dauda came close of putting his side up but failed to connect an excellent pass from Reginald Thompson.

Once again hearts failed to score their first goal after Christopher Bonney squandered a sitter after an excellent work from substitute Patrick Razak.

Just in seven minutes to end proceedings
Kwame Boahene blasted away an opportunity to put Asante Kotoko SC ahead.

Two minutes later skilful Patrick Razak wasted a great opportunity with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Eric Donkor also wasted the last opportunity to put Kotoko head after goalkeeper Benjamin Mensah saved his side in the 90th minute.

Before the game the organises said there will be penalty shootout to determine who progress to the final of the tournament.

Hearts won the shoot-out 4-2 after Jackson Owusu and Eric Donkor missed their spot kicks for Kotoko while Richard Akrofi was the only one to miss his kick for the Phobians.

Francis Morton, Christopher Bonney, Patrick Razak, and Malik Akowuah all converted their spot kicks while Baba Mahama and Awudu Nafiu were the two who scored their kicks for Kotoko.

Hearts of Oak are now waiting for the winner of the second semifinal game
between Medeama SC and Dreams FC which comes of on Thursday 18th January at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium and the final on Sunday.

Source: sirkenngh.com

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